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Concussion Injuries and Why You Need a Lawyer

March 24th, 2016

Women with Headache may be concussion

Concussion Injuries in Auto Accidents and Why You May Need a Lawyer

Concussion is the most common type of traumatic brain injury. Any blow to the head can cause a concussion, whether the blow comes from a high-speed auto accident or a fall during a football game. While concussions typically heal in a few days or weeks, there is a chance that a concussion may result in permanent damage to nerve tissue in the brain. If a significant or permanent concussion injury occurs because of an auto accident or other negligent situation such as a slip and fall, it may be necessary to contact a lawyer to receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and disability.

Most people don’t pass out

The severity of a concussion can range from mild to severe. All concussions, no matter how slight, interfere with the ability of the brain to function. Any time that a blow to the head, or jostling of the head, leaves you feeling dazed or knocks you unconscious, you have experienced a concussion. Many people believe that a concussion always causes a loss of consciousness, but this is not the case. As a matter of fact, most people who have concussions do not pass out.

Symptoms of concussion require prompt attention

The symptoms of a concussion may be mild or non-existent at first. For instance, you may receive a bump on the head during an auto accident and feel fine for a short period of time, but then experience serious symptoms within a few hours. This is another example of why it is imperative for a person to see a doctor right after an auto accident and also go for follow-up visits. Auto accidents are a leading cause of concussion injuries and the potential long term consequences of these injuries should never be ignored.

Concussion next steps

If you or someone you know has been involved in a car accident or sports injury and received a blow to the head, don’t wait for symptoms to appear. Contact your doctor and then contact a lawyer. You may be entitled to receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and disability.

Related:

WCCO’s local radio personality, Bill Hudson, talks about recovering from a concussion: The veteran reporter you see on air every afternoon was out of work for three weeks. And for the nearly 60-year-old man, his road to recovery has been slower than he’d like, at times downright frustrating. He is now back at work, but he’s not back to himself just yet. Read about Bill Hudson’s Concussion Recovery*

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Dana and Joe tell their story following car accident

November 16th, 2015

Following a car crash, standup for yourself, don’t be afraid to talk to somebody with experience handling car accident injuries

“Let him know what’s happened. Let him help you and guide you so that the outcome is a better experience for you than just not doing anything at all.” – Dana Cich

Dana Cich consult with injury Attorney Mark MalzahnDana and Joe Cich tell their story following their own car accident and encourage others to stand up for themselves. They suggest injury victims of auto accidents not to be afraid to just talk to somebody about how to deal with insurance companies and medical bills.

Read Dana and Joe’s story and Attorney Mark Malzahn’s comments below:

Dana: My daughter and I were coming from a hair appointment, where she had gotten her hair done. We were driving home. She started to pull through the intersection and we were just slammed right into. He was going 50 miles per hour, through the stop sign. Our car was flipped around so it looked like it was going the other way.

I stood there for a minute and then when I went to go walk, I felt this weakness like I had no strength in my pelvic area. When we got to the hospital, I couldn’t even get out of the ambulance. They had to load me down. Right then and there, Joe and I figured we’d have to do something because I’m not going to just bounce back. I thought we needed to talk to a lawyer to see where we were sitting at that point.

Joe Cich in Consultation with Attorney Mark MalzahnJoe: In our consultation with Mark and the more times we talked to him, the more comfortable we got. Just talking to him put our minds at ease.

Dana: Yeah, he told us when we had our consultation that we definitely had a case. That made us feel a lot better. That made us feel a lot better and that we weren’t over stepping. He told us, ‘this is a case and I think we can win this’.

Mark: I grew up just south of here. South of the Mississippi river and I found my calling. When I came out of law school I was a prosecuting attorney. I had a family member get hurt very badly in a car crash. When I went and visited him as he lay in a hospital bed, in a coma, with a broken neck, I watched how the insurance companies treated his parents. That’s when I decided I was going to stop being a prosecutor and practice exclusively, helping people who are injured, as a result of something that they didn’t do wrong.

“When the chips are down, I like to be there for them. That’s what got me into this to begin with” – Mark Malzah, Injury Attorney

Injury Attorney Mark W. Malzahn, Car Accident Injury ConsultationI’m exclusively an injury attorney. Most people who have come to see me have already sustained an injury or experienced an injury and it’s usually a result of a car crash. Often times, the reason that they need help is that they are dealing with insurance companies for the first time. I think it’s very helpful to have an experienced lawyer, who knows his way around the courtroom, handling your case. Handling case after case over 30 years, it’s only made me better. It’s made me better for the benefit of my clients. My clients deserve that because they need somebody on their side. Anoka county residents and sherburne county residents, and north metro county residents are my kind of people. It’s just that I can relate with people who work hard for a living and they need help. When the chips are down, I like to be there for them. That’s what got me into this to begin with.

Experience you need, justice you deserve. The justice, I think, comes from somebody who believes in your case and will advocate on your behalf, and who’s had the experience dealing with the insurance companies for over three decades. You bring that all together, and that’s where ‘justice’ comes in.

Dana: Don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself.

Joe: Don’t be afraid to talk to somebody.

Dana's smashed car after accidentDana: He (Mark) knows what to do and where to go, whereas we wouldn’t. We probably would have been stuck paying $40,000 worth of medical bills. Let him know what’s happened. Let him help you and guide you so that the outcome is a better experience for you than just not doing anything at all.

Have you or someone you know been injured?

Find out if you have a case and if so, how to proceed. Contact Malzahn Law Office for a free case evaluation.

Distracted Driving and Tips to Avoid

June 5th, 2015

Distracted Driving Risks

Distracted young man driving with young ladyDriver distraction is a leading crash factor in Minnesota, accounting for around 25% of all crashes annually, according to a news release. In 2012, distracted driver-related crashes resulted in 51 deaths and 8,304 injuries, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Office of Traffic Safety.

In Minnesota, it is illegal for drivers to read, compose or send text messages or emails, and access the Internet on a wireless device while the vehicle is in motion or a part of traffic. It also is illegal for drivers under age 18 to use a cellphone at any time, even to make or receive calls.

Driver distractions also include reaching for items, fiddling with radio, music or vehicle controls, eating and drinking, dealing with rowdy passengers and grooming.

Here’s a graphic example (re-enactment) of the terrible results of distracted driving. Every parent should view this video.

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Police gave the following tips to minimize driving distractions:

• Turn off cellphones or place them out of reach to avoid the urge to dial or answer a call or text. If a passenger is present, ask them to handle the calls and texts.

• Program favorite radio stations and arrange music in an easy-to-access spot. Adjust mirrors and air conditioning or heat before traveling or ask a passenger to assist.

• Designate a passenger to serve as a co-pilot to help with directions. If driving alone, map out destinations in advance, and pull over to study a map or program the GPS.

• Try to avoid food and drinks.

• Teach children the importance of good behavior in a vehicle; do not underestimate how distracting it can be to tend to children while driving.

• Passengers should speak up to stop drivers from distracted driving behavior.

• If making or receiving a call from someone driving, ask them to call back when they are not driving.

If you or someone you know has questions or concerns about the serious personal injuries resulting from a distracted driving car crash, please contact us. We are happy to provide a free initial consultation to discuss your situation. Call Attorney Mark Malzahn at 763-421-2160.

Motorcycle Accident: Get the Help of an Experienced Personal Injury Law Firm

May 26th, 2015

If you or someone you love has been involved in a motorcycle accident, you must speak with a skilled personal injury lawyer. At the law firm of Malzahn Law, Ltd., we take your injuries seriously. Whereas insurance companies may view your injuries as just another liability, we actually do everything in our professional and ethical power to seek justice on your behalf.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents are responsible for approximately 50,000 injuries and 3,000 deaths every year in the United States. Of all the types of motor vehicle accidents, motorcycle accidents are the most likely to result in fatalities, in which case a wrongful death claim will need to be made.

The Serious Nature of Motorcycle Accidents

Due to the sheer size of a motorcycle and its rider, motorcycle accidents have the potential to result in some of the most devastating injuries imaginable. Most motorcyclists are aware of the uphill battle that they must endure on a daily basis just by sharing the road with other motorists.

Common motorcycle accident injuries include:

● Road rash
● Broken bones, fractures, and joint dislocations
● Soft tissue damages
● Loss of limbs or amputation
● Swelling, bruising, bleeding, and scarring
● Head trauma, including traumatic brain injuries
● Neck, back, and spinal cord injuries
● Fatality

Motorcyclists may take the proper precautions by wearing protective helmets, shields, and boots. Unfortunately, there is no safety net to protect a motorcyclist from the impending damages after a collision involving any type of car, truck, or commercial vehicle.

Why You Should Never Sign the Dotted Line

Insurance companies and healthcare providers are merely cogs in a billion-dollar industry. Do not expect your insurance company to be looking out for your best interests after an accident. Many companies and insurance adjusters will try to get you to settle for money that is far less than what you are actually entitled to – forcing you to pay additional out-of-pocket expenses after an accident.

Head Injuries Can Double the Risk of Death Within 15 Years

August 12th, 2014

Head injuries, including concussions and traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have lingering effects long after an initial impact. According to a new UK study, individuals who have been hospitalized for a mild head injury have nearly double the risk of dying within the next 15 years. This indicates that an injury can have an even more serious and deadly impact that first believed. The research, as published in The Guardian, indicates that individuals who suffered even a mild head injury were at a significantly higher risk of death than those with no history of head injury.

There may be a number of contributing factors to the results and researchers are not clear about exactly what links head injury to the increased risk of death. It is possible that the lingering impact of a head injury creates additional risk, rather than simply lifestyle before or after an injury. The law firm of Malzahn Law, Ltd. is dedicated to helping clients protect their rights and recover maximum compensation after an injury. With significant experience handling complex brain injury cases, we understand the importance of a thorough review and analysis in every case.

According to the research, some evidence points to lifestyle and health factors that may have contributed to the initial head injury. While there were high rates of death in the year following a head injury, doctors and researchers have not concluded why the risk of death persists, even in the long-term. Researchers were interested in studying not just the initial risk of head injury, but the long-term consequences and associated risks.

An initial study of disability after mild head injury led them uncover a high rate of deaths. Analyzing this data, scientists determined that the head injuries were extremely common and 95 percent of these injuries are labeled “mild.” The researchers tracked medical records of 2,428 adults admitted to hospitals with what was considered mild head trauma between February 1995 and 1996. They then compared records to individuals in a similar age and health bracket with those who were admitted to the hospital without a head injury. Then the researchers followed both groups over the course of 15 years to determine the rates of injury or death.

According to the findings, individuals who suffered from head injuries died at a rate of 2.42 per year compared to 1.34 percent per year for those who did not suffer a head injury. The results were more severe among younger patients who suffered a head injury when under the age of 55. These patients were four times more likely to die than their counterparts who did not suffer a head injury. Researchers stated that having a head injury itself is a risk factor for having another head injury. Those who have repeat head injuries have an additional risk of early death.

The results of this study underscore the reality that a head injury may have lasting implications and create additional risks of injury for a patient. In the event of an accident or injury, you should have your case reviewed by an experienced advocate to ensure you are fully compensated for your immediate and long-term losses.

Call the Law Offices of Mark W. Malzahn for a free and confidential appointment at 763-421-2160.

Texting and Driving

April 17th, 2014

Driver distraction is a leading crash factor in Minnesota, accounting for around 25% of all crashes annually, according to a news release. In 2012, distracted driver-related crashes resulted in 51 deaths and 8,304 injuries, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Office of Traffic Safety.

In Minnesota, it is illegal for drivers to read, compose or send text messages or emails, and access the Internet on a wireless device while the vehicle is in motion or a part of traffic. It also is illegal for drivers under age 18 to use a cellphone at any time, even to make or receive calls.

Driver distractions also include reaching for items, fiddling with radio, music or vehicle controls, eating and drinking, dealing with rowdy passengers and grooming.

Police gave the following tips to minimize distractions:

• Turn off cellphones or place them out of reach to avoid the urge to dial or answer a call or text. If a passenger is present, ask them to handle the calls and texts.

• Program favorite radio stations and arrange music in an easy-to-access spot. Adjust mirrors and air conditioning or heat before traveling or ask a passenger to assist.

• Designate a passenger to serve as a co-pilot to help with directions. If driving alone, map out destinations in advance, and pull over to study a map or program the GPS.

• Try to avoid food and drinks.

• Teach children the importance of good behavior in a vehicle; do not underestimate how distracting it can be to tend to children while driving.

•  Passengers should speak up to stop drivers from distracted driving behavior.

•  If making or receiving a call from someone driving, ask them to call back when they are not driving.

How to Prevent a Motorcycle Wreck as a Motorcyclist

April 8th, 2014

There are steps that every motorcyclist should take before getting on the road. First, it is important to make sure the tires on the motorcycle are in good condition. Then, check the controls to be sure the lights and turn signals are working properly. Be sure that you are current with maintenance for the oil, fuel and coolant. As you are about to get on the road, double check that your brakes are working properly. Do not get on the road until you are sure that your bike is ready to go. While on the road, it is important to drive defensively in order to avoid accidents. Being aware of your surroundings and driving accordingly is key to staying safe. Some other tips to avoid accidents on the road include:

Using turn signals whenever necessary
Not speeding
Not tailgating
Not weaving in and out of lanes
Staying out of blind spots of trucks and other vehicles
Being cautious on turns and curves in the road
Avoiding lane sharing with other motorcycles

There are countless ways to lower the likelihood of an accident, but the risk is always present. Even the most cautious riders can get in an accident that is caused by another person’s negligence. If you are involved in an motorcycle wreck, you may be able to hold the negligent party responsible. Motorcycles are not cheap to repair and hospital bills can be very expensive after an accident. Team up with a Minnesota personal injury lawyer from Malzahn Law, Ltd. for help fighting for compensation. We fight to recover damages for our client’s physical, emotional, and financial hardships following an accident. We have more than 30 years of experience.

Seatbelt Reminder Systems Help Prevent Accident Injuries

December 23rd, 2013

Approximately 50% of people who die in traffic accidents every year are not wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.  This is in spite of the fact that national seat belt usage rates are currently at a record 86%.  Car accident lawyers believe that more people could be encouraged to wear seat belts through the wide spread use of seatbelt reminder systems in automobiles.

A new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety finds that there is growing public support for the expanded use of seatbelt reminder alerts. In the 1970s, when these technologies were first introduced, there was a widespread backlash against the technology.  In 1973, the administration passed a mandate that required all new automobiles that did not come with airbags, to come with a built-in lock system that would not allow the car to start until the front seat occupants wore seatbelts.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that the reaction to the mandate requiring such systems was so negative, that it eliminated the requirement altogether.  In fact, the criticism was so great that Congress actually passed a law that banned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from requiring belt interlock systems.

Now however, the attitude is very different.  The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety surveyed as many as 1,200 drivers and passengers about seatbelt use.  Approximately 91% of the people in the survey said that they always wear seat belts while driving, while 8% said that they wore seat belts most of the time.  Approximately 1% said that they did not buckle up while driving.

Most importantly, more than 50% of the respondents in the survey said that they would be much more likely to wear a seatbelt if the car came with an audible reminder system that included a buzzer, a chime or some other voice alert.  However, nearly 3 times as many respondents said that they would be much more likely to support a seatbelt reminder system that continues indefinitely, or grows even more intense and loud till the front seat occupants buckle up.

Personal Injury Documentation

December 18th, 2013

When you have been injured in a car crash, motorcycle accident, dog bite, slip and fall accident, or been the victim of a drunk driving accident, it is vital that you document your accident and injuries. It is important to report your accident and/or obtain a copy of the accident report from the owner of the premises. We need to get the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any and all witnesses. I cannot stress enough the importance of taking photographs, for example, of the defective sidewalk or step; the damage to your car before it is totaled or repaired; the dog that bit you, and of course, your injuries from the accident.

Another excellent type of documentation is to maintain a diary of the following: the hospital and medical treatment you underwent; the type of pain you experience on a daily basis, and what activities bring the pain on or exacerbate your suffering; your inability to perform activities of daily living due to your injuries (and identifying the people who must do these activities instead regarding household chores or maintenance); and how the accident has affected your enjoyment of life. This is instrumental when you must give testimony at a deposition or trial (often months or a couple of years after the events) as to treatment, pain and disability, and the toll the accident has taken on your life. These are the most important elements a jury will consider when deciding how much to award for your damages, so keeping a diary is a very smart way to improve your chances of a successful outcome at trial or a more substantial settlement before trial.

 

Pedestrian Accidents Statistics

August 20th, 2012

_    There were 808 crashes in which a pedestrian was injured or killed by a motor vehicle.

_    People under age 25 accounted for 33 percent of those killed and 10 percent of those injured.

_    Males were more likely than females to be killed: they accounted for 64 percent of all pedestrian fatalities.

_    Three out of ten (30%) pedestrian crashes occurred during the weekday rush hour driving time periods. The rush hour driving time period is defined as Monday through Friday 6:00-9:00 a.m. and 3:00-6:00 p.m.

_    For 31 percent of the motor vehicle drivers in pedestrian crashes, the reporting officer indicated that failure to yield the right of way was a contributing factor. The second most cited contributing factor was driver inattention or distraction (22 percent).

_    Twenty-eight percent of pedestrians killed and 26 percent of pedestrians injured were trying to cross a road at an area with no crosswalk and no signal. However, one pedestrian was killed and 13% of those injured were crossing the road at a signaled intersection and were crossing with the signal.

_    Of the 36 pedestrians killed, 29 were tested for alcohol. Of those tested, 34 percent had blood alcohol concentration of .10 or higher.