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Concussion Injuries and Why You Need a Lawyer

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.Women-Headache-300x218

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

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 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 W. Malzahn’s comments below:Dana-Cich-Car-Accident-300x289

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: 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.

Joe-Cich-Car-Accident-300x236Dana: 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 W. Malzahn, Injury Attorney

I’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.

Mark-W-Malzahn-Consultation-300x277Experience 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: 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

Distracted Driving Risks

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.

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.

Personal Injury Documentation

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.