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Can car crash victims develop PTSD?

You are probably familiar with all sorts of different hardships that people have to endure after a motor vehicle crash, from debilitating injuries to fatalities. However, it is important to keep in mind that some of these accidents have ramifications that may not be as evident immediately following the wreck. For example, people may suffer brain damage, experience depression, or develop post-traumatic stress disorder after a motor vehicle collision.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has published information on their site which draws attention to the prevalence of PTSD among car accident victims. According to the results of one study, traffic accidents are responsible for traumatic stress among males in the U.S. more than any other factor. On top of PTSD, victims of these accidents may suffer from depression and other mental health issues. It is important to bear in mind that these mental challenges can create permanent roadblocks that alter the course of victims’ lives. Sometimes, crash victims may change their habits, lose their ability to work in a certain field, or suffer other setbacks due to post-traumatic stress and emotional struggles following an accident.

Do you need legal help after a commercial truck accident?

After you suffer an accident with a large commercial truck, it can prove intimidating to know where to turn for help. Depending on the nature of the accident itself, and the injuries or damages you received, a number of different parties may hold liability of the accident.

Unfortunately, that often does not mean that it is any easier to obtain fair compensation. If anything, these accidents are more complex and time-consuming for the victims.

How do rollovers take place?

There are many dangers to watch out for as a driver, from inclement weather to reckless people on the road who may be drunk or failing to observe the speed limit. However, rollovers are another major concern and are responsible for many of the lives that are lost due to auto accidents in Kentucky and across the U.S. If you are worried about finding yourself involved in a rollover, it may be useful to take a look at some of the reasons why these types of crashes take place.

According to data that was put together by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 75 percent of deadly rollovers took place on roads in rural areas throughout 2010. Various factors were found to have played a role in some of the rollover accidents, such as alcohol and excessive speeds. Moreover, some vehicles rolled over because the driver veered off of the road and onto soil, while others were the result of a driver swerving abruptly in an attempt to prevent a collision. Although rollover accidents can affect the drivers of any type of vehicle, some are especially prone to rollovers, such as vans, SUVs, and pickup trucks.

Key information about Social Security disability benefits

When people in Kentucky earn income from a job, they pay Social Security taxes. According to FindLaw, if people become disabled, the money that they paid into this system makes them eligible for benefits based on the contributions they made. The more taxes a person paid into the system, the higher the amount of benefits he or she will qualify to receive.

If a disability is not permanent, it may not qualify someone to receive SSDI benefits. A person must have a health condition, either mental or physical, that lasts or will last for at least a full and continuous year, or until he or she dies. The benefits do not start until after the five-month period during which the Social Security Administration verifies the long-term nature of the disability. The process may be expedited if the health issue is on the compassionate allowance list.

Influenza and the risk of an accident

People cause accidents on roads across the country for an array of reasons. Sometimes, these accidents were entirely preventable and only occurred because of a poor decision to drive drunk or exceed the speed limit. In Bowling Green, and other parts of Kentucky, these accidents can happen for reasons that are not always given as much attention, but our law firm knows that crashes have the potential to claim lives or leave victims with debilitating injuries regardless of the cause. With influenza season approaching, it is important to be mindful of the different ways that the seasonal flu could lead to traffic collisions.

When someone comes down with the flu, they may have a harder time falling asleep at night and may find that their quality of sleep has decreased. Unfortunately, this can cause them to suffer from fatigue, which has been proven to cause accidents. At the same time, headaches, fevers, and other flu symptoms may also contribute to a collision. Furthermore, it must be pointed out that those with the flu often take medications that can cause them to become drowsy, another proven hazard.

A look at the different types of elder abuse

Each year, many Kentucky families entrust the care of their elderly loved ones to professionals in nursing home facilities. Often, these establishments are capable of providing enhanced care, physical assistance and environmental stability for its residents. However, incidents of elder abuse are not unheard of and a person's familiarity with the types of abuse can help them identify if their loved one is being mistreated. 

According to webmd.com, some of the most common types of elder abuse include the following:

  • Neglect: Sometimes, a caregiver may appear to be doing his or her job when in reality he or she is neglecting vital needs of residents. As a result, even if a person is satisfied with their interactions with a loved one's caretaker, he or she should always pay attention to the condition and comfort of their loved one. Neglect can be demonstrated through unkempt hair, skin rashes, bedsores, loss of appetite and damaged devices like hearing aids or walkers.
  • Emotional abuse: An elderly person that appears distraught, distant, distracted or anxious could be the victim of emotional abuse. This kind of mistreatment often occurs when the person's caregiver is ignoring important needs, controlling their behavior, threatening their well-being or using manipulation and name calling.  
  • Physical abuse: Signs of physical abuse are often the most obvious. These include broken bones, bruises, swelling and repetitive injuries. 
  • Financial abuse: Perhaps the hardest type of abuse to identify, financial abuse may be occurring when a person notices that their elderly loved one is receiving strange bills, phone calls from collections agencies and that their banking account is being used for suspicious purchases. Other signs include unpaid bills and missing legal paperwork.

Crashed? Here's what you should remember about settlements

You drive for a living every day. You work in sales, so getting to your entire service area in a day can be difficult, but it is obtainable. You have to stay on time, so when the vehicle next to you pushed into your lane and caused you to wreck, all you could think about was how much work you weren't getting done.

Your job partially relies on how much you can complete in a day. Not having the opportunity to hit your goals affects your income and earning potential. On top of that, you now have medical bills to deal with, which you weren't expecting. You can't work, and you're at a loss for how you'll pay your bills.

What is truck driver fatigue?

Accidents involving large trucks happen for many reasons, from intoxicated driving to speeding and poor weather. However, truck driver fatigue is a serious problem on roads across the state of Kentucky. Sadly, when those driving large trucks fall asleep at the wheel, the massive size of their vehicles can be especially hazardous.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, truck driver fatigue plays a major role in fatal accidents. In fact, a  study of large truck accidents showed that 13 percent of those driving a commercial vehicle that was involved in an accident were fatigued when the wreck happened. Truck driver fatigue can occur for different reasons, such as driving for too many hours and strenuous activities while working or outside of one's job. Inadequate sleep and certain types of medication can also leave a driver fatigued.

What consequences come with distracted driving?

Often, people recognize the serious dangers associated with driving under the influence or reaching excessive speeds. Sadly, some people fail to realize that a seemingly minor distraction, such as a driver reaching for something on the floor, can cause a devastating crash. In Bowling Green, and cities around all of Kentucky, drivers should be aware of different distractions that can lead to an accident. Moreover, the victims of these collisions should not hesitate to firmly stand for their rights.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving left 391,000 people with injuries throughout 2015. Sadly, these crashes also claimed the lives of 3,477 in the same year.  On top of physical pain due to accident injuries and emotional pain after losing a loved one, these accidents can also generate tremendous financial difficulties for victims and those they love. As one example, a family may face financial hardships due to lost wages, hospital bills, or physical therapy costs.

Collaborative Divorce

I recently attended a two day training through The Institute for Family Conflict Resolution on a new area of law called Collaborative Divorce. Yes, I said Collaborative Divorce. No, those words are not an oxymoron.

What is a Collaborative Divorce?

A Collaborative Divorce is an alternative dispute resolution process where clients have the power to make decisions with regards to their finances and children without having a judge make these decisions for them. The clients work with a team of professionals to consider the legal, emotional and financial components of reaching a mutually acceptable and durable agreement.

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