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The Costs of Treating a Brain Injury

By John Page on February 17, 2017

Brain Injury Lawyers in Missouri

Brain injuries can result from almost any type of accident, including falls, car crashes, motorcycle or bicycle collisions, and workplace injuries, among many others. While brain injuries can range from mild concussions1 to severe traumatic brain injuries2 that cause permanent impairments, everyone who has suffered a head trauma should seek a medical evaluation. Any degree of brain injury should be properly treated to avoid complications and further injury.

Like any other type of medical treatment, treating a brain injury can be costly. The following are some examples of treatment for an accidental brain injury.

Emergency medical care – Many people who hit their head go to the emergency department, especially if they have lost consciousness as a result. For severe brain injuries, a victim may be unconscious for an extended period of time and may require emergency transportation in an ambulance.

Hospitalization – Patients with serious brain injuries will likely be admitted to the hospital for monitoring and stabilization. Some people may need to be placed in a medically-induced coma while they recover.

Surgery – There are some circumstances in which surgery is needed to help a brain injury victim. Surgical procedures can remove objects from the brain, can repair a fractured skull, can remove hematomas, and can insert monitors in the brain to measure intracranial pressure.

Rest – Even if you do not require surgery or hospitalization, your doctor will almost certainly advise you to rest – both physically and mentally – until your brain injury completely heals. This can mean missing work or school, which can cause you to lose income or fall behind in your program or career path.

Rehabilitative therapy – There are many types of rehabilitative therapy that can help brain injury victims. Speech therapy, occupational therapy, vocational therapy, and physical therapy are only some examples of the ongoing treatment victims may need to regain certain abilities after a brain injury.

Find Out How a St. Louis Brain Injury Attorney can Help You

No matter how your brain injury occurred, you should discuss your legal options and rights with an experienced St. Louis personal injury lawyer. The team at Page Law can help you recover for the costs of treatment and more, so please call us at (314) 322-8515 for a free consultation today.

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Why Rear-End Accidents are Particularly Dangerous for Motorcyclists

By John Page on February 13, 2017

Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in St. LouisWhen one car hits the back of another to cause a rear-end collision, it is often called a “rear-ender.” These types of accidents happen at slow speeds and fast speeds alike. Seat belts and airbags often provide protection for motorists in a rear-ender. For motorcyclists, rear-end collisions have an entirely different set of risks and can often be one of the most devastating types of collisions.

Injuries Caused by Rear-end Motorcycle Crashes

Whether a motorcyclist is in the front or back of a rear-end crash, devastating injuries can result. When a motorcyclist is the front vehicle and is hit from behind, the back of the motorcycle is often sent upward, throwing the motorcyclist forward off the bike toward the ground. This can cause serious injuries to the head, face, jaw, and teeth – even if the motorcyclist is wearing a helmet. If the motorcyclist reacts by putting their arms out, they can sustain broken or shattered bones.

On the other hand, if a motorcyclist suddenly hits the back of a car, the sudden halt in momentum can throw them off the bike onto the car. Many people may bounce off the car and land on the ground, causing multiple points of impact and multiple traumatic injuries. These can include spinal cord injuries,1 neck and back injuries, broken bones, and more.

Common Causes of Rear-end Collisions

Because the injuries in a rear-end motorcycle accident can be so severe and can require costly treatment, it is imperative to recognize when someone else was at fault for the crash. Some common causes of rear-end accidents include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Fatigued driving
  • Illegal lane changes
  • Sudden braking for no reason
  • Brake lights that do not work
  • Aggressive driving

Call for a Free Consultation with a St. Louis Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

When another driver causes you serious injuries, you need an experienced St. Louis motorcycle accident attorney on your side as soon as possible. At Page Law, we will evaluate your case and help you hold any possible party liable for your medical bills and other losses. Please do not hesitate to call our office at (314) 322-8515 for help.

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How Sleep Apnea can Cause Truck Accidents

By John Page on February 10, 2017

Truck Accident Lawyers in MissouriYou may be aware that sleep apnea is a health condition that causes people to periodically stop breathing while they are asleep. While this potentially life-threatening condition is treatable, many people are unaware they have sleep apnea or they decide not to follow the proper treatment. Undiagnosed and untreated sleep apnea can put a person at risk while they sleep, but it can also result in dangers throughout the day. This is especially true for commercial truck drivers or operators of any type of large vehicles or machinery.

Sleep Apnea Leads to Fatigued Driving

When the body stops breathing due to sleep apnea, it subsequently wakes itself up to resume breathing. This can happen hundreds of times during a single night, which not only causes sleep disruptions but prevents a person from reaching the most restful stages of sleep. A person may wake thinking they got a full night’s sleep when in reality, their body and mind are not well-rested. When fatigue sets in during the day, they may not realize sleep apnea is the culprit.

Fatigued driving is a major concern for commercial truck drivers, as they spend many monotonous hours on the road, often in isolation. These are optimal conditions for fatigue to set in, therefore, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) strictly regulates1 driver work and rest times to prevent fatigued driving. However, even if a driver complies with all of the hours of service regulations, they can still become fatigued behind the wheel if they have undiagnosed sleep apnea.

While the FMCSA has issued warnings about the risks of undiagnosed sleep apnea, there is no requirement for all commercial truck drivers to be tested for the disorder. For this reason, sleep apnea may be the cause of your truck accident and an experienced truck accident lawyer should always investigate the health of the truck driver who caused your crash.

Discuss Your Case with a Skilled St. Louis Truck Accident Attorney Today

At Page Law, we have the resources to fully investigate the circumstances of your truck accident and determine who should be held liable. Please call our office for help at (314) 322-8515 today.

[1]https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/hours-of-service

[2]https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/driver-safety/sleep-apnea/driving-when-you-have-sleep-apnea

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Who is Responsible For Accidents Caused by Motorcycle Defects?

By John Page on July 21, 2016

parked-motorcycleDetermining accident liability is typically straight forward. Even when motorcycles are involved, an accident usually comes down to two parties disputing who was at fault. Multi-car (more than 2) accidents are a bit more complicated, but still usually concern the parties involved in the accident.

What happens when a motorcycle defect leads to an accident? The situation becomes a bit more difficult from a legal standpoint.

Motorcyclists and their passengers are always at risk for injury when they get on a bike. Even when wearing all the proper protective gear, obeying all the rules of the road, and driving defensively, crashes still happen. Motorcyclists are exposed to injuries such as broken limbs, head and spine injuries, road rash, and even death. Despite these known risks, motorcycle enthusiasts continue to pound the pavement across the country. Read the rest »

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Head Injuries Are Common in St. Louis Bike Accidents

By John Page on June 14, 2016

Improving cardiovascular health is at the top of many health enthusiasts’ lists. One of the most common activities to increase heart health is bike riding. St. Louis, MO is a beautiful city for bike riders. Riding has become a popular activity for individuals and groups alike. Spring time in St. Louis brings riders out in the masses.

It’s crucial to take proper safety precautions when hitting the streets. Riders are at a very real risk for suffering a traumatic brain injury if they are in a bike accident. Wearing a bicycle helmet is critical when riding. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), bicycle crash injuries and fatalities increased in 2012 from the year before. Of the bicycle injuries, 6,000 were incapacitating, meaning the bicyclist could not leave the crash scene without assistance. Skull, chest, abdominal injuries, broken arms, broken legs, severe lacerations, and brain injuries are common in bike accidents. Read the rest »

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Missouri Bike Helmet Laws

By John Page on June 9, 2016

Each year in the United States about 2 percent of motor vehicle accident fatalities involve bicyclists. In the majority of these accidents, the most serious injuries are to the head. This statistic illustrates how crucial it is to wear a protective helmet when cycling. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, wearing a bicycle helmet can reduce your risk of head injury by 85 percent.

Common Vehicle vs Bicycle Accidents

Collisions between bikes and vehicles are common. Almost 10 percent of vehicle vs. bicycle collisions occur at intersections at which the cyclist has a stop sign and the motorist does not. The cyclist typically stops at the intersection and then peddles into the intersection in front of a vehicle that has the right of way. In this case, the cyclist is at fault. Read the rest »

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Posted in: Law and Information

Common St. Louis Motorcycle Accident Injuries

By John Page on June 3, 2016

Motorcycle safety is one of the most common topics when talking about motorcycles. The popularity of motorcycles has risen almost every year since the 1970’s, when street-legal bikes came on the scene. Since that time, motorcycle accidents, injuries, and fatalities have become a way of life. Despite the known dangers, riders take to the streets daily seeking the unparalleled adrenaline rush.

One large component impacting the safety of motorcycle riders is the use of a helmet. Whether you are for or against helmet laws, it is undeniable helmets prevent head injuries. Helmet laws in 19 states require motorcycle operators and passengers to wear helmets when riding. At least 28 states have enacted some variety of a “partial” helmet requirement for certain operators. As of May 2016, Illinois, Iowa and New Hampshire are the only states which have no helmet requirements for rider or passengers. Read the rest »

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Posted in: Motorcycle Accident

The Importance of Information in Tractor Trailer Accident Litigation

By John Page on March 31, 2016

Missouri Truck Accident AttorneyInformation is important in every aspect of life. One of the best ways to get information is by asking questions. But be careful, all information is not created equal. When you are seeking answers and information, it’s important to connect with the right source.

If you are injured in a tractor trailer accident, it makes sense to get the necessary information from a truck accident lawyer who handles 18-wheeler accidents. Accurate information will help you obtain full compensation for your injuries and damages. Inaccurate information will cause you years of headache and grief. Read the rest »

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Don’t Become a Statistic After a Tractor Trailer Accident

By John Page on March 27, 2016

Missouri Tractor Trailer AccidentThere are over 250 million vehicles registered in the United States. About 2.5 million of those are tractor trailers. It’s worth understanding some basic information in case you are in a crash with one of the estimated 2.5 million trucks on the road.

It’s common for large insurance companies to take advantage of truck accident victims. It’s irritating to hear about insurance companies contacting injury victims immediately after a truck crash and before the injury victim has a chance to speak with a truck accident attorney. Read the rest »

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Posted in: Truck Accident

Rollover Crash Injures Missouri Driver

By John Page on March 22, 2016

A Kansas City woman is lucky to be alive following a recent rollover accident on Missouri Highway 152. The young woman was heading west on Missouri 152 when she lost control of her vehicle. The car went off the right side of the road and rolled over several times. Due to the damage her car sustained, the driver had to be pulled from the vehicle by emergency personnel.

Rollover accidents like this can happen at any time. This single-car accident occurred during the morning near the North Childress Avenue exit on Highway 152. Highway traffic was affected for several hours while police investigated the scene. The driver was rushed to a local hospital for medical care. Read the rest »

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