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Concussions and Car Accidents

Concussions and Car Accidents

By: Allan Ziffra

Have you or someone you know ever had a car accident? Among these people, how many suffered a concussion due to the car accident? While concussions can often go unnoticed, they are more common than people think. They can occur even when a car accident victim does not hit their head on anything. At first glance, it is hard to imagine that head injuries are possible without an impact.

Concussions are caused by an impact or an event which causes your head and brain to move back and forth rapidly. This results in your brain hitting the inside of your skull thus creating a bruise-like brain injury. The symptoms of a concussion are due to various simultaneous processes in the brain, such as reduced blood flow, chemical imbalances, and/or improper nerve activity. Often people view concussions as a symptomatic occurrence and expect it to go away with ease. However, you should know that concussions are a form of Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI.

Recognizing a concussion after an auto accident is the most crucial step in properly treating one. Concussion symptoms are generally classified into 4 categories. It’s important to note that symptoms are not identical for everyone. This article provides various symptoms that may or may not present themselves after an auto accident. The first category of symptoms is physical. Patients with a concussion often complain of headaches, blurry vision, balance issues, lethargy, nausea, light and noise sensitivity, and dizziness. Stress after an auto accident may result in some of these symptoms. If they persist, however, consider telling your doctor.

The next category is sleep-related. Concussions can cause a person to sleep more than they usually do, or even less than they usually do. Moreover, a concussion can cause trouble falling asleep. Don’t automatically confuse these symptoms with normal stress after an auto accident. People are often shaken up after an auto accident and may feel like they need to rest. However, intentionally oversleeping is entirely different than the oversleeping caused by a concussion.

The third category of concussion symptoms is emotion-related. A person might experience anxiety, sadness, or even irritability. Emotional symptoms go unnoticed easily as they can be mistaken for stress stemming simply from the accident. It goes to show that a concussion from a car accident may affect every part of your life.

Last but not least, the fourth category of concussion symptoms relates to cognitive function. In simple terms, a concussion may affect your memory and ability to think clearly. Auto accident victims with concussions can experience difficulty concentrating on tasks. Memory problems are one of the most prevalent symptoms in this category. Repeatedly asking the same questions is a serious indicator of a concussion. Spending time with friends and family after an auto accident will help reveal cognitive symptoms. Otherwise, it may be hard for you to notice any of your own memory problems.

Now that we have covered the possible symptoms you may experience, let’s look at treatment for concussions following an auto accident. Quite simply, rest and time are the main treatments. Rest is vital to the healing process because you need your brain to relax. Reducing your activity levels is the first step. Take it slow, day by day. Eliminating tasks which are strenuous or require concentration is highly recommended. The more rest you get, the quicker you can recover from a concussion. If you return to your daily activities too soon, your symptoms may actually come back. Talk to your doctor for an approximate recovery timeline.

If you or someone you know has been involved in an auto accident and has suffered a concussion, call 386-788-7700. The attorneys at Rue & Ziffra have been handling personal injury cases for 40 years. For more information, please visit:   http://www.rueziffra.com/. We are in your community, and on your side.

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Ormond Beach Medical Malpractice

ormond beach medical malpractice

Currently, the medical world is all over the place with changes being made to health care. Politicians are working on ways to either improve or remove Obamacare, which could have far-reaching effects on how people and hospitals interact. While that is happening, a more pressing matter is still taking place in medical facilities. We depend on doctors and nurses to take care of us and loved ones. What happens when they either intentionally or unintentionally fail at that duty? Medical Malpractice is still a major problem in both hospitals and nursing homes. Sometimes, it is simple neglect that leads to medical malpractice, while other times it is an honest mistake.

We won’t pretend that being a doctor is an easy job, especially when you are a surgeon with someone’s life on the line. It is a high-pressure career and mistakes are going to happen. Sadly unlike many careers, you usually don’t get a second chance when you make a mistake as a surgeon. It’s a life or death situation, and by the time a mistake is spotted, it might be too late to fix it. Even if it is an honest mistake, however, it doesn’t remove responsibility from the doctor, and there will be consequences. There will either be new medical bills to pay fixing the mistake, or other charges if the mistake was fatal. The family of the victim should not be left paying for the doctor’s mistake.

What if it was an intentional act of neglect? We don’t mean the consequences were intentional, rather that the person responsible knowingly didn’t do their job right. This can occur in a multitude of ways. It can be as simple as not paying attention to someone in a nursing home, allowing them to fall and get injured. The elderly are more prone to injury and need extra care. If that extra care is not given, even a simple slip can lead to extensive consequences.

Another common form of medical malpractice is giving a wrong diagnosis. Problems are often fixed with medication and treatment. If the diagnosis is wrong, then the wrong medication might be prescribed, doing more damage than good. It also wastes the patient’s and insurance company’s time and money. On top of all of that, the actual medical problem goes untreated, allowing it to worsen and grow over time. There are some diseases and conditions that can be cured or controlled if treated early enough. Left alone, a simple disease can turn into a full blown infection that requires drastic action, maybe even amputation.

Understandably this can cause a lot of stress not just on the victim, but on the entire family. You don’t have to face this alone, though, you can get an experienced Medical Malpractice attorney to represent you. Rue & Ziffra has over 40 years of experience representing their clients in cases ranging from automobile accidents to medical malpractice, and we don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. If you believe you are a victim of medical malpractice or know someone who is, stop waiting. Dial 1-800-526-4711 today and let us get started on your case immediately.


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Dangerous Interstates

Volusia County automobile accident attorneys.

In Volusia County, we have quite a few things to be proud of. We boast about having the World’s Most Famous Beach, we host one of the biggest motorcycle rallies in the country, and two of the most dangerous interstates in the country can be found here. Okay, so we can’t really be proud of that last part, but that doesn’t make it any less true. I-95 is considered the most dangerous interstate in the entire country, which honestly is not too surprising. Even though it runs through almost every city in Volusia County, from Edgewater and New Smyrna Beach all the way up past Daytona Beach and Ormond Beach, we are just a tiny part of I-95. The majority of it runs up through the rest of Florida and all the way to the edge of Maine, where it becomes Canada’s Route 95. Our little section sees plenty of accidents though, especially in the areas between South Daytona and Ormond Beach, where quite a few exits are found in close proximity.

The other most dangerous interstate is, as many have most likely guessed, I-4. I-4 is an interesting interstate because it is so short, yet so well known. If you travel from its beginning in Daytona Beach to it’s end in Tampa, without encountering traffic, it would only take about 2 hours. All along I-4, however, you are going to find delays in the form of traffic accidents, construction, and really just random patches of traffic. In some parts of I-4, especially in the heart of Orlando, you will find constantly changing numbers of lanes, exits built on top of exits, and plenty of drivers trying to navigate it all. Other smaller areas such as Sanford and Altamonte Springs will also have its fair share of traffic problems. Sometimes you will find yourself waiting in stop and go traffic for just a couple of minutes, while other times you will be sitting still for half an hour.

Not everyone on I-4 is all that patient though. When the traffic is bad enough, you might find some drivers treating it like a Mad Max film. They will take the smallest openings possible, cut off other drivers, and even take to the shoulders and exit lanes to gain a few spaces. They think they are crafty until they slip up and get in an accident, creating even more of the traffic they were trying to outsmart. Luckily traffic creates slower speeds and therefore smaller traffic accidents. In the more free flowing areas, however, the automobile accidents become much more severe. Speed limits can get as high as 60 and 70 miles per hour, and it only takes a small bump to create a large mess.

Even though most accidents don’t actually happen here in Volusia County, they are still a large problem for us. Mainly because so many from Volusia County use I-4 to get around Florida. Many of the big events that take place in the state tend to be in Orlando, from concerts to sporting events. So many people here take I-4 because it is a quicker, more direct route to Orlando, and it doesn’t have tolls like the 417 and 408. Many people are more than happy to brave I-4 and it’s traffic to avoid spending the money in tolls.

The same can be said for I-95 since it is the easiest for people to get around Volusia County quickly, it sees constant use. It is difficult to avoid either interstate and still get around to jobs and appointments on time. So Rue & Ziffra make it a point to show diligence when it comes to being Volusia County automobile accident attorneys. We help to represent countless clients each year who face injuries and damages from automobile accidents. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you find yourself involved in an automobile accident. As soon as you get medical treatment, pick up the phone and dial 1-800-526-4711. If you haven’t been involved in an accident, put our number in your contacts. It never hurts to be prepared.

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New Smyrna Beach Automobile Accident Attorney

New Smyrna Beach Automobile Accident Attorney

New Smyrna Beach is an interesting town because it is both a laid back beach time and a lively beach location all at the same time. It’s beach areas have that small surfer town fill, yet when the sun goes down the streets really come to life. Flagler Ave, which can be considered the main center of the beach and party scene in New Smyrna Beach, is rarely empty. Even when it’s pouring down rain you will find people driving up and down the avenue. They might not be enjoying the beach, but they will be enjoying a burger and a drink at one of the several restaurants and taverns. We could go on and on about everything that is constantly going on around Flagler Avenue, but that isn’t really what we are worrying about today. The main thing we are focusing on are the problems all this traffic can cause.

While this is all makes for a fun time out on the town, it also opens up the way for automobile accidents. Not just on Flagler either, even though that is a busy area. Truthfully most of New Smyrna Beach can be a traffic filled mess in the right weather. When the sun is out, the sky blue, and the waves are running high, it’s not uncommon to see long trails of cars waiting at a stop light on State Route 44, which leads to the beach areas. SR 44 runs from DeLand, down past Walmart, between Publix and Winn-Dixie, and ends near the beach. It’s no wonder this road sees plenty of traffic, and it’s fair share of traffic accidents.

Believe us, there isn’t much worse than planning a day at the beach, just to have it ruined by something as small as a fender bender or as large as a full on collision. When the roads are full of cars and trucks, they tend to also be full of impatience and frustration. Drivers start taking every small chance they get to change lanes, zip across roads into turning lanes or try to get past a yellow light before it changes.

While they usually will make their goal, sometimes they take too big a risk and end up in a collision. Not only does this cause more traffic and potential injuries, the results could be far-reaching if the automobile accident is severe enough. No one thinks of the months of unemployment and recovery that might be involved if they misjudge that tiny opening. That is why the law offices of Rue & Ziffra are so diligent when it comes to automobile accidents. We make sure our clients are represented by a determined New Smyrna Beach Automobile Accident Attorney that will get them the compensation they deserve, without waiting in line. If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident, contact Rue & Ziffra today at 1-800-526-4711.

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Daytona Beach Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Daytona Beach Motorcycle Accident Attorney

No one really just rides a motorcycle, because owning a motorcycle is so much more than simply owning a vehicle. Owning a motorcycle is a part of a lifestyle, one that is defined by the wind rushing past you as you ride down the interstate. It comes with an installed sense of freedom and adrenaline. It is all the benefits of an ordinary vehicle without a bunch of metal blocking you from the true thrills of the ride. This is one of the reasons why motorcycle accidents are so tragic. Not only is it the physical harm that comes from them, it’s the mental and spiritual aspects as well. It is the sudden impact that pulls you from this sense of freedom and adventure.

Motorcycle accidents happen far too often in the Daytona Beach area. As many of us know, Daytona Beach is a center for motorcycle riders and enthusiasts. We host one of the biggest motorcycle rallies in the country with Bike Week, and again with Biketoberfest. Between these events, we have plenty of motorcycle dealers, along with bars and stores that cater to the motorcycle lifestyle. While it is a wonderful thing, the motorcycle rider culture blending so seamlessly with the beachside City of Daytona and the surrounding areas, it does open up some dangers as well.

With so many motorcycles and vehicles on the main roads, they are bound to collide at some point, and it’s never pretty when they do. The freedom that motorcycles give their riders is also a drawback. Motorcycles offer little to no protection to their riders. The only protection offered is what the rider wears. Helmets and protective jackets only do so much though, so to really keep riders safe, we need to be attentive on the road. If you drive in the area, you will notice “Look Twice, Save a Life” stickers all the way from Ormond Beach to New Smyrna Beach. This is the best advice for preventing motorcycle accidents. Motorcycles can be difficult to see, so if you need to change lanes always remember.

Use a Turning Signal
Look Twice Before Merging

These two simple rules can be the difference between life and death on the road. Follow them, and you might just save a rider’s life. Working as Daytona Beach Motorcycle Accident Attorneys, we see far too many lives drastically changed in an instant. If you are one of those lives affected this way, contact the law offices of Rue & Ziffra. We have over 40 years of experience in helping motorcycle riders just like you with their legal needs.

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