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Did you get hit from behind?

Imagine you were driving your children home from school one afternoon and a pickup truck hits your car from behind. Not only was the accidents surprising, but it didn't make sense. You gave the person plenty of time to slow down. Your stop wasn't abrupt or sharp. The roads weren't slick. It's almost as if the driver who hit you wasn't even looking at the road in front of him.

At Rosenthal & Kreeger, LLP, we have a theory about accidents like this. We think a lot of them are caused by smartphone operators who aren't paying attention to the road. This is why we always ask to look at an at-fault driver's cellphone logs in the minutes leading up to a particular accident.

Head, neck and chest injuries are common in crashes

There are many factors that can lead to a car crash, whether it's the glare from the sun or a sudden stop to try to avoid an animal in the road. When a crash happens, the people in the vehicle have the potential to be injured.

Car accidents are one of the leading causes of injuries. With over 5.6 million crashes occurring each year, as of statistics from 2012, it's no surprise that is the case. Car crashes are economically destructive, costing employers and individuals billions.

Common causes of pedestrian accidents

As a pedestrian, you know that one mistake by a driver could lead to an accident with serious injuries. Even so, this doesn't mean you should stop walking or biking from one place to the next, especially since both forms of transportation are most congenial to the environment.

It's important to understand the most common causes of pedestrian accidents, as this can help you prevent trouble in the future.

3 examples of premises liability claims

At Rosenthal & Kreeger, LLP, we represent Roseville residents in their premises liability claims. Usually, when plaintiffs hear the word "premises liability," they think of dangerous property conditions that result in a slip, trip or fall, but this category of personal injury law is much broader than slip-and-fall cases alone.

Let's take a look at three examples of premises liability situations that will better illuminate the full scope of this legal category:

Bruising can mean you have significant injuries after a crash

Whenever you get hurt, it's normal to see bruising. When your skin is impacted, blood vessels below the surface rupture. That causes bleeding, which turns into bruising as it rises to the surface near the skin.

While most bruising is not harmful, there are times when it can signify that something is wrong. For example, if you're in a car accident and have extensive bruising around your abdomen, you could have internal bleeding. The bruising itself is a sign to the medical team that you need help and medical tests quickly.

Drunk driver charged with murder in rare accident scenario

California law is not exceedingly clear about how to treat an unborn baby that dies in a car accident. In fact, if a baby dies in a mother's womb due to a car crash, the at-fault driver may not be guilty of manslaughter because babies are not seen as "living persons" until after they have been born. In a recent case, though, a very peculiar set of facts may lead to murder charges for a drunk driver that caused a horrific accident to unfold.

A North Hills resident, who has been convicted of drunk driving three times in the past, caused a head-on collision with another vehicle. Inside the other vehicle was a pregnant woman. Immediately following the auto collision, the tragedy of the accident induced the woman into labor. Sadly, the baby girl that was born did not survive.

Emotional injuries result in big payout for victim in California

Personal injuries come in many forms. Some are physical, and others are emotional. Even emotional scars come at a cost, and in this case, those injuries were compensable.

While this story is not about the person charged with a rape, it is about what happens when a person tries to cover up something horrible. In this case, Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) has to pay out $2 million to a woman who was put through emotional trauma when her rape was concealed.

There are many methods of diagnosing a concussion

Any type of brain injury is serious. It does not matter if you have sustained what you believe is just a hard knock to the noggin, even a seemingly minor incident can lead to a traumatic brain injury. Not only can this affect your life right now, but it can also change the course of your future.

A concussion is a serious brain injury that can alter your life in many ways. This is why you need to receive immediate medical attention, as well as follow up care as necessary.

Are You A Caregiver For Someone With A Brain Injury?

A traumatic brain injury can affect every aspect of your life. However, there are some instances in which only one or two symptoms are present. If you have a loved one who is dealing with a traumatic brain injury, you should try to understand how the injury might affect your loved one.

Difficulties with caregiving

What medical damages can I claim in my car accident case?

The most important damages that most plaintiffs seek in a car accident injury claim relate to medical costs. As all Roseville residents know, the costs of medical care are completely unaffordable for the average person. Without insurance money or other kinds of financial assistance, most people would never be able to see a doctor.

In some situations, the only way an injured car accident victim can get the money that he or she needs to pay for medical care is via a successfully navigated personal injury claim. Here are some of the compensable financial damages that plaintiffs can seek in such a lawsuit include costs and damages relating to:

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