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CA injury lawyerAccidents can happen in a variety of scenarios. Minus any immediate symptoms, such as broken bones, obvious bruises, or bleeding, you may be tempted to brush off any possible injuries you sustain as relatively minor and inconsequential. However, anytime an accident involves a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, it is important to be aware of the serious and possibly permanent damages it can cause. Concussions are one of the most common types of personal injuries and medical experts continue to uncover the serious ramifications these injuries can have on every area of a victims life.

Signs and Symptoms of Concussion

According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), a concussion involves any type of injury to the head that disrupts the brains normal processes and functions. In cases of mild concussion, there may be no immediate or obvious outward signs symptoms. As a result, victims may be tempted to shrug off a bump or blow to the head, not reporting it or seeking the medical attention they need.

However, the AANS states that even a minor concussion is nothing to take lightly, as it can have long term impacts on your physical health and emotional wellbeing. Signs and symptoms to be alert for include:

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CA injury lawyerDamages to muscles, joints, tendons, and other soft tissues are one of the most common types of personal injuries. These injuries often result in immediate symptoms, such as bruising, pain, and swelling, but victims are often tempted to downplay the potential long term effects they can have on their health. When soft tissue injuries occur as the result of accidents, it is important to bear in mind that you have only one chance to get the compensation you need to recover. Before accepting less than what you may be entitled to in a claim, consider the long term effects your soft tissue injuries may have on your professional life, your financial security, and your overall well being first.

The Serious Nature of Soft Tissue Injuries

The most common types of soft tissue injuries involve the muscles, tendons, and ligaments which support bone structure, joints, and the various movements of the body. These types of injuries often occur as a result of the following:

  • Car, bike, and pedestrian accidents;
  • Slips, trips, and falls;
  • Getting struck by or against objects;
  • Sports and recreational mishaps; and
  • On-the-job accidents and overuse.

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), even a relatively minor sprain, strain, or tear can have long term impacts on your overall health, preventing you from performing certain types of tasks or engaging in your usual activities. Part of the problem is that these injuries can take long weeks, months, or even years to heal completely. While people who suffer soft tissue injuries may be tempted to downplay them and resume work or daily tasks too quickly, doing so puts them at risk for causing additional - and sometimes permanent - damage.

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CA injury lawyerPublic transit trains are a convenient and cost-effective way to get across San Jose. Whether for work, school, or simply for visiting friends and family, they eliminate the need for driving and getting stuck in traffic. For the most part, accidents are not common. However, when they do occur, they can result in serious personal injuries. While passengers on board need to take the appropriate safety precautions, it is equally important for pedestrians to be aware of the dangers as well.

VTA and ACE Train Accidents in San Jose

On September 14, 2018, a tragic accident involving the VTA train in San Jose left a local woman with serious injuries. The accident occurred around 9:30 p.m., near First Street and Jackson Avenue. The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office was still investigating the details, but it appears the woman was struck while either walking by or across the train tracks. The victim, who was taken to a local hospital, is expected to recover. Considering the massive weight of VTA trains and the speeds at which they travel, she is fortunate to not have suffered more severe and life-threatening injuries.

A woman struck just several weeks earlier by an ACE train traveling through San Jose was not so lucky. The incident occurred on August 31, when an Altamont Corridor Express train passing through the Alviso neighborhood hit a jogger running either on or near the tracks. Again, authorities are struggling to piece together what may have occurred, but say that witness accounts and evidence from the scene indicate that the woman killed did not intentionally put herself in harm's way. The incident appears to be a tragic accident, which authorities continue to investigate.

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Calilfornia accident attorney, California injury lawyerIn recent years, professional football has come under fire for causing chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a degenerative brain disease. The repeated blows football players experience to their brains is thought to cause this serious, debilitating condition.

Youth Football and Brain Injuries

Brain injury is not unique to professional football players. In fact, it is likely a more serious problem in youth and high school football players whose brains have not fully developed. Experts say that the younger a child begins to play contact football, the more severe the brain injuries will be.

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California product liability attorney, California personal injury lawyerE-cigarettes may be gaining in popularity among smokers, but these new devices have left numerous people severely injured. Because these are hand-held devices and are devices used close to or touching the face, these exploding e-cigarettes pose serious danger.  If you have been injured by a defective e-cigarette, vape pen or any other malfunctioning device, you may be entitled to compensation under a legal theory of personal injury law called “product liability.”

Cause of Exploding E-Cigarettes

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, the battery is the part of the e-cigarette that causes the explosion. E-cigarettes use lithium ion batteries with flammable liquid electrolytes. This liquid is prone to overheating and exploding when the battery receives too much voltage when charging. This is just one of the reasons why e-cigarettes explode. E-cigarettes are a new technology, and the industry is not highly regulated. Many e-cigarettes are produced in China.

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