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What Should You Never Pour onto a Charcoal Grill?

For many people across the country, summertime means outdoor grilling and Fourth of July fireworks. It can be a fun time, but be mindful of your outdoor grill so that it is in safe working condition, especially if you had it in storage since last year! A defective grill or operator error can sometimes result in painful burn injuries. Whether you have a gas grill or a charcoal grill, the risk of burn injuries is always present. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one-third of all gas-related grill injuries occur while lighting the grill. About one-quarter of burn injuries related to charcoal grills occur when someone pours too much lighter fluid onto the charcoal. Even more dangerous is when someone attempts to use gasoline to speed up the charcoal grilling process. You should never use gasoline to ignite a charcoal grill! However, it is not…
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Study Shows Link between Head Trauma and Depression

In a previous blog we discussed the link between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and depression. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that a large number of TBI patients experience major episodes of depression. Many war veterans suffer from TBI and never make a full return to a normal life. Researchers in the study looked at 559 adults with mild to severe TBI. Their results showed that in the first year after TBI, 297 patients suffered from a major depressive disorder (MDD). The TBI patients studied were mostly male who suffered head trauma in car crashes. Researchers noted that TBI patients have a risk of MDD throughout the first year after injury. In addition, the risk of MDD lasts beyond that one year. A TBI patient with MDD is at a high risk of suicide. Moreover, patients who experience MDD in addition to TBI…
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What’s in a Claim? How Does it Differ from a Lawsuit?

In our blog posts this week, you have seen the terms “personal injury claim” and “personal injury lawsuit.” You might have thought that they referred to the same thing, but that is not true. A personal injury claim involves you and the defendant and/or their insurance company. The personal injury claim does not involve the courts. A personal injury lawsuit occurs when you take the defendant(s) to court because the claim did not result in a fair settlement. After your injury, your personal injury attorney will gather all the evidence and make a claim on your behalf against the person that harmed you and their insurance company. The claim details your injuries and alleges that the defendant is responsible for your injuries. The insurance claims adjuster will examine your claim and may require you to see their doctor. After looking at all the evidence, the insurance company will respond. Their…
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Think You Don’t Need a Personal Injury Attorney? Think Again

Some people wrongfully characterize personal injury attorneys as “ambulance chasers,” and they attempt to represent themselves in a personal injury claim. Those people quickly find themselves buried in medical bills, doctor’s narratives and uncompromising insurance companies. Whether you suffer injuries in a car accident, construction accident or from a defective product, a personal injury attorney can do the things that you cannot do. While you focus on your physical recovery, a personal injury attorney can do the following on your behalf: An attorney will do the legwork and investigation for you while you focus on your recovery and well-being An attorney knows how to value your injuries and damages An attorney will negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf to get you the best possible compensation package Most personal injury attorneys will not charge you for a consultation to discuss your claim. If they decide your claim has merit,…
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