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No one expects to be electrocuted

When electrical injuries strike, it is always a surprise. Electricity gives no warning, and its effects are unpredictable. The damage they cause can be superficial, resulting in burns to the skin and outer body, or the damage can be profound, affecting the brain, heart, kidneys, eyes and other organs. 

An electric arc can reach temperatures of 8000° Fahrenheit -- hot enough to vaporize metal. When the shock is severe, it can hollow out the body, destroying vital tissues.

No one expects to be electrocuted

When electrical injuries strike, it is always a surprise. Electricity gives no warning, and its effects are unpredictable. The damage they cause can be superficial, resulting in burns to the skin and outer body, or the damage can be profound, affecting the brain, heart, kidneys, eyes and other organs.

An electric arc can reach temperatures of 8000° Fahrenheit -- - hot enough to vaporize metal. When the shock is severe, it can hollow out the body, destroying vital tissues.

Know what points to address in a spinal cord injury claim

In a recent blog post, we discussed how a man recently walked for the first time following a spinal cord injury. These types of stories are rare, but they are a source of hope. We know that it is a difficult thing to hear when you find out that you have suffered a spinal cord injury. These injuries can impact your life in a host of ways.

Catastrophic injuries are just that -- catastrophic. They can mean that you can't work or do things that you enjoy. You might have to change a lot of the things that you do. We know how difficult this can make your life.

The economic impact of traumatic brain injury is unexpected

What's the real economic impact of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) with a motor impairment, once all of the initial treatment is done and the patient is left dealing with the burdens of his or her disability?

A new study attempts to put down the cost of a traumatic brain injury in dollars and cents -- and the figures are staggering, to say the least.

Breakthrough spinal cord treatment helps man walk

The Mayo Clinic announced that it has achieved great strides in spinal cord treatment. Through the use of electrical stimulation and physical therapy, the Mayo Clinic has helped a paralyzed man stand. He was even able to move his legs and complete step-like motions. It was the first time he'd moved like that since his paralysis three years ago.

The 26-year-old man suffered a spinal cord injury three years ago. He was paralyzed from the middle of his back down. The diagnosis was motor complete spinal cord injury.

How Congress' efforts to gut class actions hurt the working class

Congress is considering a bill that would have far-reaching effects for the entire American justice system and potentially influence the lives of countless people - though it hasn't garnered the same attention as health care legislation or other controversial issues.

The Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act recently passed the House. If it is made law, it will compromise ordinary Americans' ability to use class action litigation to pursue justice against businesses.

Burn injuries might lead to compensation claims

Burn injuries are traumatic. Think about the pain when you have a small splatter burn from cooking. The pain is often great. For people with severe burns across larger portions of their body, the recovery process can seem like torture. In some cases, the treatments can be very painful but they are crucial for recovery.

We understand that the effects of a burn injury can impact every aspect of your life. Not only do you have to deal with the pain of the injury, you also have to deal with the emotional and financial impacts of the injury.

10 new California laws going into effect this year: part two

In a recent post, we discussed five of the new California laws going into effect in 2017. While part one focused on safety issues, the state is also beginning to enforce new laws relating to employment law, criminal proceedings school mascots and gun control.

California's lawmakers have taken on many hot-button issues in the past legislative year. Read on to learn more about some of the new laws, and weigh in with your thoughts in the comments below.

Calling a wrongful death an accident is a form of victim-blaming

Let's be clear about something: When police use unnecessary deadly force and someone dies as a result, it is not a tragic accident.

Calling a death like that an accident and declining to press charges against the officer involved in the shooting is a form of victim-blaming. A wrongful death is never the same thing as an accidental death -- calling it one makes it sound like the death was unavoidable -- but that isn't true. Wrongful deaths are the result of irresponsible behavior, negligence, indifference, carelessness and recklessness -- all of which are avoidable choices.

What are 2 of the most common car accident injuries?

Personal injury lawyers who regularly represent people hurt in car accidents see the same injuries again and again. The most common of these injuries are head injuries and back injuries. Let's take a look at what these injuries entail.

Head injuries, which can result in traumatic brain injury (TBI), tend to be the most serious. When a motor vehicle is hit from behind or comes to a sudden stop in a collision, drivers and passengers can collide with the interiors of their cars. When the head strikes a window or steering wheel, anything from a mild concussion to a long-term coma can result. TBI is associated with a broad range of permanent disabilities, like losing the ability to walk, vision problems, emotional difficulties, cognitive challenges and more.

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