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Basic facts regarding pedestrian accidents

Everyone in the Franklin area, and anywhere else in the country, is aware of the tragedies that are often associated with pedestrian accidents. Although car accidents involving just motor vehicles are more common, pedestrian accidents are also very prevalent and in fact, they continue to rise.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2011, pedestrians were one of the few groups of people in the United States, who use the road, that saw an increase in deaths from the year before. There were a total of 4,432 pedestrian accident-related deaths that year.

What rights do nursing home residents have?

No matter how hard we try there are certain things in life that we just can’t avoid. The aging process is one of those things. As the aging process starts to set in it can have many adverse affects on people. While some in Providence are able to continue living vibrant lives well into their senior years, there are others who are not so fortunate. Many elderly people are no longer able to live alone or take care of themselves, which means there’s a good chance those individuals will end up in a nursing home.

Although no one really wants to live in a nursing home, the fact is many people have to. While most nursing home staffs make every effort to care for their patients, there are many incidents in which patients are treated poorly. However, every patient in a nursing home has certain rights, even if they can’t defend themselves for these rights.

Comedian Tracy Morgan still suffering from serious accident

It’s always tragic when people lose their lives or are seriously injured in auto accidents. It can be especially difficult to get through when an accident is caused by someone who acts carelessly. Although it can’t take the pain away, anyone in Providence who has been hurt in a car accident might be eligible to receive compensation for their injuries and suffering.

Actor/Comedian Tracy Morgan continues to battle back from the serious injuries he suffered in an accident that happened in June of this year. Mr. Morgan was hurt when the limo in which he was riding was struck by a Wal-Mart tractor-trailer. One person was killed, while three other people in addition to Mr. Morgan were hurt. Mr. Morgan suffered several injuries but none more serious than the brain injury from which he is still trying to recover.

Distracted commercial drivers are a serious risk

At Kirshenbaum & Kirshenbaum, Attorneys at Law, Inc., we are very aware of the dangers that distracted drivers in Providence can cause on the road. We also know that when a distracted driver is behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle, the dangers can increase greatly. That’s because many commercial vehicles are much larger than normal vehicles, which includes many tractor-trailers.

Distracted driving is one of the largest safety management concerns in the transportation industry today. According to, there are dozens of reasons commercial drivers are distracted, but just like drivers of passenger vehicles, using a cell phone or other electronic device is one of the leading cause of auto accidents for commercial drivers as well.

New study shows brain injuries might increase risk of dementia

Injuries of all kinds can happen to anyone in Providence at any time. However, some people are more susceptible to being injured in accidents, including the elderly. What’s more, many elderly people are actually more susceptible to certain kinds of injuries, as well, including traumatic brain injuries. Brain injuries are terrible at any age, but they can have an even greater impact on the future health of many elderly people.

According to a new study, simply suffering a mild concussion after the age of 65 could increase a person’s risk of having dementia. While head injuries can happen to anyone, seniors seem to be much more at risk of suffering this type of injury. According to the lead researcher of the study, Dr. Raquel Gardner, of San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the results suggest that older brains are more at risk to traumatic brain injury no matter the level of injury.

Brain injury awareness leads to more research, prevention

Over the past several years it seems that public awareness regarding traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) has greatly increased. That increase in awareness has also led to an increase in research and prevention efforts of these serious injuries.

Aside from the battlefield and the sporting world, people from all walks of life are susceptible to TBIs. That factor has helped universities and other institutions increase their understanding of these injuries. In fact, according to an article in the Huffington Post, research into TBIs and brain damage has jumped noticeably in just the last decade. For example, in 2001, slightly more than 1,000 papers were published on this topic. However, in 2013, there were 4,000 such papers published.

Are designated drivers really sober?

One of the most common ways that people suffer devastating personal injuries is by being involved in a car accident. People in Providence suffer many different kinds of injuries in these accidents and statistics show that some of the worst casualties, including many deaths, occur in accidents that involve a drunk driver. Many programs have put into place to help deter people from drinking and driving, including the designated driver program. However, does that program really work?

Although in many cases a designated driver can prevent someone who is over the legal limit from getting behind the wheel, it appears that many designated drivers have actually had too much to drink as well. According to a study by researchers at the University of Florida, which is reported in an article on, about 40 percent of all designated drivers drink when they are on duty. Car accidents and personal injuries are much more likely to occur when people drive under these circumstances.

Young man fighting for his life after serious car crash

Not all car accidents have serious consequences and some accidents are just unfortunate events. However, sometimes people in Providence make careless or negligent decisions, which lead to terrible crashes and injuries. If you have been hurt in a motor vehicle accident then you might be eligible to receive compensation for your pain, suffering and loss.

A 19-year-old man was in critical condition battling for his life at last report after being involved in a serious car accident, recently. According to reports, the young man suffered several serious injuries, including a collapsed lung and a ruptured spleen. According to his grandmother, medical officials had put the man into a medically induced coma.

Common signs of nursing home abuse or neglect

There are thousands of people in nursing homes in the Providence area, as well as all over the country. Many of these people receive quality care as they live out their lives with as much dignity as possible given their unfortunate circumstances. However, there are many other elderly patients who are mistreated, neglected or abused at these elderly care facilities.

According to, there are different types of elderly abuse or nursing home neglect that take place in these facilities. Physical abuse is usually the easiest kind of abuse or neglect to detect. However, emotional abuse can be just as common but harder to notice. Emotional abuse can include yelling at patients or threatening them with abuse, as well as ridiculing or belittle them. Another form of emotional abuse is simply ignoring the patient or isolating him or her from others.

How long will your personal injury lawsuit take?

People are hurt in accidents everyday in the Providence area. Sometimes those accidents are caused because someone else was negligent or careless. In those situations some people who are hurt decide to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the person or persons who caused the accident. If you are considering a personal injury suit or you have already filed one, then you might wonder how long that lawsuit will take to be settled.

Whether or not your case goes to trial will play a big factor in how long it takes your case to be settled. According to the Legal Finance Journal, only about 4 percent of all personal injury suits go to trial. Meantime, according to statistics, those lawsuits that went to trial typically took much longer to settle. In fact, the average length of time it takes to settle a court trial in a personal injury suit is 23 months.