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There's more to a spinal cord injury than just paralysis

If you are one of the thousands of people who now live with paralysis after a spinal cord injury in the last year, then you may already know that you have a host of challenges ahead of you. You may need to relearn basic skills and could need to find new ways to perform others.

Even as challenging as those situations may be, you may face other issues. Many people who suffer from paralysis also suffer from secondary conditions relating to it.

You could be walking toward an injury

Whether your New Year's resolution was to get more steps on your fitness tracker or enjoy the great outdoors more often, you might be walking more frequently than in the past. Walking is a great way to enjoy fresh air, reduce your impact on the environment and stay healthy. Unfortunately, walking is also dangerous. Pedestrians in California are at serious risk for injuries from auto accidents.

Pedestrians face the most risk on the road

Does your child's toy contain lithium button batteries?

When parents purchase toys, they have an expectation that the manufacturer has created the product with a child in mind. This may mean taking into consideration the child's natural curiosity and tendency to explore. Toys made for children should be able to withstand such curiosity without placing the child in danger.

You know as well as any California parent that part of children's desire to explore includes putting objects in their mouths. A toy with a faulty design may allow hazardous parts to end up in your child's mouth. Perhaps few objects are more dangerous in a child's mouth than a lithium button battery.

Autonomous cars leave many questions unanswered

No doubt, you have heard that driverless cars are on their way. You may remember such vehicles from fictional settings such as "I, Robot," "Jurassic Park" or the classic Batman series. For the most part, these vehicles seem simpatico with their chief passengers, making their drives effortless and safe, unless an archenemy got involved.

While it may seem almost impossible to fathom, the autonomous cars of science fiction movies are only a few years from reality. However, unlike the computers of sci-fi, which often have remarkably advanced human capabilities, the computers running the new breed of driverless cars are still in their developmental stages. In fact, you may be shocked to realize the ethical dilemmas these cars will face.

Will your California wildfire insurance claim be denied?

If you are one of the thousands of people displaced by the recent wildfires here in California, you are more than likely struggling to pick up the pieces of your life. Hopefully, you have been able to address your immediate needs for shelter, food and transportation.

Even so, you may be eager to rebuild your life, including your home if yours was one of the 14,000 plus destroyed by the flames. Before you begin the claims process with your insurance company, you may want to reduce the possibility that your adjuster may initially deny your claim or that you will experience unnecessary delays in the resolution of your claim.

California wildfire damage adding up

The recent wildfires that have spread throughout California have now been called the worst wildfires to cross the region's history. The numbers are staggering in loss of life, homes, vehicles, land, infrastructure and more. The tragic loss of life in these fires is adding up as families still search for loved ones and find serious, hard realities.

Thinking about the lasting effects of a traumatic brain injury?

Whether the injury occurred in a car accident, a work accident or some other circumstances in which you or a loved one suffered a blow to the head, you may wonder what lasting effects could occur. When the pain fades away, any surface wounds heal and you attempt to get back to your life, what will it look like?

Many people who suffer from moderate to severe TBI go home with cognitive issues. Because the brain remains somewhat of an enigma to modern medicine and science, there may be no way to provide you with a definitive answer regarding how long you may experience such issues.

Pedal toward compensation after a bicycle accident

Bicycles are a wonderful way to both get where you need to go and for exercise. Whether you travel by bike for recreational or transportation purposes, you know how enjoyable it is to participate in this type of activity. However, California cyclists face certain risks, and many of them involve other drivers. Often, accidents involving bicycles are the result of the reckless or negligent actions of other people. 

If you were hurt in an accident while riding your bike, chances are that it is not your fault. You may assume that it was the result of your own clumsiness, but in reality, you might have a rightful claim to financial compensation. After a bike accident, it is prudent to be fully aware of your legal options.

Coping with a car accident induced amputation

Car accidents can range in severity, and in some cases, the results of a collision between two vehicles can be quite serious. For some California motor vehicle accident victims, the injuries may not only be debilitating and painful, they can change a victim's life forever. Traumatic amputation is one of these very serious injuries, and is one that will certainly affect a person for the rest of his or her life.

When a car accident leaves a person seriously injured, such as after an amputation, the victim could be eligible for compensation not only for his or her financial losses, but also for future needs and lost income capacity. If you or a loved one suffered a traumatic amputation in an accident, you would be wise to seek an understanding of your rights as soon as possible.

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