The Different Types of Personal Injury

The Different Types of Personal Injury

Nov 08

Personal injury lawyers tend to get shoehorned into a few categories. In reality, it’s a very broad area of law that can help a large number of clients. This flexibility is one of its greatest recommendations for becoming a personal injury attorney, and so, for those considering their futures in law, it is worth outlining a few of the flexible areas.

To do so, I have selected a personal injury law website that outlines the practice areas of the firm.

These include some areas that may seem obvious to anyone with any knowledge of personal injury law. Those include brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations, general claims about slips and falls, as well as vehicle accidents (car, motorcycle, and truck). Again, these likely would occur to anyone with a passing acquaintance with the field, but practice expands beyond these.

There are also child-specific areas of practice, from birth injuries to cerebral palsy to general children injuries. There are also areas of practice around wrongful death and life insurance claims.

Finally, there are also the vast areas of disability claims and medical malpractice.

Browsing over that list, it is clear that personal injury law serves a very large need in a community. It covers a large list of traumatic injuries that occur through a large number of causes. For instance, injuries through vehicles, medical mishaps, or business negligence (with slips and falls). Other institutions such a firm might deal with include insurance companies (disability claims and vehicle insurance) as well as the government (slips and falls again, or potentially in vehicle accidents).

The vastness of this field has a number of benefits. Firstly, it means there is a large pool of clients to choose from. With so many potential injuries, there are a great many needs that can be dealt with.

Secondly, though, there is also the excitement of a change of focus with each case. One case may involve a wrongful death (itself full of very diverse causes). The next case may involve a child’s injury. The next could be over disability claims. And the next could be medical malpractice. There would be no risk of boredom with such an interesting variety of cases.

Finally, unlike many areas of law, a personal injury lawyer works directly with clients who need them. The benefit of this cannot be overstated. A case win is not just good news for a large business or corporation or a faceless government,  it is a victory for an individual who needs this help for whatever reason.

This personal face can add extra motivation to the workday.

This list by no means is meant to impugn other areas of practice or specializations. Personal injury is not for everyone. The law requires excellent lawyers in every field. It is important, however, to show that personal injury can be as compelling an area to practice in as any other.

There is a Connection between Football and Head Trauma, specifically, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)

There is a Connection between Football and Head Trauma, specifically, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)

Feb 28

There is a Connection between Football and Head Trauma, specifically, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)

After their deaths, NFL players Ray Easterling, Mike “Iron Mike” Webster and Dave Duerson were diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), an injury that causes a breakdown in the brain. CTE, which is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain that can lead to memory loss, dementia and depression, was most likely caused by the repeated blows to the head the three players suffered throughout their NFL careers, according to medical professionals. CTE, made these men experience intense suffering, often to the point of breakdown.

National Football League’s (NFL’s) senior vice president of health and safety admitted very recently to a member of a U.S. congressional committee, the connection between football and head trauma, specifically, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). This admission was made after on a study by Boston University found traces of CTE in 90 out of 94 deceased players it examined (CTE, which was found in military veterans, those with a history of repetitive brain trauma and athletes, especially boxers, requires proof of degeneration of brain tissue and deposits of tau proteins and other proteins in the brain. Due to this, it can only be seen or detected through study of the brain after death).

NFL players know and acknowledge risk of musculoskeletal disorders/injuries (or MSDs, such as injuries to the muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, discs, blood vessels). With regard to CTE, however, no player was ever told of the possible risk of suffering from this injury; the league, for so long, also denied any possible link between football and this chronic brain disorder.

Musculoskeletal disorders/injuries that players can sustain include:

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) and Torn Meniscus, which are knee injuries;
  • Muscle contusions, which usually affects the thigh;
  • Shoulder tendinitis, which is due to the repetitive motion of throwing;
  • Shoulder separation or dislocation, which is due to a direct blow below the shoulder;
  • Ankle sprains and strains, which is probably the most common sports injury; and,
  • Torn hamstrings

A law firm that represents former NFL players in more than 700 lawsuits says, “Throughout its many years, the NFL and team franchises have continuously chosen to increase its own revenue over bettering player wellbeing as seen in the still prevalent debate over the 18 week season. NFL players subject themselves to brutal hits every game they play and while they may be compensated immensely for their time, the health risks that each player takes on are still unnecessarily high. Player health needs to remain the top priority for any sports league, especially one as dangerous as American football. Parties, whose negligent acts needlessly increase the likelihood that an NFL player will incur a brain injury, need to be held responsible for their heedless disregard for those that they have injured.”

This same law firm may be able to offer you vital information that will help you learn more about NFL concussion lawsuits.