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What are some signs of cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy is a potentially serious disorder that children can suffer from when they do not get enough oxygen during the delivery process. This can happen for a lot of different reasons, including doctor error. When the supply gets cut off at such a critical time in a child's development, the ramifications can last for life.

However, you may not know that your child even has cerebral palsy right away. Since it's a developmental disorder, the signs and symptoms show up over time. What should you watch out for? A few potential symptoms include:

  • Trouble eating. For a very young baby that is breastfeeding, this could mean trouble sucking.
  • Only using one side -- one arm or one leg, for instance -- or significantly favoring that side.
  • Suffering from notable involuntary movements, such as tremors.
  • Stiffness. This can mean stiffness in muscle tone or an inability to move part of his or her body.
  • Developmental delays. When the child is expected to have learned things like speech, they'll lag behind their peers.
  • Trouble walking. The child may have an abnormal gait or walk on their toes.
  • Problems with coordination. This could be related to the other issues listed above.

How much money can you receive for your car accident case?

Right off the bat, most personal injury plaintiffs want to know how much they're going to receive for their car accident lawsuit. This is understandable. We're all human after all, and we have a lot of different financial obligations. If you're suffering from injuries after an accident, you have even more financial obligations related to medical bills and you might not be able to work, so your income has vanished.

The question of how much money you're going to receive is vital to your future. Nevertheless, it's literally an impossible question to answer. This kind of information is revealed with time. Before you can file your case, you'll need to estimate damages and arrive at an amount to claim in your lawsuit. But this is only what you're asking for. It's not necessarily what you'll ultimately receive.

Compensable damages related to medical expenses

Most people can't afford to pay for medical care without the assistance of a good insurance policy to pay for the lion's share of the costs. This can be a serious problem for anyone who isn't lucky enough to have medical insurance โ€“ and that's why the successful pursuit of a personal injury claim after an injurious car accident is particularly important for the uninsured.

If you suffered injuries in a car accident caused by another party's negligence or wrongful behavior, and if you required expensive medical care, you could be in for a rude awakening โ€“ and several lifetimes worth of bills โ€“ after the hospital gives you its invoice. That being said, by pursuing a personal injury claim, you might be able to get the money you need.

Study finds a third of U.S teens text while driving

It can be nerve racking knowing that you may be sharing the road with a 16 year-old-driver who lacks the experience of responsible driving. Situations with inexperienced drivers increasingly become dangerous when they are driving during inclement weather or have a car load of their friends with them. These dangers are on top of what we already fear from a teenage driver, that they may be engaged with their phone and not paying attention to the road.

The CDC has made the estimation that nine people die every day due to distracted driving. Now there is new research that shows nearly 40 percent of teenagers have admitted to texting or sending an email while driving in the past 30 days.

Answers to 2 common questions about wrongful death claims

When it comes to the pursuit of justice after the wrongful death of someone close to you, it's likely that an infinite number of questions will be running through your mind. Although we can't answer all of those questions here, we can focus on two common questions that personal injury attorneys hear from new and current clients.

Can I pursue a wrongful death case if my loved one had a viable personal injury claim, but died before they could file the legal action?

Make sure you didn't contribute to the car accident that hurt you

If we here in Tennessee can count on one thing during the holiday season, it is this: More people are out driving to shopping centers and to visit family. Many of these people are in a big hurry. When you put these things together, you have the perfect environment for car accidents.

It may be comforting for many of you to know that you can hold any negligent parties liable for your crash and your injuries with the help of an experienced attorney. A lawyer can help you seek the maximum amount of compensation for your harm by dealing with your insurance carrier or by helping you pursue a personal injury claim.

Is possession of drug paraphernalia illegal in Tennessee?

While many American states have accepted the nonmedical use of marijuana, Tennessee remains steadfastly against recreational drug use. As such, many of the items linked to the use and possession of drugs are also illegal. This means that you could face arrest if law enforcement catches you with paraphernalia.

Although possession of drug paraphernalia may seem like a minor offense, you could still face harsh penalties if convicted. Most paraphernalia offenses are charged as misdemeanors, but offenses in which the defendant passes paraphernalia on to minors will result in felony charges. In either case, building a strong criminal defense against paraphernalia possession charges is critical to minimize the possible consequences.

Product liability and what to do with the item that harmed you

Whether it is a defective drug, a faulty auto part or simply a dangerous household product, your first instinct after suffering injury is to dispose of the product. As product liability attorneys, we want you to know that this is a mistake and may have a negative effect on any legal solution you may wish to pursue.

Unless the product poses an immediate and serious danger to you or to others, it is crucial to preserve the item in the same condition it was in when you were injured. Like other residents of Tennessee, you may wonder what this means and what you should actually do with the product. We will offer you a few tips to keep you from suffering additional injuries while preserving the product as evidence.

No witness to your work place injury? What you should do

When a workplace accident occurs, it is up to the employee to prove that it was an on-the-job accident before they can qualify for workers compensation. This is typically done by building up a preponderance of evidence. This evidence will usually include documenting key factors relating to the accident and presenting witness testimony. However, what if there was no witness around to vouch for the accident? While it is more difficult to prove a workplace injury case without a witness, it can certainly be done. Here are a few things you should do following your injury that can greatly enhance your chances of getting the compensation you deserve.

What must victims prove in a personal injury claim?

Carelessness, negligence and reckless behaviors often lead to personal injury for innocent victims. Examples of negligent events that cause such injury include car accidents, medical malpractice, slips-and-falls and defective products. Unfortunately, even the most clear-cut cases of personal injury must be proven in a legal setting before victims or the families of victims can achieve success.

In the interest of helping Tennessee residents determine if they have grounds to move forward with a personal injury action, the following section explains the most important elements of an injury claim. This information, combined with the guidance an experienced attorney provides, can give victims the power to hold all responsible parties to account.

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