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Learn the Basics of Brain Injuries and Personal Injury

When someone you love has suffered a brain injury, all you want to do is find a way to help. You start by searching for the best medical care and rehabilitation available, and work diligently with the health care professionals to make sure that they have everything that they need. The costs involved can be staggering, and can quickly overwhelm a family’s financial resources, no matter how robust your health insurance coverage, and the economic costs are not the only ones that you face. It is important that while you are dealing with this challenging situation you give serious consideration to who or what caused the injury. If it was the result of negligence or carelessness on the part of another person or entity, then you may be able to seek compensation for the damage that has been and ease the economic burden that you have been forced to shoulder. If you are not certain about your rights or need more information, contact the personal injury attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers.

Brain injuries can have short-term effects, or the impact can last for a lifetime. Though some people are able to bounce back and return to their previous level of function following medical treatment and rehabilitation, others are left permanently disabled and unable to provide for their own care and needs. This is generally a result of a lack of oxygen to the brain, causing essential cells to die. Brain injuries can result from almost any situation where the head strikes a hard surface or where the brain is deprived of oxygen, but the most common situations from which they arise include:

  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Vehicular accidents
  • Medical errors

In each of these types of scenarios, as well as any other instances resulting in a brain injury, it is important to look at the environment and actions that surrounded the injury to determine whether all involved exercised an appropriate duty of care. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you to carefully examine all of the facts, and if they believe that negligence is involved will involve medical and forensic experts to help you prove your case and get the reimbursement that you need.

When someone you love has suffered a brain injury as the result of negligence, filing a personal injury lawsuit can make all the difference in their quality of life and your own ability to provide them with the support and care that they need. A lawsuit will seek compensation for the medical expenses that you have already paid as well as those that can be anticipated in the future. It can also provide reimbursement for lost wages, lost earnings capacity, loss of companionship, and any additional economic or emotional burdens that have resulted from the careless acts of another. Contact the compassionate, experienced attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers today to learn more about how we can help to ease your burden and get you and your loved one the justice you deserve.

Is Emotional Stress a Personal Injury Claim?

Emotional stress can be debilitating. It can cause physical symptoms including headaches, neck pain, heart palpitations and back pain. It can keep you from sleeping or make you so exhausted you can’t get out of bed; it can make you completely apathetic or overly emotional. Emotional stress is a real medical condition that can cause a decline in performance at work or school, drive a person to abuse drugs or alcohol, cause irrational fears and anxiety, and can even lead to suicidal thoughts.  There are a number of different things that can lead to emotional stress, but at its most basic it is the body’s way of reacting to too high a demand or too strong a threat to its wellbeing. When you suffer from emotional stress as a result of an injury or action that was caused by another person’s negligence or carelessness, it can be included in a personal injury claim. An experienced personal injury attorney from Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can successfully help you to receive compensation to help you deal with the very real costs of emotional stress.

There are certain damages listed in a personal injury claim that are straightforward and easy to understand. These include actual damages such as the cost of medical care or lost wages that resulted from the incident. But beyond those costs, there are also intangibles that also entitle victims to monetary damages. Where actual damages are paid to reimburse the victim for money that has come out of their pocket and for checks that they have had to write, when emotional stress is included in a personal injury claim the goal is to provide compensation for psychological impact, which may include anxiety, fear, depression, and many other possible reactions – each person will respond to a traumatic situation differently.

If you have a difficult time understanding the very real toll that emotional stress can have, imagine a child who was previously confident and fond of animals being viciously attacked by a neighbor’s dog. In addition to the obvious medical costs involved with healing the child’s wounds, there is also a strong possibility that the child will become fearful, suffer sleep loss and nightmares, develop anxiety. These impacts may last for only a short period of time or they can last a lifetime, leaving them unable to be in the presence of animals in the future. This is the type of damage that a single act of negligence can cause, and victims are entitled to compensation for it.

If you or someone that you love has been a victim of any type of personal injury, whether a motor vehicle accident, medical malpractice, damage caused by a defective product or slip and fall, or any other act of negligence, then call the law firm of Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers. We are compassionate, understanding, and committed to getting you the compensation that you deserve.

Types of Personal Injury

Personal injury law and personal injury lawsuits is an area of legal practice that is specifically designed to get justice for people who have been harmed by another person’s actions. It addresses issues of civil law rather than criminal law. In criminal law, when a person breaks the law or causes another person harm, then the state, municipality, or government takes action to mete out punishment. Though a victim may be named, they are little more than a witness against the person. In a personal injury lawsuit, the person who has suffered damages is able to file charges and lay out a case against the person who is responsible for the purpose of getting compensation for what has been done specifically to them. There are many different types of personal injury lawsuits, and the law firm of Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can help you with any and all of them.

Here are examples of some of the most common types of personal injury cases:

  •  Automobile Accidents – When a person gets behind the wheel of a car, they are doing more than getting from one place to another. They also take responsibility for their own safety and the safety of others around them. If they operate the vehicle in a way that is careless or reckless or fail to maintain the vehicle in a way that ensures that it won’t cause harm to others, then if they get into an accident they can be held responsible for the harm that they cause.
  • Slip and Fall Cases – These are also known as premises liability lawsuits. When a person is the owner of a property or is responsible for the management and upkeep of a property, then they have a duty of care to all people who are on that property legally to keep it reasonably safe. Failure to provide this can result in people tripping over debris or a loose carpet edge, suffering a fall in a poorly lit stairwell or from a loose handrail, or even being assaulted in an area where the building management has failed to provide adequate security.
  • Medical Malpractice – When we seek medical care from a health care professional or facility, we rely on those professionals to provide the same level of care that would be expected from another person providing the same care in the same area. When they fail to provide that level of care and a patient suffers harm as a result, then the health care practitioner can be held legally and financially responsible for the harm that they cause.
  • Product Liability – When a manufacturer or designer of a product brings it to market, they are required to ensure that it is safe for consumers to use. Examples of product liability cases include auto manufacturers who sell vehicles with faulty parts that lead to injury, drug manufacturers whose products cause deadly side effects, and toys that can cause choking hazards in children.

These are just a few of the types of personal injury lawsuits that Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can help you pursue. If you have suffered an injury as a result of another person acting in a way that was negligent, call us today to set up a free consultation to learn more about our services.

Pokemon Go Can Result in Personal Injury Claims

Have you heard about Pokemon GO? The latest mobile video game has taken the nation and the world by storm, sending players whose mobile devices have GPS capability in search of virtual creatures called Pokemon. The game has been downloaded by more than 130 million people around the world and has been praised for encouraging video game players to be more physically active, getting up off of the couch and into the fresh air. Unfortunately, it has also caused a number of serious problems, including players being injured and causing injury to others as they pay more attention to the video screens than to the world around them. The situation is bad enough when players are walking, but when they are behind the wheel of a car and concentrating on catching a creature instead of on the road, it is a recipe for disaster. Playing a game, no matter how popular or addicting, is no excuse for being careless and negligent. If you or somebody you love has been injured as a result of a Pokemon GO player’s actions or irresponsibility, then you may be eligible for compensation for the damages that you’ve suffered. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can provide you with valuable information about your rights and the steps you need to take to file a claim.

It is pretty rare to find a video game that can cause serious injury, but somehow Pokemon GO has managed to do it. The game’s developers actually have included Terms of Service that specifically indicate that those who play the game do so at their own risk and are responsible for any injury that they incur or that they cause to others. In fact, the game manufacturers even suggest that players carry some type of insurance. The language included when you download the game states, “…it is your responsibility to maintain such health, liability, hazard, personal injury, medical, life, and other insurance policies as you deem reasonably necessary for any injuries that you may incur while using the Services.” Though this language seems to warn of injury that can occur to the player, it is notable that it also mentions liability, and even goes so far to add that the company “disclaims all liability related to any property damage, personal injury or death that may occur during your use of our Services.”  What that means is that if you have been injured by a person playing Pokemon GO, then you may be entitled to compensation from that person – not from the game manufacturer.

If you have been injured by somebody playing a video game, you’re not alone. There have been numerous reports of drivers getting into accidents and people running through public spaces with their eyes glued to their smartphone screen rather than watching where they are going. These people are negligent, and legally responsible for your injuries. Call the law firm of Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers to learn more about the compensation that we can claim on your behalf.

Fall Sports and Injuries to Look Out For

America is a country that loves its sports, and that love goes far beyond being a spectator. From adults who are weekend warriors to our children who engage in school and extra-curricular athletic activities, we are out there on running tracks, soccer fields, football stadiums, and swimming pools. The general consensus is that sport is good for both our physical and mental health, but that notion ignores the fact that engaging in physical activity is not without risk. From aches and pains to concussions and fractures, engaging in sports can have painful outcomes. Though some sports injuries are a matter of bad luck, others can be clearly traced to carelessness or negligence, and that means that those who should have been exercising greater care can be held liable for the damage that’s been done. As summer winds down and we head into fall sports season, here is some valuable information on what sports injuries our kids are most vulnerable to, and what steps can be taken to prevent them. With 30 million kids involved in organized sports and 3.5 million injuries, you need this information. If your child suffers an injury and you suspect that negligence on the part of another person or entity may have been involved, call the attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers to see how we can help.

Sports related injuries can range from bumps and bruises to catastrophic injuries that lead to traumatic brain injury, paralysis, and even death. Fall sports include soccer, football, cross-country running, field hockey, and crew. Though football is responsible for the greatest number of emergency room visits among U.S, athletes, each sport that’s played can leave the kids who play them vulnerable to injury if schools or organizations are not taking the proper precautions. These injuries can include:

  • Muscle strains
  • Sprained joints
  • Abrasions
  • Cuts
  • Scrapes
  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Torn ligaments
  • Eye injuries
  • Concussion or other head trauma
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Drowning

The body parts that are most likely to be injured are the ankle, the head, the finger, the knee, and the face, and if an injury is bad enough to require medical attention, then at the very least it means that a child is experiencing pain and discomfort and that medical expenses will be incurred. The worst case scenario can be tragic.

When a child is injured playing sports and you believe that negligence is to blame, then it is important that you take action on your child’s behalf immediately. Whether a question of a school or league being insufficiently careful or the actions of an individual coach, your child may be eligible to receive compensation for their medical costs as well as for the loss of any physical ability or future potential. Even if you were required to sign a consent form that waives the sport organization’s liability, you should consult with an experienced and knowledgeable attorney from Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers to determine whether inappropriate actions or non-standard conduct played a role.  We are here to help.

Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries happen infrequently – there are fewer than 200,000 cases reported in the United States each year – but when they do occur, they are devastating. The spinal cord is not one single cord, but actually a bundle of nerves that is contained within the bones of your spine. It runs from the base of your skull all the way down to your tailbone, and it is the messenger that carries information from your body to your brain. Your spinal cord tells you about the things that you feel and controls your movements, and when the cord is injured it means that you can no longer receive those signals effectively. If you or someone you love has been impacted by a spinal cord injury, the professionals at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can help to protect your rights.

Traumatic spinal cord injuries can be fractures, crush injuries, or dislocation of the vertebrae in your spine. According to the Mayo Clinic, the leading causes of traumatic spinal cord injury in the United States is being involved in a motor vehicle or motorcycle accident. More than one-third of spinal cord injuries involve these types of accidents. Falls account for more than 25% of spinal cord injuries, and acts of violence are third. Sporting and recreational injuries are also common causes of spinal cord trauma.

A spinal cord injury can be minor and temporary, simply impacting sensation or mobility for a short period of time. Unfortunately, they are often major and can cause complete paralysis or even death. Looking at all of the many different causes of spinal cord injuries, it is easy to see that some are purely accidental, but many are caused by other people being careless or negligent. All spinal cord injuries require medical intervention that can be expensive, and when the cause of spinal cord injury is carelessness, the person or entity that is responsible can be held liable for the costs of treatment, as well as other damages. The attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers help many spinal cord injury victims to recover the money that they spend on medical treatment and rehabilitation medication, and other damages. Some of the expenses that are incurred by victims of spinal cord injury include:

  • Caregivers at home
  • Counseling and psychiatric care
  • Funeral expenses
  • Hospitalization
  • Lost wages
  • Medical care
  • Out-of-pocket expenses not covered by health insurance
  • Rehabilitation
  • Support services for the injured person’s family
  • Travel expense for medical care

Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers are knowledgeable and experienced attorneys who specialize in assisting those who have suffered spinal cord injuries to recover the expenses that they have incurred as a result of other people’s negligence. If you or someone you love has been involved in an accident resulting in a spinal cord injury, call us today to set up an appointment for a free consultation.

Slip and Falls Can Occur in the Summer: Here’s How

When you think of slip and fall accidents, do you automatically imagine somebody falling on the ice? Though that is certainly a common scenario, it is by no means the only way that people can be injured in a slip and fall. In fact, according to a study done by the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), there are 8 million emergency room visits blamed on slip and fall accidents each and every year – and rather than most of them being caused by snow or ice, 25% of them are a result of a problem with flooring and the rest are due to other problems. Slip and falls can occur in the summer as easily in the winter, and are often a result of negligence on the part of a property owner. If you have been hurt in a slip and fall accident and you believe that it was caused by somebody not paying close enough attention to the property that they manage or own, then the attorneys at Perkins Injury Lawyers can help. We are dedicated to thoroughly investigating accidents to determine their cause, and if they are a result of negligence, we make sure that the person who has been hurt gets the justice they deserve.

Slip and fall accidents can happen just about anywhere. Whether you’re in the relative safety of your own home or out shopping, at work or at play. Roughly one out of every three people who get hurt in a fall is 65 or older, and the injuries that they suffer range from minor bumps and bruises to life-threatening injuries. Medical bills to treat fractures, traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries can quickly grow to astronomical levels, and require not only recovery and rehabilitation but extensive time away from work for both the victim and the person responsible for their care. Though slip and fall injuries can be weather related, some of the most common causes of accidents include:

  •  Wet floors
  • Uneven flooring or loose carpeting
  • Poorly maintained sidewalks or walkways
  • Stairways that are broken or too narrow
  • Unguarded holes
  • Loose or faulty handrails
  • Poor lighting

During the summer months, there are increased risks of accidents occurring in areas that are wet, such as pools, or anywhere where children who have been in pools, sprinklers or water slides may have dripped water onto floors.

The attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers understand that these types of accidents can be extremely painful, and even life altering. The simple act of trying to avoid falling can lead to any injury that creates a lifetime of pain. If you have been hurt in a slip and fall accident during the summer or at any time of year, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, your lost wages, and your pain and suffering. Call us today to set up a free consultation to discuss what happened to you. We will listen carefully, answer all your questions, and give you a good understanding of your rights and how we can help.

Lasik Errors and Personal Injury

If you are somebody who has worn glasses or contacts for a long time – or who would simply prefer not to have to wear them — then the idea of having a quick surgery that would almost magically restore your vision is undoubtedly appealing. Lasik surgery is a relatively new medical technology that has provided clearer vision to many Americans. The process involves using lasers to reshape the cornea. This lets light enter the eye in a way that allows the retina to focus properly. In most cases, laser eye surgery is pain-free and provides exactly the results that are being sought, but in some instances there are complications. Though there are no guarantees and always risks involved with surgery, sometimes these complications are a result of a doctor’s negligence. If you have already had Lasik surgery and have suffered an injury that you think might be a result of carelessness, call Perkins Injury Lawyers today to set up a free consultation.

There are a number of things that can go wrong when laser surgery is done on the eye. These include:

  •  Under Correction – Under correction refers to the surgeon not providing enough of a service to have provided you with the improvement that you were seeking. Lasik surgery can be expensive and requires time out of work both for the surgery itself and for recovery. It may mean that you have paid for surgery that provided you with insufficient reshaping of corneal tissue and that leaves you needing to have more surgery, or at least was a waste of your time.
  • Over Correction — If the surgeon goes too far with their use of the laser there is a risk of losing too much corneal tissue. This can mean that your vision ends up worse than it was, and you can possibly suffer from night blindness.
  • Irregular Astigmatism or Higher Order Aberrations – When the cornea is left damaged and irregular after Lasik surgery it causes patients to start seeing multiple images.
  • GASH Injuries – When Lasik is improperly done it can leave patients suffering from vision that is affected by Glare, Arcing, Starbursts, or Halos (GASH).
  • Blindness – Complete loss of vision can occur when the surgeon makes a mistake with the laser.

When you made the decision to have Lasik surgery, you likely spent time researching in order to find a physician who would provide you with the highest level of skill. If the person that you chose was careless in their use of the laser it can leave you with injuries ranging from needing additional surgery to correct the problem to permanent disability. Not only is this extremely upsetting and time consuming, but it is also costly, and the person responsible should pay for the damage that they have done. The attorneys at Perkins Injury Lawyers are committed to helping those who have suffered personal injuries at the hands of negligent physicians. Call us today to learn more about the legal assistance we can provide.

How to Choose a Connecticut Personal Injury Attorney

Nobody anticipates needing a lawyer – especially not a personal injury lawyer. But if you’ve been hurt as a result of somebody else’s carelessness or negligence, then the only way for you to get the compensation that you deserve is to make sure that you have good legal representation. When you need to choose a Connecticut personal injury attorney, it’s important that you find somebody who not only has experience, knowledge, and a record of success in cases similar to yours, but also that you find somebody who takes the time to understand you and the harm that you’ve suffered, and with whom you feel comfortable. Whether your case ends up going before a judge and jury or you end up settling out of court, you need to feel confident that your personal injury attorney is somebody who you trust, and who you feel good about having speak for you. The attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers are highly skilled and passionate about providing our clients with the very best in legal excellence.

When choosing a Connecticut personal injury attorney, the first thing you need to do is understand that not all attorneys practice the same kind of law. Personal injury lawyers have extensive knowledge of medical issues and negligence law, as well as experience in negotiation and litigation. Do not make the mistake of thinking that an attorney without personal injury experience can handle your case – doing so runs the risk of getting less compensation than you deserve.

Spend some time doing research into different lawyers. Search websites for reviews, speak to your friends, search for information on cases similar to yours to see what attorneys other people have used. You will do well to look for an attorney who has years of experience and a good reputation, and should take the time to ensure that they have never been disbarred or disciplined for any unethical or illegal behaviors.

Once you’ve chosen a few attorneys, take the time to meet with them. Personal injury lawyers should not charge you for a consultation – in fact, most will take on your case on a contingency basis, which means that they will only get paid if they win your case for you, and then they take their fees out of your award. Be sure to ask pertinent questions, including whether they have handled cases similar to yours in the past, how long the case should take to resolve, and what their level of confidence is in your case. Ask those you feel good about for personal references, then take the time to actually call their clients and ask whether they were pleased with their outcomes and with the representation that was provided to them.

Above all, do not feel rushed or pressured into making a decision. As long as the statute of limitations is not about to run out on your case, you should take the time you need to be certain that the attorney is somebody that you will feel good about working with. To set up an appointment to discuss your case with the professionals at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, call our office today.

Have You Been Exposed to Lead Poisoning? How a Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help

Though lead was widely used throughout the United States in construction, paint, and other applications, in recent years its dangers have become well known and its uses have become severely restricted. Landlords and property owners whose buildings may hide household lead are legally responsible for notifying tenants or potential buyers of that possibility, and when those warnings are not given they can be held legally responsible for any damages that ensue. Exposure to lead can result in serious and enduring physical harm. If you or someone you love has exhibited signs of lead poisoning or been diagnose with lead poisoning, the attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can help.

The state of Connecticut takes lead poisoning very seriously. The state government’s official website indicates that childhood lead poisoning is the most pervasive and common pediatric health problem, and cites reduced IQ, learning disabilities and behavioral problems as some of the injuries that it causes. The state’s lead screening laws are among the strictest in the country, and have shown that an average of 60,000 children with lead in their systems per year, with over 2,000 per year having levels high enough to be classified as being poisoned. Much of this is a result of the fact that three out of four of Connecticut’s housing was built prior to 1980, putting the state in the top ten of those with lead poisoning risk. Though many programs have been put into place to help landlords and property owners cover the costs of eliminating lead in buildings, many have chosen to ignore this. Under state law, this can lead to fines or imprisonment – but it can also lead to personal injury lawsuits being successfully filed against them for the damage that has been caused.

The damage that lead can do is extensive. Lead poisoning can lead to

  •  Nervous system damage leading to reduced IQ, behavioral problems, irritability and aggressive behavior, reduction in sense of touch
  • Constipation, pain and cramping in the abdomen
  • Slowed body growth
  • Hearing problems
  • Kidney damage
  • Anemia
  • Low appetite and energy
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches

In Connecticut, most lead poisoning cases affecting children are a result of lead paint, but there is also the risk of lead poisoning to adults at home and in the workplace. Even for those who have health insurance, lead poisoning can impose remarkable economic burden in terms of treatment, and depending upon the severity of the situation, can create lifelong problems that go beyond the coverage that medical insurance provides. The personal injury attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers are able to help you hold the landlord or property owner responsible for your medical and financial costs, as well as any long-term damage that you or your child have suffered. Contact us today to set up a free consultation to discuss your case, and let us tell you how we can help.


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