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Have Headaches & Other Symptoms? You May Have Undiagnosed Chiari 1 Malformation

If you or a loved one has frequent headaches in the back of the head, the pain may be caused by a condition called Chiari 1 malformation.  This is a medical condition that can become serious but often goes undiagnosed. This condition can lead to serious health complications or cause sudden death, so it’s important to get a proper diagnosis. Here’s what you need to know. What is Chiari 1 malformation & what are the main symptoms A Chiari 1 malformation is a medical condition which causes the base of the brain to be larger than it should be. This makes the malformation extend into the opening for the spinal column at the base of the skull, which is where your spinal fluid flows. This extension of the malformation into the opening can cause the spinal fluid to be blocked, which can lead to paralysis and problems with any or all major organs. Most people with this medical condition complain of headaches in the back of the head, with pressure radiating upwards. The headaches may worsen when you are bending over, laughing or coughing. When attempting to get help from a physician, the patients may be told they are simply under too much stress. Other symptoms you may not realize are related, but your physician should It’s important for your physician to know about other seemingly-unrelated symptoms of Chiari 1 malformation that you may be experiencing, such as tingling in fingers and toes, shortness of breath, blurred vision, excessive slobber, slurring of words, ringing in ears, clumsiness, and fatigue. Of course, from your perspective, it’s highly likely that you don’t think there’s a connection between your headaches and any other symptoms you may have. Therefore, you may not think to tell your physician about the other symptoms. However, it’s his or her job to ask you. If not, then he or she may have breached their duty of care to you.  How it’s diagnosed & treated The only way to properly diagnose Chiari 1 malformation is through a CT scan. After the malformation is noticed on a CT scan, your physician should refer you to a neurosurgeon who should order a cine MRI. The flow of the cerebral spinal fluid around the malformation can be watched on a cine MRI, which is basically a movie image instead of a still image. It is recommended that people with this condition have repeated CTs and cine MRIs on a continuing basis to keep tabs on their condition. The frequency is recommended on a case-by-case basis. Chiari 1 malformation is treated with brain surgery when the condition compromises the patient’s life. During the surgery, a neurosurgeon removes a...

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5 Financial Effects Of A Fisherman Injured In A Car Accident

Fishing is not only a great hobby, but for many who love to cast a line, it becomes an extra source of income. When a car crash injury limits your ability to fish, that extra income and financial investment could be all washed down the drain. Instead of taking the loss, a car crash attorney can help you reach a settlement and receive compensation for your loss. The fishing financial effects are just one part of your case, but it can be a huge factor in the settlement you receive. Read and learn about five different ways a car accident injury can effect you financially. Fishing for Meals A lot of fisherman go out on the water to catch their next meal. Without the ability to fish, new plans need to be made to support the meals in your home. By working with an attorney, you have the ability to calculate the amount of meals you ate fish for and needed replacements for. The extra time to purchase groceries and cook meals could make a large financial difference on your daily life. Not only does it affect your personal meals, but some fisherman choose to sell fish to local farmer’s markets or grocery stores. If you received any income by selling fish, you should be compensated for this loss of income. An attorney can use past sales receipts and different fishing seasons to help calculate the potential loss. Damaged Fishing Equipment The car accident that you were involved in may not have just done damage to your body. If you commonly tow fishing equipment, the damage done could become a part of loss. This is especially significant if you have any type of boating equipment attached to your car. Whether it’s a fishing boat or canoe, a car accident could result in hundreds of dollars worth of damage. The trailer that you carry fishing equipment on could be a part of the damages, too. Before taking a quick settlement, it’s a good idea to consult with an attorney to make sure you are receiving full replacement value for all of your damaged fishing equipment. Wasted Bait At the time of your accident, your home could have been stocked with a lot of valuable fishing bait. Whether it’s worms, shiners, or other live bait, the prices for bait can quickly add up. If you’re stuck at a hospital or healing from your injury, all of that bait can go to waste. Before throwing any bait or fishing accessories away, take pictures first. These pictures can act as evidence for your case. Fishing Tournaments & Clubs Catching the big fish is not only worth the pride,...

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Determining Actual Causation In Personal Injury Cases: 3 Tests To Use

Personal injury cases can take a long time to settle – mostly because it can be difficult to determine actual causation. If you’re unsure which party should be held liable for the negligent action that caused your accident, speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as you can with the evidence you have compiled. Most attorneys will use several tests to come to an informed conclusion. This article will look at 3 of the most common tests used. The “But For” Test The “but for” test is perhaps the simplest test used by personal injury attorneys to determine causation. The test simply fills in the blank of the following question: “but for the existence of X, would Y have occurred?” X is considered as the actual causation and Y is the accident or the injury caused. Although the “but for” test is generally quite useful, it can be ineffective if there are concurrent causes, sufficient combined causes and market share evidence. A concurrent cause is defined as when two separate negligent acts resulted in the injury or harm and both negligent acts are liable. A sufficient combined cause is defined when two separate negligent acts could have resulted in the injury and either of which would have been sufficient. Market share evidence is defined as injuries caused by products made by different manufacturers. In this situation, it is difficult to determine which manufacturer is liable. If there are any discrepancies after the “but for” test, your personal injury attorney may need to apply an addition test to determine which negligent party is most liable for your injuries. The Direct Causation Test The direct causation test is much simpler, and only addresses the metaphysical concept of causation. In short, it does not take into account whether the negligent party would have been able to foresee the possibility of harm as long as his or her actions were responsible for the accident. The direct causation test also does not take into account the culpability of the negligent party. In fact, it only looks at whether there was an intervening cause between the negligent act and the harm. An intervening cause can be better defined as three separate conditions. The intervening cause needs to be independent of the original act being tested in the direct causation test, be a voluntary action and occur between the timeframe of the original act by the negligent party and the accident. For an action to be deemed as the cause, there must not be an intervening cause. The Harm within the Risk Test The strictest of the causation tests is probably the ‘harm within the risk test’, which was...

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Truck Tire Blowouts – These Road Gators May Really Have A Bite

All you have to do is drive any stretch of a major roadway, and you will see the result of truck tire blowouts. These are the large pieces of rubber, which are often scattered all over the road. Often referred to as road gators, due to their appearance. These remnants are not only dangerous when they initially fly off the offending truck, but continue to be dangerous while lying in the road. If you are injured due to an accident caused by a truck tire blowout, who is to blame? It may be more people than you think. How Deadly Can Road Gators Be? Although the average weight of a car tire is somewhere around 22 pounds, a truck tire can weigh 120 pounds or more. This means when a tire blows, and the rubber shreds off of the axle, there can be a considerable amount of weight hurling through the air. These hurling remnants can cause accidents in a wide variety of ways.  Flying tire remnants can crack or break your windshield. They can cause dents and other damage to your vehicle.  Remnants can cause you to swerve into oncoming traffic, off the shoulder of the road, or lose control of your car. Depending on the tire blown, it can cause the truck to swerve, jackknife, or lose control, etc. Unfortunately, depending on where the tire is located on the truck or the trailer, the truck that blows the tire, may not even be aware the tire has blown. This is especially true if the tire is located on a double axle trailer. This is because the other tires will often compensate for the missing tire, at least for a short period of time. This means the truck, and truck driver, may continue down the road, while you are being left to deal with the aftermath.  What Causes Truck Tires To Blow? The most common causes of truck tire failure usually are one or two reasons: Defective Tires – Unfortunately, just like any other product manufactured, there are defects. Many times these defective tires are sold and not discovered to be defective until there has been several complaints filed against them. This may result in the tires being recalled, but it is often difficult to get this information out to all of the trucking companies, especially the small independent truckers. A list of tire recalls can be found on the DOT’s website. Failure To Maintain Tires – Damaged and worn tires are prime candidates to blow. Trucking companies have a duty to ensure the tires on their trucks meet the minimum DOT tread depth requirements. These requirements are 4/32 of an inch on...

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3 Things Parents Should Know About Birth Injury Lawsuits

The day that your child is born should be among the happiest days of your life. However, a birth injury can turn what should be a celebration into a day of worry and fear. And the complications that stem from those injuries can last for years, or even for a lifetime. If your baby was injured at birth, seeking appropriate and effective medical treatment should be your first priority. However, medical treatment costs money, and the person or institution responsible for your baby’s injuries may be liable for the bill. Take a look at a few things that you need to know about suing for birth injuries. The Difference Between Birth Injuries and Birth Defects Many people don’t understand the difference between birth injuries and birth defects. Essentially, a birth injury is something that happens to your child during the deliver process that caused an injury or a disorder. A birth defect is a disorder that your child is genetically predisposed to. In both cases, your child is “born with” the problem, but in the case of a birth injury, the problem could have been avoided, whereas a defect could not have been avoided. It’s possible that your doctor or the hospital staff will tell you that your child has a birth defect when they really have a birth injury. There are a couple of reasons why this may happen, including simple misdiagnosis – birth injuries and birth defects often share similar symptoms, and it may not be obvious that an injury occurred during the birth. It’s unlikely that your medical providers will purposely mislead you, but it’s entirely possible for them to be mistaken, so it’s important to find out if a birth injury did in fact occur, both for legal purposes and for the purpose of making sure your child gets the correct treatment. Getting opinions from one or more specialists can help you determine the source of your child’s disability. Who is Responsible? If a specialist determines that your child suffered a birth injury, the next question is who should be held responsible. While it might seem like a no-brainer to hold the delivering doctor responsible for the injury, it’s not always that straightforward. Hospital policies that were harmful to your child may have played a role in the injury, in which case, you may have a case against the hospital instead of, or in addition to, the delivering doctor. If the injury was caused by a piece of medical equipment that was defective, or a drug that was tainted or that had unexpected dangerous side effects, then you may have a case against the medical device manufacturer, the drug manufacturer,...

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