Personal Injury

What is a Coup-Contrecoup Brain Injury?

When an external force causes the brain to hit the inside of the skull repeatedly, causing damage to the brain in multiple areas, it is called a coup-contrecoup (pronounced “coo” and “contra coo”) brain injury. A coup injury refers to the damage from the initial point of impact, whereas contrecoup describes the injury that occurs on the opposite side of the brain at the additional point(s) of impact. What Causes a Coup-Contrecoup Injury? There are certain types...
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What Is the Eggshell Skull Rule?

The “Eggshell Skull Rule” is a longstanding principle in personal injury law that states plaintiffs (victims) must be taken as you find them. In other words, when a plaintiff is more susceptible to injury, the defendant (at-fault party) can still be liable for their damages, even if the accident would not have injured an average person. How the Eggshell Skull Rule is Applied to Personal Injury Claims In personal injury cases, the defendant is responsible for making...
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What Is A Deposition?

A deposition is a legal tool used to take a witness’s testimony under oath before trial. During a deposition, lawyers for each side ask questions to establish and discover relevant facts to a personal injury case. In other words, depositions help provide a complete understanding of what occurred and who was involved. Deposition Basics Depositions are critical to the discovery phase of a personal injury case, which is when the parties obtain and share the information they...
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What Is the Difference Between Personal Injury and Bodily Injury?

If you are filing an insurance claim or civil lawsuit after an accident caused by another party’s negligence, you have likely heard the terms personal injury and bodily injury. Although they sound similar, there are critical differences between the two. The Definition of Personal Injury “Personal injury” is a legal term for a type of civil action that allows a victim to recover damages due to an injury caused by another party. It is a much broader...
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What is a Soft-Tissue Injury?

Any damage to the body’s connective tissues, such as muscles, tendons, or ligaments, is called a soft tissue injury. They can result in immediate pain, swelling, and bruising. Common Types of Soft-Tissue Injuries The most common types of soft-tissue injuries include: Ankle Sprains: Ligaments that support the ankle are stretched beyond their limits and can tear. Back Strain: Injury to the muscle or tendon in the back due to stretching or tearing of a ligament. Whiplash: The...
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