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How Is Soft Tissue Damage Categorized in an Auto Insurance Claim?

Published on May 21, 2020 at 12:16 pm in Car Accident.
How Is Soft Tissue Damage Categorized in an Auto Insurance Claim?

Car accidents have the potential to result in an array of injuries. When we think about injuries, we often think of broken bones, lacerations, and head trauma; however, soft tissue damage is a problem that many car accident victims experience. If you’ve sustained soft tissue damage, you may be dealing with serious pain and discomfort that could hinder your ability to work.

Because soft tissue injuries are typically not visible to the eye, it can be challenging to seek compensation for them when negligence played a role in your accident. It’s important to understand how soft tissue damage is categorized in an auto insurance claim, so you can maximize your chances of receiving the compensation you need to recover and get your life back in order.

How Serious Does a Collision Have to Be for Airbags to Deploy?

Published on May 14, 2020 at 11:48 am in Car Accident.
How Serious Does a Collision Have to Be for Airbags to Deploy?

Your vehicle is outfitted with a number of safety features like blind-spot mirrors, brake assist, seat belts, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and more. One of the most important safety features in any vehicle is the airbags. In the event of a collision, airbags protect passengers from making contact with the inside parts of the vehicle—like the doors, windows, steering wheel, or dashboard.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), front airbags saved 50,457 lives from 1987 to 2017. Let’s take a look at how airbags work, how they protect vehicle passengers, and what happens if an airbag fails to deploy.

How to Prove You Weren’t at Fault in a Car Accident

Published on May 14, 2020 at 11:29 am in Car Accident.
How to Prove You Weren’t at Fault in a Car Accident

Car accidents can cause extensive injuries and damages to you and your vehicle. After an accident, you might be worried about paying for your medical and mechanic bills, but if the accident wasn’t your fault, you shouldn’t have to pay those fees. If you can prove that you weren’t at fault for the accident, then you could get to a more stable place financially, but how can you prove that?

At the Law Offices of Todd W. Burris, PLLC, we know how hard it can be to handle a car accident that wasn’t your fault. We can help you prove the other party was at fault from recklessness or negligence, or if it wasn’t the driver’s fault, it could be the fault of their car manufacturer for a defective part. Whatever the case may be, if it wasn’t your fault, you shouldn’t have to pay. Let’s take a look at how you can build your case to prove you weren’t at fault in a car accident.

Can You Protect a Loved One in a Nursing Home from the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Published on Apr 13, 2020 at 3:49 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.
Can You Protect a Loved One in a Nursing Home from the COVID-19 Pandemic?

COVID-19 has forced us all inside to shelter from the spread, but some people are not in the comfort of their own homes, and instead are in nursing homes under the care of others. Even though you trust the workers at their facility, the restrictions on visitations in nursing homes make things difficult for you and your loved one. They might not understand why you’re not visiting, and you might feel guilty for not being able to see them every day like you used to.

You might feel like the virus is far away and has not yet affected Lexington, but recently a staff member of an unnamed nursing home in our county has tested positive. On top of that, at least 152 nursing home residents have been infected and 16 have died. This is where COVID-19 is most dangerous, and why you might feel the need to protect your loved one in a nursing home.

A Message to Our Clients and Community Regarding COVID-19

Published on Apr 8, 2020 at 8:15 am in Firm News.

At Law Office of Todd W. Burris, we take the health and safety of our clients, team members, family members, and local community seriously. As the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic continues to spread, we want to reassure everyone that our lawyers remain hard at work providing legal services to those who need it.

We have made the decision to work remotely in order to do our part to limit our community’s exposure to the virus. We are asking that our clients and anyone who needs to reach out to us do so by telephone or email. All of our staff members are equipped to handle requests in this manner.

How Are Personal Injury Case Settlements Distributed?

Published on Apr 7, 2020 at 2:37 pm in Personal Injury.
How Are Personal Injury Case Settlements Distributed?

If you’re considering filing a personal injury claim against a party you believe acted negligently and caused your injuries, one of your primary concerns likely revolves around the possibility of reaching a settlement and receiving the compensation you need.

Understanding how settlements are distributed can seem confusing, but when you work with our law firm, we’ll make sure you understand what you’re entitled to and how you can work towards receiving it.

The Dangers of Using Tires That Are Under-Inflated

Published on Mar 6, 2020 at 9:08 am in Car Accident.
The Dangers of Using Tires That Are Under-Inflated

Your safety while driving relies on having tires with good tread and plenty of air. While having tires that are slightly under-inflated for a little while won’t cause too much damage, when they’re severely under-inflated, a lot can go wrong with your car.

Thankfully, a lot of newer cars have Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) that alert you with a dash light when your tires need air. But if you have an older car, you might not know that your tires are too low until it’s too late. Keep reading to find out what can happen if you leave your tires under-inflated for too long, and how to tell when you need to put air in your tires.

What Are Jackknife Accidents and How Do They Happen?

Published on Feb 27, 2020 at 10:44 am in Truck Accident.
What Are Jackknife Accidents and How Do They Happen?

When a semitruck is in a collision, sometimes it can cause a jackknife, which is when the cab and trailer fold in toward one another. The two parts of the up to 80,000-pound vehicle form a 90-degree angle, which is not only dangerous, but also looks unnatural and scary. In very bad accidents, the angle is even smaller, which can cause the cab and trailer to collapse into themselves.

Jackknife accidents are dangerous for semitruck drivers and regular vehicle drivers alike. Commercial truck drivers are in danger during a jackknife because the trailer hitting the cab can be deadly. Drivers of the surrounding regular vehicles are also in danger if they are in the path of the trailer, cab, or truck as a whole while folding. Even though the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reported that less than five percent of fatal accidents involve jackknifed tractor trailers, they are still serious scenarios to be aware of.

The Difference Between a First Party and Third Party Insurance Claim

Published on Feb 6, 2020 at 9:51 am in Personal Injury.
The Difference Between a First Party and Third Party Insurance Claim

If you’ve been hurt in an accident, there may be grounds to file a personal injury claim. If this is the case, there are several steps you’ll need to take to work towards receiving the compensation you need to recover. In many personal injury cases, insurance companies are involved. What you may not realize, however, is that the type of claim you file could change depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident.

If you’ve been injured, you may need to file either a first-party or third-party claim. In some cases, you may need to file both. Understanding the difference is an important part of building a successful case for yourself. Our attorneys will not only explain the difference, but we’ll make sure the appropriate claim is filed for your unique situation, so your chances of maximizing your compensation increase.

Can a Loved One Be Injured by Physical Restraints in a Care Facility?

Published on Jan 30, 2020 at 2:07 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.
Can a Loved One Be Injured by Physical Restraints in a Care Facility?

Residents in nursing homes often need around the clock care. While those in charge of care may face certain challenges, this never means they can violate the residents’ rights. For example, when taking care of residents with dementia or other forms of memory loss, the resident can become confused or agitated. Acting out verbally and physically are both situations the staff may have to deal with. However, this doesn’t allow the staff to cause any harm to the resident. Sometimes, some nursing homes resort to using restrains to stay in control of the resident. While there may be some situations where retrains may be used to protect the resident from harm, there are many ways that a nursing home can use restraints that are in violation of the resident’s rights.

If you’re concerned about your loved one’s treatment in a nursing home, seek help immediately. Your loved one deserves to be in a safe environment where they’re getting the care they need. Then, you can start seeking your legal options with a lawyer at your side.

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