July 2013

Don’t Fall Victim to Carelessness

July 13, 2013, by Michael A. DeMayo

Things to remember if you ever fall on someone’s property…

If you were injured while on another person’s premises there are a few things that an attorney will want to know about how the accident happened. After a fall or other incident, you may be severely injured and need medical treatment, but there are several factors that will be important to a case if you don’t want to be left on the hook for your medical bills. In the Carolinas like many other states, a person who owns the premises has a responsibility to warn you of dangers that the owner knows about on the property. This includes any dangers that the property owner may not know about but still should have known about that a person visiting the property may not have discovered on his own without such a warning. The date, time and location of the accident are the most obvious things to remember and could likely be discovered later if you forget those.

The less obvious things to remember are how the accident happened. This may include your movement. Were you walking, running, skipping or hopping? Were you texting, talking to a friend, or reading a billboard while you were walking? Is this a place you visit often? These factors may be crucial because it helps determine, if you in any way were partly responsible for the accident that caused your injuries. Also, it is important to remember with particularity, the reason for the accident. Did you slip on a water puddle? Did your leg get caught in the elevator door? Did you slip on a banana peel?

Additionally, take a mental note of how that dangerous condition got there and if possible, how long had that dangerous condition been there? For example, a banana peel that is brown and spotty may indicate that the banana peel has been there a while, and a property owner knew or should have known it was there. On the other hand, if there is a brown spotty banana peel, on the ground, it should be obvious to someone on another person’s property. Instead of old fruit, maybe you slipped on a water puddle. Was it raining outside? Was water being tracked into the area where you fell, similar to how it would any other day it rained?

Finally, were there signs up in the area to indicate to you there was a dangerous area? Pooling liquid under the drink machine at a fast food joint? Was the sign big enough? Instead of putting the sign out, was it a slow time of day for the restaurant, and someone could have just as easily wiped up the dangerous condition?

These are all important things to remember about an accident in your hurt. When you speak with an attorney after the accident, these will be factors that may be important in holding the property owner responsible for your injuries.

If something like this has happened to you, please call the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo at 877-333-1000.

More Training for More Truckers

July 3, 2013, by Michael A. DeMayo

I heard something on the news the other day that got me thinking. There is a training program in North Carolina that works with CDL hopefuls to ensure that they have been trained as much as reasonably possible prior to letting ‘em loose on the roads.

An additional piece of good news that came with this is that there will be several new jobs in North Carolina.  The working conditions for truckers have been regulated somewhat such as a maximum amount of mileage or hours per week. Regulations like this one are most likely to protect the truckers and other drivers on the road.  Of course, things can always happen. 

If you have been injured by an auto accident in North Carolina that involved a tractor trailer you need to find out what your rights are.  The additional training and regulation are likely justified for the benefit of the public’s safety and when accidents occur that involve tractor trailers you can bet there are going to be more parties involved than if the accident just involved standard vehicles.

If this has happened to you, contact our office today to see what your options may be.  We can give you a free case evaluation and likely open your eyes to some concerns you haven’t even considered.  Our number is 877-333-1000 and our website demayolaw.com has a place for you to get Charlotte legal resources.

What Will the “World’s Most Detailed Brain Scans” Mean for North Carolina Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment?

July 3, 2013, by Michael A. DeMayo

North Carolina traumatic brain injury victims (and their families) often feel frustrated because they lack comprehensive information about prognoses.

TBI is a very, very complicated and poorly understood catalogue of conditions. Although most people talk about traumatic brain injury as a “single thing” — it’s more likely that there are many different types of TBI, even if commonalities exist among these different “species” of disorder.

Fortunately, scientists are making headway in terms of understanding how the brain works — particularly, our imaging capabilities are getting better and better.

BBC News recently reported that scientists connected with the Human Connectome Project are publishing “the most detailed brain scans the world has ever seen.” So far, the researchers have published the scans of more than five-dozen adults, and they hope to scan 1,200 brains and include DNA and behavioral traits in the data. They are making the
info available to neuroscientists for free.

Professor David Van Essen told the BBC “we are very optimistic that as the community delves… into these data sets, they will reveal new insights into the brain circuits of healthy adults.” The volunteers engaged in many tasks during the scans, including gambling, doing math, manipulating their bodies, etc. Professor Van Essen hopes that this analysis will “uncover which neural pathways are important in determining human behaviors.”

With these better scanning methods, researchers may better understand the neural circuits that relate to various activities and emotional states. By understanding how normal brains work — and what they look like when they are working normally — researchers will also be able to help people who struggle with cognitive dysfunctions, like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s disease, and traumatic brain injury.

For instance, researchers might be able to look at a brain scan of your friend or loved one who suffered a concussion in North Carolina (or some other kind of TBI) and compare that brain map to the map of a cognitively normal person to determine what therapies might be appropriate, what drugs might be appropriate, what kind of training might be most useful, and so forth.

We are a long way away from serious practical applications of this kind of scanning technology, but we are headed in the right direction. Don’t let this discourage you. Recovering from serious brain injury is a long term proposition, after all. After all, your goal is long term health and wellbeing — optimized based on your accident history and other factors.

The sooner that you can begin to understand not only the injury itself but also your legal options, the more at ease you will feel about your long term situation. Get in touch with the DeMayo Law team today to go over your options and to protect your rights. Call us now at (877) 529-1222 for insight and a free case consultation.


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