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Most Common Slip and Fall Injuries

Most Common Slip and Fall Injuries

Most Common Slip and Fall InjuriesApproximately 9 million emergency room visits each year are associated from injuries suffered from a slip and fall accident. Slip and fall accidents are the second leading cause of unintentional death in the United States. These statistics are from the National Safety Council. Recovery from a serious slip and fall accident often requires extensive medical care and physical rehabilitation that can be very costly. In some severe cases, a slip and fall accident can leave a victim disabled or requiring around the clock care or even death. If you or a family member has been seriously injured in a slip and fall accident, you may have a legal claim for compensation. Hiring a slip and fall accident attorney from Brent Gordon Law Firm in Idaho Falls or Pocatello can help you to obtain a fair settlement for your case. Call our Idaho Falls or Pocatello law office now for a free consultation regarding your slip and fall case by calling 208-232-7274.

The following are some of the most common slip and fall injuries to be aware of in case you or a loved one is ever suffering from such an injury.

Most Common Slip and Fall Injuries

Head Injuries

The most common cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI) are falls, according to the CDC. Some minor concussions can heal with rest. However, a severe head injury can cause ongoing seizures, mood changes, cognitive impairment as well as other debilitating symptoms. The CDC says, 40 percent of all TBIs in the U.S. require emergency room care, hospitalization or lead to death.

Back and Spinal Cord Injuries

Force of impact from a slip and fall accident can fracture vertebrae or cause herniated discs. These kinds of injuries to the spinal cord can lead to temporary or permanent paralysis, neurologic and sensory impairments. Falls cause more than a quarter of all spinal cord injuries according to the Mayo Clinic.

Hip Fractures

Over 95 percent of broken hips are suffered by falls according to the CDC. Typically, a hip fracture requires surgery and about a week of hospitalization followed by extensive rehabilitation.

Shoulder Injuries

A slip and fall accident may result in shoulder dislocation or a “brachial plexus injury.” These are painful injuries treated by surgery and followed up with physical therapy to rehabilitate the injured limb and joint.

Fractures and Sprains

When a person slips or trips they can easily twist a knee or ankle and sprain the connective ligaments at those joints. The impact of landing on the ground or hitting something while falling can break bones. Falls cause the most fractures suffered by older adults whose bones are already weak from age, according to the CDC. The most common fractures suffered from slip and fall accidents including the hip, spine, forearm, leg, ankle, pelvis, upper arm and hand.

Contact a Slip and Fall Attorney in Idaho Falls or Pocatello After an Accident

Call our Idaho Falls or Pocatello law office at (208) 232-7274 for a free consultation with an experienced accident attorney. We can usually tell you over the phone if you have a good case. The law office of Brent Gordon Law Firm believes every client deserves excellent and fair representation. We will fight for you again big insurance companies with deep pockets.

Idaho Falls Law Office

Our Idaho Falls, Idaho law office services clients in and surrounding Idaho Falls, including for injuries and accidents in Ammon, Rigby, injuries and accidents in Shelley and Blackfoot, and injuries and accidents in Rexburg. If you are looking for an attorney in the Idaho Falls area, visit or call our Idaho Falls office now. 3423 Merlin Dr., Idaho Falls, ID 83404 Phone:(208) 552-0467

 

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Pocatello Law Office

Our Pocatello, Idaho law office services clients in and surrounding Pocatello, including for injuries and accidents in Chubbuck. If you are looking for an attorney in the Pocatello area, call our Pocatello office now. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. Call (208) 232-7274 for a free consultation. 154 North Main St. Pocatello, ID 83204 Phone:(208) 232-7274

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Bicycle Riding Tips for Young Children

Bicycle Riding Tips for Young Children

Bicycle Riding Tips for Young ChildrenA young boy was hit by a pickup truck while riding his bicycle according to the Idaho Falls Police department. The bicycle accident occurred when a pickup truck was turning left onto 14th street from Holmes in Idaho Falls. Police say the boy was sent to a nearby medical center for evaluation of injuries. The following are some bicycle riding tips for young children.

Bicycle Riding Tips for Young Children

Riding in the street is the safest place for a bicyclist. However, children under the age of 10 are better off riding on the sidewalk. Children under 10 are not mature enough to make difficult decisions necessary to safely ride in the street. The following are some tips to teach children so they can avoid a bicycle accident.

  • Watch for vehicles coming out or turning into driveways.
  • Stop at corners of sidewalks and streets to look for cars.
  • Before crossing a street, make eye contact for any drivers who may stop for you.
  • Always enter a street at a corner not between parked cars.
  • Alert pedestrians on the sidewalk that you are near by saying, “Excuse me,” or “Passing on your left.” You could also use a bell or horn to alert others.
  • Always wear a bicycle helmet that fits properly.
  • Check the equipment of your bicycle. Be sure the tires are properly inflated; the brakes are working and your bike seat is adjusted correctly for comfort.

Idaho Falls Bicycle Injury Attorneys

The bicycle accident attorneys and lawyers of Brent Gordon Law Firm understand how to get a fair settlement for their clients. We are here to assist victims of bike accidents in PocatelloBlackfootIdaho FallsRigbyRexburg, and other surrounding areas. Our experienced bicycle accident lawyers will take steps to ensure your rights are fully protected. The law office of Brent Gordon will seek recovery for all of your damages and maximize your recovery and settlement. Our injury lawyers have successfully represented bicyclists and obtained impressive settlements for our bicycle accident clients.

Idaho Falls Law Office

Our Idaho Falls, Idaho law office services clients in and surrounding Idaho Falls, including for injuries and accidents in Ammon, Rigby, injuries and accidents in Shelley and Blackfoot, and injuries and accidents in Rexburg. If you are looking for an attorney in the Idaho Falls area, visit or call our Idaho Falls office now. 3423 Merlin Dr., Idaho Falls, ID 83404 Phone:(208) 552-0467

 

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Pocatello Law Office

Our Pocatello, Idaho law office services clients in and surrounding Pocatello, including for injuries and accidents in Chubbuck. If you are looking for an attorney in the Pocatello area, call our Pocatello office now. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. Call (208) 232-7274 for a free consultation. 154 North Main St. Pocatello, ID 83204 Phone:(208) 232-7274

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Motorcycle vs Horse Trailer Accident on State Highway 28

Motorcycle vs Horse Trailer Accident on State Highway 28

Motorcycle vs Horse Trailer Accident on State Highway 28Idaho State Police investigated a motorcycle vs horse trailer accident on State Highway 28. A pickup truck pulling a horse trailer attempted to make a left turn from southbound State Highway 28 onto Nicholia Rand Road when a motorcycle attempted to pass on the left. The motorcyclist struck the rear of the pickup truck and came to rest under the horse trailer’s hitch. Due to serious injuries from the motorcycle accident, the motorcyclist was transported by air ambulance to a nearby medical center in Idaho Falls for immediate medical attention. State Highway 28 was blocked for nearly an hour and a half following the motorcycle accident while crews worked to clear the accident. The following are a few rules for passing another vehicle you should keep in mind to stay safe on the road.

Rules for Passing Another Vehicle

Attempting to pass another vehicle creates a risk for yourself and others on the road. Unless passing is completely necessary because of a slow-moving vehicle in front, avoid making unnecessary traffic maneuvers or continuously changing lanes or passing other vehicles.

  1. When it is necessary to pass, the law requires you to only pass on the left (using the left lane). Only pass on the right when absolutely necessary to avoid a traffic hazard and only when it is safe to do so.
  2. When passing a motorcycle, remember to give the bikers the same full land width as other vehicles. Never drive in the same lane as the motorcyclist.
  3. The law requires you to signal at least 100 feet before changing lanes.
  4. Before attempting to pass on a two-lane road, check pavement markings and signs to be sure it is legal to pass.
  5. If another vehicle is attempting to pass you, be courteous by slowing down a bit and allowing them to safely pass.
  6. Check your mirrors and look over your should to be sure traffic is clear before attempting to pass.

When Passing is Illegal

  • A DO NOT PASS sign is on the roadway.
  • The center line on the roadway is a double solid yellow line or there is a solid yellow line on your side.
  • Passing a vehicle traveling at or above the posted speed limit. In order to pass, you would have to go at least 10-15 miles per hour faster.
  • There is not enough time to pass the vehicle in front of you and return safely to your lane before confronting oncoming traffic within 200 feet of your vehicle.
  • You are within 100 feet of a bridge or railroad crossing.
  • You are behind a school bus that is loading or unloading children.

Southeast Idaho Personal Injury Lawyers

Brent Gordon Law Firm handles personal injury cases for clients throughout Southeast Idaho, with two convenient offices in Idaho Falls and Pocatello, Idaho. Our law firm staff and attorneys focus their practice on injury cases, including car accidents, motorcycle accidents, wrongful death, and workers’ compensation so they bring years of experience and substantial knowledge to ensure you get a great settlement. Call our Idaho Falls law office at (208) 552-0467 or our Pocatello law office at (208) 232-7274 to get started on your personal injury case.

Idaho Falls Law Office

Our Idaho Falls, Idaho law office services clients in and surrounding Idaho Falls, including for injuries and accidents in Ammon, Rigby, injuries and accidents in Shelley and Blackfoot, and injuries and accidents in Rexburg. If you are looking for an attorney in the Idaho Falls area, visit or call our Idaho Falls office now. 3423 Merlin Dr., Idaho Falls, ID 83404 Phone:(208) 552-0467

 

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Pocatello Law Office

Our Pocatello, Idaho law office services clients in and surrounding Pocatello, including for injuries and accidents in Chubbuck. If you are looking for an attorney in the Pocatello area, call our Pocatello office now. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. Call (208) 232-7274 for a free consultation. 154 North Main St. Pocatello, ID 83204 Phone:(208) 232-7274

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Key Evidence to Collect Following a Semi-Truck Accident

Key Evidence to Collect Following a Semi-Truck Accident

Key Evidence to Collect Following a Semi-Truck AccidentAfter being involved in a semi-truck accident, the first thing you should do is call 911 for emergency services. A police officer will arrive to gather evidence and create a police report. This will help your semi-truck accident case later. However, there is evidence you can collect following a semi-truck accident that may also help your case. If you are physically able, check on other possible victims and then wait for the police to arrive. Always be sure to receive any medical treatment you need even if you don’t feel hurt. Some symptoms take time to develop. The following is key evidence to collect following a semi-truck accident if you are able, that can greatly help your semi-truck accident case.

Key Evidence to Collect Following a Semi-Truck Accident

Semi-Truck Driver Information

  • Truck driver’s full name
  • Company name
  • Contact information of the truck driver
  • Contact information of the trucking company
  • The license plate number of the semi-truck
  • Semi-truck information
  • Insurance information
  • Truck driver’s license number
  • What the truck driver was hauling

Witness Information

If anyone witnessed the semi-truck accident, ask them to stay until police have arrived to take down statement from them. You should also ask them for the following information

  • Name
  • Phone number
  • What they witnessed

Photographs of the Accident

Take photos of the following damages.

  • Damages to all vehicles involved in the semi-truck accident
  • Any injuries sustained
  • Road conditions
  • Any other damages to the collision area

Hire a Semi-Truck Attorney Immediately

Semi-truck companies are required by federal law to keep documents about their trucks and their drivers but after a period of time, they may destroy those documents.  You need to hire a semi-truck attorney immediately after a truck accident.  If the driver of the commercial truck was negligent, evidence needs to be preserved that can be used to demonstrate that the trucking company and its driver are responsible.  An attorney can protect your rights by sending a special letter called a spoliation letter to the trucking company.  After receipt of the letter, the trucking company will be forced to preserve the documents.  If the documents show a pattern of willful and reckless behavior, you may be entitled to recover punitive damages.

Do not hurt your chances of obtaining a full recovery by waiting to hire a semi truck accident attorney. After the trucking company has destroyed valuable evidence that you could have used to prove your case, you may not receive as great of a settlement. Call Brent Gordon Law Firm for a free consultation with a semi-truck accident lawyer at 208-232-7274.

Idaho Falls Law Office

Our Idaho Falls, Idaho law office services clients in and surrounding Idaho Falls, including for injuries and accidents in Ammon, Rigby, injuries and accidents in Shelley and Blackfoot, and injuries and accidents in Rexburg. If you are looking for an attorney in the Idaho Falls area, visit or call our Idaho Falls office now. 3423 Merlin Dr., Idaho Falls, ID 83404 Phone:(208) 552-0467

 

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Pocatello Law Office

Our Pocatello, Idaho law office services clients in and surrounding Pocatello, including for injuries and accidents in Chubbuck. If you are looking for an attorney in the Pocatello area, call our Pocatello office now. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. Call (208) 232-7274 for a free consultation. 154 North Main St. Pocatello, ID 83204 Phone:(208) 232-7274

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Swerving to Avoid a Crash

Swerving to Avoid a Crash

Swerving to Avoid a CrashSwerving to avoid a crash is a natural instinct for most drivers but is it always safe to swerve? Idaho State Police reported a crash involving two pickup trucks on Highway 75. A Chevy Silverado traveling northbound on State Highway 75 crossed over the center line into the southbound lane. An oncoming Ford F350 swerved to avoid being hit by the Chevy and ended up driving into a bar ditch. The Chevy struck the Ford F350 in the southbound lane. All occupants were reportedly wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. Traffic was blocked for about three hours as crews worked to clear the accident.

Swerving to Avoid a Crash

To avoid injury in a car accident, it is a natural instinct to want to swerve. If a driver is distracted and comes into your lane, you might be able to avoid a crash without injury by driving onto the shoulder of the road, honking your horn to alert the other driver, or swerving around the potential car accident. However, some experts would say you should never swerve. Here’s why.

Insurance

From an insurance perspective, if the other car causes a car accident a claim can easily be made against their insurance. No questions asked. It is easy to determine fault. However, if you swerve and end up running into another vehicle or fixed object along the road side, the distracted driver may just drive off because they were not involved in a crash.  They are not required to stop; therefore, you will not be able to gather their information or insurance. It’s a lot harder to pin the crash on the driver who was really at fault.

Surroundings

Another reason not to swerve is the surroundings around you could be more dangerous. You might swerve into a pedestrian or hit an object that cause your vehicle to roll increasing your risk of injury. You may also end up causing a far worse accident. For example, if a car cuts you off and you suddenly swerve into another lane and crash with a different car, then you caused the accident. You could also swerve right into oncoming traffic and be hit head-on.

Gordon Law Firm Will Fight for Your Rights After a Car Crash

If you’ve been injured in a car accident and the accident was not your fault, contact the legal professionals at Brent Gordon Law Firm. Our experienced car crash attorneys will fight for your rights to make sure you get every penny you deserve. Call our Idaho Falls law office now at (208) 552-0467 or our Pocatello law office at (208) 232-7274 to get started on your case with a free consultation with an experienced car crash attorney!

Idaho Falls Law Office

Our Idaho Falls, Idaho law office services clients in and surrounding Idaho Falls, including for injuries and accidents in Ammon, Rigby, injuries and accidents in Shelley and Blackfoot, and injuries and accidents in Rexburg. If you are looking for an attorney in the Idaho Falls area, visit or call our Idaho Falls office now. 3423 Merlin Dr., Idaho Falls, ID 83404 Phone:(208) 552-0467

 

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Pocatello Law Office

Our Pocatello, Idaho law office services clients in and surrounding Pocatello, including for injuries and accidents in Chubbuck. If you are looking for an attorney in the Pocatello area, call our Pocatello office now. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. Call (208) 232-7274 for a free consultation. 154 North Main St. Pocatello, ID 83204 Phone:(208) 232-7274

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