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Personal Injury Calculator: How much are injuries worth in a lawsuit?

Determining your estimated compensation amount for a personal injury can be challenging. Your insurance adjuster might tell you that their personal injury calculator provides an accurate number. Unfortunately, the insurance company’s intentions may not be as honorable as you think. Each claim is its unique case, with different circumstances leading to injury. If you are injured due to negligence, remember multiple factors factor into your compensation. Be careful about allowing your insurance adjuster to minimize your injury claim by ignoring essential elements. 

In this article, we will provide information on personal injury settlements that insurance companies aren’t sharing with you. Here’s what you need to know to understand how much your damages are worth in a personal injury lawsuit.

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5 Myths About Elder Abuse You Should Know

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Despite recent changes and enforcement of elder abuse law, abuse in nursing homes is more common than most people believe, often leaving lasting physical and emotional damage to victims and their families.

According to the Office of the Inspector General, 134 instances of potential elder abuse were discovered in 33 states as well as almost 35,000 Medicare reports of abuse between 2015-2017.

However, the American Association of Retired Persons reveals only 1 out of every 14 cases of elder abuse are ever reported to authorities.

Here are a few main eye-opening truths you should know about elder abuse and the myths surrounding them. Continue reading

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Child Passenger Safety Week 2019: Are you buying in to these car seat myths?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost half of all child car and booster seats were incorrectly installed and misused, making it the primary reason for childhood injuries in 2016.

Even if you consider yourself a relatively safe driver, the negligence of others should be enough to encourage all parents and caregivers to understand the importance of proper car seat use.

In the spirit of Child Passenger Safety Week from September 15-21, we’ve compiled the top 3 myths surrounding car and booster seats, followed by accurate information. It could save the lives of your most precious cargo in the event of an accident.
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Project Graduation 2019

TFLF Partners with Project Graduation to Give Seniors a Safe Celebration

It’s a milestone that is worthy of celebration: high school graduation. For perhaps the first time in their lives, graduating seniors are ready to take their newfound independence for a spin. However, each year, far too many lives are tragically cut short when intoxicated teens get behind the wheel.

In an effort to counteract the number of bootleg parties full of illegal drinking and risky behavior, The Project Graduation Committee is hosting a fundraiser to provide a sober graduation party for Portland High School’s class of 2019. The Flood Law Firm is proud to sponsor Project Graduation, and you can be a part of giving graduating seniors a safe and unforgettable night they’ll live to remember!

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Brain Injury Awareness: Seeing the Invisible Disability

When an injury or illness is validated by visible symptoms, no one questions whether it is real. To do so would be insensitive and rude. As well, when the world around us can see the injury with their own eyes, they are more likely to extend compassion and understanding. For example, if you approached a store entrance on crutches, a stranger might hold the door for you.

Now imagine that you have an injury that no one can see. On the outside, you look perfectly healthy and capable. Yet inside, you struggle to remember your birth year. Headaches, mental fatigue and restless nights are a normal part of your life. On certain days, sheer exhaustion and overwhelming gloom drive you to isolate from others for no apparent reason. Still, even those who are closest to you insist that you seem “fine.” They have no idea how hard you are trying just to keep up.

This is just a glimpse into what is reality for many brain injury survivors. Continue reading

Is Marijuana a Threat to Road Safety?

drug use linked to auto accidentsCould the legalization of marijuana be responsible for more car accidents on roads and freeways?

While recreational use of pot is still illegal throughout Connecticut, a 2019 study by UC San Francisco evaluated 28 million hospital records in Colorado two years before and after it became legal to purchase and use marijuana for enjoyment.

Collision Risks Linked To Pot Legalization

The study found that Colorado had a 10% increase in car accidents just two years after legal recreational marijuana sales began. In a press release, UCSF cardiologist and author of the study, Dr. Gregory Marcus, said “We need to think carefully about the potential health effects of substantially enhancing the accessibility of cannabis.” Continue reading

Six Years After Sandy Hook: Are Tighter Gun Laws Working?

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A woman stands at a memorial for victims from the Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Photo: Justin Lane via NBC News

It’s been almost six years since a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, killing 20 young children, six educators, his mother and himself on December 14, 2012.

The devastation was unimaginable. Flanked by mothers and fathers who lost their children, Governor Dan Malloy signed into law sweeping gun regulation just four months after the Newtown tragedy.

Connecticut has since been commended on a national level as a leader in gun control. Continue reading

Knowing Your Rights After a Burn Injury

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Did you know that each year in the United States, 1.1 million burn injuries require medical attention? (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)

Unfortunately, many burn injuries are often the result of preventable accidents. Whether it occurs on the job, from a defective product or chemical, even mild burn injuries can be devastating.

Serious burn injury cases are complex and require an experienced attorney to represent your case accurately. Read on to learn more about your legal rights if you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury and are considering legal help. Continue reading

Helmet Law to Pass in Wake of Skateboarder’s Death

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On November 25, 2016, 14-year-old Conor Irwin was skateboarding with friends. When his board skidded on some leaves, he lost control and fell to the ground. Conor hit his head on the pavement and was knocked unconscious.

He wasn’t wearing a helmet. 

Conor suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) after striking his head. He was diagnosed with irreparable injuries including a skull fracture and brain bruising. As a result, Conor later died from his injuries. Continue reading

The Difference Between Hiring an Attorney & Representing Yourself

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“He who represents himself is a fool for a client.” –Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln was an attorney. As brilliant as he was, he understood when to accept help and that the courtroom is no place for egos.

For a person unfamiliar with the legal process, it might sound easier to just go to court without an attorney. However, few understand the practical differences between representing yourself and hiring an attorney.

For example, the average person receives a settlement three and a half times larger with legal assistance than without it (Insurance Research Council).

If you’re still undecided about the best way to pursue a negligent party for your losses, we break down the differences between hiring an attorney and representing yourself Continue reading