Babcock Trial Lawyers https://www.stephenbabcock.com Baton Rouge Personal Injury Attorneys Thu, 14 May 2020 18:31:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://www.stephenbabcock.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/babcock-favicon-150x150.png Babcock Trial Lawyers https://www.stephenbabcock.com 32 32 Pool Accidents Often Happen: Finding Help is Required in Most Cases https://www.stephenbabcock.com/blog/pool-accidents-often-happen-finding-help-is-required-in-most-cases/ Thu, 14 May 2020 18:29:12 +0000 https://www.stephenbabcock.com/?p=79686 When the summer sun is hot and shining down from above, you do not think about all of the negative things that could or might happen. You think about the positives and spending some time out by the pool, at the beach, or perhaps at a friend’s pool. Whatever the […]

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When the summer sun is hot and shining down from above, you do not think about all of the negative things that could or might happen. You think about the positives and spending some time out by the pool, at the beach, or perhaps at a friend’s pool. Whatever the case, you can ensure that you spend a lot of time enjoying your time outside. However, when pool accidents happen, someone might be responsible for them. A personal injury attorney in Baton Rouge can offer more advice based on your specific situation.

Unfortunately, the statistics show that drowning is the second most common cause of unintentional death in children between the ages of 1 and 14. This is a staggering statistic to think about, and one that can really shed some light on the importance of water, pool, and swimming safety.

Furthermore, the incidents do not always result in death. Some may even come with injuries. They don’t always happen at home in a private pool, but at splash pads, water parks, public pools, and neighboring pools around you. If you are dealing with a death or injury regarding water, it is important that you know and understand your rights.

The Potential Dangers of Water

Water holds many potential dangers. Some of them might not even be known or seen. Even if a child understands and knows how to swim, or the dangers that come with water, serious dangers still lurk. Some of the injuries that can result because of water, not just death, include:

  • Contaminated water causing illnesses
  • Injuries from pool suction drains
  • Brain and spinal cord injuries
  • Slips and falls 
  • Chemical accidents
  • Electrical accidents 
  • Covers
  • And a wide range of other issues that arise when water is involved.

Regardless if it is an injury or an accidental death, it is important to find out what options you have after the loss. These are serious issues and they need to be addressed, as you need to make sure that you can continue to live on, cover expenses, and get back on your feet. Don’t let who is responsible for this get away with it.

Seeking Help From An Injury Attorney

It is very important that those who have been through a water-related incident reach out to the right person who can provide more information regarding your rights and what you are entitled to. Having to pay for the damages, medical bills, and other losses out of your own pocket when it was at the fault of someone else seems silly. 

Don’t let this happen to you. You can find a professional who understands that injuries and the compensation you may be entitled to. Allow them to work with you, listen to your story, and find out what you can obtain through the damages you’ve suffered through. 

It is increasingly important that you understand and know your rights and with our trained professionals, you can be sure that you do. Simply contact us at https://www.stephenbabcock.com/ and we can clarify any incidents that you may need help on.

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Tips on Avoiding Common Types of Motorcycle Accidents https://www.stephenbabcock.com/blog/tips-avoiding-common-motorcycle-accidents/ Thu, 09 Apr 2020 14:08:08 +0000 https://www.stephenbabcock.com/?p=79534 It should come as no surprise that the chances of being in a motorcycle accident decrease as the number of vehicles on the road decreases; this is true of any type of automotive accident. However, there is a high correlation between motorcycle accidents and the involvement of cars in an […]

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It should come as no surprise that the chances of being in a motorcycle accident decrease as the number of vehicles on the road decreases; this is true of any type of automotive accident. However, there is a high correlation between motorcycle accidents and the involvement of cars in an accident. No matter how many precautions you may take, it is nearly impossible to account for the negligence of other drivers. 

There are a few common types of motorcycle accidents that you can take action to avoid. Here are some tips from a personal injury attorney in the Baton Rouge area when it comes to staying safe on the roadway as a motorcyclist. 

Follow Cyclist & Roadway Laws

The rules on any motorway are there for your safety. Following them is the easiest way to make sure that you make it safely to your destination. Thousands of accidents occur each year thanks to drivers that think they are above traffic laws. While you can’t account for every driver, following traffic rules and staying alert to roadway or law changes can help you see potential accident conditions faster and avoid them altogether. 

Take Care of Your Equipment

A vehicle that is well maintained is not likely to develop mechanical malfunctions. Make sure that you check and change your oil and other fluids regularly. Check all gauges, tires, and lights before each trip. Beyond that, you need to make sure that your bike is getting regular checks and maintenance, just like any car. Always make sure that any abnormal sounds or signs of extensive wear are addressed right away. 

Stay Alert

When you’re on the road, you need all of your senses and mind alert to the environment around you. Just because you have experience on a motorcycle doesn’t mean that you can’t be involved in an accident. Things can change in an instant; if you’re distracted, it could mean your life. Being alert to your surroundings means that you often have more reaction time to avoid a potential accident. 

Taking Extra Care At Intersections

The majority of motorcycle accidents take place at intersections. Even if you are approaching a green light, be aware of cross traffic and whether or not all vehicles have come to a complete stop. Make sure that you begin to slow down if you are coming up on a yellow light to prepare for a stop and avoid potentially running the light and entering into an intersection where the lights are changing. 

Avoid Driving In Bad Weather

You might want to be on your bike every second of the day, but it isn’t always the best idea. Bad weather can decrease the traction and handling of your motorcycle. In unfavorable weather, it’s better to keep your motorcycle in the garage and find another form of transportation. 

Gear Up

It doesn’t matter if you’re a weekend warrior or if your motorcycle is your primary means of transportation; you need to make sure that you’re dressed appropriately to ride. This means layers in cold weather and long sleeves/pants in all weather. Leather is best, but denim is also a popular choice. Reflective clothing and gear is also recommended. And of course, no biker should be on the road without a properly fitting helmet. 

Help Recovering From An Accident

No matter how prepared you think you are, it pays to know what personal injury attorney you or your loved ones will need to contact if the worst were to happen. To learn more about how our experienced attorneys can help you, check out https://www.stephenbabcock.com/

 

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Is It Possible To Sue For Back Pain After An Accident https://www.stephenbabcock.com/blog/possible-to-sue-back-pain-after-accident/ Tue, 17 Mar 2020 17:39:06 +0000 https://www.stephenbabcock.com/?p=79269 There are hundreds of thousands of accidents that happen in the United States on a yearly basis. Luckily, the majority of these accidents do not result in casualties. In fact, one of the most common outcomes of an automotive accident is back pain. It is easy to hope for the […]

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There are hundreds of thousands of accidents that happen in the United States on a yearly basis. Luckily, the majority of these accidents do not result in casualties. In fact, one of the most common outcomes of an automotive accident is back pain. It is easy to hope for the best in this situation; to hope that any pain you have will recede over time. If you find yourself in such an unfortunate experience, it is always best to look for the help of a personal injury attorney in Baton Rouge. 

You have the right to sue for damages when it comes to injuries you have sustained in an accident. The best way to go about getting the compensation you are entitled to is to get in touch with an injury attorney who knows the local legal circuit well. 

Back Injuries and Car Accidents

Injuries from an accident may appear innocuous at first. In fact, you may not realize that you have been injured at all. Whether you’re experiencing minor pain or more advanced pain directly following your accident, you need to seek medical attention right away. This is even more important if you suspect that you have sustained a neck or spinal injury, which are some of the most common injuries in an accident.

You may have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit for a back injury. This makes getting immediate medical attention even more important to your injury claim. Having documented evidence of injury immediately following an accident is the best way to solidify your case and validate whether or not your back injuries were a direct result of the accident in which you were involved. 

Whether you plan on seeking compensation or not, it is always best to have any back injuries treated as soon as possible. This can help to prevent long term damage and disruptions in mobility. 

Seeking Treatment

Your medical report will be crucial to your back injury accident claim. This means that waiting to see a medical professional could not only negatively impact your health but any legal claims you may wish to file as well. Medical documentation can prove that your injuries were a direct result of an accident and that you are entitled to financial compensation for your injuries. 

Once you have received treatment of any injuries, you’ll want to take your police report and medical report straight to an experienced injury attorney, preferably one with experience in spinal injury claims and/or your particular type of accident. 

Damages You Can Receive

You may be wondering what type of compensation you can expect from a back injury claim. There is no blanket cost when it comes to such cases. For most claims, the amount of compensation received will depend on the severity of the injuries sustained. This compensation can be both economic and non-economic. For instance, you may be given financial compensation for medical bills, as well as for the incurred hardship of recovery from such an injury, such as loss of sleep and overall well being or lifestyle. 

Get In Touch With An Accident Injury Attorney

It takes years of legal experience and knowledge of personal injury law to fight for the rights of an accident victim both in and out of the courtroom. A great attorney is your ace in the hole when it comes to getting compensation for an accident. But getting an experienced attorney on your case is not always a straightforward process. So many attorneys claim to be the best in the area with the most experience; you don’t want to find out the hard way that you’ve chosen the wrong lawyer. 

If you or a loved one has been in an accident that resulted in chronic, severe, or other types of pain related to spinal injury, you need an attorney. Get in touch with Babcock Trial Lawyers to see if we’re the right fit for your case: https://www.stephenbabcock.com/

 

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A Headache After an Auto Wreck Is a Sign of a Potential Concussion https://www.stephenbabcock.com/blog/auto-wreck/ Wed, 26 Feb 2020 17:56:21 +0000 https://www.stephenbabcock.com/?p=79237 It’s fairly common to experience a headache after an auto wreck. Some people who suffer from headaches before an accident will feel more intense headaches after the wreck. While many people will feel headaches coming on in the first few hours following the accident, others won’t experience such symptoms until […]

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It’s fairly common to experience a headache after an auto wreck. Some people who suffer from headaches before an accident will feel more intense headaches after the wreck. While many people will feel headaches coming on in the first few hours following the accident, others won’t experience such symptoms until several days or even weeks after.

Getting a headache after an auto wreck can indicate a variety of issues, including a concussion. Interested in learning more? Continue reading and we’ll walk you through what you’re post-accident could mean and what to do about it.

Common Causes for a Headache Following an Auto Wreck

There are a variety of reasons why you might be experiencing a headache after an auto wreck. It can be caused by a blow or strike to the head. Whiplash is another common reason why people suffer from headaches after an accident.

The force and impact that was exerted during the wreck can affect the severity of your headache.

Types of Headaches After a Car Accident

post-traumatic headache is one that’s caused by trauma to the neck and head during an car wreck. These headaches may originate at the neck or brain. They can also be cuased by muscle spasms as well as the pinching of the neck area.

whiplash headache is a very common injury during car accidents. In fact, more than two million Americans every year suffer from whiplash. Whiplash occurs when the head is violently forced far backward and far forward.

This jerking motion can strain soft tissue. A headache from whiplash usually occurs at the base of the skull. Symptoms can include stiffness or pain in the neck, fatigue, and dizziness.

You can also experience an intense fracture headache when you suffer from a fracture to your neckbone or skull. You’ll normally feel pain at the back of your neck and head. Or the pain may be localized at the site of injury.

When you have a fractured skull, you can also suffer from persistent headaches and brain injury. Other symptoms may include confusion, stiff neck, nausea, and slurred speech.

An occipital neuralgia headache, also known as a pinched nerve, can result from a few different scenarios. A common cause is when disk herniation or the compression of the spine results in the pinching of the neck nerve roots. Irritation of the nerve at the base of your skull, known as the greater occipital nerve, cal also cause this type of headache.

When these nerves get compressed, you might suffer from tenderness, numbess, pain, burning, and tingling in the base of your skull and the neck. The area is usually sensitive to touch as well.

Concussions are also extremely common after auto wreck. Let’s learn more about post-accident concussions below.

What Is a Concussion?

We often hear about concussions happening in sports but not as much when it comes to car or motorcycle accidents. But what exactly is a concussion? To put it one way, a concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that is caused by either a blow to the head or a violent shaking where the brain hits against the skull.

Concussions can temporarily affect the brain and cause confusion. It can also bring on troubles with speech, balance, memory, and vision. If left untreated, concussions can lead to serious medical problems.

How Does a Concussion Occur?

A person’s brain essentially has the consistency of gelatin. Inside the skull, there is cerebrospinal fluid that cushions the brain from everyday bumps and jolts.

When you suffer from a violent strike to the upper body, neck, or head, your brain can slide back and forth. This can lead it to hit against the inner walls of the skull. Also, hen you experience whiplash, a similar situation can happen inside your head.

Brain function can then be affected. Although this is usually only for a short period of time. However, a concussion can also lead to bleeding inside the brain and cause prolonged confusion and drowsiness.

Bleeding inside the brain can be fatal. This is why it’s so important that anyone who experiences a TBI is monitored in the following hours. If you’re symptoms worsen, you should be taken to emergency care.

Symptoms of a Concussion

If you’ve experienced one or more of the following symptoms, then you may be suffering from a concussion:

  • Feeling pressure in the head
  • Feeling like you’re in a fog
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Slurred speech
  • Appearing dazed
  • Headache
  • Temporary loss of consciousness
  • Amnesia surrounding the accident
  • Confusion
  • Vomiting
  • Slow to respond to questions
  • Fatigue

Other symptoms include lapses in memory, irritability, sensitivity to noise and light, and depression.

When to See a Doctor

If you feel that you’ve experienced any kind of head injury, you should see a doctor within the first few days following the accident.

You should seek emergency medical attention if you experienced a head injury and are exhibiting any of the following symptoms:

  • Losses of consciousness that exceed 30 seconds
  • Changes in behavior
  • Disorientation or confusion
  • Repeated vomiting
  • A persistent headache that appears to be getting worse
  • Problems with physical coordination
  • Slurred speech
  • Seizures
  • Lasting dizziness
  • Large head bumps
  • Vision disturbances

You should also avoid doing any physically-demanding tasks until you’ve been evaluated by a health care professional.

Further Complications

Although concussions usually get better after resting, they can sometimes end up leading to other complications. Let’s look at some of those complications below.

post-traumatic headache usually resembles a tension headache or migraine. It’s a common effect of concussions and can occur after mild as well as severe injuries.

Post-traumatic vertigo is when someone feels dizzy following a TBI.

Post-concussion syndrome is a complex disorder that can have a range of symptoms. People who suffer from post-concussion symptoms may experience depression, anxiety, insomnia, and blurred vision. The effects of this disorder can last for days, months, or even years.

Second impact syndrome is when a person experiences a second concussion before the symptoms from their original concussion start to show. This can lead to more severe post-concussion symptoms and rapid swelling of the brain.

Diagnosis for Concussions

After your doctor asks you detailed questions about the incident, they may perform a neurological examination. This examination will likely check on your:

  • Hearing
  • Balance
  • Reflexes
  • Vision
  • Sensation and strength
  • Coordination

You might also undergo cognitive tests that are designed to evaluate your concentration and memory.

People who experience severe headaches, vomiting, or seizures will likely undergo brain imaging evaluations. These tests are designed to see how severe your TBI is and if there is swelling or bleeding in the skull.

An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) may be used in order to see if there are changes in your brain. It can also diagnose problems that occur after concussions. An MRI is able to do this by utilizing powerful radio waves and magnets to produce images of your brain.

A CT (cranial computerized tomography) scan is the standard test used to evaluate a brain right after an injury. A CT scan utilizes X-rays in order to get images of your brain and skull.

Concussion Treatment

It’s widely recommended that you spend plenty of time resting after a concussion so that your brain can properly recover. This includes physical as well as mental rest. You’ll be asked to avoid any physical exertion as well as playing sports until you’re healed.

You should also limit activities that include mental concentration and thinking. This can include watching TV, reading, using a computer, playing videogames, schoolwork, and texting. Performing these activities can exacerbate your symptoms.

Your health care provider will probably ask that you limit your time at school or work and take breaks throughout the day. You should also reduce your workload while you recover from your concussion.

As you get better, your doctor will let you know when it’s okay for you to take on some light physical activity. You may even be permitted to do some light jogging or stationary bike riding before your symptoms are totally gone.

After all of the symptoms and signs of your concussion are gone, you and your doctor will talk about what you need to do in order to get back to your normal daily life activities. Doing too much physical activity too soon can result in a second concussion and even a fatal TBI.

For headaches, taking a pain reliever like acetaminophen (Tylenol) can help. You should avoid other pain relievers like aspirin and ibuprofen since these medications can increase your risk of bleeding.

Making a Concussion Claim

A concussion is like any other diagnosis. You can only make a claim for damages for your concussion if your doctor thinks that it’s related to your accident. If you believe that your concussion and/or post-concussion syndrome was caused by your car wreck, and your doctor disagrees with that, you won’t be able to claim damages for that injury.

If a situation like this were to occur, you would have to find another doctor who agreed with your assessment before you include those damages in your claim.

Pain and Suffering

When making an accident claim, you should also ask for compensation for pain and suffering. Your testimony, as well as your doctor’s testimony, will be used to prove your pain and suffering. The testimony from your doctor should prove that you suffered from a concussion and that the concussion was a result of the accident.

The jury will also want to hear from you. You will have to detail what your complaints and symptoms are. You’ll also have to describe how disabling they are, how long they lasted, and how they have affected your life.

You will want to work carefully with your lawyer so you can be properly prepared to give an appropriate testimony on your pain and suffering.

Problems Post-Concussion Syndrome Claims

The biggest problem with claiming damages for post-concussion syndrome is that the symptoms are usually not as cut-and-dry as other post-accident complications. This is a problem with many TBI cases.

Insurers prefer it when they can settle cases that are obvious and straightforward. It’s easy to prove that someone broke an arm in an auto wreck, how to diagnose the injury, what the period for recovery is, and what the symptoms are. Since post-concussion syndrome isn’t as clear, insurers may not offer you the damages you feel you deserve.

And if you find a doctor who agrees that you suffer from post-concussion syndrome, your insurance provider may insist that you visit one of their doctors who may very well disagree.

Hire a Personal Attorney

It’s reasons like the ones listed above that make it so important that you retain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney. A reliable lawyer will know exactly where the threshold is when it comes to your insurance company’s settlement limit. And they will fight hard to get that limit raised.

If you have to go to trial, your attorney will be prepared to hire experts and depose witnesses in order to corroborate the findings of your doctor.

The Importance of Understanding Concussions After an Auto Wreck

After you experience a traumatic event like an auto wreck, you may very well suffer the painful effects of a concussion. By knowing what symptoms to look for, what your treatment options, and how to collect damages, you can get better quicker and also regain control of your life.

Were you recently in a car accident? If so, contact us today and see how we can help get you the compensation you deserve.

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How to Cope With Fatigue After a Concussion https://www.stephenbabcock.com/blog/how-to-cope-with-fatigue-after-a-concussion/ Sun, 16 Feb 2020 23:11:03 +0000 https://www.stephenbabcock.com/?p=79198 Have you recently suffered from a concussion due to a car wreck? Are you wondering how to cope with the accompanying fatigue? While there are a lot of unpleasant symptoms that come with a concussion, fatigue is certainly one of the worst ones. Fatigue can affect your mood, your ability […]

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Have you recently suffered from a concussion due to a car wreck? Are you wondering how to cope with the accompanying fatigue?

While there are a lot of unpleasant symptoms that come with a concussion, fatigue is certainly one of the worst ones. Fatigue can affect your mood, your ability to concentrate, and your overall health. 

Luckily, there are some things you can do to cope with your levels of fatigue. 

Check out this guide to learn how to cope with fatigue after a concussion. 

Understand the Causes of Post-Concussion Fatigue 

First things first, you need to understand the causes of post-concussion fatigue. The main causes are:

  • Chronic Pain
  • Sleep Problems
  • Neurovascular Coupling Dysregulation
  • Hormonal Imbalances
  • Vision Problems
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Dysautonomia and Stress

Now, let’s talk a bit more about how each of these can cause fatigue:

Chronic Pain 

After a concussion from a car wreck, it’s very common to suffer from neck pain and chronic headaches. Dealing with this constant pain can be difficult and exhausting, and it can definitely contribute to your extreme fatigue after a concussion. 

A lot of people try to treat their chronic pain with various therapies and medications. However, if your symptoms last more than a few weeks, it’s doubtful they’ll go away unless the root cause is treated. 

Sleep Problems 

We all know that not getting enough sleep can leave you feeling tired and groggy the next day.

But, what if you’re struggling with your sleep every night? Or, what if you actually are getting eight hours but are still waking up feeling exhausted? If you’re wondering if these types of sleep problems are related to a concussion, the answer is ‘yes’. 

Many people with concussions suffer from hypersomnia (too much sleep) or insomnia (not enough sleep). 

But, how does a concussion cause these sleep problems? Basically, the area of the brain that facilitates sleep can be damaged by a concussion. This can prevent your brain from going through its normal cycles and doing the work it needs to do while you’re sleeping. 

Luckily, there are treatments you can seek that can help you get to the root of the problem, such as Cognitive FX or EPIC treatment. 

Neurovascular Coupling Dysregulation

The neurovascular coupling system delivers blood and nutrients to specific regions of your brain. After a concussion from a car wreck, this system can malfunction, especially if your brain is inflamed. 

When your brain is calling for more fuel but nothing is happening, then it needs to find a less efficient route to accomplish what it’s trying to do. All this rerouting can cause mental and physical exhaustion, especially when it’s happening day after day. 

For example, the basal ganglia is a commonly injured area of the brain during a concussion. It’s responsible for physical and cognitive coordination, among other things. Without this area working properly, your brain has to work with very little direction. This means that other regions of your brain have to pick up the slack, which can, in turn, wear you out very quickly. 

Hormonal Imbalances

Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of hormonal imbalances. 

Hormonal imbalances can occur without concussions. However, a concussion can damage the pituitary gland (the primary source of hormone production). This can lead to excess or insufficient hormone production. 

In addition to fatigue, common symptoms of hormonal imbalance include increased sensitivity to cold and heat, weight gain, thinning hair, brain fog, and joint pain. 

If you suspect that hormonal imbalance is the cause of your fatigue, it’s best to speak to an endocrinologist. 

Vision Problems

Vision problems are very common post-concussion, and they may be another source of your fatigue. 

When you have trouble focusing or teaming your eyes, you’ll find that you get tired very quickly, especially when you try to work at a computer or read. This can cause your peripheral vision to overreact, which can then lead to headaches and the feeling of being overwhelmed in large spaces. 

When your brain is working hard to compensate for these vision problems, it can lead to both cognitive fatigue and eye fatigue. 

Depression and Anxiety 

Fatigue is a very common symptom of depression and anxiety. And, patients who suffer from concussions often experience depression and anxiety. 

This can be for a number of different reasons. For one, trauma to the brain can affect your personality as well as your mental health. Additionally, dramatic lifestyle changes due to a concussion can leave one feeling depressed and anxious.

Oftentimes, patients who suffer from concussions have to limit or eliminate their normal activities for a period of time. This can lead to both frustration and isolation. 

The best way to deal with symptoms of depression and anxiety is to see a psychotherapist. If therapy doesn’t seem to help, you may want to talk to your doctor about getting on medication. 

Dysautonomia and Stress

the automatic nervous system is a vital system that is often damaged during a concussion. This system controls things like blood pressure and heart rate. 

When this system is damaged, it tends to overreact. For example, if you’re hiking in the mountains and encounter a bear, your blood pressure and heart rate are going to shoot up. The ANS calls for a big shot of adrenaline in this situation in order to keep you alive. 

However, if your ANS is overreacting, you may feel like you’re encountering a bear all day long. This continuous overstimulation can leave you feeling exhausted. 

Another complication that often results from ANS malfunction is exercise intolerance. This can result in brain fog, nausea, dizziness, and headaches after exercise. Those who experience exercise intolerance often quit exercising due to these negative symptoms.

Unfortunately, exercise is crucial when it comes to combating fatigue. So, the less you exercise, the more tired you’re likely to feel. 

Luckily, these issues can be treated with the right therapy. 

How to Cope With Fatigue After a Concussion 

Now that you know what might be causing your fatigue and what to do about it, let’s talk about some general strategies for coping with fatigue after a concussion. 

These include:

Eating the Right Diet 

When it comes to managing your post-concussion fatigue, eating the right diet is crucial. Here are some of the top foods that can help you beat fatigue:

Unprocessed Foods 

While a cheeseburger and fries might be comforting when you’re tired, its nutritional value is extremely low. 

Processed foods, like boxed meals, candy, boxed foods, and pre-cooked meats are filled with preservatives, sodium, additives, trans fat, and other artificial ingredients that can slow you down. 

Fresh Season Fruits and Vegetables 

The fresher your fruits and vegetables are, the more nutrients they will contain. The more nutrients you’re taking in, the better you’ll be able to combat your fatigue. 

Non-Caffeinated Beverages 

Caffeine is okay in moderation, and it has even been shown to have some health benefits. And although caffeine provides your body with a short-term boost, it doesn’t actually provide you with energy. 

If you’re not providing your body with nutrient-dense meals after that initial jolt, you’ll run out of steam pretty quickly. 

If you can’t cut out the caffeine, stick to black coffee or unsweetened tea. Avoid energy drinks and soda, as these are full of artificial ingredients and sugar that can cause you to crash. 

Lean Proteins 

When it comes to protein, we suggest sticking to leaner meats like chicken, fish, and turkey. Avoid eating red meats, as these are high in saturated fats and will leave you feeling sluggish.

Whole Grains and Complex Carbs 

Just like processed foods, refined carbs like white flour and sugar add little nutrition to your diet. 

In order to ensure that your body gets the full benefits of complex carbs, we suggest sticking to whole grain foods. 

Nuts and Seeds 

Nuts and seeds aren’t just great for fighting fatigue, they’re also great for combating hunger. 

We recommend eating a variety of nuts and seeds to boost your energy levels, such as almonds, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, pecans, cashews, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds. Eat raw, unsalted versions if possible. 

Bananas 

Because bananas are packed with potassium, vitamins, fiber, and the right amount of carbs, they can give your body a natural boost of energy and stave off fatigue. 

In fact, one study found that bananas are able to sustain energy for long cycling rides as much as sports drinks are. 

Oats 

Oats are packed with fiber and protein, which means that they can provide you with enough energy to sustain you throughout the day. We recommend going with plain steel-cut oats or old-fashioned oats. 

Chia Seeds

Due to their carb content, filling fiber, and healthy fats, chia seeds can provide you with sustained energy. Just sprinkle a few tablespoons of chia seeds into your morning smoothie or yogurt, and you’ll have enough energy to get you through the day.

Water 

Last but not least, don’t forget to drink plenty of water. Although water doesn’t provide the body with energy in the form of calories, it helps the body facilitate energetic processes. 

Swap out your soda, coffee, and juices and instead sip on water throughout the day. 

In addition to eating more of these foods, we also suggest eating small meals and snacks every 3 to 4 hours, rather than larger meals less often. Large meals can cause your energy levels to dip, while small meals can keep them humming along. 

Exercise 

As we mentioned earlier, exercise is great for combating fatigue. It can also help you recover from your concussion. 

However, you need to be very safe about exercising after you have a concussion. Before you start any sort of exercise regime, get clearance from your doctor. 

In general, you’ll want to stick to mild exercises that increase your heart rate without dramatically impacting your symptoms. Some good options include riding a stationary bike, going for a swim, doing pilates, or going for a brisk walk. 

Keep in mind that even if you can only exercise for five minutes, it’s worth doing. 

Stress Reduction 

Reducing your stress levels will also help reduce your fatigue. Plus, stress reduction helps improve your mental and physical health. 

Here are some of the top activities recommended for stress reduction:

  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Journaling
  • Physical exercise
  • Breathing exercises
  • Taking a warm bath
  • Gardening
  • Spending time in nature
  • Listening to music
  • Getting a massage
  • Aromatherapy
  • Reading
  • Tai chi

Whatever relaxes you will provide you with energy, so be sure to take some time to figure out what works for you.

Try Talk Therapy 

There’s some evidence that talking therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and counseling can help fight fatigue as well as anxiety and depression. 

If you find that your concussion has been getting you down, then talking to someone about it might help. 

Avoid Alcohol

Drinking alcohol while concussed can be extremely dangerous, so you should avoid it at all costs. Even though a glass or two of wine may help you fall asleep, you sleep less deeply after drinking alcohol. 

Even if you get a full eight hours of sleep, you’ll likely still be tired the next day. Therefore, we suggest cutting out alcohol until your concussion has fully healed. 

Fatigue After a Concussion: Are You Ready to Combat Your Fatigue? 

As you can see, there’s a lot that you can do to combat fatigue after a concussion. Now, it’s time to put these tips into action. 

Additionally, if your concussion was caused by a car wreck, you may want to consider hiring a personal injury lawyer to ensure your medical bills are compensated. Contact us today about hiring a personal injury lawyer. 

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Who Has The Final Say When An Insurance Claim Is Denied? https://www.stephenbabcock.com/blog/final-say-insurance-claim-is-denied/ Fri, 17 Jan 2020 14:00:08 +0000 https://www.stephenbabcock.com/?p=75376 When your insurance claim is denied, you might feel disappointed and scared. Just remind yourself that it is not the final word. Some states and insurance companies have appeal processes, which means you can argue your case. There are a few reasons for denied claims, including incorrect information, unanswered questions […]

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When your insurance claim is denied, you might feel disappointed and scared. Just remind yourself that it is not the final word. Some states and insurance companies have appeal processes, which means you can argue your case.

There are a few reasons for denied claims, including incorrect information, unanswered questions on the application, or because of lack of due care (leaving valuable items in your vehicle), which might indicate that you are not covered under the terms of the policy.

When an insurance company denies your claims, there is no need to fear that you will not be able to cover your bills or compensate for your lost wages. You can always appeal that decision.

Denied Claim

The insurance company must give you a copy of their Product Disclosure Statement. The PDS is part of the agreement between the insurance company and you. It sets the circumstances where the insurer might decide to deny the claim to their client.

It might be full of legal phrases and terms you are not familiar with. Make sure you learn what everything means; another option is to hire a car accident attorney who will explain things to you.

If the PDS excludes a claim, there are cases where the insurance company might be required to pay partial or complete claim to their client.

If you did not tell your insurer a detail about the subject of the insurance policy, such as a car, home, or other property, it means that you failed to comply with your duty of disclosure.

Your insurer could deny your claim if the information you offered was not relevant for the company.

Unclear Liability

There are car accident cases that occur under circumstances that make it difficult to tell which party caused the collision. Such is the case with multi-vehicle collisions. Every driver has partial responsibility, but each driver’s insurance company will blame the other drivers. This happens because insurance companies are trying their best to pay less.

If you were involved in a car accident where the liability is not clear, the best thing you can do is file your injury claim with every driver’s insurance company. Then all you can do is wait for the outcome. Be prepared that one or more of the insurers will deny your claim.

If you were injured in the accident (especially if it was severe), you should get compensation. If that does not happen, it is time for you to hire legal help.

If your insurance claim is denied, don’t worry; the adjuster might have the last word, but you and your attorney will appeal the decision and will fight until you get a settlement.

Insurance Policy Might Be the Reason for Denying

Claim adjusters usually deny insurance claims because there was no “available coverage” for the injuries of the client. Some of these policy reasons are legitimate, while others are not.

If you speak to the insurers over the phone, don’t accept the denied claim over the phone. Insist they send you a written explanation with the reasons of why your claim was denied.

What to Do if Your Insurance Claim is Denied

Before you do anything, make sure you read your policy documents. People often read summaries and don’ read every sentence of their policies, which might have the answer. If anything is poorly explained, note it and later ask the insurance company to explain to you better. An insurance company could not deny your claim if you answered every question they asked in the form. In case you forgot to do this, they have the right to deny your claim.

Contact the insurance company and ask everything you want to know. You can also send a complaint in a formal letter.

Writing a formal complaint letter should be done like this:

First of all, put the date on the letter and write down your full name and policy number. Mark the letter “complaint” at the top and include evidence that can support the complaint. Write clearly and with facts about why you are writing the complaint.

Explain why you think their decision is not right and why your claim should not be rejected. Be honest that you are not content with their response and that you will take the matter to a higher instance.

If you have second thoughts and are not sure about the outcome of your denied claim case, hire a personal injury lawyer.

We’re a team of Baton Rouge personal injury lawyers who will help you get your compensation. Call and schedule your consultation.

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Female Driver Killed in Car Crash in Opelousas https://www.stephenbabcock.com/blog/female-driver-killed-in-car-crash-opelousas/ Mon, 13 Jan 2020 16:34:56 +0000 https://www.stephenbabcock.com/?p=75375 While most of New Orleans was enjoying the Saints taking on the Minnesota Vikings this past weekend, the police were responding to a two-car crash in Opelousas. 57-year old Stephanie Soileau was driving her car Northbound on Louisiana Highway 103. She had her seatbelt on and, according to police, wasn’t […]

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While most of New Orleans was enjoying the Saints taking on the Minnesota Vikings this past weekend, the police were responding to a two-car crash in Opelousas. 57-year old Stephanie Soileau was driving her car Northbound on Louisiana Highway 103. She had her seatbelt on and, according to police, wasn’t speeding.

Unfortunately, Soileau wasn’t able to maintain her lane as she entered a curve near the intersection of Route 103 and McGuffy Road in St. Landry Parish. She crossed the center line and headed into oncoming traffic.

After crossing into the Southbound lanes, Soileau crashed into a pickup truck, head-on. Thankfully, there was nobody in the car with the driver at the time of the crash. There was only 1 person in the pickup truck as well.

Both drivers were seriously injured in the crash. Soileau was taken directly to the hospital but died shortly thereafter from her injuries. The driver of the pickup truck, who was also wearing his seatbelt, was also taken to the hospital in serious condition.

The name of the driver of the pickup truck has not been released. Nor have the authorities confirmed the cause of the crash. Toxicology tests have been performed on both drivers to see if either was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident. The results are still pending.

The police wanted to remind the people of St. Landry Parish to be smart about the choices they make. Enjoy the game, but stay safe. Regardless of whether or not the tests confirm that Soileau was under the influence, the other driver may still have a legal claim to pursue.

If you’re injured in a head-on collision in Louisiana, contact our car accident lawyers for help.

Source: https://www.wwltv.com/article/news/local/lsp-woman-dies-after-car-crash-in-opelousas/289-05e47bb5-3317-4221-a34b-1e526243fc33

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College Senior Killed in Tragic Accident Near Drusilla Lane https://www.stephenbabcock.com/blog/college-senior-killed-accident-near-drusilla-lane/ Sun, 29 Dec 2019 14:00:17 +0000 https://www.stephenbabcock.com/?p=75360 Usually, when a road crew is out on the highway clearing a wreck, all the other motorists have no problem seeing them. Sure, they may rubberneck for a while to see what happened. But it’s hard to miss the lights on the emergency vehicles. Somehow, this wasn’t the case for […]

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Usually, when a road crew is out on the highway clearing a wreck, all the other motorists have no problem seeing them. Sure, they may rubberneck for a while to see what happened. But it’s hard to miss the lights on the emergency vehicles. Somehow, this wasn’t the case for a 22-year old LSU senior this past weekend who was killed in an accident near Drusilla Lane.

A man driving a semi-truck had pulled over to the side of the road because of a leak in his diesel tank. He had called for 911 assistance and a local firetruck responded to the scene. The firetruck was parked on the side of the road with their hazards and lights on. They were parked near the broken-down Volvo semi-truck.

For some reason., 22-year old Shayna Wilcox crashed right in to the firetruck. The police aren’t sure what caused her to do this. However, once she hit the firetruck, she crashed into the semi-truck as well. Her injuries were so serious, she died at the scene. The coroner came and pronounced her dead.

Wilcox was from Hesperia, California and had planned on joining the army after she graduated. Her dream was to take care of soldiers suffering from PTSD. Sadly, this dream will never be realized as Shayna’s life was cut short in the crash.

The name of the driver of the semi-truck hasn’t been released. There also hasn’t been any indication if alcohol was a factor in the victim losing control of the car. The crash happened on Interstate 12 at abut 2:15 am. The investigation is still ongoing.

If your child or other loved one is injured in a motor vehicle crash, call our office and speak to a Louisiana car wreck attorney immediately.

Source: https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/crime_police/article_d8eeda5e-1f94-11ea-bb22-273f3866738d.html

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Baton Rouge Police Officer Wasn’t Charged for Death of a Child https://www.stephenbabcock.com/blog/baton-rouge-police-officer-wasnt-charged-for-death-of-a-child/ Mon, 23 Dec 2019 14:00:54 +0000 https://www.stephenbabcock.com/?p=75357 We expect the police to serve and protect. And, when they’re not on duty, we would certainly expect them to use reasonable care when on the road. But that isn’t always the case. And, a lot of car accident victims feel like they can’t get justice when the person who […]

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We expect the police to serve and protect. And, when they’re not on duty, we would certainly expect them to use reasonable care when on the road. But that isn’t always the case. And, a lot of car accident victims feel like they can’t get justice when the person who hit them is a police officer. This was certainly the case in Baton Rouge this past week when an off duty police officer wasn’t charged for the death of a child.

Back in 2017, an off-duty police officer was driving an orange corvette at about 94 mph when he crashed into an SUV. The woman driving the SUV had 4 of her children in the car with her. Now, none of them were wearing their seatbelt at the time of the crash. And, the youngest child was in a car seat but her seat wasn’t properly belted in.

Initially, the officer was charged with negligent homicide. However, the charges were dropped this week. The prosecutor said that it was too hard to determine who was at fault for the child’s death – the cop or the child’s mother.

Despite the fact that the officer was going more than twice the speed limit at the time of the accident, the State felt that the mother was equally at fault. Now, she wasn’t speeding. She had a green light. But she couldn’t stop fast enough given how fast officer Christopher Manuel was going at the time of the crash.

The State even said they wanted to cite the mother for negligent homicide but chose not to. Her other children were also seriously injured in the crash. Her 15-year old son is still in a wheelchair.

This is the kind of case where a civil lawsuit is the only possible remedy for the child’s mother. If your child is injured in any sort of crash, call our office right away.

Source: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/louisiana-officer-won-t-face-charges-94-mph-fatal-crash-n1084826

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What Should You Do if You’re Hit by a Delivery Truck This Holiday Season in Louisiana? https://www.stephenbabcock.com/blog/hit-by-a-delivery-truck/ Sat, 21 Dec 2019 14:00:29 +0000 https://www.stephenbabcock.com/?p=75321 Most people do a lot of their holiday shopping online these days. This means there are a lot more delivery trucks on the road now than ever before. These drivers log a lot of hours and deliver a lot of packages. With so many trucks on the road, there’s a […]

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Most people do a lot of their holiday shopping online these days. This means there are a lot more delivery trucks on the road now than ever before. These drivers log a lot of hours and deliver a lot of packages. With so many trucks on the road, there’s a higher chance that you could get hit by a delivery truck. If this happens, you’re going to need to call an experienced truck accident lawyer in Baton Rouge.

Do You Need to Call the Cops if You’re Hit by a Delivery Truck in Baton Rouge?

If you get into a crash with a commercial vehicle, you’re going to suffer some serious injuries. Even though you think you can trust that the driver will do the right thing, there’s never a guarantee. You need to treat this crash the same way you would any other truck accident in Baton Rouge. This means you need to do the following things:

  • Call the cops. Even though the other driver is a company driver, you still need to call 911. They will do the same kind of investigation as if you were hit by any other driver. This includes checking to see if either of the drivers were drunk or high. They also look to see if there are any witnesses to the event. They’ll create a police report that your lawyer can use to prove your case.
  • Seek medical treatment right away. You don’t really have a choice in this matter. Nobody wants to spend the afternoon in the emergency room. But it’s important that you see a doctor. They’ll make sure you’re okay and check to see if you have any internal injuries. They’ll also create a medical record that can be used to prove your case.
  • Call an experienced accident lawyer in Baton Rouge. You won’t want to go up against the trucking company on your own. It’s a good idea to call and retain an experienced truck accident attorney. This way, you can handle your claim on a level playing field.

If You’re Hit by a Delivery Truck, You’ll Suffer Serious Damages

Your truck accident lawyer in Baton Rouge is going to work hard to get you as much money as possible. You’ll be entitled to damages if you can prove two things. First, you need to show that the delivery driver caused the crash. This means you’ll have to prove negligence. In order to do that, you’ll need to show:

  • The defendant owed you a duty of care – This isn’t difficult. All drivers owe other people on the road a duty of care. This applies even more so to a commercial driver. Since they drive for a living, they owe a certain duty of care. This includes that they follow all traffic rules. They’re also required to follow all federal guidelines about hours and miles logged along with truck maintenance.
  • They breached this duty – If you can show that the delivery driver didn’t drive the way they should have, you may be able to collect damages.
  • You were injured – You have to actually be injured in order to file a legal claim. Your attorney can only recover for injuries you actually experienced. This is why it’s so important that you go to the hospital after your crash.
  • The breach caused your injuries – This shouldn’t be difficult to prove either. Your Baton Rouge lawyer will show that your injuries were directly caused by the defendant’s breach.

Call an Experienced Truck accident Lawyer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

If your vehicle is hit by a delivery truck this holiday season, don’t panic. Follow the steps outlined above. Call the police so they can do their investigation. Go to the hospital and get checked out so you can get medical treatment. And call our office. Get us involved early on so we can make sure your claim is handled properly from the start.

You may feel intimidated going up against a trucking company. They may have a whole team of lawyers working for them. This is even more reason why you should rely on an expert. They aren’t afraid to go up against the trucking company or their insurance company. They have years of experience dealing with these kinds of cases.

Call and talk to us today. We can set up a good time for us to meet and review your case.

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