Posts Tagged ‘personal injury firm’

Personal Injury and Social Media

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Do you actively participate in social networking? Do you Tweet or post updates on Facebook?

If the answer is yes and you have a personal injury case, our advice is that you either limit your involvement or stop it all together.

Recently, a New York State Supreme Court ruled that a woman had to release her private Facebook and MySpace accounts to defense counsel. The purpose was to challenge her injury claims.

This ruling has increased the need for an injury victim to be cautious in what they say and post on social networking sites.

You also need to understand that even if you have privacy settings turned on, attorneys are still permitted, through discovery, to obtain your information. You may think that deleting your posts and photos will solve the problem, but it often looks as though you are trying to hide something.

Advice to Personal Injury Victims

As a personal injury firm, we strongly recommend you think before you post. This holds true regardless of whether you are an accident victim or not. If you don’t want something to come back to bite you, then don’t post it.

Defense counsel will not hold back when trying to harm the reputation of a personal injury victim. What should you do?

  • Hire an experienced personal injury firm with a record of success against the insurance industry.
  • Avoid talking or writing about your case with anyone, except your personal injury attorney.
  • Be honest. It’s important that you tell the truth from the beginning so your attorney can build your case. Discovering something unfavorable later in your case can be a difficult obstacle. If it’s known at the onset, we can prepare for it.
  • Anything you post online can be used to discredit your case. This includes Facebook, My Space, Twitter, online forums and other social media sites.  

Social media is not going away. Smart attorneys know this and will use social media to their advantage. If you have been injured, contact Ross Cellino or Steve Barnes today (800-621-2020). Our attorneys are available 24/7 to help you.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

We recently received an email from a woman who was playing tag with her kids and bumped her head on a light post. She shared with us the humor of the situation, but later that day she ended up going to see a doctor due to a persistent headache. She had suffered a mild concussion. While this brain injury example is not a severe case, it is important to know exactly what a brain injury is and what to do in case one occurs.

Do you need to speak with a Cellino & Barnes brain injury attorney?

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders, traumatic brain injury or TBI occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. This can be the result of an object suddenly and violently coming into contact with the head, or when an object actually pierces the skull and enters the brain tissue.

Symptoms of a mild TBI include…

  •   Headache
  •   Lightheadedness
  •   Blurred vision or tired eyes
  •   Ringing in the ears
  •   Bad taste in the mouth
  •   Fatigue or lethargy
  •   Behavioral or mood changes
  •   Trouble with memory, concentration, attention, or thinking

People with a moderate or severe TBI display the symptoms listed above but may also include

  •   Headache that gets worse or does not go away
  •   Dilation of one or both pupil
  •   Slurred speech
  •   Weakness or numbness
  •   Loss of coordination
  •   Restlessness or agitation 

The leading cause of TBI’s are falls and motor-vehicle accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The first and most important thing to do in the case of a TBI is to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

If you are in an accident and fear you may have suffered a TBI, seek medical attention immediately. If your accident occurs as a result of someone else’s actions, the personal injury attorneys at Cellino & Barnes can evaluate your case for free. Our lawyers are available 24/7 – 800-621-2020.

Contact Cellino & Barnes, a leading personal injury firm, if you or a loved one has been affected by a traumatic brain injury.