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TBI a real possibility in an auto crash

Winter has arrived in New Hampshire, and despite the picture postcard beauty of the snow and the kids’ fun with their new sleds, most of us adults are considerably more concerned about the road conditions. No one need tell you that winter driving in New Hampshire can be fraught with danger as the number of traffic accidents goes up. And unfortunately, your risk of suffering a serious injury such as a TBI in an auto accident likewise increases.

TBI stands for traumatic brain injury, and per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 286,000 people suffer one in a car crash every year nationwide. You could be one of them and its aftermath could be catastrophic. What happens is that when the force of your crash impact makes your head and neck violently jerk back and forth, this sudden extreme movement makes your brain “slosh around” inside your skull, thereby causing injury to its cells, nerves and tissues.

Are you eligible for Social Security disability benefits?

After your car accident, you spent considerable time in treatment for your injuries. Now, your doctor says you have recovered as much as you will, and the medical issues you suffer from now are not likely to get any better. 

If your serious disability has left you without the ability to return to your job, you may qualify for benefits through Social Security Disability Insurance.

Safe driving tips for Thanksgiving

Millions of people drive over Thanksgiving weekend to meet up with friends or family. Time Magazine reports that over 47 million people hit the roads annually, and with all those people in a hurry to get to their destinations, there will undoubtedly be some accidents. 

When you plan to hit the road, you need to stay safe to avoid a traffic collision. You do not want the joyous holiday to suddenly become tainted from a car accident. Here are some ways to stay safe when there is an increase in traffic on nearby New Hampshire highways. 

Estate plans: Succession planning for small business owners

If you own your own business or are thinking of starting one sometime in the future, it is vital for you to think of succession planning. Whether you plan to sell your company or pass it down to loved ones after you pass, the plans you have in place dictate what happens to your business. 

Most New Hampshire business owners are so caught up in the everyday demands of their company that they may not take time to think about what could happen to their organizations in the event of serious injury, illness or death. To keep your company intact and ensure a seamless transition to new ownership, consider the following pointers about estate planning for small business owners

3 reasons documentation is important following an accident

Countless car accidents happen every day and derail the lives of the people involved. Whether you were in an accident with a pedestrian or a multiple car collision, it can be overwhelmingly stressful to deal with the aftermath. It is important to do so, though, and ensure that you take the steps necessary to protect yourself following an auto accident. Documentation is one of the most important parts of this.

You might be wondering why documentation is so important, though. Documenting your injuries and damages after a car accident is important for many reasons. The following three are some of the most important considerations to take into account after an auto collision. 

What to do when injured in Uber or Lyft

Uber and Lyft have become extremely convenient ways to get around in cities across the state. It is very easy to hail an Uber anywhere in New Hampshire. However, Uber drivers can still end up in car accidents like any other driver even if they are not the ones primarily at fault. 

You will naturally feel angry and upset after an auto accident, but you may also have a lot of questions. You were not the one behind the wheel, and you do not own the car. Many people may feel as though they do not have to do anything at the scene, but there are actions you can take, especially if you believe you sustained injuries. 

How to recover mentally from a car accident

There are many ways for people to develop post-traumatic stress disorder. While people typically associate the disorder with refugees and military veterans, it is also possible for people involved in a serious car crash to develop PTSD. The anxiety can become so severe the person becomes unable to step foot inside a car. 

There are many ways for a person to move on from an auto accident. However, even if a person receives monetary compensation for any injuries, there is still the psychological toll to consider. Everyone's case will be different, but there are techniques for alleviating the mental impact of a traumatic event. 

What to know about traumatic brain injuries

Doctors define traumatic brain injuries as blows, jolts and bumps to the head that disrupt normal brain function. These injuries are a huge problem in the United States, and in 2013 alone, around 2.8 million people suffered traumatic brain injuries that required an emergency room visit. There are many reasons why these injuries occur, and for individuals between the ages of 15 and 44, motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of brain-related injuries. 

The symptoms of TBI may not manifest until weeks or months after the initial car crash. This is why it is so critical victims of car accidents see a doctor immediately following the collision. The sooner they seek medical attention, the sooner they will be able to understand the full extent of their injuries. Filing a personal injury claim may help victims receive compensation to help pay for any medical expenses. 

Steps to take if you are a pedestrian hit by a car

Even if pedestrians use a crosswalk, they need to be cautious of potential traffic. In 2015, over 129,000 pedestrians required treatment in emergency rooms for injuries sustained from a moving vehicle. Since the pedestrian has no protection, as would be the case between two drivers, the possibility of a serious injury occurring increases greatly. 

If a car strikes you as a pedestrian, then the most important thing is to assess any injuries you may have received. You may feel all right, but it is still a good idea to contact medical personnel. See a doctor right away, so you get a proper diagnosis. 

Does bankruptcy affect tax filing?

Everyone's taxes are different, and if you filed for bankruptcy recently, then you need to make sure you do everything correctly. 

For the most part, you do not have to worry too much when tax season comes after filing for bankruptcy. With the assistance of a professional accountant, you will know precisely what paperwork to include in your forms. 

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