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Robert Blanchard

Getting a Fair Shake from a Jury

With all the Republican and corporate propaganda that goes on every year without ceasing, it gets ever harder to get a fair jury trial in an injury case. The notion of the “frivolous lawsuit” has saturated jury panels across the country and has a negative influence in every jury trial nationwide. No doubt every plaintiff attorney that has had the pleasure of going to trial in the past few years…

Robert Blanchard

Injection Procedures

In following up my discussion of the use of steroid blocks to alleviate back pain cased by traumatic injuries, I think many will want to know specifics about the procedure,Injection Details:The interval between the injections varies with the steroid preparations used. Since injected methylprednisolone was reported to remain in situ for approximately 2 weeks, the clinician should expect to wait 2…

Robert Blanchard

Steroid Blocks

Many clients who have suffered back injuries in a car accident are recommended to have a steroid block injuection in their back to relieve the pain. Sometimes there are a series of shots.Epidural steroid injections (ESIs) are an integral part of nonsurgical management of radicular pain from lumbar spine disorders. Radicular pain is described as a sharp, lancinating, and radiating pain, often…

Robert Blanchard

Neck Injuries

I was sent this article about the scientific study of neck injuries, as often occur in motor vehicle accidents.With increasing usage of seatbelts and spread of airbags, fatal traffic accidents have been reduced. The use of seatbelts has also reduced severe-to-fatal neck injuries when the victim hits his/her head on the windshield or other in-car structures. A case-control study recently showed…

Robert Blanchard

Accidents Causing TMJ

I have seen in some severe rear-end accidents that people can develop TMJ problems. This painful condition was described recently in an article I paste below. Further information on TMJ injuries can be found at this link.The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a gliding joint, formed by the condyle of the mandible and the temporal bone. The articulating surfaces of the mandible and temporal bone…

Robert Blanchard

Fewer Auto Accidents Nationwide

Who would have thought that fewer auto accidents would have a downside?Fewer auto accidents and increasing repair costs are proving to be a double whammy for collision-repair shops in across the nation.Despite a 53 percent increase in vehicles on U.S. streets since 1980, the number brought in for collision repairs nationwide has declined.In 2004, the most recent year for industry figures, 17…

Robert Blanchard

Smoke Leads to Collisions

Gov. Jeb Bush has declared a state of emergency for Florida counties reeling from wildfires. I noted in the news reports that a number of motor vehicle accidents have resulted from the reduced visibility caused by the smoke from the fires. Parts of State Road 80 and U.S. 27 in western Palm Beach County were closed Monday morning for three hours after smoke from brush fires burning in Broward…

Robert Blanchard

SUV – Safer for Children?

A recent study analyzed injuries to children in accidents involving SUV’s compared to regular cars. While many people justify the purchase of an SUV with the thought that they are protecting their family in case of a crash, it turns out that SUV’s are not statisticallly safer for children. Part of the reason for this is the increased risk of rollover, which greatly increases the risk of injury….

Robert Blanchard

How Long Can Truckers Stay Awake?

As a form of regulatory chicken, Bush appointees in Washington want to let employers see just how hard they can drive their truck drivers. No mention of any concern for the safety of other people on the roadways, at least not from the Bush administration. To see the Petition filed in the Federal District Court by five groups who are concerned, click here.

Robert Blanchard

Florida Bar Advice to the Public Needs Clarification

As part of public information provided by the Florida Bar about “what to in case of an auto accident,” the Florida Bar website advises that guilty pleas in traffic infraction cases can be used in a civil lawsuit (as in a personal ijury case). However, Section 318.14(4) states: 318.14 Noncriminal traffic infractions; exception; procedures.– (4) Except as provided in subsection…