Archive for the ‘Brain Injury Attorney’ Category

Pedestrian Hit by Truck at Logan Intersection

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Downtown loganA 34 year old man was struck by a white Ford Truck in a Logan intersection earlier this week. Witnesses reported the man was crossing 400 North at 200 East in a crosswalk when a truck going North on 200 East started to make a left turn to go west. Allegedly, the driver of the truck failed to see the man and hit him, according to the news release from the Logan Police Department.

Logan Police Department’s additional reported added that the man was knocked to the ground and appears to have suffered head trauma. He was taken to Logan Regional Hospital in an ambulance and was later flown to McKay Dee Hospital in Ogden.

His identity is withheld as police has not yet notified his family. Citations are still pending as the accident is being investigated by authorities.

Christensen & Hymas reminds motorists to be extra careful near intersections and cross walks .Do not forget to watch out for pedestrians. Avoid distracted driving and slow down as you approach intersections to avoid accidents. Pedestrians might suddenly appear and you will caught by surprise. They are no match for cars and injuries can be extensive and life threatening. Traumatic brain injury often results when someone is knocked forcefully and the head suffers some trauma.

Christensen & Hymas believes that anyone who has suffered injuries because of someone’s recklessness and negligence deserves to be compensated to get relief from the medical expense and rehabilitation costs. It is not easy to recover from injuries because of the financial aspects of the treatment and therapy. If you have questions about compensation claims call us at (801)-506-0800, we have competent personal injury lawyers who can walk you through all aspects of claim process.  Call us now for a free initial consultation.

Original article by Michael McFall of the Salt Lake Tribune.

Image of Downtown Logan courtesy of Wikimedia.

81-year-old Man Burned In Backyard Fire

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Wild FireAn 81-year-old man was burned over 90% of his body while burning weeds in his backyard with a hand-held propane torch, according to KSL. Ray Jessop’s was trying to put out the weed fire, which had started burning some grass, when his pants caught fire. His neighbor found Ray sitting on the porch with most of his clothes burned off. He was taken by helicopter to University of Utah’s Burn Center where he was treated for third degree burns over 90 percent of his body.

Fires can quickly get out of control, and cause a lot of damage. The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) reports that in 2011, a fire department responded to a fire every 23 seconds, 3,005 deaths and thousands of injuries occurred because of these fires, and damages were in the 11 billions in cost.

The most common types of fires, as reported in 2011 by the NFPA, are structure fires, followed by wildland, and then highway vehicles. Most fires are preventable, and with death numbers in the three thousands each year, it is important to take precautions in regards to fire.

In Utah, open burning almost always requires a permit to do so. If a person is starting a fire anywhere besides campfires, grills, or fireplaces, a burn permit is required. The Utah government details the rules regarding open burning with a permit. The consequences of not abiding by these laws are great, and can result in serious injury or death.

Christensen & Hymas is knowledgeable about personal injuries involving fires. If you are a burn victim due to someone’s negligence, we can help you find the compensation you deserve. Please call us at (801) 506-0800.

Photo courtesy of USFWS/Southwest.


Carbon Monoxide Accident

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

gas maskLast week Dillon and Christy Dwyer were vacationing at their cabin in Acord Lakes when in the middle of the night Christy awoke to something strange.  She said that she woke up incredibly thirsty, weak, and nauseous. After some time of tending to her Dillon too began to fall ill. The sick couple decided to leave the house for some fresh air, this most likely saved their lives. A few feet from the home Christy collapsed. Dillon recounted not having strength enough to help her. His muscles had frozen up and he too blacked out.  They don’t know how long they were out, but after they came to they got in their car and were able to drive to the next cabin only reaching as far as the driveway before blacking out again.

At the hospital it was discovered that the two had an almost lethal saturation of carbon monoxide gas in their blood streams. Exposure to 100 parts per million of the gas or more are dangerous and lead to a loss of judgement and movement after about two hours. The Center for Disease Control states that “unintentional CO exposure accounts for an estimated 15,000 emergency department visits and 500 unintentional deaths in the United States each year”.

This particular poisoning has been attributed to a propane refrigerator that was leaking and had not been inspected in the proper amount of time.

We at Christensen & Hymas are grateful that the couple is unharmed and that they will have no lasting effects from the accident. In cases where poisonings do not lead to death, the lack of oxygen to the brain can leave lasting damages. If you or someone you love has been involved in a carbon monoxide poisoning due to someone elses negligence, call the personal injury experts at Christensen & Hymas at (801)560-0800.

Original article from Fox13

Picture courtesy of Konstantin Stepanov






Mary Burgener Recovered from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Kearns Family Recovering from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning   KUTV.comWednesday of last week, a family was rushed to the hospital because of carbon monoxide poisoning. Mary Burgener was in her home with her 12-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter. Mary’s brother, Adrian was downstairs next to the furnace–the source of the leak. When Burgener woke up and smelled some kind of gas, she knew something was amiss. She found her brother downstairs, lying unconscious.

Mary and her two children just had their last treatments in hyperbaric chambers to clean out the carbon monoxide in their system, and the three of them are doing well. Adrian is still unconscious.

The family had a carbon monoxide detector, but it had not been checked in a while, and had stopped working.

Carbon Monoxide is colorless, odorless and tasteless, but deadly. You have to be vigilant about watching out for it. Make sure your carbon monoxide detector has been checked, at least in the last year. It is designed to go off when abnormal levels of CO are in the air. They should be as crucial to a home or office as a smoke alarm.

Be aware that CO emittance can come from furnaces, and carbon-based materials and fuels, car exhausts, and even refrigerators. Every home or office is in danger of carbon monoxide pollution to some extent.

You can have CO poisoning without realizing it. If you feel flu-like symptoms that may come and go, or are exacerbated in certain places or at particular times of the day, you should get yourself checked out. Even animals can be effected by the gas.

Protect yourself by prevention, and then quick action. From all of us atChristensen & Hymas, keep yourself safe!

Story and image brought to you by KUTV. 


Woman in Critical Condition after Car Crash

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

car smashed_rear-endedLast Sunday in Salt Lake City, a woman was severely hurt after a truck ran into the vehicle.   The man driving the Ford truck suffered an unspecified medical episode. Speculations given by Lt. Scoot White with the Salt Lake City Police Department say perhaps he had a seizure, or passed out behind the wheel.

The man was traveling west on North Temple in the late morning, around 10:40. He slammed into the rear of a blue sedan waiting at the traffic light. The small car was pushed into the intersection, while the rear was crushed. The truck continued and struck another sedan, a red vehicle eastbound, before coming to a stop against the road’s side rail.

A female driver of one of the cars had a severe head injury, and needed CPR at the scene of the crash. There was a male passenger who was also injured, but the female is still in critical condition.

The driver of the truck was not seriously injured. Police are still investigating to determine  exactly what happened, whether or not drugs or alcohol were involved. The truck driver willingly stayed at the scene with police.

If you have a medical condition that might hinder driving ability, it can be very serious, and lead to serious injury or legal problems.  If you have tendencies toward epilepsy, fainting, anxiety or panic attacks, narcolepsy, or any sort of vision problem that comes and goes, be aware and proactive, and talk to your doctor about whether or not it is safe for you to drive.


Image courtesy of ksl news


Author Stephen Covey Involved in Bicycle Accident

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Stephen CoveyProminent author and motivational speaker Stephen Covey was injured in a bicycling accident last week in Provo, Utah. Covey was riding through the steep foothills of this university town south of Salt Lake City when he took a corner too fast and fell off his bike, striking his head and going unconsciousness. Covey was sent to the hospital, where he has since responded to family members. There is some bleeding on the frontal lobe of his brain, which is being monitored and will determine the extent and severity of his injuries.  No other persons or vehicles were involved in the incident.

The Christensen Law Firm wishes a speedy and full recovery to Mr. Covey, who has had a positive influence in Utah for generations, and we hope for many more years to come.

An Ounce of Prevention….

Covey’s publicist is quoted as saying “He was wearing a helmet, which is good news.” Not only is this “good news”, but wearing a helmet quite possibly saved his life. While not mandatory for cyclists in Utah, wearing a helmet often makes the difference between a goose egg on the head, as in Covey’s case, and permanent brain injury or worse.

Brain injuries in Utah occur too often, many of which are preventable. As personal injury lawyers in Utah, we encourage you strongly to take your safety into your own hands and, like Stephen Covey, wear a helmet. If you or a loved one have been involved in a similar accident as the one above, and despite your precautions still find yourself injured, call us today at (801) 506-0800 to speak with an attorney that cares.

16 Year-Old Recovers Miraculously After Traumatic Brain Injury

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

16 Year-Old Recovers Miraculously After Traumatic Brain InjuryLast April, 16 year-old Hank Shipman survived a horrible accident when a distracted driver collided with his high school’s van.  The van was carrying his classmates and fellow athletes from a ski race in Oregon.  Hank sustained multiple serious injuries, including a traumatic brain injury, while the other students survived practically unscathed.  The injury consisted of four broken vertebrae, leaving Hank essentially paralyzed.  After two months in the hospital and months more of physical therapy, Hank continued to refuse to give up.  Miraculously, today he is again out on the field playing for his school’s baseball team, a feat that no one ever expected.  This young adult’s attitude and demeanor can teach us that through dedication and positive thinking, we can ultimately accomplish anything.

Managing Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms

Fortunately, Hank has recovered quite well, despite all that he has endured.  Not everyone is as lucky.  If you have had to endure long-term symptoms due to a traumatic brain injury, the following is a modified list of how to manage your injury provided by

  1. Make sure you get an adequate amount of sleep each night;
  2. Write things down;
  3. Make a daily plan and live that plan;
  4. Avoid alcohol-it can hinder the healing process;
  5. Avoid caffeine,  cold medications that treat nasal congestion, or other products that contain pseudoephedrine—they may increase the symptoms;
  6. Find a hobby;
  7. Open up to others—to keep you from feeling isolated and to give friends and loved ones a chance to help you; and
  8. Don’t forget that symptoms are a normal part of the recovery, and they will eventually become better.

The Christensen Law Firm is comprised of highly experienced legal professionals who are dedicated to your rights.  We offer compassionate, personal one-on-one attention guaranteed.  Not only do we serve our clients, we serve the community as well, such as providing a free copy of one of our accident books.  Call us at 1-800 LAW BOOK for a copy of an accident book or at (801) 506-0800 for a free consultation.

New Technology To Diagnose TBI

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Brain scanCBS News reported that “about 1.7 million Americans suffer a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, each year.”  A TBI is considered stress on the brain caused by trauma, impact, or severe motion.  Most TBI’s are mild; they come in the form of mild concussions, light jarring, or general bumps to the head.  These light injuries often will heal on their own.  When the trauma is more severe, healing is up in the air which makes the diagnoses more difficult for doctors to ascertain.  According to CBS News, a new technology for diagnosing brain trauma has been developed.

The new technology is an MRI-based tool that scans the brain much like an X-ray.  It can project images of the scan in multi-color which can ultimately show where the damage was done in the brain.  The new technology uses a high-definition fiber tracking image system that allows the doctor to see exactly where the fibers of the brain have been torn or otherwise damaged.

New TBI Technology

By using this new technology, the doctor can better understand and diagnose the problems associated with the injury.  An attorney can also use the technology to aid his client.  The information gathered by the technology could enlighten the insurance agencies as to the severity of the brain damage and encourage them to be more generous in settlements and payouts.


Roommate Suffers A Brain Injury After Being Attacked

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Roommate Suffers A Brain Injury After Being Attacked According to The Salt Lake Tribune, a few weeks ago a South Salt Lake City resident was brutally hit in the head with a baseball bat for waking up his roommate, who also happened to be his nephew.  His injuries included a fractured skull and brain hemorrhaging, rendering him into a critical condition.  His nephew was ultimately charged with aggravated assault, a second-degree charge.  This unfortunate event could happen to anyone.  The seriousness of brain injuries can range from a minor to significant injury and sometimes may even lie dormant for a time before manifesting, thus medical attention must immediately follow the incident.  In the case you have experienced a brain injury due to the negligent or intentional actions of another, it may behoove you to hire a brain injury attorney.

Any brain injury could be an extremely serious incident to overcome and, coupled with medical bills and/or missed work, the situation can be devastating to deal with.  Often times, victims of brain injuries are left unprepared for the emotional and mental anguish they must endure following injury.  Prevention is not always possible, especially if the incident was intentional, as in the case mentioned above.  Therefore, a game plan must be made once the injury is diagnosed.  The Christensen Law Firm offers free accident books to inform those who have experienced such hardship.  We provide guaranteed personal and compassionate service to our clients as we assist you in setting up your plan.  With much sympathy and devotion to your case, we ensure your legal needs are met while you focus on healing.  For a free accident book, call 1-800 LAW BOOK, or for a free consultation with the Christensen Law Firm, call (801) 506-0800.

Head Trauma And The Power To Think

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

head injury In previous posts, I have written about the dangers associated with recreational activities, with regards to head trauma.  I have also written on memory and how both short- and long-term memory are affected when head trauma occurs.  Today, I would like to write about the power to think clearly and what thinking does for us on a daily basis, and how we often take it for granted until that power is taken away.  If the power to think is ever taken, a traumatic brain injury attorney may be needed

The power to think is vital to living a full and prolific life.  It allows us to work and play.  Thinking allows us to understand the world around us.  When we think through problems we are confronted with, we understand life on a deeper and more intimate level.  This same deeper level of understanding comes from writing and reading.  The power to connect thoughts and ideas that are employed in writing and reading is so vital to a prosperous life that when that power is taken away, the result is a complete loss of the ability to provide for self and others.

If the power to think were ever diminished, life would soon ebb and cease to be meaningful.  Our power to provide for ourselves and those we love would ultimately be wiped away to nihil.  Losing the power to think clearly is a serious threat when brain injuries occur.

Brain trauma can hinder the power to think.  The power to think can be altered to such a degree that simple tasks are made difficult.  The ability to be coherent and articulate speech comes from the mind.  If you or someone you know has suffered a blow to the head, or has gotten their “bell rung,” first, get medical attention, and second, get a traumatic brain injury attorney.

The Christensen Law Firm understands that losing the power to think clearly is a serious threat if brain injuries have occurred.  There is a traumatic brain injury attorney from the Christensen Law Firm available if you ever need one.  They offer FREE Utah accident books for the express purpose of educating anyone who wishes to know more about brain injuries and the rights of a victim of brain trauma.  Call them immediately at 1-800 LAW BOOK to obtain your free copy.