Obiorah Fields, LLC - November 2018

With the holiday season upon us, more people are hitting the highway. Between preparing and storing the pumpkin pie and sweet potatoes, picking out the best family-photo attire, and wrangling the kids in the car, by the time you get behind the driver’s wheel, you are already stressed. But once you pull out of your driveway, you now must share the road with thousands of other drivers dealing with the same stresses as you. The statistics regarding vehicular accidents show that there are more accidents between the months of November and January than during any other of time of year. While none of us here at Obiorah Fields, LLC, would ever wish an accident on anyone, the sheer number of people on the road during the holidays ensures one is imminent. For this reason, our team wants to offer some helpful information for navigating the emotional minefield associated with accidents. What may appear to be a normal fender bender in a parking lot could be devastating for passengers with pre-existing medical conditions, such as a traumatic brain injury. Physical injuries after a car accident may be easier to identify, but oftentimes the emotional trauma incurred THE HARSH TRUTH ABOUT HOLIDAY TRAVEL THE EMOTIONAL EFFECTS OF ACCIDENTS

SKIP THE SALES AND HAVE SOME PIE 3 REASONS BLACK FRIDAY ISN’T WORTH YOUR TIME The day of chaos will soon be upon us. In a few weeks, Americans will leave their homes with bellies full of turkey to descend upon retail stores in the feeding frenzy that is Black Friday. Sure, it’s a bit stressful, but with all the great sales and gift-giving holidays on the horizon, Black Friday is the best day to knock out that shopping list, right? Not really. Here are a few reasons why you shouldn’t bother with Black Friday. YOU WANT THE LOWEST PRICES If you’re waiting to get the best deals of the year, Black Friday probably isn’t the day to go out. While stores may offer one special item at an outrageously low price, the rest of the sales can’t compete with other times of the year. Headphones are cheapest in August, vacuums are more affordable in April, and if you’re shopping for the holidays, keep in mind that toys will be priced at their lowest 10 days before Christmas. YOU WANT THE BEST BRANDS Here’s an insider secret: Most stores get new inventory to advertise specifically for doorbusters and Black Friday sales. New TVs at 75 percent off will get lots of people in the door, but those televisions aren’t the best brands. If you need a cheap dorm TV, then Black Friday is your day. But if you want a quality television to show off your 4K Ultra HD copy of “Avengers: Infinity War,” you’re better off waiting until after the New Year. YOU WANT TO SAVE MONEY It’s hard for people to say no when they’re afraid they’ll regret not jumping on a deal when they had the chance. So they grab the $750 laptop because it’s $200 off, buy some new winter coats because they’re four for the price of three, and fill their cart with other incredible sales. Do you need 10 HDMI cables? Of course not. But when they’re on sale for $2.99 each, how can you say no to that bargain? If there is a specific item you want that’s on sale during Black Friday, like those cute department store boots or a PlayStation 4, then by all means get out there early and take advantage of the deal. But if you have a long shopping list, want to save money in the long run, or don’t know what you’re after, Black Friday isn’t worth the stress.

is more difficult to diagnose or treat. Nonetheless, emotional trauma can be part of any car accident claim.

According to some national estimates, around 9 percent of those who survive a car accident eventually develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This is significant considering that it doesn’t

even account for other medical conditions that can arise after a crash, such as depression, anxiety, or any number of phobias. You can tell whether you’re suffering from emotional trauma by some of the more common symptoms,

including: sleep loss or sleep disturbances, weight fluctuations, moodiness and irritability, compulsive behaviors, or exhaustion. If you have been experiencing these symptoms for longer than three months after your accident, or you know someone else in a similar predicament, our attorneys encourage you to reach out to a counselor for help. If you have further questions or would like us to refer you to a professional we trust, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (404) 531-1591.

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