Personal Injury

What to Do After a Truck Accident

Posted by on Sep 12, 2019 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Sadly, it is likely that you will be involved in a truck or car accident of some kind in your lifetime. And even if you are so lucky that you are not directly in an accident, then you will probably witness an auto collision on the road. That means that no matter your luck, you should know what to do to help yourself or others in the case of a wreck.

The most important factor to consider when reacting to a truck accident is physical safety. But if possible, a person’s legal liability or ability to fight in court is also important to consider. As a result, certain factors about the crash site and more are important to preserve. 

I care more about a person other than their most basic, physical safety. So in this article, I will discuss how to protect yourself in lots of different ways:

Protecting your body

When in a car or truck accident, the most important thing to do immediately is to check your vital organs and your extremities for injury. Try to flex different parts of your body. If the accident was not particularly catastrophic, then checking for subtle injuries that are not as easily noticeable is important.

Of course, if you are knocked unconscious in an extreme collision there is not much advice to give. However, the vast majority of accidents are not as violent or graphic as the movies would lead you to believe.

After checking your vitals and recognizing signs of injury, you should do the following to protect the physical safety of others:

  • Check with your passengers (if applicable) and make sure they also verify their limbs or sensitive parts of their body for pain and damage
  • Carefully — check for oncoming traffic — go to the other car involved in the accident to see if they need medical attention
  • Either call 911 for an ambulance or directly tell another person to call 911

The last step is specific for a reason. Many people involved in collisions assume that other people will call for an ambulance. This is not true and could lead to medical emergency officials never being notified of the crash.

Legal protection

After calling for an ambulance, firefighters, or other relevant officials, then you need to call a lawyer as soon as possible. If you are an observer of a crash, then you should not call a lawyer for the victims of a wreck. However, let them know in appropriate timing that they should call a lawyer to make sure they are not swindled by the person responsible for the wreck or by any insurance companies.

Another legal protection to consider, after discussing it with your attorney, is to document as much evidence as possible about the collision. Keep all of the following information in mind, but just know that all of the following tips and more can be discussed with lawyers like the team at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers:

  • Ask witnesses for contact information in case facts about the crash are disputed. 
  • Take pictures of the crash site, including the ground and any tire marks. 
  • Speak honestly but concisely with an officer if they are conducting an official police report about the crash. 

Stay safe and good luck!

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Symptoms and Treatment of Neck and Back Injuries

Posted by on Jul 18, 2016 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

The neck and back are important organs in the body. The two are connected to each other by the spinal cord and most neck and back injuries are associated with disorders in the spine. The back takes too much pressure in our daily activities and hence can be subjected to too much pain. Eight out of ten people are prone to back or neck injuries.

Back and neck injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents can be serious and debilitating. According to the website of Spiro Champaign Law Firm, these types of injuries are accompanied by extensive medical and rehabilitative care. The individual suffering from neck and back injuries may experience localized pain, tenderness, and stiffness. It may result to muscle spasm on either side of the spinal column after the injury or 24 hours later.

If the back or neck injuries may causes numbness, tingling, or paralysis of the extremities, it could indicate a more serious injury. Injuries that penetrate to the neck may need immediate treatment. Do not touch the object until the medical personnel can remove it. The good news is that most back and neck pains will heal in time. Half of the patients will feel relief in a couple of weeks and 90% within 90 days, regardless of the treatment.

Treatment of back and neck injuries requires limitation of your activities and taking over-the-counter medicines. For acute back pains, it will go away by itself within a few days. Here are some advice on treating back and neck pains:

  1. Slow down
    If you think you are suffering from back or neck pain, the best way to ease the pain is to ease the pressure you are putting on your back. For some, the pain may be unbearable that they will drop to their knees or stay in a bent-over position. While others can still function normally, it is accompanied by uncomfortable pain. So relax for a few days and take medicines.
  2. Apply cold and hot compress
    The general rule is “Ice first for 48 hours and then heat.” This formula can help alleviate pain from muscle and ligament strain. With ice, swelling and inflammation slows down and acts like a local anesthesia. This only takes effect for 48 hours. By applying heat, you increase blood flow to the deep tissues and relax muscle spasms.
  3. Massage
    Massage may provide some relief by stretching tight muscles and ligaments.

These are just some of the ways to treat back and neck pains.

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Requirements for a Defective Product Lawsuit

Posted by on Oct 9, 2015 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Defective products can cause a number of injuries and illnesses, sometimes severe or even fatal. When these products come into the hands of innocent and unsuspecting consumers, victims may seek compensation from the company responsible for the defect. However, it is important to understand the requirements for a defective product lawsuit.

The most obvious requirement is that the product was actually defective. According to the personal injury lawyers of, this can take the form of a manufacturing, design, or marketing defect. Another element in any defective product lawsuit is that the product caused some sort of injury or monetary loss to the consumer. Even if the product was defective, if no injury or loss occurred, a defective product lawsuit likely does not exist. You must also be able to prove that the defect was the actual cause of your injury. For example, even if a coffee maker has a tendency to catch fire when being used, if it is shown that you had it near water when the fire occurred, it may be shown that your actions caused the accident rather than the defect of the product. Lastly, you must have been using the product as it was intended or in a way that the manufacturer would reasonably assume a person to use it for. Essentially, if your injury occurred when you were using the product in a way other than its intended use, you may not have a defective product claim.

When all of these conditions are met, it is often possible for people to receive compensation for the suffering they endured at the hands of a defective product from the manufacturer. When we buy a product, we rightfully expect that the products are safe for not only us, but our family as well. If a company violates this trust, it is often their responsibility to ease the turmoil caused by the defect.

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Dangers of Teenage Drivers

Posted by on May 3, 2015 in Personal Injury, Vehicle Collisions | 0 comments

According to statistics from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, teens are a very troublesome demographic when it comes to driving. In 2011, 2650 teens in the United States between the ages of 16-19 died in car accidents and 292,000 found themselves in the emergency room.

Males of this demographic crash two times more than their female counterparts. This explains why someone will have to pay significantly more money for their teenage son’s car insurance as opposed to that of their teenage daughter.

Teens use their seat belts less than any other demographic. In 2013, only 55% of high school students said they always wear their seat belt when in a car with someone else. It is a little odd that this is still the case considering this current generation of teens grew up hearing an annoying beeping sound whenever the driver or passenger did not put on their seat belt. However, teens typically travel in packs to relatively close locations on roads with low speed limits, so it is possible that they do not see as much of a need to wear a seat belt with each other as they would with their parents, going into the city.

However, the Mokaram Law Firm says on its website that accidents come with profound consequences. Because of this, it is important to make sure your child is aware that they are especially susceptible to accidents. In order to do this effectively, inform them about what tends to cause teenage driver accidents. The eight “danger zones” for teen drivers are driver inexperience, driving with teen passengers, nighttime driving, not using seat belts, distracted driving, drowsy driving, reckless driving, and impaired driving.

The website of the Law Offices of Jeff Benton has observed that for Americans cars have become necessities. With less stay at home parents and more pressure for teenagers to keep busy with extracurriculars, this necessity has trickled down to the younger generation.

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Nursing Home Abuse: Way Too Common

Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Nursing Homes, Personal Injury | 0 comments

According to ABC News, a study conducted by Democrats and independents in the Special Investigations Division of the House Government Reform Committee revealed that 30 percent of nursing homes in the United States reported abuse between 1999-2001. This equated to 5,283 facilities and 9,000 instances of abuse. Of these 9,000 cases, 1,601 of them resulted in life threatening or serious injuries.

The report’s most common problems include untreated bedsores, insufficient medical care, malnutrition, dehydration, preventable accidents, and inadequate sanitation and hygiene. A Wisconsin nursing home abuse lawyer could argue that physical abuse in nursing homes is very much so common and dangerous.

Kelley Queale, director of communications for the California Association of Health Facilities, says that not all cases reported have to do with workers personally abusing the residents, and that some injuries occur because of fights between two residents. This, however, still is the fault of the caretakers. It is their job to make sure that the nursing home patients are kept safe, even if that means from each other.

The federal government is the biggest contributor to nursing homes, mostly because of the Medicaid they provide to the elderly. The United States Department of Health and Human Services requires states to inspect nursing homes and investigate all abuse complaints. Even with a government watch, nursing homes continue to be filled with abuse. This could be attributed to the lack of quality in the state’s investigation or the management of the nursing homes’ loose requirements for employment.

The Sampson Law Firm says on its website that if a family has to make the difficult decision to put their loved one in the care of a nursing home, that family deserves the right to expect that they will be in good hands. Unfortunately, the trend of nursing home abuse prevents families from receiving this reassurance.

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The Black Lung Program

Posted by on Apr 29, 2015 in Personal Injury, Workplace Accidents | 0 comments

Working in the coal mines comes with its fair share of risks and consequences. Many coal mine workers develop lung problems due to their mass exposure to harmful toxins. A common condition developed by these workers is pneumoconiosis.

Pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease, can be divided into two different subsets. The more mild condition is coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, while the more complicated a severe version is progressive massive fibrosis.

Symptoms of pneumoconiosis include inflamed lung air sacs, stiffened lungs due to scarring, and any other sort of lung damage. Pneumoconiosis may cause lung cancer, pulmonary tuberculosis, respiratory failure, and failure of the right side of the heart.

Recovery from a personal injury can cause frustration for victims and their loved ones. Luckily, the federal government does provide worker compensation for pneumoconiosis specifically.

The Division of Coal Mine Workers’ Compensation facilitates the Black Lung Program, which tends the claims filed under the Black Lung Benefits Act. This act allows for workers who were totally disabled because of pneumoconiosis to receive compensation. In addition, the act provides compensation to the families of coal mine workers who died because of pneumoconiosis and medical treatment for those who developed lung diseases due to it.

Although this act is in place, there are plenty of bureaucratic loopholes that could keep people from getting the compensation they deserve. The experienced lawyers from the Williams Kherkher Law Firm explain that when this is the case, the next step to get the compensation you deserve is to pursue legal action against an employer. When your workplace is at fault for your physical harm, they must take responsibility. This is especially true in the circumstance of a coal miner, who always has a high chance of needing workers’ compensation at some point in their life. In this case, employers have no excuse to not be prepared.

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