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Whiplash and Sudden Impacts in Car Accidents

The sudden impact of a car accident will often throw a car’s inhabitants forward, or to the side or the back, depending on where the impact hits, and this sudden jolt can cause serious injuries no matter how “crash-proof” your vehicle may be. Whiplash is a common injury in car accidents, and the term covers any damage done to the soft tissue of a person’s neck. Whiplash can happen in a variety of ways, but it is incredibly painful, and can lead to long-term complications that affect a person’s ability to work and go about his or her daily life. Whiplash is caused when your neck snaps suddenly to one side, typically due to a sudden jolt or impact, and then snaps back immediately. This sudden snap can result in strains and sprains to the muscles and tendons in your neck, and can lead to soft tissue injuries. Because of the sudden impact of a car accident, victims of a rear-end collision or car crash are often diagnosed with whiplash. Signs and Symptoms of Whiplash People who suffer from whiplash can experience any of the following symptoms: Neck pain, either when moving the neck, or when holding the neck still Pain in the shoulders, arms, and upper back Neck stiffness Minimal ability to turn the neck from side to side, or up and down Dizziness, disorientation, and headaches Blurred vision Sleep deprivation and fatigue Difficulty remembering things, or trouble concentrating Hearing a ringing sound Mood swings and depression Many people […]

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Common Injuries After a Slip and Fall Accident

Slipping, tripping, and falling in public is generally embarrassing. Most people tend to brush off these types of accidents automatically, and claim to be uninjured or otherwise fine, to avoid further scrutiny. It’s understandable to want to put the incident behind you quickly, but if you just brush off your accident, you could run the risk of serious injury, especially if the symptoms are not immediately apparent after you fall. Obviously, bleeding, dizziness, and disorientation are all serious and immediate side effects of falling. But less obvious are the strained muscles, bruises, soreness, and long-term head trauma that could have been suffered in a slip and fall accident. Some injuries may take a few days or even weeks to develop, and by that time, the opportunity for immediate action is lost. Below are a few common injuries caused by a slip and fall accident, and a description of the effects a person who has fallen may suffer: Head injuries. If you trip and fall, and hit your head, you could suffer a concussion or a traumatic brain injury. In fact, falls are a leading cause of traumatic brain injuries, and these injuries can range from mild to very serious. Brain and head injuries can cause disorientation, dizziness, mood swings, and seizures, and they can also affect a person’s ability to remember things or concentrate. Back and spine injuries. A slip and fall accident can cause serious trauma to the back and the spinal cord. Even if you don’t land directly […]

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Jackknife Accidents

We rely on trucks and big rigs to get us our goods—food, water, gas, packages, products, and more—but we often fail to think about the actual process involved in getting these goods from Point A to Point B. The fact of the matter is that trucks are driven by men and women, and no matter how experienced or qualified these drivers are, they are still human, and prone to error, especially when it comes to operating such large vehicles over long stretches of highway. Jackknifing is one truck driving risk that can cause serious damage to the truck and driver, as well as anyone else who happens to be sharing the road. Jackknifing is the term used to refer to any instance where an 18-wheeler truck or semi-tractor trailer skids on the road, and causes the trailer or back portion of the truck to swing out on one side—similar to the angle that a knife forms between the blade and the handle. A jackknifed truck can very easily roll over across the highway, wreaking havoc on any other cars in its path. What Causes Jackknifing? When the drive wheels on a truck lock up, and the truck is approaching a particularly wet or slippery spot on the road, the driver can lose control of the trailer. The trailer will continue to move forward even though the front of the truck is slowing down, and will swing out to the side. If this is about to happen, the truck driver can […]

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Jury Awards an $8.3 Million Verdict; However, Indiana Law Cuts Award in Half

A Cook County, Illinois, bricklayer suffered numerous injuries, including a fractured heel, in a construction accident. John Mazzorana, 38, sued Emil Perrotta Co. for leaving an unsupported walking plank on a scaffold, leading to his serious injuries. When Mazzorana stepped on the plank, he fell 30 feet. As a result, he can no longer work as a bricklayer.

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