Car collision may leave you up to your neck in pain, costs

Published on Jul 13, 2018 at 9:52 am in Personal Injury.

A morning that starts out normal may end up being one of the most unforgettable mornings of your life — for all of the wrong reasons — as a result of a car crash. In addition to causing you emotional duress, a motor vehicle crash stemming from another driver’s carelessness can cause you a variety of physical problems, including whiplash.

Fortunately, if you have suffered injuries, such as whiplash, in a car collision that was not your fault, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. Here is a look at what whiplash is and how to address it with the help of the legal system in Mississippi.

What is whiplash?

Whiplash is a soft-tissue injury that often occurs to passengers and drivers during rear-end crashes. After all, in these types of crashes, your head can easily snap back and forth in a violent manner, thus injuring the ligaments, muscles and vertebrae in your neck area. Whiplash can happen whether your accident took place at a high rate of speed or a slow speed. This type of injury also goes by several other names, including a hyperextension injury, cervical strain and cervical sprain.

What physical problems can whiplash cause?

With whiplash, you may experience the following medical problems:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Nick stiffness and tightness
  • Memory issues
  • Dizziness
  • Balance issues
  • Headaches
  • Aching, dull neck pain

The challenge with whiplash is that the symptoms of whiplash may not surface immediately following your accident. In fact, you might not experience whiplash’s consequences until a few days or weeks following the motor vehicle collision. If you begin to experience any of these symptoms, it may behoove you to see a doctor right away for examination. You will probably receive a referral to visit a neck and back expert, neurologist or chiropractor for treatment.

Various whiplash treatment options exist, depending on your situation. For instance, a doctor may recommend that you wear a cervical collar. Other possible treatments include massage therapy and physical therapy.

Your rights as a whiplash injury victim following a car crash

You have the right to file a personal injury claim against the driver who caused your whiplash injury due to negligent behavior behind the wheel. If you are successful in your claim, you may receive monetary damages that might help you to cover your medical bills, the loss of wages and other losses tied to the car collision.

Don’t let a car crash send your world crashing down

Published on Apr 12, 2018 at 9:54 am in Personal Injury.

A seemingly normal day can quickly become a devastating one in a split second if you are driving near a negligent driver. Unfortunately, oftentimes, there is no way to tell whether the driver behind you or beside you is careless, until it is too late.

If a negligent driver in Mississippi has reportedly caused you to suffer injuries in a car crash, your injuries can take a toll on you — not only physically but also emotionally, mentally and financially. However, you have the right to seek to hold this other driver accountable for your injuries. Here are a few helpful steps to take following an accident that was another motorist’s fault.

What to do directly after the crash

Following the accident, seeking medical attention immediately is critical, if the crash caused injury to you and other individuals. If you are able to write down notes about the injuries you have suffered, this may also be a wise move. Ensuring that all of the motor vehicles involved in the collision are out of traffic is additionally important to prevent another collision or a traffic jam.

What information to gather following the collision

Gathering several details at the scene of the car accident is paramount. These include the following:

  • The allegedly at-fault driver’s name, address and phone number
  • The other driver’s insurance company policy number and name
  • Statements from witnesses and the witnesses’ contact information
  • Photos of the accident scene

You may also want to contact the police so that authorities can file a report on the accident. Your explanation of the events leading up to the accident in the police report may ultimately give you some leverage if you decide to seek compensation for your injuries.

Your rights as an injured car accident victim

It is within your rights to file a personal injury claim against the driver who reportedly caused you to suffer injuries in your motor vehicle wreck. Competent proof of negligence — such as speeding or texting while driving — is necessary to establish liability before a civil court in Mississippi.

If you end up winning your claim, you may receive a monetary damage award that might help you to cover your medical bills related to the car crash. Your award might also help with addressing the loss of wages if your injuries prevented you from being able to return to work in a timely manner.

Did your holiday include a trip to an ER?

Published on Jan 19, 2018 at 10:21 am in Personal Injury.

It’s only natural to enjoy the excitement of watching your children unwrap gifts during the holidays. Throughout the shopping season leading to up your gift-giving festivities, you probably stood in checkout lines with other Missouri parents for 10 minutes or more at a time, waiting to purchase your goods, and never expecting one of those items would injure your child.

It’s all worth it, right? The time, effort and anticipation all lead to a room full of giggles and smiles as your surprised children unwrap the toys and gift items you’ve chosen especially for them. All too often, those happy holiday moments turn tragic, when children try to play with long-awaited toys, unaware (as are their parents) the items are defective and/or highly dangerous. If your child had to be rushed to an emergency room after playing with a new toy this past Christmas, you understand the devastation, suffering and outright fear associated with such situations.

What if your prescribed medication causes you severe harm?

Published on Jun 3, 2017 at 10:20 am in Personal Injury.

If you have experienced adverse side effects that posed a severe threat to your life or health after taking prescribed medication, you may have grounds to file a product liability lawsuit to recover financial and other losses. Any pharmaceutical drug sold nationwide, including in Mississippi, must not pose serious health threats to patients.

Monitoring pharmaceutical drug safety is the job of the Food and Drug Administration that is a federal agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Any medication that contains a drug that may cause harm to a patient can be recalled. Such action will require patients to return or discard the dangerous drugs.

The role of the Food and Drug Administration

The involvement of the FDA starts even before pharmaceutical drugs land on the shelves of pharmacies. The agency must approve all drugs before manufacturers can offer them for sale. Monitoring by the FDA continues, and it maintains an online reporting platform for consumers to report interactions and side effects. Manufacturers receive this information, and the FDA makes sure drug labels show updated details of health risks and reported side effects. Along with studies by researchers who compare similar drugs, the FDA can address the majority of problems without affecting recalls.

Reasons for Recalls

When pharmaceutical drugs pose unanticipated health risks once after they are in distribution, the FDA will evaluate every case individually before recommending a recall. The more common reasons for recalls include the following:

  • Previously unidentified health risks — Further studies or experiences by patients may reveal the potential for a particular drug to pose increased risks of strokes, kidney failures, heart attacks or more.
  • Unanticipated drug interactions — Certain drugs may cause unexpected health problems when used in conjunction with other specific drugs or even vitamins or particular food types.
  • Packaging or manufacturing problems — Even drugs that have been on the market for years may need to be recalled if a packaging malfunction occurred or in the event of contamination during the manufacturing process.

Manufacturers may issue voluntary product recalls for several reasons. These may include receiving a significant number of negative patient reports or complaints, clinical trials indicating severe health risks, or manufacturing problems. Recalls are mostly voluntary, even if at the suggestion of the FDA. However, occasionally, the federal agency must enforce a recall.

Where to find help and support if you were a victim

While this may all be very informative, it might be too late to prevent the consequences you suffered after taking an unsafe medication. Regardless of whether the pharmaceutical drug that caused your condition and subsequent financial losses had been recalled, you may have a viable claim. The most appropriate step might be to consult with an experienced product liability attorney who can provide the necessary guidance and support throughout the legal proceedings that may follow in pursuit of recovery of your damages.

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