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Haines City Man on Scooter Injured in Hit and Run

Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Blog, Motorcycle Injuries

The Polk County Sheriff’s Department is looking for any information on a hit-and-run accident that took place on U.S. 17-92 near Lake Alfred. The Sheriff’s Office has not made a definite statement regarding the make and model of the car that fled the scene, but reports that it might be a silver or metallic Ford. The car will definitely exhibit front end damage.

The crash took place early Wednesday morning before 5:30 am. The victim, Eric Joseph Alexander, was traveling on U.S. 17-92 when a car struck him from behind, throwing him from his scooter. Alexander was rushed to Lakeland Regional Medical Center where he was in critical condition. Again, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 863-298-6200 with any information.

When a motorcycle or scooter gets hit by a larger vehicle, the damage can be especially serious. When the other driver demonstrates reckless and negligent behavior by failing to stop, the demand for justice is even greater. If you or a loved one is injured in a motorcycle accident, please contact DDB Law. Our firm has specific experience in motorcycle accident claims, and we won’t stop working until our accident victims receive the compensation they deserve.

Source: Winter Haven News Chief, “Man on Scooter Injured in Lake Alfred Hit-and-Run,” Stephanie Allen, August 14, 2013.

What To Do If You Think You Have Whiplash After an Auto Accident

Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013
Auto Accident Injuries, Blog

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries sustained in a rear-end car accident. It’s a class of neck sprain that occurs when the neck is hyperextended after the kind of abrupt stop typical of a rear-end collision. Pain can be mild and last for several days or much more severe, leading to prolonged issues with pain and restricted head and neck movement. Unfortunately, since the symptoms of whiplash can take time to manifest, it’s also an injury that is all too frequently overlooked.

Common signs and symptoms

It usually takes about 1-3 days for the symptoms of whiplash to appear. However, it could also be weeks before you realize that the pain and soreness you’re feeling can be attributed to whiplash. Symptoms may include the following:

  • Blurred vision
  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Back pain
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness
  • Headaches
  • Pain and weakness that also affects the arm and shoulder
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Difficulty sleeping

How is whiplash diagnosed?

As always, seek medical attention immediately if you believe you’ve sustained any injuries in a car accident. The doctor usually begins with a basic physical examination to check for range of motion and unusual sensitivity to pressure. If required, he or she will order some tests. An x-ray will rule out the possibility of any dislocations or spinal fractures, while an MRI will determine the extent of damage to the soft tissues.

What are my treatment options?

Many people associate whiplash with foam cervical collars, but they should never be worn for an extended period of time, as they can cause the neck muscles to weaken. If your whiplash injury is severe, your doctor may suggest rehabilitative therapy with a physiotherapist. In most cases, however, the patient can perform simple exercises and gentle stretches in their own home to regain range of motion.

The best whiplash preventative is to make sure your head restraint is properly positioned directly behind your head. Head restraints that are positioned too low can actually force the head and neck back further and cause more damage.

Can I take legal action after my auto injury?

Yes. If your whiplash injury is the result of another driver’s reckless or negligent behavior, you have a right to compensation for your medical expenses. At DDB Law, we have experience in rear-end collisions and know how to put together a strong case that proves liability. Remember – the best thing you can do is act quickly. Don’t lose a case because of Florida’s new Personal Injury Protection (PIP) law, which only leaves accident victims with 14-day window to report their injuries and qualify for compensation.

What You Need to Know about Repetitive Motion Injuries

Posted on Monday, August 5, 2013
Blog, Workers' Compensation

At DDB Law, we have over 25 years of experience handling worker’s compensation claims. From one-time accidents to conditions that have developed over time, we fight to secure the compensation our clients deserve.

According to the Florida Worker’s Compensation Act, an employer must provide compensation or benefits for any injuries sustained by the employee that occur during the course of employment. Because Florida’s legal definition of accidental injury only requires “an unexpectedness in either cause or result,” compensable personal injuries in the workplace are not limited to specific events (like slip and fall).

Repetitive Motion Injuries are Increasingly Common

OSHA reports that repetitive motion injuries (RMI’s) are the most common type of workplace injuries, accounting for more than $20 billion dollars in workers compensation annually. Carpal tunnel syndrome might be the most recognizable, though tendonitis and rotator cuff wear are also common. As a growing number of us spend our days in front of a computer, we can expect the incidence of these injuries to continue to rise.

Trauma Over Time

RMI’s are the result of repetitive actions that the body would not perform naturally (or never that frequently), such as typing. Typical symptoms are a combination of swelling at the affected joint, extreme sensitivity to touch or movement, tingling and pain that radiates to other parts of the body. Through early detection and a program of therapeutic exercises, the effects of most RMI’s can be reversed. In extreme cases, however, they can become permanently disabling.

How to Avoid Injury

The good news is that you can reduce your risk of repetitive motion injuries by making a few simple adjustments in your everyday life. Most importantly, pay attention to your body. If you consistently feel tightening and soreness, take action immediately. Take short, intermittent breaks from any repetitive activity. If possible, modify your workstation or movements and address any concerns you have with your supervisor.

Filing for Worker’s Comp

If you believe that you are suffering from a repetitive motion injury, speak to your supervisor immediately. In order to recover any losses you’ve experienced, you need to file a workers comp claim with your employer. It’s in your best interest to take notes during your independent medical evaluation and diligently keep track of any documents you receive from your insurance company or doctor.

By law, your employer is required to carry worker’s compensation insurance. If you are unsure about the validity of your claim or want to make sure you’re receiving maximum access to benefits, speak with an attorney. We’re in your corner.

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