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Have You Suffered a Herniated Disc from a Car Accident?

Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2014
Auto Accident Injuries, Blog, Personal Injury

The term “herniated disc” is used to describe a condition in which the outer layer of the cushion-like spinal disc between two vertebrae ruptures, causing the inner gel to leak into the spinal canal. According to the website Spine Universe, a herniated disc can be caused by high impact trauma.

The symptoms of a herniated disc may vary, depending on the location and severity of the injury along the spine. In most cases, the victim will feel like something has slipped, popped or shifted in the back. Generally, the website notes, pain is only felt on one side of the body. Pain from a herniated disc may be quite severe or it may be minimal. It may include numbness, tingling, or burning sensations, as well as muscle weakness, spasms, and even loss of bladder or bowel control. Nevertheless, it’s important to remember that as with any car accident injuries, adrenaline and shock may prevent you from realizing the full extent of your injury until days or even weeks after your accident. So it’s important to seek medical attention, even if you’re not completely sure that something is wrong. If a herniated disc is left untreated, it could eventually turn into chronic back pain.

The diagnostic equipment used to confirm a herniated disc include MRI, as well as Nerve Conduction Studies and Electromyogram. Though a herniated disc may heal itself over time through a process called resorption, they may also require medications and even surgery and physical therapy in more serious cases.

If you’ve suffered a herniated disc due to a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you are likely dealing with the costs of diagnostic and medical treatment. You may also be struggling with the inability to work and subsequent loss of income. You may been entitled to damages—that is, compensation for your injuries and economic loss — via a personal injury claim. The attorneys at DDB Law are experienced in the filing of personal injury claims and can help you understand your legal options. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Injuries from Rear-end Collisions Are Often More Serious Than You Think

Posted on Friday, July 11, 2014
Auto Accident Injuries, Blog, Personal Injury

Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of automobile accidents, making up nearly 30 percent of all accidents nationwide. They are often caused by a negligent driver who is not paying attention to the road or traffic ahead. With the added distraction of our phones or other mobile devices, losing focus on the road ahead is becoming an even bigger problem. While you may think that being rear-ended is a relatively minor event, the accident injuries can be quite severe.

Whiplash is the most common injury experienced by drivers and passengers of a car that has been rear-ended. Whiplash, according to eMedicineHealth, is actually a non-medical term that describes injury to the soft tissues of the neck. It can cause symptoms such as tenderness of the back, neck, and shoulders, neck swelling, muscle spasms, headache, difficulty with concentration, sleep issues, jaw tightness, visual disturbances, difficulty flexing or rotating the head, ringing in the ears, and other issues. These problems are not always recognized immediately after the accident occurs and can require weeks or months of recovery. Whiplash injuries can even require surgery and have the potential to cause lifelong disability in the worst cases.

Other common injuries from rear-end accidents include spinal injuries, low back pain, air bag and seat belt related injuries. Brain injuries are also possible, which are caused when the brain is jarred inside the skull from the same rapid back-and-forth motion that leads to whiplash. Wrist and hand injuries are also common if the driver was clutching the steering wheel or if a passenger braces him/herself against the dashboard at the time of impact.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a rear-end collision, don’t let anyone convince you that the accident wasn’t a big deal or that your injuries aren’t serious. The law firm of DDB Law will work to build a strong case and get you the compensation you need to make a full recovery. For more information, contact us.

What is a Loss of Consortium Claim?

Posted on Friday, June 27, 2014
Blog, Personal Injury

Among the injury claims that can be made, loss of consortium is one that is made by the spouse of the victim. Loss of consortium means that the accident injuries suffered by an individual deprived his or her spouse of marital benefits, including companionship, comfort, assistance, intimacy and affection.

While nearly all states, including Florida, allow loss of consortium claims, people often avoid making the claim because they worry that the case will require them to discuss the delicate details of their personal life with others. However, intimacy is only one aspect of a loss of consortium claim. Often, a spouse needs to only show that the injury has had a negative impact on the relationship, which often includes other issues such as the victim’s inability to help with household chores or parenting tasks.

While it’s not as common as the loss of consortium claims filed by spouses, Florida parents who have a child who has been seriously injured can also file a loss of consortium claim. Loss of filial consortium refers to a parent’s loss of love, affection, and companionship when their child is seriously injured in an accident. Florida is one of only a few states where this claim can be made in personal injury cases. It should be noted that both loss of consortium and loss of filial consortium claims can be part of wrongful death cases, as well. These claims, while made by the spouse or parent instead of by the victim, figure into the total amount of the settlement in the case.

If your spouse or child has been seriously injured in an accident, a number of factors will be considered to determine of the total amount of damages the victim may be entitled to, including the impact that the victim’s injuries have had not only to his or her ability to earn money in the future, but also to his or her ability to provide companionship for others. For more information, contact us.

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