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What Is Degenerative Disc Disease?

Published on Mar 11, 2020 at 5:17 pm in Car Accidents.

Being diagnosed with degenerative disc disease can be scary and worrisome, especially if it’s the first time you are hearing those words. Unfortunately, much like lawyers use confusing latin phrases, doctors can use terms like “degenerative disc disease” and fail to explain what it means because they hear the term on a daily basis. So, what does degenerative disc mean? And if you were involved in a car accident or any other type of personal injury, how does a diagnosis of degenerative disc disease affect your case? Let’s explore this below.

According to Cedars Sinai, degenerative disc disease is “not actually a disease”, but rather “a condition in which a damaged disc causes pain.”

What Does the Term “Crashworthiness” Mean and How Does it Apply to My Case?

Published on Jan 23, 2020 at 7:00 pm in Car Accidents.

Crashworthiness is defined as the degree to which a vehicle will protect its occupants from the effects of an accident. In other words, it means how safe a vehicle is. Although it might seem as though a car’s safety features focus on protecting the passengers from the initial collision on the exterior of the vehicle, they actually protect passengers from the second collisions between them and anything inside the vehicle, like the steering wheel or the dashboard.

Those impacts can be the most dangerous of any accident. So when a vehicle is not as safe as it is supposed to be and causes more injuries for the passengers after an accident, the case falls under product liability.

Can a Herniated Disk Happen After a Car Accident?

Published on Jan 8, 2020 at 6:21 pm in Car Accidents.

At some point after a car accident or a personal injury you may notice that the pain in your neck or back has not gone away. Or, you notice that have you numbness, tingling, or some other sensation in your arms or legs. You can’t quite figure out what the issue is and you tell a doctor. The doctor has you go through some physical therapy, but that doesn’t help either.  Eventually, the doctor orders an MRI and tells you the news: You’ve got a herniated disk. Unfortunately, the doctor doesn’t spend much time talking to you about what this means for you and how it happened. So, you want to know more and you want to know if the herniated disk was caused by a wreck. First, let’s examine what a herniated disk is.

Can Bulging Disks Occur After a Car Accident?

Published on Dec 2, 2019 at 7:17 pm in Car Accidents.

After a car accident or any other type of personal injury you may notice pain in your neck or back. Wisely, you decide to go see a doctor and he tries to resolve your pain conservatively (without surgery) by recommending anti-inflammatories, physical therapy, and home stretching programs. However, your pain doesn’t go away and eventually the doctor orders an MRI. When your results come back, the doctor tells you that you have a “bulging disk” somewhere along your spine.

Unfortunately, doctors can fail to understand that this is the first time you’ve ever heard the term “bulging disk”. Just as with every other profession, a doctor probably hears the term “bulging disk”, just as often as a lawyer hears the term “lawsuit”. For clients and patients though, these terms are a foreign language and can be scary to hear. A doctor may tell you it’s not serious, but you want to know more. Hopefully the below will help you understand what a bulging disk is and what it means for your car accident case.

How Fault Is Determined in Car Accidents Caused by Traffic Violations

Published on Oct 7, 2019 at 10:56 am in Car Accidents.

Person on cellphone while driving

Traffic violations happen all the time. They can range from something as minimal as parking in front of a fire hydrant, to something as dangerous as driving under the influence. A traffic violation is when a driver violates any law that regulates vehicle operation on streets and highways. While committing a traffic violation is wrong and can cost you a ticket and fine, it’s even worse if it leads to a car accident.

What Should I Give the Insurance Adjuster if I’ve Been in an Accident?

Published on Aug 2, 2019 at 1:17 pm in Car Accidents.

Short answer: Nothing! If you are negotiating your personal injury case on your own with the at-fault party’s insurance adjuster, then you’ve probably dealt with a few things. First, insurance companies regularly switch adjusters on injured people, making it even more confusing to know who to call and how to get ahold of the adjuster. Second, some adjusters can try and convince injured people that their case is not worth that much. They tell an injured person that the company is only permitting the adjuster to offer a certain amount. 

What they don’t tell the injured person is that they (the adjusters) are evaluated based on whether or not they were able to resolve the injury case below the true value of the case. Also, insurance adjusters tell injured people that they need certain things to “investigate the case” such as written statements and other documents as explained below.

What Are the Different Types of Car Accidents?

Published on May 15, 2019 at 2:05 pm in Car Accidents.

When you’re involved in a car accident, the nature of the damage sustained and of your injuries depend on many factors. Some of these factors include elements such as the position the vehicles were in when the collision occurred, the speed at which both vehicles were traveling at, and the direction both vehicles were traveling toward. All these factors are taken into consideration when the collision is investigated to determine what party was liable and what happened in the moments before the crash.

These factors are commonly categorized into various “types” of accidents that can occur. These categories are used during the investigation as well as by insurance companies to determine who may be eligible for compensation and how the settlement may likely proceed.

2019 Missouri Car Buying Guide

Published on Mar 28, 2019 at 10:37 am in Car Accidents.

Choosing your vehicle isn’t often a quick decision. You want to make sure the car is affordable, you’re comfortable when driving it, and you’re going to want to know how safe it is in preventing car accidents or how it performs in the event of an accident.

While events beyond your control can cause an accident, the vehicle you’re driving may help reduce the severity of the damages regardless of the causes of the wreck. Let’s take a look at safety features in cars that help prevent collisions as well as some of 2019’s top choices for Missouri car buyers.

Complications that Arise from Soft Tissue Injuries: Part 1 – Strains

Published on Mar 7, 2019 at 10:45 am in Car Accidents.

Soft-tissue injuries are injuries that occur to muscles, tendons, tissues, and ligaments, as compared to injuries like fractures and breaks, which involve breaking or fracturing a bone.   According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (“AAOS”), soft-tissues injuries fall into two different categories:  acute and overuse injuries.  For personal injury cases, people usually suffer “acute” injuries in car wrecks, falls, or other traumas.  Overuse injuries are uncommon in personal injury cases, but we do see them regularly in workers’ compensation cases where an individual has developed carpal tunnel due to repeated work activities.

In a number of personal injury cases involving car accidents or slip and falls, clients will have some diagnosis of a soft-tissue injury.  Many insurance company adjusters will downplay a soft-tissue injury as being less serious than a fracture, break, or other trauma that can be seen on an x-ray.  However, soft-tissues injuries can be serious and are painful, regardless of the degree of severity.  There are a number of soft-tissues injuries that can develop as a result of a personal injury.  The basic types of soft-tissue injuries are strains and sprains. This week, we’ll go over strains.

What to Expect Physically After a Car Wreck

Published on Feb 28, 2019 at 10:09 am in Car Accidents.

No one wants to think about what would happen in the event of an automobile accident, however, thousands of individuals are tasked with dealing with the consequences of being in an accident every single day. While there are psychological and financial consequences to manage, the most immediate one to handle after a wreck is the physical injuries – as these present the most danger to a person’s life and wellbeing.

When people think about the injuries related to being in a car accident, the most common ones that come to mind are broken bones, spinal cord injuries, and head trauma. Fortunately, not all wrecks result in catastrophic injuries. While injuries are likely to occur, many are easily recovered from. But no matter how you feel after an accident, the most important thing to do is to seek medical attention.

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