Slips, trips, and falls can disrupt your life and result in chronic pain and permanent impairments. If a fall results in your injury, you might incur substantial medical expenses and lose time from work, which results in additional financial losses. A California slip and fall attorney can help you investigate the cause of the fall to determine if a property owner or other party is responsible for your damages.
Concussions are common car accident injuries. A concussion can result from a blow to the head, such as hitting your head on the steering wheel, window, or dashboard. It can also occur if your head is struck by an object flying around in the vehicle. In some cases, a concussion may occur from your head being violently whipped back and forth during the initial impact (whiplash). Regardless of the cause, a concussion can result in long-term impairments and complications. A Sacramento accident attorney can help you file a claim to recover compensation for your concussion injury.
Whiplash is a common soft tissue injury that occurs as a result of motor vehicle accidents. However, whiplash is also a common injury in premises liability cases (slip and fall accidents), sporting injuries, recreational activity accidents, workplace accidents, and physical assaults. Many cases of whiplash heal within a few weeks, but some whiplash victims experience long-term or chronic whiplash symptoms and complications.
Seeking medical treatment from an experienced physician and legal advice from a trusted Sacramento whiplash attorney can help protect your health and legal rights after sustaining a whiplash injury.
Common Whiplash Injury Signs and Symptoms
Whiplash injuries occur when your head is thrown suddenly in a backward-forward motion. The sudden motion extends the neck, causing the soft tissues to extend and potentially tear. The result can vary from minor pain to severe headaches and limited range of motions.
Five of the most common symptoms of whiplash injury include:
1. Neck Pain and/or Stiffness
2. Loss of Range of Motion
5. Shoulder, arm, and/or upper back pain and tenderness
If you experienced any of the above symptoms, it is a wise choice to see a doctor so that the doctor can confirm whiplash and evaluate the extent of the injury. Minor whiplash injuries may be treated at home with rest and time. Most severe whiplash injuries might require substantial medical treatment. Chronic or traumatic cases of whiplash might require braces, physical therapy, injections, or surgery. A medical provider is trained to evaluable, diagnose, and propose the correct treatment plan for whiplash.
Brain Injuries Associated with Whiplash
When the head is thrown backward and forward, neck injuries are common. However, brain injuries may also occur. A closed head injury occurs when the brain moves around within the skull because of a sudden motion. The soft brain tissue strikes the bony portions of the skull causing brain damage. The severity of the brain damage depends on the location of the damage and the level of damage.
Some symptoms after whiplash that could indicate a closed brain injury or traumatic brain injury include, but are not limited to:
- Blurred vision
- Loss of consciousness
- Ringing in the ear
- Sleep disturbances
- Lack of concentration
- Memory problems
- Mood swings and irritability
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Slurred speech
- Lack of coordination
If a person experiences any symptoms that could also be associated with a brain injury or other injuries after a whiplash injury should see immediate medical attention. Also, victims whose symptoms persist or continue to worsen after a whiplash injury should see a doctor as soon as possible. Prompt medical attention can help prevent the development of serious complications and worsening conditions.
Whiplash Can Result in Long-Term Conditions
A whiplash injury can result in long-term impairments and disabilities. Some victims are unable to return to normal daily activities of living or return to a normal work schedule. The damages in a whiplash can be substantial. For that reason, you need an experienced Sacramento whiplash attorney to investigate your case, identify the cause of the whiplash, name the responsible parties, and seek full compensation of all damages.
Contact our Sacramento Whiplash Attorneys for Help
If you suffer from whiplash, let us help. Contact The Tiemann Law Firm by calling (916) 999-9000 or by visiting our website to request your free consultation to discuss your accident and injury claim with a Sacramento whiplash attorney.
A slip and fall claim can arise from a variety of accidents. When you go to the grocery store, the county tax office, restaurant, or doctor’s office, you could sustain a serious injury from a fall. An unexpected fall at an amusement park or while visiting a friend could result in medical bills and loss of income. Property owners are required to maintain safe premises for visitors. If not, they could be subject to a slip and fall claim under California’s premises liability laws. This requirement includes owners of private property, residential homes, commercial property, and government property.
A Property Owner’s Duty of Care to Protect Visitors
When a property owner fails in the duty of care to warn visitors of hazards on the property or reasonably maintain the property to avoid falls and injuries, the property owner may be held liable for damages caused by a fall and injury. Examples of instances that might give rise to a slip and fall claim include, but are not limited to:
- Failure to warn of wet floors or other hazards
- Failing to repair broken steps
- Inadequate lighting
- Broken flooring or worn carpets
- Failing to secure a swimming pool
- Failing to fill holes or place warnings of holes
Many circumstances can result in a slip and fall claim. Regardless of how the fall occurs, there are certain steps that you should take when filing a slip and fall claim.
Five Steps for Filing a Slip and Fall Claim in California
Step One: Report the fall immediately to the property owner.
If the property owner is not available, report the fall to an employee, manager, or other individual who works for the property owner.
Step Two: Collect evidence from the accident scene.
You need to document the accident scene and collect as much information as possible after the fall. Use your cell phone to take pictures of the accident scene and make notes of any statements made by the property owner, witnesses, and others. Ask witnesses for their names and contact information.
Step Three: Seek medical attention immediately.
If you were injured or you are unsure if you are injured, do not try to move. Ask someone to contact emergency medical services for assistance. If you determine you do not need emergency services, you should see a doctor as soon as possible after a fall. Falls can be shocking and frightening. You may not be aware of your injuries because of the flood of adrenaline that usually results after a startling accident. Seeking medical care is important for your injury claim. Delays in medical care can hurt your claim.
Step Four: Keep everything.
Store the clothing and shoes you were wearing at the time of the accident in a plastic bag. These items could become evidence in your case. Keep copies of all medical bills, receipts, statements, and other information related to your fall, injuries, and recovery.
Step Five: Contact a Sacramento Slip and Fall Attorney
Contact a California premises liability attorney to discuss your case as soon as possible. An attorney listens to what happened, evaluates your case, and provides legal advice and guidance. Premises liability claims can be complex. It is best to have an experienced attorney file your claim so the attorney can deal with the property owner, attorneys, and insurance providers.
Call our California Premises Liability Lawyers for a Free Case Review
If you are injured in a fall, call The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 to schedule a free legal consultation with one of our attorneys to discuss your slip and fall claim.
A car accident, fall, medical malpractice, dog bite, or defective product can cause your child to be seriously injured. In some cases, child injuries can result in permanent disabilities that significantly impact a child’s future and quality of life. If your child is injured, medical treatment is the first priority. However, you should also discuss your case with a Sacramento child injury attorney. An attorney can help you protect your child’s legal right to fair compensation for injuries caused by another party’s negligence and wrongdoing.
Steps to Take If Your Child is Injured
Child injuries need to be treated seriously, regardless of the severity of the injury. Complications and infections from a minor injury could result in lifelong health conditions. Therefore, seeing a doctor is the top priority. Make sure that the doctor understands that the injury is related to an accident or other wrongdoing. Your doctor notates in the medical record the cause of the injury, which can help when you are ready to file a personal injury claim for child injuries.
Reporting the Injury
You also need to report the injury as soon as possible to the applicable parties. In the event of a car crash, call 911 to request police and emergency services. Dog bites should be reported to the dog’s owner and local animal control authorities. Other injuries may need to be reported and a claim filed with government agencies, property owners, or government agencies. A Sacramento child injury lawyer can help you determine what parties need to be notified of the injury.
Follow Up and Legal Advice
Do not allow your child to make statements regarding the accident or injury to insurance adjusters or parties representing the at-fault party. You should also avoid discussing the incident with an insurance provider until you have met with a California personal injury attorney. Written or recorded statements can work against you.
Make sure that you follow up with your child’s doctor and follow the treatment plan. Insurance companies use delays in medical treatment or failure to treat injuries as a reason to deny valid claims for child injuries.
When your child is stable, contact our Sacramento child injury lawyers to discuss the next steps you need to take. Hiring an attorney to handle your child’s claim allows you to focus your full attention on your child’s health and wellbeing.
How Can a Sacramento Child Injury Lawyer Help My Child?
An attorney can help you in numerous ways, including but not limited to:
- Assisting you in obtaining medical care or referrals, if needed.
- Investigate the injury and accident to gather evidence proving fault and liability.
- Identify all parties who may have potential liability for your child’s injury.
- Work with your child’s physicians to gather evidence proving the severity of the injuries and your child’s prognosis.
- File an insurance claim with each insurance company that might have potential liability for a claim.
- Work with various experts, including medical experts, accident reconstructionists, economists, and others to build the strongest case possible for full compensation.
- Calculate the value of your child’s injury claim based on financial losses, physical pain, emotional suffering, and future damages.
- Negotiate with insurance companies and other parties for settlement of the claim.
- File a personal injury lawsuit, if necessary, to protect your child’s best interests.
Our personal injury lawyers in Sacramento work diligently to hold parties responsible for child injuries liable for their errors, negligence, and wrongdoing.
Contact Our Sacramento Child Injury Lawyers for a Free Case Review
If your child has been injured, we want to help. Contact The Tiemann Law Firm by calling (916) 999-9000 to schedule a free legal consultation with one of our child injury attorneys in Sacramento.