Neck injuries can cause severe and debilitating pain and limited range of motion. In many cases, a neck injury can be treated at home with pain medication, rest, and time. However, some neck injuries may require intensive medical treatment, including physical therapy and surgery. Some individuals may suffer permanent impairment or disability from a neck injury.
The Sacramento personal injury lawyers of The Tiemann Law Firm have extensive experiencing representing clients who have sustained a neck injury in an accident. If you are suffering from a neck injury, contact our law firm for a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys.
Three Common Types of Neck Injuries
There are many different types of neck injuries that you can sustain in an accident. Let’s discuss three of the common neck injuries our firm handles that result from accidents.
Herniated Cervical Discs
The cervical spine is comprised of the bones (vertebrae) and the discs between the bones in your neck. The discs between the vertebrae are filled with a gel-like fluid. A violent impact or movement can cause the outer covering of the disc to tear or rupture, which allows the gel inside to seep out. When this injury occurs in the neck, the injury is referred to as a herniated cervical disc.
Herniated cervical discs can cause a wide range of symptoms, including numbness, pain, tingling, and limited movement. The symptoms may be worse or debilitating if the person does not respond to treatment. Surgical intervention may be required in severe cases.
Whiplash is another common neck injury that can result from a variety of accidents. When the neck is “whipped” back and forth, such as in a rear-end car accident or fall, the resulting damage to the soft tissues in the neck can cause a variety of symptoms. Some individuals may experience neck stiffness, radiating pain, headaches, dizziness, back/shoulder pain, and tingling or burning. In severe cases, a person might experience problems with concentration, sleep disturbances, and limited range of motion.
In severe cases of whiplash, the neck may need to be immobilized with a neck collar, and the person may require physical therapy or surgery. Insurance companies treat whiplash as a “minor” injury that is often exaggerated by accident victims. It is best to seek legal counsel to protect your rights if you sustain any neck injuries.
Pinched or Damaged Nerves
The nerves in the neck can be damaged or “pinched” in an accident. The damaged to the nerves can result in shooting pains in the neck, shoulders, or arms. Many cases are temporary, and the damage heals with time and minor medical treatment. However, in severe cases, the trauma to the nerves may require physical therapy, medications, and additional time to heal.
Three Common Accidents That Cause Neck Injuries
Any accident could result in neck injuries. However, our law firm handles a variety of neck injury cases involving motor vehicle accidents, falls, and workplace accidents or repetitive stress injuries. It is important to consult a personal injury attorney near you if you sustain a neck injury in an accident or at work. A third party may be liable for your injury and the resulting damages and losses.
An attorney can review your case to determine if you are entitled to compensation under California’s personal injury laws. You might be entitled to receive compensation for your medical bills, loss of income, physical pain, emotional suffering, and other damages.
Call a Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyer for a Free Case Review
Contact The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 or by visiting our website to schedule a free consultation with one of our California personal injury lawyers.
You can find heavy machinery on almost every construction site. The size and number of machines required to complete construction vary, but they all have one thing in common. Unfortunately, heavy equipment can cause traumatic injuries and deaths in construction site accidents. Therefore, it is vital that employers, contractors, and employees understand the risks and dangers associated with heavy machinery and how to prevent construction site accidents.
Why Do Heavy Equipment Accidents Happen?
Construction site accidents involving heavy equipment are far too common. Some of the reasons heavy equipment accidents occur include:
- Lack of training
- Defective machines or parts
- Lack of safety procedures
- Using the machine for a purpose other than its intended purpose
- Lack of safety gear
- Failure to communicate
Backhoes, excavators, cranes, tractors, trucks, loaders, drills, and compactors are just a small sample of the types of heavy machinery you might see on a construction site.
A worker or visitor injured in a heavy equipment accident may be entitled to compensation from one or more parties. We encourage you to contact our Sacramento construction site accident attorneys for a free case review to discuss the steps you need to take to recover compensation for your injuries.
You may receive additional compensation by pursuing more than one cause of action. A Sacramento construction site attorney can help you determine all your options for recovering compensation for your injuries.
Ways to Prevent Heavy Equipment Accidents on Construction Sites
Some accidents are not preventable. However, you can take steps to reduce heavy equipment accidents at work. Some of the steps that can help prevent construction site accidents include:
- Always wear safety gear, such as steel-toed boots, goggles, harnesses, safety vests, masks, ear plugs, and heavy-duty work gloves.
- Wearing reflective clothing can also help reduce the risk of a heavy equipment accident. Highly-visible clothing helps operators see workers to avoid accidents.
- Schedule regular safety meetings to discuss safety plans and guidelines. Employers can also review prior accidents and how to avoid repeating those accidents.
- Avoid night work. Working late at night can increase the chance of an accident because of fatigue and lack of sufficient lighting.
- Take frequent breaks when you operate heavy equipment. Being tired and fatigued reduces your judgment and reaction time, which could lead to an accident.
- Perform regular maintenance and inspections. Heavy equipment requires a great deal of maintenance. Make sure that your company has a policy in place to inspect and maintain equipment. The policy should also instruct employees to stop a machine immediately and report the problem if the machine begins operating inconsistently or erratically.
- Always use heavy equipment to perform the job it is intended to perform. Using equipment to perform other jobs can be dangerous
Call a Sacramento Construction Site Accident Attorney
Heavy equipment injuries are serious. You may be entitled to workers’ comp benefits and third-party compensation. Don’t wait to contact an attorney. Statutes of limitations restrict the time to file claims.
Losing a loved one is never easy. However, when the death is preventable, the family may be entitled to compensation for damages. Money will not bring back your loved one. However, a monetary judgment is the only remedy available in a wrongful death case.
Our Sacramento wrongful death attorneys represent families who have lost loved one as a result of:
- Automobile Accidents
- Medical Malpractice
- Defective Products
- Animal Attacks
- DUI Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
If you have experienced the loss of a loved one through negligence or other wrongful acts, call now for a free consultation with a Sacramento wrongful death lawyer.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in California?
A wrongful death claim is different from a criminal case. In a criminal case, the state brings charges against the party who caused the death. However, family members may bring a civil action for wrongful death.
Under California’s wrongful death laws, several people may have a claim. Depending on the circumstances, a claimant in a wrongful death lawsuit may include:
- Surviving spouse or domestic partner
The first step in filing a claim is reviewing your case with an attorney experienced in filing wrongful death claims. Only one wrongful death lawsuit may be filed when a person dies. Therefore, it is extremely important that everyone who might have a claim to be named as a party to the lawsuit. Our attorneys review your case to determine who should bring the wrongful death claim and the damages that may be available in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Damages and Compensation for a Wrongful Death Claim in California
The family in a wrongful death case may recover compensation for a variety of damages. The damages and the amount of compensation awarded in a wrongful death case depend on several factors. In many cases, the surviving family members receive compensation for damages including:
- Medical expenses from the date of injury through the date of death
- Funeral, cremation, and burial expenses
- Loss of financial support
- Loss of companionship
- Emotional pain
- Loss of services
To recover compensation for a wrongful death, you must file your claim within two years of the injury or death. However, there are exceptions to this rule. If the wrongful death is related to medical malpractice, the claim must be filed on within one year of discovering the malpractice or three years of the date of the malpractice, whichever date is the earliest.
For claims that involve a government agency, you must file an administrative claim within six months to preserve your right to pursue a wrongful death claim. Because there could be other exceptions that apply to your case, it is best to consult with a Sacramento wrongful death attorney as soon as possible.
Contact a Sacramento Wrongful Death Attorney
If your loved one died because of the wrongful and negligent acts of another party, the Tiemann Law Firm can help. Please call (916) 999-9000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys. You and your family deserve justice.
This is a common question our Sacramento personal injury lawyers answer for clients injured by reckless drivers, negligent property owners, and careless others. You suffer stress, mental anguish, and physical pain because of an accident injury. You also suffer financial losses from medical bills and lost wages. If the accident is not your fault, you deserve compensation for these losses.
What is Fault and Why is it Important?
In California, to receive money for damages caused by a personal injury accident, you must file a claim and prove the person or party was responsible for your accident. For example, if a slip and fall accident causes an injury, you must prove the property owner was somehow negligent for the condition that caused your injury. In a traffic accident, you must prove another driver caused the collision that resulted in your injuries.
Fox40 is reporting that a landscaping worker was hit and killed along Del Paso Road last week. Sacramento police responded to a report of a truck crash around 11 a.m. However, when they arrived, they discovered a truck had struck a person, a tree, and a pole. The driver of the truck was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. Charges had not been filed at the time of the new report because the accident was still under investigation.