Addressing Our Clients’ Confusion and Concerns, One Question at a Time
Injury claims are by their nature confusing, and insurance companies go out of their way to make them even more so. However, we believe our clients deserve straight answers to their questions—without confusing legal jargon. This is why, to better serve you, we address common injury questions as clearly as possible.
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What should I do if I am injured after a fall at a business?
Many people have experienced the embarassment following a fall at a business. The natural response is to immediately jump up and walk away as if nothing has happened. Falls can cause serious injuries; however, and may have been caused by the negligence of a business owner or its employees.
Although seemingly obvious, take a look at the ground to determine what caused you to fall. Take a picture of the foreign substance on the ground and/or your wet or soiled clothing. Insurance companies will deny after the fact that there was ever anything on the ground. They will blame your shoes or claim you were under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Make sure you fill out an incident report. If you did not prepare one at the time, return to the business to make a report. Seek medical treatment and report the cause of the fall to your doctor. Watch for additional symptoms to appear in the days following the accident. You will likely experience the most pain days after the accident.
Contact an Attorney to Represent Your Rights as an Injured Victim
Here at Jones Wilson, LLP, we've made it our mission to defend the rights of those injured due to the negligence of others. From our office in Henderson, we're able to serve the entire Las Vegas community. If you've been injured due to a slip and fall, call us today at 702-405-6000 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.
What types of injuries are common in slip and fall accidents? Is my injury normal?
Many slip and fall accidents go unreported because the victims are embarrassed and blame themselves. Instead of recognizing the true cause of the accident, victims associate their falls with their own clumsiness. Because they believe their injuries are their own fault, the people actually responsible for the hazardous situations causing the falls are never held accountable.
Other people may recognize that the fall wasn’t necessarily their fault, but figure that a twisted ankle or sprained wrist isn’t enough to warrant a public outcry or filing a lawsuit. While we can sympathize with the desire not to make a fuss over a minor injury, we think all these people are making mistakes.
When injury victims reject the idea of reporting an accident or filing a claim, the hazard remains to hurt someone else, and the next person may suffer more than a few minor bruises.
The Potential for Serious Injury Is High in Slip and Fall Incidents
According to the Mayo Clinic, over 10 million people a year suffer from slip and fall injuries. The National Safety Council suggests that falling accidents are one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries in the United States and considers falls as the number one danger for people over 65 years of age. Many factors can cause accidental falls; the real danger lies in the severity of the injuries they cause.
Common Types of Painful & Traumatic Fall Injuries Include:
- Pulled muscles and stretched tendons. Reflexes, like tensing your muscles and twisting your body in anticipation of a painful fall, can result in the overextension of tendons or the painful stretching of muscles.
- Sprained and broken wrists and ankles. Your common impulse when you fall is to catch yourself. Unfortunately, attempting to stabilize yourself can cause you to twist your ankles, put too much pressure on your hands, or place too much weight on delicate bones in the wrists and ankles, causing them to snap.
- Fractured clavicles. Falling forward can your chest into the ground. If your collarbone strikes the ground first, the impact force of the fall could cause your clavicle to shatter.
- Tailbone bruises or fractures. If you fall backward, the natural reaction is to extend your buttocks in order to absorb the impact on the softest part of your body. Unfortunately, the force of the fall could be so great that it travels through your tailbone, causing immense bruising and even breakage.
- Spinal cord injuries. Falling on your back could cause the majority of the force to be exerted on your spine. That much force could cause vertebrae to chip, nerves to become damaged, and even permanent destruction to your spinal cord itself.
- Head and brain injuries. Your skull is attached to your body by small bones, and when you fall on your back or your chest, your neck acts as a whip to your skull: the impact force travels up your neck and whips your skull back. This not only causes whiplash and neck injuries, but it could add additional force to your head as it strikes the ground. This force can cause skull fractures, bruising, and brain damage.
Our Attorneys Provide the Support You Need to Get Back on Your Feet
When you’re injured in a slip and fall accident, no matter how severe the damage is, you deserve proper compensation for the harm done. Sadly, what you deserve isn’t always what you get. Insurance companies are very good at confusing the issues and falsely denying claims. However, we’ve got your back!
Don’t allow a slip and fall injury to drag you down, especially when we’re here to help you stand and stay on your feet. A slip and fall injury has the potential to cause you severe physical and financial harm. Don’t let it! Contact us online or call us directly 866.299.0558 for a free consultation and see how our personal injury lawyers may be able to help you.
We help injured victims in Henderson and Las Vegas as well as visitors who have been involved in an accident while visiting our area.
What is the difference between paraplegia and quadriplegia?
According to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, 23 percent of paralysis victims suffered accidents in which their spinal cords were injured. Although a spinal injury doesn’t necessarily guarantee paralysis, any direct damage to the spinal cord can potentially cause some form of paralysis.
Since your spinal cord is basically the communication center for your brain to communicate with your body, when it gets damaged, certain neurological messages which are sent to control parts of your body become lost or incapable of being sent. Likewise, messages from the body back to the brain cannot “leap the gap” of a damaged spinal cord. Depending on where the damage occurs, this can lead to different forms of paralysis.
Paralytic Forms of Spinal Cord Injuries
Paralysis from spinal cord injuries (SCIs) are generally classified under one of two categories: paraplegia and quadriplegia. Paraplegia and quadriplegia are both commonly referred to as paralysis. However, they are each separate forms of paralysis, characterized by the location of spinal injury. Depending upon where the initial injury occurred, symptoms of paraplegics and quadriplegics can widely differ.
Paraplegics suffer from what is known as “partial” or “incomplete” paralysis, which only affects two limbs (generally the legs). This type of paralysis results from an injury to the thoracic, lumbar, or sacral regions of the spinal cord (the entirety of the spine starting below the neck). Paraplegics are usually hospitalized for up to five months for extensive rehabilitation and therapy. Depending on the extant of the injury (in cases of minor bruising or swelling), some paraplegics may regain feeling and mobility.
Quadriplegics, on the other hand suffer from partial to “complete” paralysis, which can affect all four limbs (arms and legs, including hips). This type of paralysis results when damage occurs to the regions of the spine known as C-1 through C-4 (starting where the skull meets the spine and continuing down the neck). This damage causes the victim to lose both sensory and motor functions, completely disrupting sensation and control. Quadriplegics usually need at least six to eight months of extensive rehabilitation before they can be discharged from the hospital, and then continue treatment and therapy on their own.
Not all spinal cord injuries are severe. In some cases, swelling can cause a temporary communication block from the brain to the nerves. As the swelling decreases, the messages slowly get through causing temporary paralysis.
SCI Help: Because All Types of Paralytic Injuries Deserve Support
When you first experience a spinal cord trauma, it’s extremely difficult to determine the severity of the injury. Sometimes a simple bruise can make your legs go numb as if you’re paralyzed, while other injuries can seem minor but then develop serious complications.
No matter the cause, or the initial symptoms that result, if you injure your back or neck, or feel numbness, uncontrollable muscle spasms, or signs of paralysis, you need to seek medical help immediately. Hesitating could cause the injury to worsen.
After you’ve been fully examined and diagnosed by a doctor, your next plan of action should be to contact an experienced spine injury attorney. Although your body may be paralyzed, there is no reason for you to let the insurance companies take advantage of you. Allow us to have your back and fight for the financial security and the long-term treatment you need.
Don’t allow an accidental mishap to destroy your financial independence or affect your mental state. Call us today for a free consultation and see how we can help you!
My family constantly receives text messages and phone calls, even while we’re in the car. What can I do to keep myself and family from becoming distracted while driving?
The tragic consequences and horrifying risks of phone distractions and texting while driving are constantly being shown in the news, on television, and on billboards. However, these risks are still somehow being ignored by drivers.
What are they thinking?
- “It’s only going to take a second, and a second won’t matter.”
- “I won’t get into an accident. Other drivers will protect me.”
- “No one is coming; I’ll be fine.”
That’s all well in good until...
- It takes more than a second. The average text takes five seconds or more to send.
- The other driver was also texting, assuming that you would protect him.
- There was someone coming, but you were too distracted by your phone’s beeping to notice
Instead of hoping that your phone’s distractions won’t cause you or a family member to get into a horrific accident, learn how to avoid the distraction in the first place. Not only will you reduce your risks of causing an accident, you can improve your chances of avoiding a crash caused by someone else.
Distractions Disrupt Focus
Although many people pride themselves in being able to do several things at once, the human brain isn’t designed to be able to put full focus on more than one thing. Sure, you can sometimes physically accomplish multiple things at once, but neither task will receive your full attention and they won’t be your best work.
It’s even worse when your mental concentration is critical. Imagine you’re talking on the phone and reading a book. After two minutes, can you recite what you just read as well as what your conversation was about, or are you going to have to reread that paragraph?
Multitasking is a lie. When your mind becomes distracted, it can’t focus on everything that is happening around you. In some cases this is fine: forgetting to put the mayonnaise on your sandwich because you were also watching the television isn’t going to kill you. But forgetting to stop at a stop sign because you’re texting may indeed be fatal to you or a pedestrian.
Driving requires your full attention and focus in order to recognize and respond to potential dangers. However, when you try to sneak in a text or respond to an email, that attention is diverted, causing you to lose focus and put you and your family at risk. This is why it is extremely important to not only understand these risks but also learn how to avoid the distraction before it gets to the point of causing harm.
Tools to Help Silence Technological Driving Distractions
The safest thing to do with your phone, tablet, or any other distracting electronic device is to keep it turned off while you’re driving. Unfortunately, in today’s society many people believe that their phones must be on at all times in case someone has to reach them. Although this may be practical when at work, home, or a party, that just doesn’t work while driving.
Fortunately, for those drivers who feel that they must be reachable at all times, there are safer methods of texting, talking, and communicating without the need to physically hold a phone or take their eyes from the road. Although these methods give the driver better control over their vehicles, talking can still be distracting. When using these methods, make sure that you keep it short and focus on the road ahead, rather than a response you give.
Alternative phone communication methods include:
- Automatic messaging responders. These particular apps respond with an automated message whenever you can't make it to the phone. You can turn the app on before you get behind the wheel, and if you receive any texts, it'll respond to the sender with whatever you program it to say—for instance, “I can't respond right now; I'm driving. I'll get back to you as soon as I get out of the car."
- Silence or vibrate mode. If you can’t ignore the sound of a text coming in, put your phone on silent, vibrate, or turn it off completely so you’re not tempted to respond.
- Cinema mode. Some cinema mode apps will not only automatically silence your phone but will also dim your screen, so you won’t know you received a message until you have stopped safely.
- Hands-free. Bluetooth can be set up in your car to allow you to make calls and talk without needing to use your hands.
- Voice-to-text apps. VTT apps allow you to speak a message and send it via text messaging without the need to type. For example, Siri can be used on most iPhones.
Communicating Safety to Stop Distracted Drivers
Knowing your options for decreasing your phone distractions is regrettably only half the battle. Although you are now equipped with the knowledge you need to protect your passengers from your own temptations, the unfortunate truth is that other distracted drivers can’t be trusted to drive safely.
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When should I contact a lawyer?
In many personal injury situations the obvious response is to act quickly. Even if you think you have lots of time to consider your alternatives, deadlines sneak up on you and personal injury lawyers need time to prepare. If you wait to talk to a personal injury lawyer, you may do things that could hurt your claim without even knowing. Insurance companies often rely on you to submit information. If you don’t know when to submit that information, they may withhold money from you. Your Vegas Lawyers always recommend looking for a personal injury lawyer sooner rather than later.
If you’ve suffered an injury due to an accident, keep in mind that time limits exist on your right to file a lawsuit. These “statutes of limitation” vary greatly from state to state and depend upon the facts and type of each case. In some instances, the law requires a claimant to notify potential defendants about any injury within an extremely short period of time – as little as a few weeks or months.
If you sit on your personal injury rights, you could lose them. You might have been angry about an accident and the pain you have felt following that accident, but if you wait too long to obtain medical attention, the insurance carrier is going to deny you were ever injured in the first place.
Do I need a Las Vegas Personal Injury lawyer?
While you may be able to get through a legal problem in Las Vegas without hiring a personal injury lawyer, remember this timeless saying, “when you represent yourself, you might have a ‘fool for a client’.”
When deciding if you need a Las Vegas personal injury attorney, ask yourself, “What’s at stake?” For example, expensive medical bills and credit card debt are the leading cause for bankruptcy in the United States. This inability to pay usually stems from personal injury, illness or loss of a job. Both personal injury and job loss are direct concerns for people involved in motor vehicle accidents. Often, medical treatment is needed and the question arises, “who will pay for the treatment?”
Additionally, a personal injury can be severe enough to hinder your ability to work and can lead to termination of employment, or dramatically reduced income. All the while, you are faced with an insurance company that seeks to minimize your personal injuries and pain, and deny you just compensation.
Do not let this happen to you. Jones Wilson are experienced personal injury attorneys who will assist you with these concerns and will battle for you to receive the compensation you deserve.
How much money is awarded in Vegas personal injury cases?
You will be awarded “damages,” which is money intended to restore you to the position you were in before your personal injury. This money is not considered income, and is not taxable as income by the federal government or the states. Always remember that every personal injury case is different; therefore, compensation for a personal injury case will vary.
Jones Wilson provides you with the best representation for your personal injury case in Nevada. The amount of money Jones Wilson will be able to fight for will vary depending on the extent of your personal injury or injuries. Extreme care will be taken by Your Vegas Lawyers team to hold the insurance companies and defendants accountable for the personal injury they have caused.
Jones Wilson knows that when it comes to Your Injury, you deserve Your Money, that is why you choose Your Vegas Lawyers.
What type of lawyer do I need?
Personal injury attorneys specialize in one type of law – personal injury. Other lawyers handle a wide range of matters – such as criminal law or patent law. You want to hire an attorney who has expertise to represent you effectively with respect to your legal problem.
Your Jones Wilson specialize in personal injury cases to ensure you receive the fair compensation you are entitled. Personal injury claims can be highly technical and specialized; for this reason we are committed to fight for you as your Las Vegas personal injury attorneys.
For example, a simple car accident or slip and fall injury can become complicated lawsuits when property damages, insurance companies, and medical bills start knocking on your door. Jones Wilson experienced personal injury attorneys will protect your rights and help you receive the money you deserve.
If the accident was my fault, can I still win?
Every case is fact driven. Whether or not you will win is based on a thorough review of your personal injury case. By filling out the free no-obligation evaluation form, Jones Wilson will see if the Your Vegas Lawyers team of elite professionals can help.
Jones Wilson filter through the facts of your personal injury and look for substance to substantiate your claim. You’ll never know if you should have received money unless you contact Jones Wilson today for a free consultation of your personal injury case.
Can I do this on my own instead of hiring an attorney?
Again, we at Jones Wilson do not recommend that you stand on your own against the insurance giants. Jones Wilson know and understand the law and will protect your rights each step of the way.
Plus, Las Vegas Injury Lawyer will consult with you about your personal injury case for free. Jones Wilson care about you. Jones Wilson want you to receive the best representation for your personal injury so you can receive the money you deserve.