Archives for April 2014

Defining whiplash

A whiplash injury can be caused even if the car thatX-Ray of Neck hit your car from behind was traveling very slowly, even less than 5 miles per hour. A study of low-speed crash impact revealed that nearly 30 percent of those who were struck at a low speed (the car that hit theirs was traveling at 2.5 miles per hour) still suffered symptoms of soft tissue injury or whiplash.

Whiplash is the name given to a specific type of neck injury that happens when your neck is whipped suddenly forward and then jerked backward. This sudden violent motion causes the soft tissues or even the ligaments and muscles holding the neck in place to tear or stretch beyond their limit.

Whiplash is typically seen in people who have been in car crashes, in particular, rear-end car accidents. This is because their car is struck from behind, when the body is not expecting it. As the body is seeking to heal, the entire area becomes inflamed. Sometimes, people do not even seek treatment in situations like these, as they just think there’s some soreness that will go away. And there is no “obvious” damage like a broken bone.

Sometimes, people don’t feel any pain or stiffness until hours or days after the initial trauma to the body from the rear-end accident. The most painful feelings from whiplash are often centered at the base of the skull, where the neck was most impacted by the whiplash. People may find that their neck burns, that they have limited mobility or that they are suddenly sore all along their arm and down their back.

Common Whiplash Symptoms

  • Neck, back, shoulder or arm pain
  • Tingling or numb sensations in the arm or neck, or down the back and shoulder
  • Decreased range of motion or painful range of motion in the neck
  • Headaches, especially at the point of impact in lower skull in the back of the head
  • Dizziness, nausea and blurred vision
  • Pain in jaw
  • Fatigue, problems focusing and depression

Questions about Recovery after Whiplash? Contact the Weber & Nierenberg Law Firm

At the Weber & Nierenberg law firm, in Northern California, we are experienced in protecting the rights of the injured, especially those injured in car crashes and rear-end accidents caused by the carelessness of others. Our law firm represents clients throughout the Northern California and San Francisco Bay Area. We will work hard and competently to obtain complete compensation for your injuries and losses. Call 866-288-6010 today.

We represent clients in personal injury cases on a contingency basis; you pay no attorney fees unless we recover compensation on your behalf.

Dealing With a Personal Injury Claim

Personal injury claims sound intimidating. Angry Phone CallYou have to deal with insurance companies. You have to deal with lawyers. You have to deal with people who may challenge the fact that you are injured.

Actually, the fact of the matter is that when you have been injured in an accident caused by another person or organization’s carelessness or negligence, you have a right to seek compensation to pay for the injuries you have suffered, as well as other damages. It is your right under the law.

While you do not have to have a lawyer represent you in a personal injury case, an attorney can help you understand your rights and what to expect from the insurance company with which you are dealing. A personal injury lawyer’s job is to represent people dealing with injuries caused by negligence. A personal injury attorney will protect your rights rather than seek to close your claim as soon as possible, before you are fully recovered.

When you are handling a claim, you will need to make sure that your medical treatment and all accident-related costs are documented. The insurance company or the lawyer who represents you will need access to all these records. It’s also a good idea to document as much as possible what happened at the accident scene. Make sure to track your own recovery on a calendar. If you suffered bruises, take photographs because these can help your case. If there is video footage of what happened, see if you can get a hold of that, too.

Also note how the injuries have impacted your life. Can you work at the same level? Are you having trouble in certain areas of your life as a result? Is there trauma remaining? Have you had to miss work for treatment? Keep notes on all of this, because the other insured’s insurance company is generally expected to pay these costs.

If you retain a personal injury lawyer, the attorney’s job is to build a strong case demonstrating fault that led to your injuries.

And don’t be in too much of a hurry to close your claim. Sometimes, recovery takes longer than you think. The medical treatment for even a soft tissue injury can go on for many months or longer.

Personal Injury Claim Questions? Contact the Weber & Nierenberg Law Firm

The personal injury attorneys at the Weber & Nierenberg law firm are experienced in protecting the rights of people injured in car, bike, bus, pedestrian and other types of motor vehicle accidents. Our law firm represents clients throughout the Northern California and San Francisco Bay Area. We will work hard and competently to obtain complete compensation for your injuries and losses. Call 866-288-6010 today.

We represent clients in personal injury cases on a contingency basis; you pay no attorney fees unless we recover compensation on your behalf.

Pedestrian Killed by Car at Van Ness Avenue & Golden Gate, San Francisco, on 4/6/14

On Sunday night, April 6, 2014, a pedestrian crossing the intersection of Van Ness Avenue and Golden Gate in San Francisco, California, was struck by a car. The pedestrian died of his injuries.

The family of this victim has a right to seek compensation from the responsible car driver. Our firm has successfully handled numerous cases involving pedestrian deaths.

The personal injury attorneys at the Weber & Nierenberg law firm are well-experienced in pedestrian accidents, including those involving wrongful death, as well as automobile, motorcycle, bicycle, bus, and truck accident cases, and will work hard and competently to obtain complete compensation for your injuries and losses.

If you or someone you know needs to know their rights regarding a wrongful death from a pedestrian, auto, bicycle, motorcycle, , bus accident or other type of personal injury, call the attorneys at the Weber and Nierenberg law firm. Personal injury attorneys at Weber & Nierenberg will work hard to make sure your rights are vindicated. For a free consultation or to make an appointment, call 1-866-288-6010
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98-Year Old Pedestrian Killed by Car at Sacramento & Bancroft, Berkeley, on 4/4/14

On Friday afternoon, April 4, 2014, 98 year-old Joseph Luft was a pedestrian crossing the intersection of Bancroft Way and Sacramento Street in Berkeley, California, when he was struck by a car. Mr. Luft died of his injuries.

The family of this victim has a right to seek compensation from the responsible car driver. Our firm has successfully handled numerous cases involving pedestrian deaths.

The personal injury attorneys at the Weber & Nierenberg law firm are well-experienced in pedestrian accidents, including those involving wrongful death, as well as automobile, motorcycle, bicycle, bus, and truck accident cases, and will work hard and competently to obtain complete compensation for your injuries and losses.

If you or someone you know needs to know their rights regarding a wrongful death from a pedestrian, auto, bicycle, motorcycle, bus accident or other type of personal injury, call the attorneys at the Weber and Nierenberg law firm. Personal injury attorneys at Weber & Nierenberg will work hard to make sure your rights are vindicated. For a free consultation or to make an appointment, call 1-866-288-6010
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