Personal injury attorney blogs are always telling people what to do after they have been injured in an accident, but what should you do if you don’t notice any immediate injuries? First of all, remember that some of the body’s physiological responses to trauma can mask an injury, so here are a few things you can do to make sure you are covered in case an injury surfaces later on.
Seek Medical Care
Why go to the doctor or emergency room if you are not hurt? The doctor may be able to spot a sign of injury that you are not aware of, perhaps due to being in a state of shock. If you decide not to go to the doctor initially, see one immediately if you experience stiffness, pain, nausea, headaches, or dizziness.
Document Your Experiences and Expenses
Keep track of any physical or emotional experiences that occur in the days or weeks following the accident. Keep good records of any bills for repairs, medical visits, etc. Also, keep track of missed days from work.
Don’t Sign Anything
Either your insurance or the other driver’s insurance company may try to offer you money in exchange for signing away your right to get further reimbursement. Even if the offer seems fair, it may not cover all repairs and medical bills. Wait until you are sure there is no further injury that may arise weeks or months later. And always have an attorney look at a settlement before agreeing to it.
Getting Help from a Personal Injury Lawyer
The personal injury lawyers at Petrov Law Firm are ready to help you receive all of the damages you are due, whether that means getting a better settlement from an insurance company or going with you to court. Get our experienced attorneys in your corner by calling 619-344-0360 today.Read More
Unsafe driving practices lead to thousands of deaths and injuries on California roads each year. The National Institute of Health has provided many statistics on car accidents, including the fact that speeding is the most common cause of road fatalities in the US. Other telling facts include male fatalities outnumbering female fatalities 2 to 1 over the past 40 years and teens being another high-risk category.
California Traffic Schools
California provides two options for taking traffic school:
- In a classroom
This defensive driving course teaches drivers to use safe behaviors and is an important tool in educating drivers. It is also beneficial for those who have received a traffic ticket since getting the proper training may result in fewer points on a person’s license and potentially less expensive car insurance premiums.
When a driver understands California traffic laws and knows the dangers of breaking those laws, many become safer motor vehicle operators.
If You Have Been Injured by a Speeding Driver
If you have been injured in a car accident with a speeding driver, you may be owed compensation for medical bills, missed work, or other damages. A speeding driver may also be accountable for a wrongful death. If you have lost a loved one in such a tragic way, you want a compassionate personal injury attorney to help navigate the legal side of things. The personal injury lawyers at Petrov Law Firm can help you seek damages for your injuries or for your loss if your dear loved one was taken by a negligent driver. Call 619-344-0360 to learn more.Read More
The state of California has decriminalized marijuana use to a great degree.As a result, some have the wrong idea that there are no inappropriate situations for drug use. However, drugged driving (driving under the use of any drug whether legal or not) is still a punishable crime. In fact, if a person is in an accident after using marijuana and it can be proven that the drug caused the accident, there can be serious legal ramifications.
Getting Proof if You’ve Been Injured by a Driver Under the Influence
Unfortunately, it’s not enough to prove that a driver had used a drug before driving. It is important to be able to prove that the drug impaired the driver in some way. Fortunately, not only would the driver making a mistake at the wheel lean in that direction, but you can also help matters along.
Just about everyone has a smartphone nowadays. If you are ever in an accident, and you notice the other driver is clearly impaired, don’t be afraid to film some evidence. Also, according to NIDA, marijuana use affects skills that are necessary for driving. This could make a fatality caused by someone under the influence a wrongful death situation.
Getting Help if You Have Been Injured or Lost a Loved One
Seek legal help immediately if you have been injured in an accident by someone driving under the influence or if you have tragically lost a loved one in an accident this way. The attorneys at Petrov Law Firm have an in-depth understanding of personal injury law and are experienced at handling sensitive wrongful death cases. Call 619-344-0360 if you need help forming a case against a drugged driver.Read More
Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a condition that results in extreme pain in the face due to nerve damage. This damage can cause a chronic condition whereby pain may be triggered by the simplest thing such as smiling, eating, or moving the face muscles in other natural ways. How is this condition related to motor vehicle accidents?
Trigeminal Neuralgia: Common After Head or Neck Injuries
Car accidents often result in a head or neck trauma such as a concussion or whiplash. Trigeminal neuralgia is known to occur after this type of injury is sustained. The nerve is found beneath the check and can be easily damaged if a person’s face hits the steering wheel or even if a neck misalignment creates a shift that places pressure on the nerve.
Diagnosing and Treating TN
There is no primary test for trigeminal neuralgia. As a result, a physician will have to go by things such as pain location, intensity, and triggers. An MRI may also help to find damage. Getting a diagnosis is an important part of seeking compensation for injuries.
Treatment usually calls for the use of certain medications. However, in extreme cases, surgical procedures may involve the nerve being severed so that no more pain is felt. This will, however, result in some permanent numbness.
Seeking Compensation for Injuries After a Car Accident
Trigeminal neuralgia can be a scary and painful result of an accident with few good options for care. Pain may be ongoing and medical expenses can rack up during the diagnosis process and throughout treatment. The Petrov Law Firm can help you to get due compensation for the injuries incurred during an accident. Call 619-344-0360 without delay to start building your case.Read More
According to a report involving car accident statistics in San Diego from 2000 to 2009, November is the deadliest month for drivers in San Diego with the most fatal accidents taking place in this month. Whether it has to do with daylight savings, sleepiness after a big Thanksgiving meal, or other factors, we want to urge everyone to be careful on the roadways this fall season.
However, if you are in an accident, especially if an injury occurs, it is important to follow a few guidelines at the scene.
- Get the Authorities Involved – If you want to get money from your insurance company, the police have to be involved so that a report can be filled out. Even if there is little to no damage to the vehicle, you may have physical injuries that will only be covered if a police report is filled out properly.
- Get a License Plate Number – This is especially important if it seems like the other driver is going to leave the scene. The police can track down the other driver by means of the plate number and ensure that you get justice.
- Create Your Own Documentation – By using your smartphone to take pictures of the accident scene, you can create your own report that may help when it comes to determining fault. Try to get street signs in the pictures, so the exact location is clear. Document damage to the vehicle. You may even video record the other driver if they seem under the influence or if they are hostile toward you following the accident.
- Hire an Attorney – You don’t want to attempt to get damages for your injuries on your own. The lawyers at Petrov Law Firm are here to help you hold drivers accountable for the losses you have suffered. Call 619-344-0360 to get started today.
Even for a very safe driver, the risk of accident always exists. If an accident does occur, it is very important to avoid making some common mistakes. Here are 3 of the biggest blunders.
Never leave the scene of an accident without calling the authorities. Even if the accident was 100% the other person’s fault, it is still considered hit-and-run if you drive away. The penalty can be an expensive fine or perhaps even time in jail.
Apologizing for the Accident
This may sound terrible, but even if you are just trying to be polite, your apology can be used in court as an admission of guilt. Be polite with the other driver, but never admit the accident was your fault, especially if it wasn’t. Call the authorities and your insurance company, but try to have all conversations out of earshot of the other driver.
Agreeing to a Settlement
After the dust settles, an insurance company may approach you with a reasonable sum to make everything go away. Unfortunately, some injuries take months to show themselves. If you have already settled, the amount you received may not even cover your medical bills.
Make the Best Decision
The best decision you can make after a car accident that results in injury to you is to consult the personal injury lawyers at the Petrov Law Firm. We can help you to determine what damages you are owed and then help you to pursue such claims in the proper fashion. By avoiding the common mistakes noted above and giving us a call, you can avoid a lot of the anxieties connected to an accident.
The number of injuries that occur in car accidents in the city of San Diego alone is astounding. Between the years of 2000 and 2009, a total of 12,000 to 14,000 injuries occurred during each calendar month. That means that each year an average of anywhere between 1,200 and 1,400 injuries happened on a monthly basis. Friday is the most dangerous day to be on the road, with over 25,000 accidents having occurred on Fridays between 2000 and 2009. The current decade is faring no better.
What If You Have Been Injured?
While some car accidents may seem minor at first, the injuries should not be dismissed. A whiplash injury may only be sore for a few days, but could have long standing effects resulting in migraines, vertigo, and other ongoing health conditions. A concussion can result in post-concussion syndrome. Some injuries cause missed work and result in tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills. Then there is vehicle damage, which insurance companies desperately try to shortchange people for. You need help in order to receive what you are owed.
Where to Turn When a San Diego Car Accident Occurs
The Petrov Law Firm is home to the car accident personal injury attorneys San Diego residents can trust. We can help you to determine what compensation you are owed and then we are with you every step of the way to help you get what you deserve. If you have been injured in a San Diego car accident, call us without delay at 619-344-0360.
A study conducted by the AAA Foundation has shed light on the dangers of teen driving. In fact, the study revealed that almost two-thirds of car accident injuries and fatalities occurring with a teen driver at the wheel affect someone other than the driver. No other group of drivers has as high of a crash rate, and the people most likely to get hurt seem to include everyone but the one at fault.
Summer Months Mean More Teen Drivers
If you though driving was dangerous during the school year, summertime ups the ante with more teen drivers resulting in summer being the most dangerous time of the year to be on the road. More than half of injuries caused by accidents with a teen driver are individuals in the other car. Statistic on fatality victims in teen driver accidents are also shocking:
• 30% – someone in another car
• 27% – passengers in the teen’s car
• 10% – non-motorists including pedestrians and people on bicycles
Why Are Teen Drivers So Dangerous?
Besides the lack of experience driving, teens are also frequently distracted by smartphones. Whether someone is sending a text or trying to catch a Pokémon, distracted driving can result in an injury or death very quickly. Other activities that can distract a driver include conversations with other passengers, applying makeup, smoking, eating, and more.
If You’ve Been in an Accident, We Can Help
Injuries and fatalities in car accidents, especially when someone else is at fault, can result in the payment of damages that include:
• Medical expenses
• Missed work or loss of ability to work
• Pain and suffering
The Petrov Law Firm has experienced personal injury lawyers to help you deal with insurance companies regardless of how the accident occurred. We work with medical professionals to ensure that you can get your injuries cared for fast, and we have experience investigating claims to ensure that you receive all of the compensation that you are due.
Contact us today at 619-344-0360 to learn more.
Every day, people across California and the rest of the United States are injured in car accidents. Injuries to the back are particularly common. They are also costly. Medical treatment for a back injury after a car accident can range from a few thousand dollars into 6 figures depending on the extent of the damage and the needed care and rehabilitation.
A car accident can result in damage to any part of the spine from the top vertebrae of the neck all the way down to the tailbone. In fact, you don’t have to be in a major traffic accident to suffer a spinal injury. While most cars are designed to experience accidents up to 10 mph with little to no damage, a vertebra can be shifted out of position at a mere 5 mph. That means you can end up with a back injury in a minor fender bender that doesn’t even leave a mark on your bumper.
The Long-Term Effects of Back Injuries
Lower back pain is the single greatest cause of disability on the face of the earth today. That means a car accident that hurts a person’s back can have long-term effects as far as money earned and even as to what jobs a person will be able to handle in the future. It may also affect normal day to day activities.
If you have been in a car accident that has resulted in back pain, you may be able to receive compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost work, and more. Contact Petrov Law Firm today at 619-344-0360 to learn what you may be entitled to.Read More
Over the past 20 years, there has been a steady increase in the number of motorcycle accidents resulting in fatalities. During that same time period, car accident deaths decreased significantly (particularly between 2006 and 2011 before leveling off). If you look at the number of fatalities by the number of miles driven, motorcycles see about 27 times the deaths that cars do.
The most common fatal injury in motorcycle accidents is head trauma. Helmets only prevent about 37% of these deaths, but they do provide protection against 67% of injuries to the brain for surviving riders. The fact is that with no car to protect the body from injury, even a minor motorcycle accident can result in a great deal of damage.
Trauma, Medical Bills, and Insurance Adjustors
When you have been in a traumatic accident, you may be thankful just to have escaped with your life. After all, the odds are clearly not in the favor of motorcycle riders. The last thing you need after a near death experience is a pile of medical bills and insurance adjustors who want to give you the least amount of compensation possible.
Hiring a lawyer who is experienced in dealing with motorcycle accidents is a must to ensure that you get what you deserve from the insurance company. If medical bills are incurred, you lose work due to your injuries, or you experience pain and suffering due to the trauma, you may be entitled to additional compensation. We can help you determine where that compensation should be sought from and how much is reasonable to expect.
Don’t try to navigate the red tape of accident and personal injury law alone. If you have been hurt while driving a motorcycle, you may be due monetary damages, and we’re here to help.Read More