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Monday, August 27th, 2012
Have you been involved in a car accident? You may want to consult a chiropractor, even if your injuries are minor or if you don’t believe you have any injuries. With some back injuries, soft tissue injuries or whiplash, they may not be noticeable until days after the accident. In particular, symptoms of whiplash can sometimes take weeks or months before becoming noticeable. A chiropractor will be able to discover those injuries and decide on the best course of treatment for them. If after an accident you experience headaches, neck pain, stiffness, shoulder pain, lower back pain, or trouble sleeping, consult a chiropractor immediately.
Research has been done in recent years that proves that injuries can occur in collisions which occur at low speeds. Although an automobile might escape from a very low impact collision with little or no damage, sometimes our bodies aren’t so lucky, particularly if you aren’t wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. If injuries aren’t treated, they can form scar tissue which can lead to much worse health problems over time, such as chronic headaches, arthritis, and neck pain.
For accidents that occur at medium or high speeds, injuries that require chiropractic care are more likely. You could incur small hairline fractures in bones. You will most likely need a realignment of the spine. After you have sought medical treatment for broken bones, internal bleeding and other damage, seek chiropractic care. You may have a lot of problems you don’t know you have.
When you are seeking a chiropractor in that situation, find one that specializes in treating injuries from automobile accidents. Such chiropractors will be trained to find injuries that you may not feel immediately. Seeking chiropractic care now can prevent long-term injuries.
If you have been in an automobile accident in theDallas metropolitan area, and you have been injured, contact the Dallas car accident attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529. They will help you deal with the insurance companies and negotiate a settlement that is fair to you.
Thursday, July 12th, 2012
Tragically, a former NASA astronaut was killed in Florida last week while jet skiing. His son was jet skiing with him and accidentally struck the back of the jet ski on which the astronaut was riding. He was thrown into the water, later lost consciousness, and passed away later at a hospital.
Unfortunately, accidents like this one are not uncommon. Every summer in the United States, thousands of people head to the water to ride on jet skis. Some of the most popular jet skis are manufactured by Honda, Sea-Doo, and Yamaha.
Jet skis are fun and provide family recreation. When something goes wrong, like someone does not follow the rules or is unprepared, accidents can happen. Some injuries to riders could include chest or head trauma, drowning, burns, hypothermia, spinal cord damage, carbon monoxide poisoning, and broken bones. A study from the Coast Guard in 2002 found that the user of a jet ski was 7.2 times more likely to get hurt than a person in a motor boat, and 31.6 times more likely to get hurt than a canoer or a kayaker.
Jet skis are propelled by jets of water and can only steer when the power is on. When you let go of the throttle the personal watercraft will coast in the direction it was going. Turning the handlebars when there is no power will have little or no effect on the direction of the personal watercraft. Inexperienced riders are often shocked when this happens. Some newer jet skis have systems that will allow quicker stops and more effective turning under low power conditions.
If you have been injured by another person while jet skiing, or if the jet ski malfunctioned, causing an accident, you are entitled to file a lawsuit against the individual or the manufacturer of the personal watercraft. If you’re in Dallas, call the jet ski accident attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529.
Friday, June 29th, 2012
Not all personal injury cases are created equally. Clients frequently are curious about what kind of settlement or verdict they could get for their injuries. However, it can be very difficult to determine what the amount of a personal injury verdict or settlement could be. Following are some factors that are frequently taken into consideration when determining the value of a personal injury case:
- The severity of the injury. Obviously,an accident in which a bone was broken would be worth less than one with a serious spinal cord injury that resulted in paralysis.
- The age of the plaintiff. An accident that seriously injured a person who was 90 years old would probably be worth less than an accident that seriously injured a 30 year old.
- Expenses incurred by the plaintiff. This includes medical expenses, lost wages, physical therapy, etc.
- Loss of income. If a man who’s 40 years old and is making $125,000 per year is injured in an automobile accident and is unable to work for the remainder of his life, there may be a much larger award than if the plaintiff is retired or is working in a low-income job.
- Change in lifestyle or relationships. If an accident resulted in a change in a plaintiff’s lifestyle, or took a serious burden on the plaintiff’s marriage or other relationships, the award could be increased.
- The experience and skills of the attorney working on behalf of the plaintiff.
- Whether the accident will have lifelong medical consequences, or is only temporary in nature.
There are many, many factors to be considered in evaluating the worth of a personal injury case. This is an incomplete list, but could help you determine whether you think your personal injury case is valuable or not. If you are in the Dallas area, and you have been injured in an accident due to the fault of another party, contact the Dallas personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529.
Tuesday, May 15th, 2012
A study released this week by the AAA’s safety foundation shows that teens driving with their friends in the car is much riskier than driving alone or with an adult. This study is one of the first that has been done since changes were made in driving laws in many states, which began in the mid-1990s. Many states now restrict teens from driving with passengers under the age of 21 and prevent driving at night.
The study was based on teen crashes that occurred between 2007 and 2010. The study found that a 16 or 17 year old’s risk of death when carrying one passenger younger than 21, and no adults, increased 44 percent when compared with driving alone. The risk is double that when carrying two passengers under the age of 21, and quadruples when carrying three or more young passengers. However, the risk of a teen driver dying in an accident when driving with a passenger aged 35 or older decreases by 62 percent.
The good news is between 2000 and 2010, the number of 16 and 17 year olds involved in fatal crashes fell by more than half each year. Much of the credit for those declines is attributed to graduated licensing laws, more seat belt use, less drunk driving and better car safety equipment. Among those young teen drivers who were killed between 2000 and 2010, 40 percent had at least one passenger under the age of 21 and no older adult passengers.
This new study shows just how distracting young passengers can be to teen drivers. If you have a young driver in your family, consider what rules you want to put into place about driving with other young passengers or alone – that can make a huge impact on the odds of a crash occurring.
Have you been involved in an accident that was caused by a teen driver? If so, you could have a cause of action against that teen. Call the Dallas car accident attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529 to learn more.
Monday, May 7th, 2012
Although it’s not something that’s talked a lot about, electricity causes thousands of deaths and fires each year. There are more safety measures to prevent property damages or electrocutions from occurring than in decades past, so many people feel more comfortable around electricity and take risks they shouldn’t. May is National Electrical Safety Month, which is designed to bring about awareness of electrical hazards.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, about 53,000 home fires occur each year because of an electricity malfunction. Also, about 400 deaths are caused when people are electrocuted by consumer products. However, this doesn’t have to happen. Here are some safety tips to prevent electrical accidents:
- Don’t plug in too many plugs in one outlet. This could cause a short, which may lead to a fire.
- Keep smoke alarms on every floor of your home, and also in every bedroom.
- Don’t play with light sockets, outlets or electrical cords. If you have young children, use child safety plugs in outlets.
- If you need to unplug an appliance, don’t yank on the cord – hold on to the plug instead.
- Don’t leave extension cords plugged in outside, particularly older cords.
- Make a family plan for what to do in the event of a fire.
- Don’t allow your children to play near an electrical substation.
- Keep electrical items away from water.
Have you or a loved one been injured by a defective electrical appliance or an electrical problem in your home? If so, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries. Contact the personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529 today.
Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
Childproofing can be an overwhelming job for new parents. The list of potential dangers can seem never ending. However, the Consumer Products Safety Commission has compiled a helpful list of 12 safety devices it recommends to make your home safe for children.
First, be sure to install safety latches or locks for drawers or cabinets that contain any medicines, cleaners, matches or lighters, knives, or other sharp objects. To help prevent children from entering rooms that contain dangers, use door knob covers or door locks.
Water can be dangerous in several ways for children. First, use anti-scald devices for faucets and shower heads. If you have a pool or spa, completely surround the pool or spa with a tall fence with self-closing, self-latching gates.
In order to prevent injuries from falls, use corner and edge bumpers to prevent injuries from falls against sharp edges. Safety gates can prevent children from falling down the stairs, or can keep children from entering rooms. To prevent falls from windows, balconies or decks, window guards and safety netting should be used.
There are also a lot of hidden dangers for kids. It’s also important to install carbon monoxide alarms and smoke alarms to help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning or fire injuries. Although many parents don’t think about it, window blinds can pose strangulation hazards. It’s important to use a tassel on each cord. Many parents also don’t consider the dangers of furniture or appliances tipping over onto children. Be sure to anchor the products to the floor or attach them to the wall. Electrical outlets can also pose a risk of electrocution – be sure to use outlet covers or outlet plates.
Although childproofing may seem overwhelming in the beginning, with the right safety devices you can ensure your home is safe for your children. If your child has been injured by a dangerous device, you may have a claim against the manufacturer or the retailer of the product. Contact theDallasproduct liability attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 817-329-5095.
Wednesday, April 4th, 2012
In a tragic accident that occurred Saturday night, a man fell from a platform and was dragged beneath a Dallas Area Rapid Transit train and was killed. The accident occurred inCarrollton. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Although it’s possible DART was not responsible for the accident that occurred Saturday night, common carriers do have a responsibility to keep passengers safe. “Common carriers” are those whose business it is to transport individuals from one place to another for compensation, and whose services are open to the public. Some examples of common carriers include commercial buses, trains, subways, airplanes, taxis and ferries.
Common carriers owe their passengers a special duty to passengers. In general, common carriers are required to use the highest degree of care and diligence in transporting passengers to their destinations. The common carriers must have the equipment and skill to transport passengers.
Although common carriers do owe a high degree of care for their passengers, they are not considered insurers of their passengers’ safety. They are only required to exercise that degree of care that could reasonably be expected. If a passenger is injured, it’s not automatically the responsibility of the common carrier – the accident could have been caused by the passenger’s negligence.
If you have been injured in a common carrier accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800 as soon as possible. It’s important to preserve evidence and investigate the accident before it’s too late.
Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
Spring break season is upon us. Thousands of high school and college students across the country are enjoying time off and travelling with friends. However, spring break season can be notoriously dangerous. Last week, a 21 year oldDallasman was beaten and stabbed nine times on South Padre Island during his spring break. He has suffered a collapsed lung and two surgeries and is fighting for his life. Friends and family say he probably would not have survived if he had not been in such great physical shape.
It’s important to take safety precautions whenever you travel, but especially on spring break. First, before you leave, pack some essentials, like medications, proof of insurance, identification, and copies of itineraries with your loved ones. Once you finally leave, it’s important to arrive safely. Buckle up. When alcohol is involved, if you plan on driving make sure there’s an assigned designated driver before you leave. If you are in an area in which there are dangerous neighborhoods, map out your route before you go to ensure you don’t end up in lost in a bad part of town.
While you are having fun on the beach, remember that the beach poses its own dangers. Use lots of sunscreen applied frequently throughout the day to avoid sun poisoning. Drink lots of water to avoid dehydration. Be sure to wear life vests when needed. Don’t swim or drive a boat if you’ve been drinking.
Finally, be sure to surround yourself with people you know and trust. Travel in groups, particularly to places such as ATMs. Make sure you get enough sleep throughout your trip so that you are able to make wise decisions.
Spring break can be a great time as long as you take some basic safety precautions. If you have been injured on a spring break trip due to the negligence of another person, contact the personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. Our attorneys will fight for your legal rights.
Monday, March 19th, 2012
It’s so tragic when a highway worker gets hit by a car and killed or injured. However, it’s not uncommon – road workers have one of the highest injury and fatality rates of all occupations. In order to stay safe in work zones, keep in mind the three S’s: speed, space and stress.
First, watch your speed. It’s very dangerous, and not to mention illegal, to speed through a work zone. Maintain a consistent speed throughout the work zone. Don’t accelerate to your normal speed once it appears that you have left the work zone. Instead, wait until you see signs that say it is safe to resume your normal speed.
Next, it’s important to be aware of the space around you. Leave enough room for braking between your car and the car in front. If you become stopped in traffic, leave some distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you. If someone rear ends you, you could avoid hitting the car in front if there is sufficient space between the vehicles. Make sure to leave enough distance between your car and the highway workers, trucks, and equipment. Also, be aware of tailgaters in construction zones. Some drivers become impatient when forced to slow down. If possible, pull over and let them pass.
Finally, manage your stress in work zones. It can be frustrating to encounter a work zone if you are in a hurry to get somewhere, but calm down. Try not to become distracted, which could lead to an accident.
Have you been injured in an accident in a Dallas work zone due to another driver’s negligence? If so, contact the Dallas car accident attorneys at the Barber Law Firm. Call them today for a free consultation at 817-329-5095.
Tuesday, March 13th, 2012
With the weather warming up, and with gas prices sky-high and most likely rising more before summer, increasing people are turning to scooters, mopeds, and other forms of transportation instead of their automobiles.
Many people don’t consider scooters to be dangerous. However, they can be. Scooters move faster than bicycles and do not offer many protections. To stay safe on scooters, there are a few safety tips to follow. First, obey all traffic laws. Try to keep on the right side of the road, like a bicycle. Be sure to use the proper safety equipment, including a helmet that is approved by the Department of Transportation. Although it may be tempting to wear shorts and other summer clothing, you may wish to consider wearing gloves, pants and a riding jacket to avoid hand, leg and torso injuries in the event of an accident.
It’s extremely important to be observant when riding a scooter. Many other drivers report having trouble seeing motorcycles, which are bigger and louder than scooters. Stay close to the edge of the road and use mirrors to see the area behind your scooter. It’s also important to follow safe riding practices, such as riding defensively. If you must ride at night, wear bright colors and use reflective strips to make yourself visible to other cars. Use your headlights. Finally, if you are in an accident, speak with the police officer at the scene. Get all necessary information from the other driver, such as insurance information and contact information. Take pictures if possible.
Scooter riding can be a fun and safe hobby if good safety practices are followed. If you have been injured in aDallasscooter or moped accident due to another driver’s negligence, contact theDallaspersonal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm today at 972-231-5800. Our attorneys have assisted numerous accident victims in obtaining the compensation they deserve.