A new year is often used as an opportunity to take stock of your situation and make changes in order to live a healthier and happier life. “Exercising more” and “losing weight” come to mind when considering popular New Year’s resolutions, but why not make this year the year you reduce your risk of being needlessly hurt in a preventable accident. The information below describes some of the accidents that common cause serious injuries around Clearwater and ways in which to reduce your risk of being involved in them.
Slip and Falls
Slips, trips, and falls are consistently among the most common cause of injury in the United States. While many falls do not result in injuries, victims can sometimes sustain extremely injuries including head injuries, broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, hip fractures,1 and more. Some of the things that you can do to reduce your risk of falling include getting your eyes checked regularly, reviewing the medications you are taking, reducing fall hazards in your home, and engaging in exercise that improves your strength and balance.
Car accidents injure thousands of people each year, sometimes leaving victims with long-term medical problems and disabilities. Fortunately, many car accidents are completely avoidable. Examples of the steps that you can take to improve your safety behind the wheel include practicing regular vehicle maintenance, getting plenty of rest, making sure to wear your glasses or contact when you drive, and never driving after drinking alcohol or taking drugs that could impact your ability to drive.
Pedestrian accidents are usually extremely serious, as the human body is simply no match for the motor vehicles that traverse our roadways. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers the following advice2 to prevent injuries from pedestrian accidents:
- Carry a flashlight while walking at night and by wearing retro-reflective clothing
- Cross at an intersection or designated crosswalk whenever possible
- Walk on a sidewalk or path if one is available, otherwise, walk on the shoulder facing oncoming traffic
- Avoid distractions like electronic devices that can take your attention from the road
Many people in the Clearwater area regularly ride a bicycle as a form of exercise, to get from place to place, or simply for recreation. When bicyclists are involved in accidents, they can sustain extremely serious injuries, including spinal cord injuries, facial fractures, concussions, and nerve damage. Some of the ways in which you can reduce your risk of being involved in an accident when you ride include making sure your bike is in good condition, always following traffic laws, wearing retro-reflective clothing and using lights when you ride at night, and never riding after drinking alcohol.
Call a Clearwater, Florida Personal Injury Attorney Today to Discuss Your Case
In the unfortunate event that you are injured in an accident this year, you should call the Dolman Law Group immediately. Our skilled team of Clearwater personal injury lawyers is ready to review your case at no cost and make sure that you receive the compensation to which you are entitled. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call our office today at 727-853-6275 or contact us online.
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New Port Richey, FL 34652
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In order to hold a party liable for your medical bills, lost income, and other losses stemming from an auto accident, you must first identify that responsible party. If you were hit by a driver who was stumbling around after the collision and was clearly drunk, then liability in your crash will be obvious. However, it is not always that simple to determine who should be held liable after a collision. Part of our job as your dedicated auto accident lawyers is to fully investigate the circumstances of your accident so that you know who to hold responsible.
Depending on the cause of your crash, the responsible party may be another driver, a corporation, or a government entity and the specific legal issues in your case can significantly vary depending on who caused your injuries. Some examples of potentially negligent parties that may be liable for your collision include the following:
Other drivers – Many auto accidents are caused by an error on the part of a driver. Though drivers are expected to operate their cars and trucks in a reasonably safe manner, they do not always manage to do so. When a driver is unsafe and causes injury, they can be found negligent and responsible for any losses incurred by victims. Some examples of driver negligence include:
Car manufacturing companies – Manufacturers have the legal duty to make products that are safe for their intended use – and motor vehicles are no different. If a car is somehow defective, a malfunction can result in a driver losing control and often crashing. Whether it resulted in a single car crash or a multiple vehicle crash, the manufacturer should be held liable for the losses of all victims if it sold a defective vehicle. Some ways a vehicle can end up defective include:
- Inherently defective design
- Inadequate materials used
- Improper assembly
- Failure to issue a recall if a defect is discovered
Government agencies – In most cases, the government is responsible for making sure that the roadways are in safe condition and are free from hazards that may injure drivers. However, with busy schedules and tight budgets, many government agencies put road repair low on their priority list. Many accidents happen because of improperly inspected or maintained roadways, including:
- Dangerous intersections or turns
- Improperly designed roads
- Improperly timed or non-working traffic signals
Consult with an Experienced Clearwater Car Accident Attorney Today
Proving liability in a car accident is challenging and can involve complex legal issues. It is essential to have an auto accident lawyer on your side who has extensive experience representing car crash victims and who has the resources to identify negligence whenever necessary. If you have been injured in a wreck, please call Dolman Law Group at 727-451-6900 for a free consultation as soon as you can.
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Clearwater, FL 33765
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One of the sneakiest accidents that can happen to almost anybody, at any time, is a slip-and-fall. These accidents almost always occur in an unforeseen place, at a time when you are least expecting it—at the grocery store, in the hallway at the office, exiting the restroom at a restaurant, or even while visiting someone else’s home.
These unfortunate accidents can be minor, and even humorous. The entire America’s Funniest Home Videos television show was almost solely built on this concept. But they are not always funny, and they are not always minor.
Slip-and-falls can be seriously dangerous with grave consequences and injuries. These incidents are often caused by a change in the expected surface someone is walking on. Whether the ground is slippery from a liquid, uneven from a crack in the sidewalk, or has a random step that is difficult to see, it only takes a small change to cause someone to hit the ground with force. Part of what makes slip-and-falls so dangerous is the physics behind how a human falls. When someone slips or trips, their feet often slide ‘out from under them’. As their feet move out and upward, the head and upper-torso move in the opposite direction, straight toward the ground. And when someone falls without the chance to put out their hands, the results can be disastrous.
It should be noted that these types of accidents are easy to prevent if the responsible party acts accordingly. Fixing the walkway, buying a non-slip mat, or painting a step bright yellow could make all the difference between someone going on with their day and someone suffering from a life-altering accident.
COMMON CAUSES FOR A SLIP- OR TRIP-AND-FALL
- Debris on floors
- Exposed electrical wiring
- Uneven stairs
- Inadequate lighting
- Cracked pavement
- Uneven flooring
- Wet flooring
- Lack of handrails
- Holes in flooring
- Poorly placed fixtures
- Inadequate warning signage
- Worn carpet
- Spilled food or drink
- Broken floor tiles
COMMON INJURIES THAT RESULT FROM A SLIP OR TRIP AND FALL
According to the National Safety Council, accidents in which a person either slips or trips while walking result in almost 9 million hospital emergency room visits per year. Most people would assume that these accidents only result in minor injuries like a little bruising or scraping. However, serious injuries can occur due to the way the human body falls and the unexpected and surprising nature of the accident. Often, it is the suddenness of the incident that allows so much room for injury, since the body has little time to prepare itself.
Common injuries from slip- or trip-and-falls include:
Bruises, Cuts, and Scrapes. As mentioned earlier, slip and falls are not always serious or life-threatening events. Often, the most common injuries from the resulting fall are bruising, scrapes, and/or cuts that can range from mild to major, but they almost always are completely recoverable. This doesn’t mean they aren’t painful; they just won’t cause lasting trauma or disability.
Sprains and Fractures. The second most common injury from falling is an injury to the muscles, ligaments, and bones. In many cases, these parts of the body absorb most of the impact and take most of the falling pressure. For example, slipping or tripping can cause a person to twist their ankle, spraining the connective ligaments. Some sprains and twists are caused by the body’s natural reaction to trying to catch itself, but other injuries are caused by the impact itself. For example, the impact of landing on the ground can fracture or break bones. The most common fractures resulting from falls are to the hand, forearm, upper arm, spine, hip, pelvis, leg, and ankle; whichever is the first point of contact.
Shoulder Dislocation. As a person slips and falls, it is not uncommon for them to land on their shoulder directly, or for it to take a brunt of the impact through the hand and arm. These injuries could be minor, like sprains or bruising, or more serious like the dislocation of the shoulder—known as a brachial plexus injury. The brachial plexus is a network of nerves connecting the spinal cord to the shoulder, arm, and hand. The injuries tend to be common in slip and falls and are extremely painful. They are, however, considered highly treatable.
Hip Fractures. The younger and older population are most at risk of slipping and falling. The younger population is limber and more prone to healing; the older segment is more fragile and heals more slowly. Elderly people, in addition to being prone to falling, are more likely to be injured when they do fall. Quite simply, our older population is at a high risk of being seriously injured by these types of incidents. One of the most dangerous injuries resulting from a fall is a fractured hip. More than 95% of broken hips are suffered from falls. One in five hip fracture patients dies within a year of their injury. This is because hip fractures in elderly people often require long periods of hospitalization, bed rest, and long-term care. Once this cycle begins, it is often hard to break out and make a full recovery.
Head and Brain Injuries. Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injury—also known as a TBI. As mentioned above, slip and fall type injuries often cause a person’s head to go speeding towards the ground, with little or no warning. These injuries are called ‘traumatic’ because any damage that occurs to the brain—the body’s most important organ—is considered serious. However, TBIs run the gamut on a scale of severity. Some people may suffer a minor concussion that heals relatively quickly, while others may receive a TBI that causes severe swelling of the brain, accompanied by seizures, mood changes, cognitive impairment, and other life-long debilitations. Slip- and trip-and-falls cause 40% of all TBIs in the US that require emergency treatment.
Back and Spine Injuries. Next to the brain, which is required to breathe, the spine is almost equally important in maintaining life. The spine and the spinal cord are responsible for almost every movement in the human body. When a person slips and falls, they often injure their back in some way. It may be from the twisting motion, from the sudden impact of falling on their head or buttocks, or from contact with a foreign object like the corner of a step. This impact can strain the spinal muscles and ligaments, fractured vertebrae, cause spinal discs to bulge or herniate, or damage the spinal cord itself. Because of the 100 billion+ nerves the spine is connected to, these types of injuries are almost guaranteed to be painful. An injury to the spinal cord can lead to temporary or permanent paralysis, varying disabilities, a lifetime of pain and suffering, or any other number of neurologic and sensory impairments.
Neck Injuries. When someone injures their neck, they’re actually injuring the upper, cervical portion of their spine. For this reason, most neck injuries are similar to back injuries in that damage can occur to the vertebra bone, the spinal cord, the spinal disc, or any of the nerves, muscles, and ligaments around it. What makes a neck injury so serious is its relation to the rest of the spine and body. Since damage to the neck occurs at the upper portion of the spine, it increases the chances of temporary or permanent disability or paralysis to more part of the body. Basically, everything from the neck down is at risk. Neck injuries from slip and falls can be caused by the whiplash motion of the sudden fall, or from a person actually landing on their head or neck.
WHO IS LIABLE?
The most common person liable for slip and fall injuries is the property owner where the fall occurred. However, other, third-parties may be responsible as well.
If the trip or slip and fall occurred on someone else’s property, and they were negligent toward that property, the owner of that property will most likely be held responsible. It’s also possible that the party responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of that property may be liable for the injuries you’ve suffered. For example, a woman in Louisiana has recently filed a lawsuit against the grocery store chain Winn-Dixie after she slipped and fell in a puddle of clear liquid at one of their grocery stores. She severely injured her shoulder as a result. However, not all slip and fall injuries are a result of someone’s negligence. We all have a responsibility for our own safety and to watch where we’re going. The best way to determine who is liable is by contacting an experienced trip and fall attorney. Once an attorney is retained, an investigation can be carried out to look into the many different factors involved in the slip and fall accident and the coupled liability.
CONTACT PINELLAS COUNTY TRIP AND FALL ATTORNEYS DOLMAN LAW GROUP
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured due to slipping or tripping on someone’s property, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. The easiest and smartest way to determine if you have a case is to contact an experienced trip and fall attorney.
Our attorneys at Dolman Law Group will aggressively fight to hold the negligent party responsible for the damages they have caused and to ensure our client gets the compensation they deserve. We make it our mission to ensure that our clients heal physically, emotionally, and financially.
For a free and confidential consultation on your case, call us today at 727-451-6900 or contact us electronically via our online contact form.
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Clearwater, FL 33765
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1.Seek a thorough medical evaluation.
After an accident, always go to the emergency room or schedule an appointment with a healthcare professional as soon as possible. The faster your injuries are properly diagnosed, the quicker you will be able to begin treatment and physical healing; it will also improve your personal injury claim later. Some injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries or internal injuries, could be difficult for you to recognize, yet they could be just as severe as any obvious injury. Some symptoms may be mistaken for fatigue, soreness, headache, or other lingering effects of a car accident when, in reality, you may have a serious underlying injury which needs treatment. Due to these reasons, a medical professional should always evaluate you following an accident to provide a thorough examination. Doctors understand what steps should be taken after a car accident to properly diagnosis any injuries. This may include tests, examinations, and imaging scans. If you don’t know about an injury, you can’t treat it—which will obviously slow your recovery time significantly.
2.Undergo all recommended treatments.
If you are diagnosed with an injury, it is extremely important for you to go through with all of the treatments and recommendations provided by your doctor. It’s common to feel overwhelmed by the amount of treatment you may need or all the specialists you might need to visit. This is understandable, but you must go through with them all. If you have a follow-up appointment, keep it. If you are ordered to bedrest for two weeks, do so dutifully. If you were told to do light arm exercises, see to it that it gets done. Doctors are professionals for a reason. They have seen thousands of patients and spent years studying health care. You should always listen to a doctor when it comes to your treatment plan so you can speed up the recovery process as much as possible. Additionally, if your doctor instructs you to take time off work for recovery, do so. It can be tempting to return to work in order to start making up for lost income; however, you should let your attorney worry about recovering those damages while you worry about following your doctors’ orders.
3.Seek out all necessary rehabilitative therapy.
Accident victims often need varying types of rehabilitative therapy to properly heal and get on with their normal, everyday lives. Physical therapy is a common treatment for people who have suffered neck, back, and other soft tissue injuries. These appointments are often frequent and can be disruptive to the busy schedule of a person caring for a household. However, the more your go, the faster you will heal. It may not seem like a big deal to miss an appointment here and there, but each appointment builds on itself. Additionally, one should attempt to give these appointments all their effort. The harder you work the more it will speed up your recovery.
For some seriously injured individuals, it may be necessary to spend time in an assisted living therapy center. Victims who have traumatic brain injuries and other similar conditions may have to have occupational therapy to relearn basic life skills. Some people have no choice and must be moved to one of these facilities. Some people do have a choice. Obviously, if a health care professional has recommended this type of therapy, it’s in the best interest of your speedy and complete recovery.
4.Speak to a mental health professional.
Violent accidents, like major car accidents, are often accompanied by the development of emotional distress. It’s very common. In fact, research suggests a substantial minority of car accident survivors suffer from mental health problems, the most common of which are PTSD, major depression, and anxiety disorders. Approximately 9% of motor vehicle accident victims develop PTSD. In addition, between 3% and 53% of these victims who seek treatment and have PTSD also have a mood disorder, such as clinical depression. Finally, the study also suggests that 27% have an anxiety disorder in addition to their PTSD, and 15% reported a phobia of driving.
Having some sort of mental and/or emotional injury after the trauma of an accident is quite common and not something to be ashamed about. Many people who are involved in severe, near-death incidents develop similar symptoms. Even having to live with a serious injury can create some emotional distress. For example, learning that you may have restricted use of one arm, a lifetime of periodic headaches or constant back pain can be stressful. If you are experiencing any of these conditions, they should be treated just like any other injury. Our society tends to give less credibility to mental injuries, but our brain in the most important organ in our bodies, so taking care of it is imperative.
5.Consult with an experienced personal injury attorney.
After being injured in an accident, it’s understandable that you may be feeling overwhelmed with everything that has happened. You have injuries to worry about, medical appointments to keep, therapy to complete, and all the other obligations of your daily life. We completely understand.
You are also sure to have significant financial concerns as the medical bills roll in and you lose income from missing work. An experienced personal injury attorney can help relieve a lot of the stress by advising you of your legal rights to financial recovery. There is no reason that you should have to bear the physical, emotional, and financial burden of your injuries because of someone else’s negligence. Attorneys also understand the entire process from years of experience. They can help you to navigate your options, decide which doctors and professionals are appropriate, and of course, relieve some of the stress over how it will all be paid. Attorneys may not be magical healers, but their assistance can do a great deal to help you move further towards down the path to a speedy recovery.
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If you or someone you love has been injured due to another’s negligence, you deserve compensation for the damages. Dolman Law Group is an experienced Clearwater law firm that takes pride in helping those who cannot help themselves. We will not let a multibillion-dollar insurance company take advantage of our community and its citizens. In that effort, we seek to help our clients by providing zealous representation with a personal touch towards our clients. Contact us to schedule a free consultation where one of our attorneys will go over your case and answer any concerns you may have. We look forward to working with you. Our number is (727) 451-6900.
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Whiplash1 is a type of neck injury that can occur when the head jerks suddenly and forcefully backward and forward on the neck. It is called “whiplash” because the motion resembles the cracking of a whip. While “whiplash” is a non-medical term, it is commonly used to refer to strain injuries to the muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and other tissues in a person’s neck. It can cause a number of serious and uncomfortable symptoms, including neck pain and stiffness, limited range or motion, pain when moving, shoulder pain, pins and needles in the arms and shoulders, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, sleep disturbances, back pain, depression, jaw pain, difficulty concentrating, and others. In some cases, whiplash can lead to chronic neck pain that can last for months or even years after an accident occurred.
What Kinds of Accidents Can Cause Whiplash?
Any type of accident that causes a sudden and forceful snapping of the neck can result in a whiplash injury. That being said, whiplash is most commonly associated with rear-end vehicle accidents. Some of the other types of accidents that have the potential to cause whiplash include the following:
- Car accidents
- Train accidents
- Bus accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Sports injuries
Notably, whiplash does not only occur as the result of an accident. For example, people who ride roller coasters or other thrill rides have been known to sustain whiplash injuries due to the forces experienced on the ride. In addition, whiplash can be the result of intentional violence and is commonly associated with shaken baby syndrome. The only way to be certain that a stiff or sore neck is whiplash is to be evaluated by a physician, so you should always go see a doctor if you suspect that you have injured your neck.
Is Whiplash Treatable?
Fortunately for victims, whiplash is treatable and many people recover within a few weeks of their injury. The purpose of medical treatment is to manage pain during the recovery period, restore your normal range of motion, and get you back to your daily activities as quickly as possible. Not every case of whiplash is treated the same way, and more serious injuries may require more aggressive treatment.
Some of the more common whiplash treatments include the following:
Rest – In mild cases, your physician may recommend that you simply rest and avoid moving your neck too much. Keep in mind that too much rest may actually prolong your recovery, however.
Applying Ice or Heat – The application of ice or heat to your injury may help with pain and stiffness.
OTC Pain Relievers – The first line of pharmaceutical treatment involves the use of over-the-counter pain relievers such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or other analgesics such as acetaminophen.
Prescription Drugs – If you are experiencing severe pain or your pain does not respond to over-the-counter medication, your physician may prescribe stronger pain relievers.
Muscle Relaxants – If you are having muscle spasms related to your injuries, your physician may prescribe muscle relaxants such as valium.
Injections – If you are experiencing pain related to your facet joints, your physician may recommend cervical facet joint injections to help manage your pain.
Can I Recover for my Whiplash-Related Losses?
Whether or not you will be able to recover compensation for the losses you have sustained as a result of your injury depends on whether your accident was caused by someone else’s negligence.2 Generally speaking, negligence occurs when a person fails to use the degree of care that would ordinarily be used by a reasonable person in similar circumstances. For example, a driver who follows you too closely and hits the back of your car when you slow down as you approach a stoplight would likely be deemed negligent. Similarly, if train company fails to adequately maintain its vehicles and that failure results in an accident, the company could probably be held liable for any injuries that occurred as a result. Whether negligence occurred in a particular situation depends on a number of factors, so it is important for all accident victims to speak to a lawyer.
Call a Clearwater Auto Accident Attorney Today for a Free Consultation
If you have sustained whiplash or any other type of neck or back injury in an accident, you should speak with an attorney as soon as possible. Importantly, waiting to retain an attorney could potentially result in the loss of your right to file a claim or the loss or destruction of evidence that is critical to your case. At the Dolman Law Group, our Clearwater car accident lawyers are committed to providing effective and aggressive representation to each client we take. To learn more about how we can help you, call us today at 727-451-6900.
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800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765
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Frequency and Seriousness of Trucking Accidents
Trucking accidents are something that everyone on the road fears – drivers and passengers alike. Often times, we see and hear about the fatalities caused by or involving large trucks. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration1 publishes an annual publication edition called the “Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts.” According to this report, in 2012, 3,802 large trucks were involved in fatal crashes, a 5 percent increase from 2011. Large truck and bus fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled by all motor vehicles increased by 3 percent. Other analysis showed that over that year, the number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes increased by 5 percent and the vehicle involvement rate for large trucks in fatal crashes increased by 4 percent. Additionally, the number of large trucks involved in injury crashes increased by 22 percent and the vehicle involvement rate for large trucks in injury crashes also increased by 22 percent. As the data shows, large trucks accidents occur very frequently and are not decreasing.
The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA)2 also publishes statistics on the number of injuries and fatalities resulting from large truck accidents. In a report titled “Traffic Safety Facts,” the NHTSA analyzed data from 1998 to 2008. It found that during this time frame, of the fatalities that resulted from crashes involving large trucks, 74 percent were occupants of another vehicle, 10 percent were non-occupants, and 16 percent were occupants of a large truck. Furthermore, of the people who were injured in crashes involving large trucks, 71 percent were occupants of another vehicle, 3 percent were non-occupants, and 26 percent were occupants of a large truck. The numbers are alarming and staggering, especially since fatalities and injuries tend to injure occupants of other vehicles.
The United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration’s division3 (FHWA) suggests that decrease truck-involved fatal crashes requires overall improvement in truck safety and enhancing truck car drivers’ behavior and performance.
Best ways to avoid trucking accidents
Education is key when it comes to preventing any sort of accident, especially ones involving semi-trucks. There are certain precautions that should be taken by all drivers. For example, the most important point is that the truck’s blind spots must be avoided at all times. Trucks have larger blind spots than regular vehicles. A truck’s blind spots are on both sides where passenger vehicles typically pass and they extend far beyond the right and left lanes. Two other blind spots, or no-zones, exist in the rear and in the front of the truck. Driving in the truck’s no-zones can be fatal to all parties on the road and extreme precaution should be taken when driving in those zones. One way to prevent driving in those no-zones is to avoid tailgating, keeping the truck’s rear-view mirrors in sight at all times, giving plenty of space when driving in front and the back of the truck and especially passing one with extreme care.
Another way to prevent accidents involving semi-trucks is to remember that big trucks cannot maneuver quickly and that they take a much longer time to stop due to their size. If drivers find themselves around a semi-truck and they need to pass one or drive next to one, they need to be mindful of the truck’s slow braking speed.
Finally, all these guidelines should be remembered and exercised when driving in adverse weather conditions. When there is rain, snow or fog on the road, cars should give the truck more room by either speeding up or slowing down.
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If you have been involved in an accident with a semi-truck, our attorneys at the Dolman Law Group can guide you through this process of evaluating your personal injury claim every step of the way. Please call our St. Petersburg office at 727-222-6922 for a free consultation today.
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How will the legalization of medical marijuana effect the State of Florida? Why was marijuana illegal in the first place? What medical benefits does cannabis have? Can cannabis help me recover from my injury?
In this past election, Florida voters approved Amendment 2 to legalize medical marijuana. The constitutional amendment broadened access to medical cannabis beyond the limited therapeutic uses approved by the legislature two years ago.
Prior to the passing of Amendment 2, the law only allowed non-smoked, low-THC cannabis strains for patients with cancer or ailments that cause chronic seizures or severe spasms.
The new amendment, passed in November 2016, formally legalizes medical marijuana with a broadened access for patients with diseases and symptoms other than just cancer, seizures, or spasms.
Specifically, the measure allows medical marijuana for patients with 10 illnesses: cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, AIDS, post-traumatic stress disorder, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s, and multiple sclerosis. It also allows doctors to prescribe cannabis for any other similar kind of ailment. In the future, the law may expand to cover other ailments cannabis is capable of treating.
The measure was written and promoted by United for Care, an Orlando-based, pro-medical marijuana group created by Kim Russel and chaired by the attorney John Morgan, of Morgan & Morgan.
With the passing of Amendment 2, Florida becomes the 28th state (29 if you want to include Washington DC) to legalize marijuana for medical uses.
The Florida Department of Health will be in charge of regulating how medical marijuana can be distributed, along with issuing ID cards to patients. All the rules that apply to the low-THC strain from the 2014 legislation, including how it’s grown, transported, etc., will apply to the new law.
There are still many issues to work out, including how widespread its usage will be, who can grow and distribute it, how it will affect the community, and so on; but what is now clear is that Floridians wanted medical marijuana in their state. Now, they have it.
What are the facts about Marijuana?
The cannabis plant (also commonly known as weed, pot, and thousands of other pet names) consists of 3 species: sativa, indica, and ruderalis (and hybrids). Each strain (as the different species and sub-species are called) has a different effect on the body, allowing the plant to be tailored to the specific needs of a patient. There is a surprising amount of control over what and how much of a chemical the plant can produce.
Depending on the way it’s grown, cannabis can be used for its seeds and their oils, hemp fiber, and for its potent flower, called the bud.
The main psychoactive component of cannabis is known as tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. This is the active ingredient that causes a user to feel “high.” The other main component of cannabis is cannabidiol (CBD), which does not give a user the “high” feeling but does have medical benefits.
Marijuana is also extremely safe when compared to other pharmaceuticals. In fact, there is no known record of any person ever dying from an overdose of marijuana. In data from 2014, we can see that total overdoses from other drugs amounted to 47,055. Deaths from pharmaceutical opioids totaled 18,893, and deaths from heroin overdoses reached 10,574.
What are the known medical benefits of marijuana?
- Increase appetite for those suffering from chronic illnesses, like cancer and AIDS.
- Limit nausea and vomiting caused by more intense treatments, like chemotherapy.
- Reduce pressure in the eyes caused by glaucoma.
- Decreased spasticity (tightening of muscles) caused by multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, paresthesia, tremors, lesions of the brain, and ataxia.
- Improved bladder control for ill patients.
- Proven analgesic properties of cannabis have been shown to alleviate neuropathic pain due to multiple sclerosis, damage to the brachial plexus, HIV infection, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer pain, headache, menstrual pain, chronic bowel inflammation, and neuralgias.
- Effective as an anti–epileptic and anticonvulsant to help control seizures and symptoms of seizures caused by different conditions.
- Slows the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
- Treats Hepatitis C and increases treatment effectiveness.
- Cannabis has been shown to offer protection to the neural system which reduces the amount of brain damage caused by a TBI.
Cannabis is also effective as an anti-inflammatory, antipsychotic, in treating depression and other psychiatric illnesses, increasing appetite for anorexia, reducing withdrawal symptoms, anti-asthmatic, and treating or alleviating symptoms in many other conditions.
It’s not all good, though. Click here to see the negative effects marijuana can have on driving.
It’s amazing that we have as much information as we do about the medical uses of marijuana, considering the restrictions on medical testing. On a federal level, marijuana is currently classified as a Schedule 1 narcotic, meaning it has “[no] accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” This is obviously inaccurate and the untruth is quickly changing among citizens and states. According to Business Insider, “only 6% of studies on marijuana analyze its medicinal properties.” Imagine what we would know if it were legal on a national level for any doctor, university, or team of scientists to research the drug.
The fact is, medical marijuana has far fewer side effects and is much less dangerous than drugs on the market that are used to suppress or treat some of the above conditions.
Why is medical marijuana controversial?
There are obvious reasons that legalizing marijuana is so controversial. The most basic reason people are against they’ve been taught to be.
Old and young people alike grew up with everyone telling them it was bad. There were commercials, school programs, first ladies, and talking heads of all sorts preaching that marijuana was as bad as heroin and crack. We now know this to be untrue.
Marijuana has a long history in the US, being used to make products and medicines since European immigrants arrived here in the 1600s. Around the world, and in the US, it was known to be a beneficial plant that was easy to grow. In the early 1900s during the Mexican Revolution, an influx of Mexican immigrants (which white Americans did not like) caused Americans to demonize the “marihuana,” since it was widely associated with Mexican culture. Little did most Americans know, but they had the ‘dangerous substance’ in their medicine cabinets. It was a popular, well-liked, and highly prescribed medication at the time. The outlawing of the plant made it easier to round up and deport these new arrivals. (A similar style of legislation would later be used to suppress African Americans. Read about the 100-to-1 rule).
Then in the 1930s, Reefer Madness came out, the Marijuana Tax Act was passed, and 46 of the then 48 states banned the plant. In the 1950s, the Boggs Act of 1952 and the Narcotics Control Act of 1956 started requiring minimum prison sentences for drug crimes, such as possessing marijuana. In the 1970s, President Nixon declared his war on drugs. And we all know how well that has turned out.
The point is, the drug was once beloved and widely utilized. It was demonized as a way to oppress people from different cultures, not because it was really dangerous. And now, with a more progressive generation leading the charge, its medical benefits (and lack of social destruction) are again being realized.
It’s a common belief that big pharmaceutical companies are the ones funding the anti-drug and anti-legalization campaigns. The legalization of an easily grown, super effective medication could mean consumers wouldn’t need to rely on big companies to get their medical cures. Instead, they’d be able to grow their own, purchase it for a fair price, and/or find relief outside of other side-effect-ridden drugs.
Many states allow the drug to be used recreationally and much more allow it for medical purposes. Now, we can proudly say that Florida has joined the medical list. With time, research, and education, hopefully, we can stop imprisoning young Americans in possession of cannabis, all together.
Hopefully, we continue to find new ways to help people with debilitating illnesses, so they can gain significant relief from their ailments, and hopefully, even be cured.
Can marijuana help me heal from an injury?
Medical-grade marijuana has been shown to decrease inflammation and control chronic pain while also helping to regulate the endocrine system (the collection of glands that produce hormones that regulate metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, and mood, among other things). Marijuana helps to regulate this system by preventing it from becoming depleted through the day by pain or stress.
Specific strains of medical cannabis are being engineered to provide even greater relief from inflammation and pain caused by injuries, either from accidents or from long-term stresses, like sports.
In the past, most botanical engineering done to cannabis was in an attempt to increase the THC production to boost the “high” feeling. However, THC is also one of the leading medicinal compounds in cannabis, which, in conjunction with other chemicals, produces the healing and repairing effects.
How has weed changed in the medical industry?
As mentioned above, medical cannabis also contains CBD, which has many of the same (and different) health effects as THC, but without the psychoactive effects. This way, young patients and those who do not want to feel “funny” may still receive the medical benefits without the high feeling.
Studies have demonstrated CBD’s effectiveness in relieving pain, convulsions, inflammation, anxiety, and nausea; inhibiting cancer cell growth; and treating schizophrenia, among other things.
Because of the new interest in medical marijuana, botanists have been working hard to develop strains high in CBD, and low in THC, which could be ten to twenty times more medically effective because they contain such high levels of CBDs.
Medicines high in CBD (or with varying levels of CBD, THC, or other cannabinoids) are now being delivered in easy to ingest doses in the form of edibles. These aren’t your typical pot brownies. They now come in many sizes, shapes, and flavors, and offer a safe, stigma-free alternative to smoking. They also yield a longer duration and a deeper effect on the body. Consuming cannabis allows the full uptake of the beneficial ingredients, whereas smoking lets some of the chemicals escape into the air.
What is some common scientific evident for marijuana as a pain reliever?
According to Mark Ware, MD, assistant professor of anesthesia and family medicine at McGill University in Montreal, “About 10% to 15% of patients attending a chronic pain clinic use cannabis as part of their pain [control] strategy.”
Ware performed a clinical trial to compare a placebo with three different doses of cannabis. The three doses had three different potencies of THC: 9.4%, 6%, and 2.5%.
In the study, Ware evaluated 21 men and women who were, on average, 45 years old and who had chronic nerve pain. This, according to the researcher, would include people with severed nerves from surgeries or accidents.
”Each person was in the study for two months, and used all four strengths [including placebo],” said Ware, as reported by WebMD. Each patient’s dose was changed in the rotation, and no patient knew what dose they were currently taking.
Each participant took a single puff three times a day for five days for each of the doses and the placebo. The size of the inhale was closely controlled.
After each trial, the patients rated their pain from 1 (very little pain) to 10 (extreme pain). Those who took the 9.4% concentration reduced their pain down to 5.4 while those on placebo were at 6.1.
Although that difference may seem small, ”any reduction in pain is important,” Ware says.
What it means, more than just a small reduction in pain, is that cannabis is an analgesic. Now that it can be researched more, just imagine what we will learn and how it may completely change the world of injury recovery.
For now, many patients find cannabis, marijuana, weed, or pot to be extremely beneficial in relieving their pain and helping them to recover by providing an appetite, helping them sleep, and reducing the stress their injuries cause.
Since this is the case, we at the Dolman Law Group are glad the new law will help to provide relief to some of our clients. If it helps them recover, we are all for it.
Dolman Law Group is an experienced personal injury attorney in the Clearwater-Tampa area, serving all of Florida. We focus on helping victims of negligent injuries recover the damages they need to rebuild their lives. We do this through open communication with those who hire us, aggressive negotiating with insurance companies, and a reputation for defending our clients with a vast thoroughness.
If you have been injured, contact us today at (727) 451-6900 for a free consultation. We look forward to protecting your rights.
Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765
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Do I Really Need Too Treat With A Physician Within 14 Days Of My Car Accident?
In 1972 the Florida legislature passed the personal injury protection law (PIP) to protect consumer’s health regardless of who was at fault in a motor vehicle accident. The legislature mandated that a driver’s own insurance company provide coverage of up to $10,000 dollars to pay for the patient’s medical costs. This system had been in place protecting Florida drivers for decades but recently, in 2013, the Governor and legislature passed a new law that changed how the original PIP statute would protect consumers injured in an accident. This new version of the PIP law was controversial because it removed some of the protections and freedom that Florida drivers had in the original law.
What are the changes to Florida’s no fault statute and what do they mean for you and me?
One very important change places a time limit on how much time can pass before you have to see a doctor for medical care after an accident. In fact the clock starts ticking on the day of your accident and if you have not been seen by a doctor by the time 14 days have passed you are no longer eligible to do so. In fact since this law has been in effect I have seen a number patients who for one reason or another waited too long to come into our office and were thereby denied coverage by their auto insurance company. In some cases the patients “thought the pain would go away” or tried to “tough it out” only to realize later that the pain they were experiencing was not going away without treatment. In other cases patients had been called away on business or due to family emergencies and had to put off their own care to care for others, regardless of the circumstances though once that 14 day window closes you are out of luck and must pay out of pocket for your care.
What do I need to do make sure that my insurance company covers my medical bills?
The first step is to get in to see a doctor as soon as possible and definitely before the 14 day elimination period ends. In our office you would undergo a physical examination and x-rays meant to screen for injuries common after an accident. Even in cases where the accident was just a “fender bender” it’s important for you or your family members to get checked because many times the onset of symptoms can be delayed. I have personally seen patients who suffered significant long term injuries to their spine such as disc herniations or ligament injuries who just thought that the soreness they were experiencing would fade away like the soreness after a strenuous workout.
Why Chiropractic care?
Except for cases that are life threatening and require an immediate trip to the emergency room, Chiropractic physicians are one of the first professionals to seek out after an accident. That’s because the spine, especially the neck and lower back, is extremely susceptible to trauma during a car accident.
Because the body moves forcefully and rapidly during an accident, the soft tissue that supports and stabilizes the spine such as the spinal discs and ligaments can get stretched and torn, in addition to these injuries the spinal nerves that exit the spine can become pinched and irritated resulting in pain and sometimes numbness and tingling into the arms and legs. Due to this, Chiropractors, who specialize in recognizing, and treating injuries to the spine are well positioned to care for patients with these types of injuries.
At Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy we combine traditional chiropractic care to re-align the spine with treatments designed to relax the muscles and reduce inflammation. Additionally, we utilize cutting edge treatments such as our Class 4 laser therapy to assist the rapid healing of damaged tissue and spinal decompression therapy to treat bulging or herniated discs.
Our office is dedicated to providing you and your family the best possible treatment after a car accident as well as work closely with other specialists so that you can recover quickly and comfortably and get back to doing the things you love.
Getting into a car accident is never a good thing but if you are injured in an accident please do not wait to call us, even if you were at fault. The doctors and staff at Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy have the experience and skill to help restore your health and give you peace of mind.
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Getting hit and injured by another driver was bad enough. But now the insurance company is acting like you have done something wrong when the car accident in Pinellas Park was not your fault in the first place.
It might be time to pursue legal action.
All you want is decent medical treatment, adequate compensation for your injuries and pain, lost time from work, and payment for your medical bills. However, it seems like the insurance company has a different agenda. Do insurance companies push back against the injured?
Most Pinellas Park, FL, attorneys and medical professionals will tell you it is true – insurance companies may not have your best interest in mind when you have been injured in a car accident. This is why so many people end up talking to a car accident attorney, and why treating medical professionals often get involved.
Here are some answers to other common questions surrounding car accident claims.
Why Hire a Pinellas Park Attorney to Handle My Claim?
A car accident attorney may help you with your case from beginning to end. Consider a consultation with a Pinellas Park attorney if any of the following scenarios apply to you:
· You have questions about the legal process.
· Someone else involved in your car accident has hired legal representation.
- You suspect your insurance company has hired a private investigator.
· You do not understand correspondence you have received from the insurance company through the mail.
· You do not understand the conversation you’ve had with an insurance adjuster by phone or in person.
· Your insurance company requests a recorded interview with you either in person or by phone.
· Your insurance company requests a written statement.
· Your insurance company requests your signature on any documents relating to your motor vehicle accident, including permission to gather any and all medical records.
· You received a medical records review from a nurse case manager or other healthcare professional.
· The insurance company requests a one-time medical examination by a doctor you have never met.
· Your insurance denies coverage of medical treatment related to the car accident claim.
· Your insurance paid for initial treatment and medical bills, but will not pay for any additional medical treatment.
· Your insurance denies coverage for referred or non-traditional treatment, like chiropractic care.
Why Do Insurance Companies and Attorneys Gather Evidence?
The justice system is set up to hear all sides involved in a car wreck claim. All persons and entities involved proceed with gathering evidence that best represents their position and side of the story. This means the insurance company or their attorney will gather any evidence available to show you are less injured than your medical documentation supports or to say that their represented party is less at fault so they will not have to pay you the full value of your claim. Such evidence may include:
- previous car accidents
- pre-existing injuries
- medical records
- statements from your employer or co-workers
- independent medical examinations
- medical record reviews
If you hire an attorney, he or she will rebut any evidence gathered by the insurance company or their attorney. An expert Pinellas Park attorney will gather evidence that presents your side. The best attorneys anticipate what defenses may be claimed against you and ready defenses to offer rebuttals if necessary.
Why Should I hire an Attorney to File My Case?
Car accident attorneys handle dozens of Pinellas Park cases a year. Attorneys are knowledgeable about the case-filing process, and will correctly fill out your paperwork. The worst thing that could happen if you pursue your car accident claim without an attorney is missing filling by the statute of limitations date. You would forever lose the opportunity to pursue a case against the person at fault for your car accident. An attorney will ensure your case is filed timely.
What is My Claim Worth?
Each claim is unique. Do not assume that because your case is a fender bender that your claim is without monetary value. Even low impact car accidents can cause serious injury. Figures are plugged into formulas outlined by Florida law. The subjective nature of some numbers leave room for negotiation. Attorneys are expert negotiators and can advise you of your claim’s worth.
How Do I Resolve My Claim?
You can either settle your claim or pursue a judge’s decision in trial. An attorney can help you determine which is best for your unique case.
Treating Car Accident Injuries
Through Gulf Coast Rehabilitation and Wellness Center, you may learn which attorneys in the Pinellas Park area are best equipped to handle car wreck cases like yours while also receiving treatment for your injuries. With over 20 years’ experience treating both drivers and passengers, we have the experience treating car accident injuries while also respecting the needs of your claim.
Call Today for Treatment
Call (727) 541-2520 or visit http://gulfcoastrehab.us/ to discover how chiropractic care in Pinellas Park, FL, can help with your car accident injury and to learn more about our services.
Legal Disclaimer: Please note 1-800-SOS-PAIN and Gulf Coast Rehabilitation & Wellness Center are not legal referral services, and provide medical services only. 1-800-SOS-PAIN and Gulf Coast Rehabilitation & Wellness Center are not responsible for the outcome of your legal case, nor any relationship you may have with an attorney for any reason.
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Just because you walk away from a car accident, no blood, no broken bones, don’t assume you haven’t been injured.
In many cases, low-speed “fender benders” can result in injuries that may take weeks or months to make themselves known. Your chiropractor is trained to diagnose subtle injuries to the neck and spine, and act decisively to counteract them.
In a motor vehicle accident (MVA), the collision sends energy forward and backward from the point of impact. Cars are built to withstand low-speed impacts; human bodies are not. When the thrust of the impact reaches a human riding in a vehicle, spine and soft tissue can be significantly affected, even if there is no outward sign of injury.
You may not even experience any significant pain immediately after your MVA, but your injuries will trigger the body’s protective inflammatory response and you’ll probably experience stiffness and aches the next day.
A thorough chiropractic evaluation can determine the extent of any hidden injuries. Diagnostic images can show subtle misalignments (subluxations) of the vertebrae in your neck and spine, and specialized tests can measure your range of motion to help your chiropractor design specific therapeutic exercises or other treatments.
Some people think it’s enough merely to visit an emergency room or a medical doctor to determine the extent of their injuries, and seek treatment. In the ER, the priority is on quick response, not necessarily thorough evaluations of unseen possibilities. And an MD, while an essential member of your total health care team, may not have specific, in-depth knowledge of musculoskeletal injuries. In many cases, your visit to the ER or MD will result in a prescription for pain killers, but no treatment of the underlying cause of that pain.
Your chiropractor has that in-depth training and works with these injuries every day, addressing the source of pain without resorting to medications that mask symptoms and can have unwanted side effects.