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    A Look at the Different Types of Neck Injuries

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Your neck is a very vulnerable body part, so it is easily prone to injury from auto accidents, competitive sports, and heavy lifting. In fact, any injury that puts additional strain or stress on your neck can cause long-term neck and back pain. Depending on the type of neck injury you sustain, symptoms can also include shoulder pain, numbness, and tingling in your legs and arms.

    Especially common in rear-end auto collisions, whiplash describes an injury caused by your head moving around violently. The jerking movement associated with whiplash can damage the muscles, ligaments, and nerves in your neck. Over time, this damage can lead to several painful symptoms, including stiffness, dizziness, and tingling. Whiplash can also lead to damage in the spinal discs and nerves, which can cause numbness and tingling in the arms and legs.

    Sprains and strains
    While whiplash results in long-term stiffness and pain, sprains typically result in pain that is aggravated by activity. In many cases, you can treat sprains with rest and anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen and naproxen. Usually, it just takes time for sprained muscles and ligaments to heal. Though sprains and strains are quite common in sports injuries, they can also result from auto accidents.

    Vertebral fracture
    Vertebral fracture refers to a break or crack in one of the vertebra in your neck. This kind of injury can cause spinal cord damage, which can lead to paralysis or even death. As a result, anyone who suffers a vertebral fracture or spinal cord injury during an auto accident should seek immediate medical attention. The spinal cord is made of nerve elements that connect to your entire body. This means that damage to the spinal cord can affect the entire body, causing pain, tingling, and mobility issues.

    At the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers, our clients benefit from our years of experience only settling and litigating auto accident claims. You can schedule a consultation in our Woodbridge, VA office by calling (703) 330-6300. We also have connections with some of the best doctors and orthopedic surgeons in the area. 

    Determining Responsibility for a Rear-End Collision

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Car accidents involving one stationary and one moving vehicle are incredibly common on the nation’s roads. Often, a car will be stopped in traffic or at a stoplight, and a distracted driver will fail to apply the brakes and may hit the first car. This post is an overview of the evidence that police, insurance companies, and jury members may use to determine liability in the event of a rear-end collision.

    Photos of the Scene
    If you were involved in a rear-end collision, photographic evidence of the scene may be the best way to convince an insurer or other party about who was actually at fault. Individuals with smart phones or digital cameras should not leave the scene of the accident without taking pictures of their own car and the other driver’s car, as well as the street and any other relevant scenery that shows the street signs or stoplights on the road.

    Police Citations
    State or local law enforcement officers respond to most car accidents throughout the country.  If one driver was negligent or otherwise not following the rules of the road when he or she failed to stop the vehicle, a police officer will often issue that driver a ticket. This formal citation for failure to stop often serves as concrete legal proof that the other driver was at fault.

    Third Party Drivers
    Road conditions can change rapidly, leaving drivers with little time to react. If a third party driver caused the rear-end collision, it may be possible for the blame to be apportioned among more than one car. However, these situations can be complex, and may involve increased litigation time and paperwork.

    Assigning blame is one of the most important parts of a personal injury claim. If you are a Northern Virginia driver who suffered injuries due to a rear-end collision, consider speaking to the Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers. You can call (703) 330-6300 to reach our Manassas office. The first consultation is often free, so contact our team today to see how we can help with your claim. 

    What Are the Most Dangerous Times to Drive?

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Despite the advances in car safety technology, driving from one place to another remains an inherently dangerous activity. This is because another driver’s negligence can lead to serious collisions and injuries for even the most careful motorists. The following are some of the most dangerous days, months, and times of the day to drive a car.

    The weekend is a time when millions of Americans run errands, see family, and spend time in the car. For this reason, a higher number of accidents and fatalities occur on Saturdays than any other day of the week. More cars on the road and more leisure activities create more opportunities for things to go awry. For instance, the window between midnight and 3 a.m. on Saturday mornings is often filled with DUI and other alcohol-related incidents.

    Despite the weather changes and precipitation in other parts of the year, August leads the year in number of fatalities occurring per month. In fact, more than 800 more deaths are reported for August than for January (a month with more dangerous road conditions). August may be more dangerous in part due to high schoolers who begin driving to school during this time period.

    Rush Hour
    It may come as no surprise to regular commuters, but many of car accidents happen between 3 and 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The reasoning behind this is that an increased amount of traffic in the afternoon causes more dangerous situations that drivers may be unable to avoid due to crowded roads. Furthermore, the setting sun also causes impaired visibility for drivers facing the west.

    The Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers has been helping Virginia drivers from the Woodbridge and Manassas areas for more than two decades. We know the ins and outs of the personal injury process and can help victims of car accidents receive the compensation they deserve. If you live in the surrounding area and want advice about your auto collision, call our office today at (703) 330-6300. 

    What Is a Herniated Disk?

    Last updated 5 months ago

    The impact of a car collision can have serious effects on spinal alignment for any drivers and passengers involved. This video explains that one common injury sustained from a serious accident is disk herniation. In this condition, a spinal disk partially slips out from in between the vertebrae.

    This ailment is often accompanied by a great deal of pain, as a herniated disk can press on a nearby spinal nerve and cause debilitating discomfort. Some herniated disks can be treated without surgery. However, most serious cases will require an open discectomy or an endoscopic discectomy to remove the protruding part of the disk and alleviate pressure on the nerve.

    Back and spinal injuries resulting from car accidents can take months or even years to fully heal. If you missed work or incurred high medical expenses associated with treating a herniated disk, consult a local attorney to learn about your legal options. Manassas and Woodbridge-area drivers in need of Virginia-specific advice should call (703) 330-6300 to reach the Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers today.  

    How to Tell If You Have Suffered a Concussion

    Last updated 5 months ago

    The force of a car collision may cause passengers and drivers to bounce within the body of the car and can result in an impact to the head. Depending on the intensity of the crash, some of those involved may suffer from traumatic brain injury (TBI). The following are just some common symptoms of concussions.

    One way to tell whether you have suffered a concussion is to look at your eating habits following the accident. If the thought of eating is making you nauseous, or if you threw up your last meal, you may be suffering the lingering effects of a concussion. Should the feeling last more than a couple of days, consult your physician or go to the local urgent care to rule out a more serious problem.

    Concentration Issues
    Another important symptom is an inability to focus. Those who experienced concussions may feel foggy or otherwise have trouble concentrating on routine tasks such as working, cooking, and driving. Other common issues involve feeling slowed down and feeling sensitive to light and noise.

    Mood Changes
    Even a minor TBI such as a concussion can leave sufferers feeling irritable, sad, or anxious. A car accident is an inherently stressful situation, but if you feel depressed or worried for longer than usual, it may signal a TBI.

    Memory Loss
    It is not uncommon for concussion sufferers to have gaps in memory from the time of the accident. If you cannot remember the time before or after your injury, it may be a sign that your brain is still recovering from a concussion. However, larger gaps in short or long-term memory may indicate a more serious TBI.

    Concussions do not always require medical attention, as they generally go away on their own. However, sufferers of this condition may still be able to hold the at-fault driver financially accountable following a car accident. The Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers has been helping Virginia residents with similar cases for more than two decades, so call (703) 330-6300 to learn about your legal options

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