Alameda Personal Injury Law Blog

Delayed-onset injuries pose serious danger

Car accidents and other instances of injury or strain on the body do not always cause injuries that are immediately painful or visible. In fact, a number of different injuries may not cause pain in a victim until hours, days or even weeks after the injury occurs.

These injuries, known as delayed-onset injuries, pose more danger than many victims realize. Just because you can't feel pain doesn't mean that an injury is not actually causing harm to your body, and in the case of delayed onset injuries, those who do not treat them properly may suffer serious long-term injury or even death.

What if I wasn't wearing a helmet in my motorcycle crash?

The state of California has made helmet use a legal requirement for all motorcyclists and their passengers. This law covers motor-driven bicycles as well. In addition, it's illegal for a passenger who is wearing a helmet to be on a motorcycle with an unhelmeted driver.

Considering this law, what if you failed to wear a helmet and you suffered a serious injury in a car accident that wasn't your fault? Can you still pursue a personal injury claim for damages?

The ever-present danger of slip-and-fall accidents

It only takes a few seconds for a trip to the grocery store or even the doctor's office to end in a serious injury. One moment, you're hurrying along and the next, you're flat on your back, wincing in pain. While some people think that slip-and-fall accidents are funny, their reality is far more serious. People can break bones, hurt their spines or even suffer serious head and brain injuries in a slip-and-fall accident. Over a million people get hurt in slip-and-fall incidents each year. Sometimes, these people fail to report their accident, which can cause issues for them in the future.

Any slip-and-fall accident should get treated like a potentially serious injury. Even if you don't have any broken bones or serious bruises, you may have hit your head. If you lost consciousness, even for a second, or saw stars or feel a dull ache or a growing bump on your head, you should seek immediate medical care. Make sure the manager or owner of the business knows what happens before you leave, and then head straight to a doctor or urgent care center.

Neck injuries: The symptoms, tests and treatments

Neck injuries are some of the most difficult to live with. Any part of the neck can be injured from the muscles and joints to the nerves and ligaments. When you're in a car crash, you may easily injure your neck as your head is thrown forward or sideways. You may feel pain in your jaw or head even though your neck is what is injured.

There are several kinds of neck injuries you could suffer including muscle strain or tension, herniation of the discs in the neck, whiplash or nerve damage. It's important that you get the medical help you need after a crash so that you can recover from these injuries.

Any blow to the head is dangerous

No matter how it might occur, a blow to the head is a much more dangerous thing that many people realize. One only needs to look to the recent controversy over the prevalence of head injuries in sports like football, boxing and hockey to understand that the threats are very real.

However, you don't have to play football or box to receive a blow to the head that could leave you with a brain injury. Many people receive brain injuries from blows to the head during car accidents — and in many cases, don't even remember that it happened!

The heat is on: The dangers of summer construction work

California is warm all year round, but the summer is particularly dangerous for those who must work outside in the elements. The sun is hot, water is sometimes scarce and it's humid. This is a combination of factors that can lead to serious illness on the job.

Some of the most dangerous illnesses you face while working construction in the heat include sun poisoning, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Here is some information on how to recognize and stop these illnesses in their tracks.

3 avoidable motorcycle accident causes

You were driving down the road on a calm afternoon ride when a car pulled out and cut off your route. With no time to stop, you're left to dodge or hit the vehicle head-on. Tragically, this is a common type of accident for those on motorcycles.

Left-turn accidents like the one above, as well as other kinds, cause many accidents each year. What can you do to avoid them? Here are three tips.

Recovery: How a herniated disc can affect your life

It was a normal morning when you hopped in your car to go to work. You took your usual route, and you didn't expect anything bad to happen.

The next thing you knew, your vehicle was forced off the road by a dangerous driver. Your vehicle rolled, and you suffered a number of injuries in the crash. One of those injuries was a herniated disc.

The true dangers of side-impact collisions

Side-impact collisions, also known as side collisions or T-bone collisions, are dangerous accidents that take place when one vehicle hits the side of another head on. You know what they are: one vehicle is crushed in the front while the other takes the impact from the side.

What you might not know is that side crashes make up around a fourth of all passenger vehicle accidents involving a death in the United States. Why does a side-impact collision cause so much damage?

3 steps to take after your child suffers a dog bite

Dog bites are dangerous to you not only because of the damage they cause physically, but also because of the emotional distress they cause. Imagine your child coming home from playing to find that he has bites that are bleeding. They’re deep, and instead of staying where he was, he ran away and came home. Now, you’re faced with a dilemma. You have to seek out medical care, but you also want to report the incident. Here’s what you can do now. 

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