Did CRPS Kick in After a Car Accident?

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a unique condition affecting around 200,000 people in the US. Unless you or a loved one have suffered from CRPS, you would, fortunately, probably have no idea what it is. Strangely, the potentially debilitating condition usually emerges just after a limb is fractured or sprained in a trauma—such as a car accident. The patient is usually surprised and confused, not to mention extremely disappointed to have what could be a serious physical issue presenting itself just when they thought they were healed from something minor—or at the very least, not long-term and debilitating in any way.

Triggers are usually apparent, as in the case of a car accident and an obvious injury, with CRPS having caused what could only be termed as an ‘over-reaction’ in so many patients, with the original pain becoming exponentially magnified. For some, CRPS could even be triggered by a blood draw or the most minor of medical procedures—along with other more substantial surgeries, to include amputations. Diagnosis may not be easy in some cases though, and especially since there is not a specific test for the condition. Rather than arriving at a definitive diagnosis due to a positive indication on a test, medical professionals must instead rule out other similar conditions like Lyme disease.

While just figuring out what is wrong initially can be exhausting, greater success in treatment has been noted with early diagnosis. CRPS patients may suffer from so much pain that they have trouble functioning in their daily lives—and along with that, they may become so frightened of experiencing agonizing pain that they are reluctant to walk or move around. This may cause a vicious cycle of muscle loss and even complete atrophy. Patients may experience inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, and awkward symptoms like dystonia where a hand or foot becomes twisted in a fixed position.

Treatments may include simple relief like over-the-counter medication or more serious pain pills like opioids. Corticosteroids, anticonvulsants, and even antidepressants may be prescribed, along with a wide range of different therapies, some of which are conventional physical therapies—and others which are more alternative but highly effective in some cases.

Were you in an accident due to the negligence of others that triggered CRPS? If so, please call Heintz & Becker today to consult with a skilled CRPS lawyer. Our attorneys have helped victims from Bradenton, Sarasota, and all over Florida get compensation for their damages and medical expenses. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help, and if you cannot come to us, we will come to you.

All blogs are written on behalf of Heintz & Becker for informational purposes. These articles should not, however, be considered legal advice, or in any way responsible for creating an attorney/client relationship.

 

Bradenton Now Fourth Deadliest City for Pedestrians

Traffic accidents continue to rise in Florida, and while two cars or a truck colliding can be catastrophic, a pedestrian may have little chance when facing 4,000 pounds or more of metal coming at them at a relatively high speed. Unfortunately, pedestrian deaths have been at an all-time high, too, and the trend is continuing in a disturbing manner according to recent news stating that Florida harbors nine of twenty of the most dangerous places in the US to be a pedestrian, listing the Bradenton-Sarasota-North Port metro area as number four.

Still ranking as the most dangerous place to travel on foot, Florida has a growing population and continues to be extremely popular with tourists who may not be as familiar with the hazards of walking while on vacation. The west coast was targeted in a recent study from Smart Growth America and the National Complete Streets Coalition. The danger levels in being a pedestrian in an area like Bradenton were measured by the number of fatalities, along with considering how many people live there, and how many commute to work on foot.

The numbers are startling too, showing a 35.7 percent increase in pedestrian deaths from 2008-2017, with almost 50,000 deaths. As the Bradenton Herald points out, this is over 13 people killed per day, or one every hour and 46 minutes!

“It’s the equivalent of a jumbo jet full of people dying every single month,” states the report. “Unlike traffic fatalities for motor vehicle occupants, which decreased 6.1 percent between 2008 and 2017, pedestrian deaths have been steadily increasing since 2009.”

There were 194 pedestrian fatalities in Bradenton from 2008-2017.

“Why is this happening?” asked the authors of the report. “We’re not walking more and we’re only driving slightly more than we were back in 2008. What is happening is that our streets, which we designed for the movement of vehicles, haven’t changed. In fact, we are continuing to design streets that are dangerous for all people.”

Such fatalities, including those associated with bicyclists, point to poor infrastructure that needs to be improved, along with the continued popularity of SUVs and trucks which pose even more threat to those on foot or on two wheels.

If you or a loved one have been affected by a pedestrian accident injury caused by the negligence of others, contact Heintz & Becker today. Our attorneys have helped victims from Bradenton, Sarasota, and all over Florida get compensation for their damages and medical expenses. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help, and if you cannot come to us, we will come to you.

All blogs are written on behalf of Heintz & Becker for informational purposes. These articles should not, however, be considered legal advice, or in any way responsible for creating an attorney/client relationship.

Five Steps to Take Directly After an Accident

Most citizens in the US will be in at least one car accident in their lives. Hopefully if that does happen it will be mild, but far too many auto crashes result in fatalities or serious injuries to include serious concussions, traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries, paralysis, broken bones, and more. And at the very least, if you have been in an accident you will be shaken. That’s why it is good to educate yourself ahead of time on the steps to take afterward:

  1. Bring the car to a stop and pull over if you can, turning on hazard lights—unless damage to your vehicle has been severe. Take a deep breath and try to regain your balance after a huge surge of adrenaline.
  2. Assess whether you are injured, or whether any of your passengers are. If there is any question at all, medical help and an ambulance should be called immediately for you and those who may be injured in the other vehicle too.
  3. Call the police. Unless the accident was a completely innocuous fender bender, it is important to file a report. This will serve as proof of what happened, and the insurance companies will need a copy.
  4. Speak to the other party and make sure you have as much information as possible from them, to include insurance information, the driver’s name and number, driver’s license information, plate number, and any other relevant data. This is where your smartphone will come in handy too as you can take pictures of the entire crash scene. Photograph both cars, any intersection or relevant street area, damage, and evident injuries to yourself.
  5. Speak to anyone in the vicinity who witnessed the accident and compile as much contact information as possible at the scene; after all, that is probably the only time you will see them again, unless there is a court hearing.

Adjusters will probably begin calling you very quickly—and especially if you were struck by a negligent party who has caused you harm. Always remember that the insurance company is not your friend, no matter how charming the insurance adjuster may be, and all calls should be referred to your injury attorney.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident due to the negligence of another driver, contact the attorneys at Heintz & Becker. We’ve helped victims from Bradenton, Sarasota, and all over Florida get compensation for their damages and medical expenses after accidents. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!

All blogs are written on behalf of Heintz & Becker for informational purposes. These articles should not, however, be considered legal advice, or in any way responsible for creating an attorney/client relationship.

 

Relaxed Marijuana Laws—and Drivers–May Lead to More Accidents

Driving while high on marijuana comes with all the same penalties as driving under the influence of alcohol or another drug. And although it may be difficult to detect, law enforcement officials are becoming much more well-trained in methods for dealing with stoned drivers. It may now be legal for medical marijuana users to ingest cannabis if they suffer from debilitating illnesses, but it is not okay for them to drive while high under any circumstances.

The public perception—and this is growing around the US—is that marijuana in all its many forms is becoming more acceptable to use daily. This may lead more drivers who are users to hop in their cars and drive while high than ever before as they are led to believe, erroneously, that they have more control than they would if they had been imbibing in alcohol. They may have been drinking too, which makes the situation even worse. States like Colorado have established state laws for legal amounts of THC in the blood, but law enforcement officials overall are simply having to become much more adept at recognizing the signs as they pull drivers over, often for other offenses too other than the typical weaving in lanes.

While drivers who are high may not be three sheets to the wind (or appear so, anyway), after smoking marijuana in comparison to drinking, their reflexes may be impaired, and they may be inclined to take dangerous risks that they would not ordinarily take, endangering everyone’s lives on the roads. In recent news, David Harkey of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Highway Loss Data Institute points out that there are definitely risks in operating a vehicle after smoking marijuana, and there are even greater concerns without a simple way to test for THC in the blood.

“It’s certainly early in the game,” Harkey told NBC News. But in a recent interview he also warned, “We’re seeing a trend in the wrong direction.”

Recent studies by the IIHS have demonstrated that states like Colorado, Oregon, and Washington with legalized recreational marijuana are showing an increase of car crashes up to six percent.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident due to the negligence of another driver, contact the attorneys at Heintz & Becker. We’ve helped victims from Bradenton, Sarasota, and all over Florida get compensation for their damages and medical expenses after accidents. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!

All blogs are written on behalf of Heintz & Becker for informational purposes. These articles should not, however, be considered legal advice, or in any way responsible for creating an attorney/client relationship.

 

Road Construction Areas Can Lead to Serious Auto Accidents & Injuries

As a resident or visitor to Florida—along with many other states—you may be so used to driving through road construction that you barely even notice it anymore. Still, however, following the reduced speed signs and warnings, and slowing to navigate through areas with guard rails and orange cones is vital to your safety, along with that of road construction workers, and other motorists. It may be a major inconvenience and you may not even see the need for it in some cases, but it is happening, so you must follow the rules regardless.

Significant road construction projects are gearing up all over Florida, leaving many motorists both frustrated, bored, tired, and angry; no one wants to sit on the highway endlessly stuck in traffic, and we all have places to be, but these areas are prone to more peril for motorists than others. Traffic is usually heavy in these areas, and even with a multitude of slow-moving traffic jams, accidents are frequently caused due to carelessness of other drivers, along with infrastructure issues such as temporary guarding rails or traffic cones that are built or placed improperly, or with lanes poorly painted.

Causing motorists to come to a sudden stop in road construction areas, forgetting to put up appropriate signage, or forcing drivers into unreasonably narrow lanes can lead to accidents from moderate to severe. Construction equipment may be left jutting out into traffic too, making it difficult to navigate through such areas—made exponentially worse by bad weather. Most importantly though, government workers or those contracted to work on the roads are responsible for your safety and must be vigilant while on the roads, as motorists should be too.

Traffic incidents leading to injuries and even deaths can affect motorists, truck drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Serious concussions, traumatic brain and spinal injuries, sprains and breaks, internal bleeding, and more may be the result of any type of traffic accident, also leading to the inability to work whether for a short time or forever. Unfortunately, Florida is already one of the leading states for car accidents, and especially bicycling and pedestrian incidents—including fatalities.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a truck accident due to the negligence of a truck driver, contact the attorneys at Heintz & Becker. We’ve helped victims from Bradenton, Sarasota, and all over Florida get compensation for their damages and medical expenses after accidents. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!

All blogs are written on behalf of Heintz & Becker for informational purposes. These articles should not, however, be considered legal advice, or in any way responsible for creating an attorney/client

Were You in a Car Crash Involving a Semi?

Any type of car accident can be devastating, leading to catastrophic injuries and even death as heavy vehicles have the potential to spin out of control. This is even more disastrous in the case of an accident between a car and a large truck known as a semi, or semitruck—dubbed so as they are usually pulling a semi-trailer but can also go without (as you have probably seen before on the highway as they travel down the road looking rather stubby without a truck). The average car weighs around 4,000 pounds, while a semi-truck is about 80,000 pounds.

With such a staggering difference in weight, it may surprise you that anyone gets out alive when such vehicles collide—and especially considering the damage that can be done in a typical accident between two similarly-sized cars. Accidents can occur for numerous reasons, but often, truck drivers may be exhausted after days or even weeks of traveling the country. Some may not have been driving for long and inexperience may have resulted in a serious accident, along with a host of other typical issues such as distracted driving (texting or talking while at the wheel), speeding, driving under the influence, ignoring traffic signals, and more.

Contact an experienced attorney from a firm like Heintz & Becker as soon as possible if you have lost a loved one in an accident with a semi or if you have sustained injuries due to the negligence of a truck driver. While injuries may cause you to lose income either temporarily or permanently, you may also be left suffering and adjusting from debilitating pain due to spinal injuries, neck injuries, head and brain injuries, burns, broken limbs, sprains, and more.

Over 100,000 individuals in the US are injured because of truck accidents, with over 6,000 of them occurring in Florida, states the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Fighting the insurance companies on your own is not a good idea in any case, but especially when it comes to these types of cases as records may be tampered with and they may do everything possible to get out of paying a substantial claim.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a truck accident due to the negligence of a truck driver, contact the attorneys at Heintz & Becker. We’ve helped victims from Bradenton, Sarasota, and all over Florida get compensation for their damages and medical expenses after accidents. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!

All blogs are written on behalf of Heintz & Becker for informational purposes. These articles should not, however, be considered legal advice, or in any way responsible for creating an attorney/client relationship.