Get a FREE Case Review
Call Today: (855) 971-1114
Available 24 Hours, 7 Days A Week

man rubbing his neck after a car accident; whiplashWe’ve seen it on television. We’ve watched it happen in the movies. Some of us have even experienced it in real life.

Two cars are involved in an accident. One driver wasn’t paying enough attention and rear-ends the vehicle ahead of them. The driver in the first car jumps out dramatically, holding their hand to the back of their neck and hollering at everyone nearby.

Scenes like this give whiplash a bad name. Yes, it is a real condition, but not a medical term. In fact, before automobiles were invented, the condition had a different name: railway spine. People involved in train accidents were the sufferers of the condition.

Despite what people may have come to believe, the condition is a very real one. If you’ve ever suffered whiplash, you know just how painful it can be. Here is some additional information about this condition and your rights.

How Whiplash is Caused

When the neck is suddenly extended due to a force, the ligaments, muscles and vertebrae in the neck and shoulders can be damaged. This type of injury is commonly found in rear-end collisions where the head is thrown forward and then back again in a fast or violent manner.

When your head moves back and forth so quickly, the spine can take the shape of an S. This can lead to injury in the muscles of the shoulders and back. When the trapezius muscle, in particular, is injured, the result can be constant and persistent pain.

3D rendering of the trapezius muscle
Trapezius muscle

Symptoms of Whiplash

If you were in an accident, you will typically know if your head was thrown forward and then back again. If this happened, you may experience whiplash. Then again, you may not. Your symptoms may not be immediate, but should appear within 24 hours. Those symptoms include:

  • Stiffness in the neck
  • Increasing pain in the neck
  • Limited range of motion in the neck
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Changes in vision
  • Numbness in one or both arms
  • Changes in sleep pattern
  • Problems with memory

If you notice any one or more of these symptoms, it’s important that you go to the doctor, even if you visited one immediately after the accident. Your doctor will perform a physical examination and may request diagnostic imaging to rule out any other conditions that could be contributing to your discomfort.

Signs of whiplash shouldn’t be ignored. While the condition itself may heal on its own or with home therapy, there could be other conditions present that are causing your symptoms.

If you have been injured in a car accident in Charlotte, reach out to our team of experienced personal injury attorneys and arrange a case evaluation. We will review the details of your accident and advise you of your legal options and the best next steps. Call today to schedule your consultation and begin the process of recovering what you deserve.

man in a suit under a black umbrella with face hiddenWhen a loved one passes away unexpectedly and as the result of some type of accident, you may be wondering if you can file a lawsuit on their behalf. Depending on your relationship to the deceased and the applicable state’s laws, a wrongful death claim can may be able to be pursued by a surviving loved one or family member.  (These issues can be very tricky so it is important that you contact a lawyer to help you understand your rights.)

Generally a case involving wrongful death may be brought by a surviving spouse, children, parents, siblings or other person appointed to represent the estate of the deceased.  Special circumstances may exist for an extended family member or other person to take part in the lawsuit.  Through a wrongful death lawsuit, there may be an award for damages that cover expenses associated with the loss, including medical bills, loss of future earnings and funeral expenses among others.

Wrongful Death Cases

A wrongful death case arises when a person dies as the result of an accident or incident caused by a negligent or unlawful act by another party. Common examples of wrongful death cases include:

  • Crimes (Whether or not the perpetrator was found criminally liable.)
  • Negligent or reckless acts

It is a sad fact that people die as the result of reckless or negligent conduct caused by others. When an accident results in death, the negligent party may be held responsible for compensating the victim’s family and or estate. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that unintentional deaths rank number four in the causes of death in the United States. Approximately 130,000 people lose their lives each year as the result of unintentional accidents . These can include:

  • Vehicle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Premise liability accidents
  • Product liability cases
  • Medication errors
  • Accidental poisoning
  • Drowning
  • Boating accidents
  • On-the-job accidents
  • Construction site accidents
  • Dog attack
  • Criminal activities

If you are the surviving family member of a loved one that passed away due to someone else’s negligence, you may have the right to pursue a wrongful death case. At Auger & Auger, we are compassionate professionals that are experienced in dealing with significant issues related to these types of cases. If a loved one has experienced a wrongful death in Charlotte or elsewhere, reach out to our attorneys. We will review the details of the accident during a free, no-obligation case evaluation and speak to you about your possible options. Call our office today to speak to an attorney.

 

semi truck on the highwayWhen you are involved in an accident with a semi truck, the aftermath can be devastating. Semi trucks are a great deal larger than the average passenger vehicle and pack greater power behind their engines. If you have been involved in such an accident, there are steps you need to take in order to preserve your rights.

1. Call the Police

If you are able to, the first step to take is to call the police for help. Even if there is very little damage or you believe you aren’t injured, having a police report on file is important. Calling the police following an accident is also the law.

2. Get Medical Attention

In very serious accidents, you may be transported by ambulance or helicopter to a hospital for treatment. When your injuries aren’t as severe or you don’t believe you are injured, you may not seek treatment. This could be a mistake. You don’t know how you will feel tomorrow or even next week. Make sure you see a doctor and get checked out.

3. Stay Quiet

You may be contacted by the other party’s insurance company. In fact, you can almost count on it. Before speaking to any insurance company, especially one that works for the trucking company, call an experienced trucking accident injury lawyer.  Know your options before speaking to the insurance company!

4. Call an Attorney

You shouldn’t have to suffer financially following an accident with a semi truck. You may be entitled to money for medical bills, lost wages, future medical bills and pain and suffering.  Find out your rights!!!

An accident with a semi truck can be devastating. If you have been involved in such an accident, following the steps above will help to preserve your rights should you choose to pursue a case against the at-fault truck driver.

If you have been involved in an accident with a semi truck in Charlotte or a tractor trailer elsewhere, call our office. We will review the details of your accident during a no-cost case evaluation. If we believe we can assist you with your injury case, we will advise you of the next steps so you can start protecting your rights. Call today to schedule your case evaluation and discover more about how we can assist you and your family as you move forward with your lives.

 

Did your little one get a new bicycle for the holidays? If so, it’s a good time to remind yourself, and your child, of bicycle safety rules. A great way to do that is to discuss the myths surrounding safe riding. See if your child believes any of these and dispel them if they do.

1. It’s Safer to Ride Facing Traffic

This is an old myth that people have stood by. The fact is that nearly one-fourth of bicycle collisions occur when a rider is facing against traffic. Your child should always ride with traffic and, where permitted, on the sidewalk.

2. Helmets Are Only Needed on Long Rides

Many parents believe that helmets aren’t necessary for short rides around the neighborhood. According to statistics, this simply isn’t true. Most bike crashes occur within a mile of the home. If your child is on a bike, they should be wearing a helmet.

3. A Football Helmet Will Work

A bicycle helmet is designed specifically to protect the head from a fall that occurs while riding a bicycle. A football helmet is designed to protect your child’s head while they are playing football. The two helmets are designed differently. Your child should wear protection that is designed for their activity.

4. Reflectors Make Night Riding Safe

Reflectors may make it easier for your child to be seen, but they don’t make it any safer for your child to ride at night. Your young child does not have the skills necessary to ride before dusk or after dawn.

5. Hand Signals Cause a Rider to Lose Control

Many parents hesitate to teach their children hand signals for bike riding because they are afraid of their children losing control of the bicycle. Yes, your child will have to remove a hand from the handlebar, but it’s more dangerous to not alert a vehicle or pedestrian to their intention. If your child cannot maintain control of their bike with one had briefly off of the handlebars, they should stick to practicing in the driveway.

Any child who is permitted to ride a bicycle should know how to do so safely. Use the talking points above to have a conversation with your child now that they have a shiny new bicycle. When your child knows how to ride a bike safely, you have peace of mind in letting them enjoy themselves.

No parent wants their child to be injured in a bicycle accident. If your little one is in an bicycle versus vehicle accident in Charlotte, you may have the right to compensation for any medical bills you incur. If the accident was the fault of the driver, you have legal rights you should be aware of. Call our office today to schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation. We will review the details of your child’s accident and advise you of the appropriate next steps. Reach out to our team or browse our website for more information about our firm and the types of cases we handle.

 

You visit the doctor when you aren’t feeling well. In some instances, the physician will prescribe you a drug that they believe will alleviate or cure your symptoms. Typically, being prescribed a medication is nothing to worry about. The doctor writes the prescription, you get it filled, and you go home to start taking your pills.

In some cases, things don’t go as planned. You take your medication only to find that it causes severe side effects. While you had planned on perhaps a headache, you were not ready for what you are dealing with. But you should have been.

When a drug company or medical provider fails to provide adequate warning with regard to a possible side effect of a medication, the responsible party can be held legally liable for any injuries or complications caused by the medication. While all of these instances can’t be prevented, there are steps you can take to help ensure that you aren’t harmed by a prescription drug. The best thing you can do is this: Talk to the pharmacist.

1. Does Everything Match Up?

Before you walk out of the pharmacy, confirm with the pharmacist that the medication and its dosage were the ones written by the doctor. If something doesn’t match up, the pharmacist can investigate the issue and make the necessary changes.

2. How Do You Dose the Medication?

This is a good question to ask if you aren’t sure of the proper dosing method. For example, you don’t want to rely on a spoon from your kitchen drawer if the medication is liquid. You run the risk of either under- or overdosing the medication. Ask for the right tools to use with your prescription.

3. Are There Tamper-Proof Caps Available?

If you have children in the house, you should always ask for tamper-proof or child-proof lids for your medication. These certainly aren’t a guarantee, but they will make it more difficult for your child to get into the bottles.

4. What Side Effects Can I Expect?

You won’t know if a side effect of your medication is common or “normal” unless you ask your pharmacist. Most of us don’t read the literature that comes with medication. Is it normal to experience a headache? Should you expect to become dizzy? Your pharmacist can let you know what side effects require immediate medical attention.

No one expects to become ill or experience severe medical reactions when they take a prescription medication but it can happen. When a drug manufacturer or medical provider fails to warn a patient about possible interactions or side effects, they can be held accountable. Patients who experience serious side effects or issues when taking a prescription drug may be able to join a class action lawsuit or file one of their own.

If you have experienced issues with a prescription medication in Charlotte, reach out to our office. We have a team of attorneys that are ready to assist you. Call today to schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation.

drone with a camera in the airA new study has been released from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence. That study says that an airplane will sustain more damage from a collision with a drone than if a bird of similar size hit the plane.

Researchers conducting the study utilized computer models to simulate the impacts of quadcopters weighing 2.7 and 4 pounds. They also used models to simulate strikes with fixed-wing drones weight 4 and 8 pounds, respectively. They used both commercial airplanes and business airliners in the study. The researchers found that due to the materials the drones are constructed of, a collision would cause more damage than a similar collision with a bird.

The Damage Done by Drones

When hit with a drone, the study found that the greatest amount of damage was with the plane’s horizontal stabilizers. The least amount of damage was seen on the windshield of the planes. The study also looked at damage that would be sustained by the wing’s leading edge and vertical stabilizers. The amount of damage to those structures ranged from none to structure failure. In some instances the drone penetrated the airframe.

Commercial drone use is regulated by the FAA. One of the regulations include not being able to fly drones more than 400 feet above ground level. This height is thought to be low enough to not interfere with any aircraft. The agency says that despite calling the use of drones around aircraft both dangerous and illegal, it receives over 100 complaints each month regarding the use of drones.

What Experts Say

In a November 29 press release, Captain Tim Conoll of the Air Line Pilots Association, International, in Washington, said, “The dangers from [drones] are operated unsafely in the national airspace are real — as we’ve seen in two recent midair collisions. The findings released…in a Federal Aviation Administration-sponsored study, combined with previous data showing that near misses between [drones] and manned aircraft are occurring more often, provide compelling evidence that we need to act before tragedy strikes.” This statement was also reported in Safety+Health.

Drones are such a serious threat to aircraft that some missions have been delayed or canceled. For example, while battling a fire on Montana’s Rice Ridge, officials kept helicopters out of the sky because an unauthorized drone was spotted. During Hurricane Harvey, the public was warned to keep drones away from low-flying aircraft in Houston.

Drones are popular among both children and adults, but the general public is warned of the dangers of flying these machines in spaces where aircraft may be present. There is a very real danger to anyone piloting or riding in such a craft should it collide with a drone.

If you have been injured in an aviation accident in North Carolina, you may have legal rights to compensation. Call our office today to schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation and discover more about your options. We are here for you and your family and we will fight to recover the compensation you deserve.

 

You go to work everyday despite the weather. You brave snow and ice on the roads to get where you need to be. Unfortunately, so does everyone else and that means germs. We are deep into the cold and flu season, meaning people are showing up at work when they would have been better off staying home in bed.

Not only are these people showing up at work, but they are bringing their illness with them and sharing it with those closest to them. You go to work on Tuesday feeling fine and wake up Wednesday with a throat that feels like you’ve swallowed razor blades and muscles that feel like you’ve been run over. You’ve caught the flu from your co-worker. Can you file workers’ compensation?

Work-Related Illness

To be able to file a workers compensation claim and be successful, you must be able to prove that your illness or injury is work related. That means that you’ve got to be able to prove that your flu was directly caused by the conditions at work. This can be difficult.

It’s not to say it’s impossible, but the flu is a common illness that can be contracted almost anywhere. If you leave your house and enter a public building, you can contract the flu. If you go to your parents’ house, you can contract the flu. Defense attorneys know this and will fight hard to cast doubt that you contracted the illness at work.

Work-Related Injury

Let’s say you aren’t dealing with the flu, but frostbite. You work outside for a living and despite wearing all the right protection in the biting cold, you’ve developed frostbite on your face that requires medical attention. Can you file a claim for workers’ compensation?

Here’s the key: You have to prove that your injury was causal and not casual. That means that it was directly related to your job duties.  For example, you are required to complete work outside in the scope of your employment. You sustain frostbite. Chances are you will be covered. On the other hand, if you chose to spend your 15-minute break outside in the freezing weather, it’s doubtful that you would be covered under workers’ compensation laws.

Even if you believe that you may not be covered under current workers’ compensation laws, it’s important that you speak with a local attorney should you be injured  or become ill at work. State laws can vary greatly and you shouldn’t assume that you will or won’t be covered.

If you have sustained illness or injury on the job in Charlotte, you may be entitled to compensation. Call our office today and let us review the details of your situation. We will help you determine your rights.. Contact us to schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation.

 

DISCLAIMER: The listed settlements and client reviews/testimonials do not constitute a promise or guarantee of any particular result in any particular case, as every case is unique. Each case was handled on its own merit, and the outcome of any particular case cannot be predicted by a lawyers or law firms past results. If a recovery by settlement or trial is made, the client will be responsible for cost advanced in addition to attorney fees. Client remains responsible for costs, expenses and disbursements, including medical bills, within the scope of representation. The attorney’s contingency fee percentage will be computed prior to the deduction of expenses from the total recovery.