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How can you protect yourself after a commercial truck accident?

If you are ever in an accident with a large commercial truck, you know how serious this type of motor vehicle collision can be. Due to the large size and heavy weight of these types of vehicles, an accident with a semitrailer can have devastating consequences. Victims often sustain serious injuries, and extensive property damage is likely.

This type of accident is devastating, and you may not be sure how you can pick up the pieces and move forward from this point. If you are suffering from the reckless or negligent actions of a trucking company or trucker, you have options. It is in the interests of every Mississippi motorist to know how to pick up the pieces and fight for a full and fair recovery.

Child fatally injured in Mississippi car accident

Certain events tend to mark the holiday season for families. Sadly, for one Mississippi family, that event will be the death of a 7-year-old child. As the month of December began, the child was fatally injured in a car accident.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to the crash on Highway 18 that involved five vehicles. Preliminary reports indicate the crash began when a westbound 18-wheeler entered the eastbound lanes and crashed into a pickup truck. The pickup truck then slammed into an SUV also in the westbound lanes. Two other vehicles headed eastbound were damaged by debris from the accident.

What do you need to know about the workers' compensation process?

An accident in the workplace can be devastating. It can leave you with injuries that keep you from working for a certain amount of time, and ultimately, this can take a significant financial toll. You may know that you have the right to seek support through a workers' compensation claim, but do you know what to expect from this process?

You have the right to fight for your full and fair recovery. It is important to know what to expect from the workers' compensation process and how you can seek to maximize the benefits that could be available to you. Workers' compensation insurance companies do not have your best interests in mind, which is why you may find it beneficial to work with a legal ally who does.

Could fibro-brain help a person obtain SSDI benefits?

It is not uncommon for people suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome and/or fibromyalgia to experience cognitive issues. Commonly referred to as either fibro-brain or brain fog, cognitive issues could prove debilitating for those here in Mississippi and elsewhere who suffer from it. In fact, proving the existence of this condition to the Social Security Administration could help an individual to obtain SSDI benefits.

A severe case of fibro-brain could prevent a person from working. Some of the symptoms of this condition include forgetting words, the inability to focus on a conversation due to background noise and short-term memory problems, among other things. Many people exhibit difficulty multi-tasking, problems performing simple math or remembering numbers, difficulty discerning direction and problems with concentration.

The most common ways people can be injured in a car accident

One thing all vehicle crashes have in common is that they are unpredictable. No two are the same, so how can Mississippi residents predict who will be injured and how severely? It is not easy, but there are some common ways people can be injured in a car accident.

The human body is made to take a certain amount of abuse, but when stretched to its limit, it will suffer injuries that could take quite some time to heal. Even the most common injuries can vary in severity and, thus, in recovery time. For instance, a person could fracture a bone, which could take weeks to months to heal. A car accident victim could suffer damage to nerves, tendons, muscles and/or ligaments. Some of these injuries could take months to heal during which time it could be difficult to move, let alone work or enjoy life.

Wrong diagnosis, wrong medication top medical errors

A pain, a rash, a mysterious bump or a fainting spell are just a few symptoms that may send you to the emergency room, urgent care or your doctor's office. You are hoping to find an answer that will put your mind at ease or at least remove the fear and wondering. The medical team may order tests, ask you questions and examine you before sending you off with a diagnosis and a prescription.

If the diagnosis is correct, you may soon feel relief. However, what happens if the diagnosis is wrong? Unfortunately, diagnostic errors are the most common mistake that occurs in ambulatory medical facilities. In fact, almost half of all medical errors in these settings is a wrong diagnosis.

Using common sense to reduce your injuries in an accident

While you cannot ever know for sure that you can avoid getting into a car accident, it is important to take precautions so that you can effectively minimize your injuries if you are involved in an accident in Mississippi. At Wood, Carlton & Hudson, P.C., we have been able to help many victims of car accidents as they put their best efforts into making a full recovery. 

One thing that you can do is to get rid of anything that could potentially distract you from your number one job while you are driving, which is to stay focused on the road ahead of you and the other cars around you. Distractions can include eating food, talking with your passengers, programming your GPS or manipulating devices such as your radio or cellphone. Eliminating things that could cause you to divert your attention away from driving is an excellent way to be a more attentive and defensive driver. 

How can I keep kids safe on Halloween?

Halloween is fun for kids and adults alike, provided the right safety precautions are taken. Motorists must be extra alert during the holiday, while parents must make sure their kids understand the importance of pedestrian safety when trick-or-treating. AAA offers these helpful safety tips to prevent injuries and keep kids safe on Halloween. 

Children are unpredictable when walking. Kids are prone to forgoing crosswalks and instead cross between cars and other unsafe places. They may also run into traffic without looking. These occurrences highlight how important it is drivers to be cautious when out and about on Halloween. When driving in certain neighborhoods, such as those teeming with trick-or-treaters, make sure you're driving at a safe speed. If you must, travel a few miles under the speed limit so you can react quickly if a child unexpectedly runs into the street. 

Understanding why the SSA may deny your disability claim

If you are suffering from a medical condition or injury that is keeping you from working, you are likely worried about the future. Losing the income you need to support yourself and your family can be extremely difficult, especially when you have medical bills, prescriptions and other expenses related to your health condition.

Social Security Disability offers monthly benefits to assist those who are eligible. Typically, this means you are unable to work for at least a year at any gainful employment, not only the job you previously held. You must also have a medical condition or symptoms the SSA approves as a disability. However, even if you think you meet these qualifications, it does not guarantee acceptance.

Tips to get out of a wrong-way driver's path

One of the deadliest types of accidents you could get into is a head-on collision. The force of the impact in these crashes easily results in serious if not fatal injuries to those involved. Anyone who walks away from this type of accident with little to no injuries might want to buy a lottery ticket.

With that said, few things scare drivers more here in Mississippi and elsewhere than seeing a vehicle heading right toward them in their path. It may actually take your brain a second or two to register what is happening, and it would be a good idea to already know what you can do to get out of that vehicle's way so that you don't lose precious time processing and panicking what you see before you.

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