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Your car accident may be more than just a pain in your neck

A car accident can result in various types of injuries for both Mississippi drivers and passengers. One of the most common types of car accident injuries is whiplash, and while considered a relatively minor injury, it can still have a major impact on a victim's life. It can be much more than a simple pain in your neck.

Whiplash occurs when the neck moves forward and backward rapidly, making a whipping motion. This often happens in rear-end accidents, and it is possible to suffer a whiplash injury even from a low-speed collision. If you are suffering from whiplash after a car accident that was not your fault, you could be eligible for compensation for your losses and recovery needs.

The role of your employer after a work-related accident

If you suffered an accident at work, you know the extent to which it can affect multiple areas of your life. From your physical abilities to your financial stability, getting hurt at work is a serious threat to your well-being. Regardless of job title, it is prudent for every Mississippi worker to know his or her rights in case of a work accident. 

It may be useful for you to understand the role of your employer after a work-related accident. When you know your rights and what to expect, you may find it easier to obtain the workers' compensation benefits you deserve.

Tire age: Your safety may be riding on it

When you travel the busy roadways of Mississippi, you no doubt keep your eyes open for any signs of potential danger in your surrounding area. If you notice another driver making erratic lane changes on the highway, you likely try to keep as safe a distance as possible from that particular vehicle. Your safety alert may also kick into full gear if you pass a highly congested construction site along the road. Driving dangers often lurk in such areas.

You obviously can't know every potential risk that exists each time you get behind the wheel because some hazards occur suddenly and unexpectedly, while others may not even be immediately apparent. For instance, do you know the age of the tires on every car you'll cross paths with the next time you drive somewhere? Of course you don't; however, tire age happens to greatly impact safety and if a nearby vehicle has tires past the recommended age for safety, your uneventful trip to a convenience store can turn into disaster.

Your cancer diagnosis could qualify you for disablity

Cancer is a serious threat to your health, and it could represent a serious threat to your ability to work and provide for your family as well. When you are too sick to work or the effects of your medical treatment leave you unable to hold gainful employment, you could be eligible for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration.

If you think you might qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, you have no time to lose in seeking much needed financial support. According to the SSA, cancer is a qualifying medical condition, but even Mississippi applicants who have valid claims may find that it is difficult to get rightful benefits.

Who or what is actually at fault for your car accident?

If you are suffering from injuries from a recent car accident in Mississippi, you know how quickly your life can change in that one moment of impact. From physical damage to emotional trauma, the impact of a collision can be deep and painful for a long time. It can be especially difficult to know that your accident was not your fault, but rather was the result of the actions of another person.

You should not have to suffer because another person was negligent or reckless. However, you may be unsure of who is actually to blame and how you should move forward with the appropriate legal action. Discovering who is liable and what is to blame for your suffering could be a positive first step in your potential personal injury claim.

Problems with scaffolding are a threat to worker safety

Individuals employed in the construction industry in Mississippi may face more risks than people employed in other types of jobs, but these men and women still have the right to a reasonably safe workplace. On job sites, this means eliminating unnecessary hazards and making sure that all equipment is as safe as possible.

Scaffolding is a common tool on construction sites, yet it can be incredibly dangerous when it is not secure, safe or used properly. Safe scaffolding is an incredibly important responsibility for construction companies, employers and site managers. Estimates suggest that thousands of workers suffer injuries every year because of scaffolding-related accidents.

Proving that you have a valid claim to disability benefits

Suffering from a medical condition, injury or illness that prevents you from working could mean that you are eligible for Social Security disability benefits. Simply having a condition is not enough; you must complete an extensive application process, part of which includes having sufficient medical documents and other proof that verifies your claim of disability.

It is not easy to prove to the Social Security Administration that you have a genuine disability, and many initial claims come back denied. If you believe that you have a valid claim or have already received notice that your claim did not get approval, you would be wise to secure help and work to better understand how to prove your claim of disability. 

Occupational illnesses and your right to workers' compensation

Whether you work at a job considered inherently risky or more dangerous than other types of employment or not, you could still face exposure to certain things at work that could make you sick. There are various types of occupational illnesses, and Mississippi employees in various types of jobs could find themselves ill and missing work because of one of them.

If you became ill because of exposure to a disease, chemical or toxic substance at work, you may have a rightful claim to workers' compensation benefits. Missing work because you are sick can be costly, both financially and emotionally, and you have the right to pursue a full recovery and the medical care you need.

Your neck injury could have a major impact on your life

Neck injuries are some of the most common types of car accident injuries, including whiplash. This type of injury, while rather common, can be quite serious, affecting a victim's mental and physical well-being in multiple ways. Mississippi victims would be wise to take their injury seriously, seeking appropriate medical care, as recovery can be lengthy and complicated.

Whiplash happens when the head and neck are rapidly pushed forward, then backwards, often the result of a sudden impact. Even a low-speed collision could result in whiplash, and if you suffered because of the actions of another person, you do not have to face it alone. You could be eligible to receive restitution for your whiplash-related suffering and other losses, as well as emotional duress.

Who's responsible when a doctor makes a mistake?

When you turn to a doctor for treatment, it is with the expectation that he or she will provide quality care. While doctors do make mistakes occasionally, there is a big difference between a mistake or unforeseen outcome and negligence. When doctor errors result in suffering or even death, who is liable?

If a Mississippi doctor's negligence caused you additional pain or caused you to have to undergo additional surgeries and procedures, you may have a valid medical malpractice case. However, it can be rather difficult to prove fault in these cases, and you will find it beneficial to secure the help of an attorney in order to navigate the legal process.

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