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Can Minor Whiplash Lead to a More Serious Injury?

Published on Jul 17, 2018 at 1:58 pm in Car Accidents.

Injuries sustained during an accident vary in type and severity. One of the more common injuries, with a reported 3 million cases per year, is whiplash. This injury, while seemingly minor and inconvenient, can have serious, lasting effects if not properly treated.

It’s important to recognize the causes, signs, and symptoms of whiplash so you can manage your condition with a healthcare professional and return to normal as quickly as possible. Read on to learn about how minor whiplash can lead to a more serious injury.

Defining Whiplash

Whiplash is a type of soft tissue injury. It’s common in rear-end collision accidents when the force of the impact causes the head to violently stretch forward and backward. While whiplash is most commonly associated with car accidents, violent motions causing whiplash can occur during slips and falls, assaults, or sporting activities.

Two Killed in Norfolk Truck Accident

Published on Jul 13, 2018 at 5:46 pm in Car Accidents.

A fatal crash, involving an SUV and a tractor-trailer, occurred in Pierce County, five miles north of Norfolk and east of Hadar. The accident, as reported by KETV7, happened on July 12, 2018, at 12:45 PM, at the intersection of Highways 13 and 81. A woman and three children were inside the SUV at the time of the collision.

Rebecca Fischer, a 36-year-old woman from Plainview was turning west onto Highway 13 from the northbound lanes of Highway 81 when her Buick Enclave was struck by a southbound semitrailer.

At the time of the collision, three children, Scarlett Fischer, five, Lium Fischer, four, and Lara Fischer, two, were in the back of the SUV.

Top 10 Causes of Distracted Driving

Published on Jul 10, 2018 at 12:52 pm in Car Accidents.

No matter how long you’ve been behind the wheel, driving requires your full attention. You need to be alert mentally, physically, and auditorily at all times for the safety of yourself, your passengers, other drivers, and pedestrians. As the facts will tell you, however, it can be difficult for some people to prioritize good driving over tasks like texting or eating.

The National Highway Traffic Administration reported that distracted driving claimed 3,450 lives in 2016. In 2015, 391,000 people were injured in car accidents while distracted. Texting is seen as the most alarming distraction because of the number of teens who die each year, as a result.

In Nebraska in 2015, 4,402 reported accidents were caused by distracted driving – 12 of which were fatal. According to the Nebraska Department of Transportation, every day eight people are killed as a result of distracted driving, nationally. Distracted driving accounts for approximately 10 percent of all crashes in Nebraska and is just as dangerous as driving under the influence or speeding.

What is Medical Negligence?

Published on Jul 3, 2018 at 2:55 pm in Medical Malpractice.

The majority of people in the United States who seek medical treatment will receive good or excellent care. However, occasionally someone will experience harm at the hands of a health care professional. Health care professionals have a responsibility to their patients to follow a standard of care. When these standards are not met, it may be appropriate to bring a legal case to court to recover financial compensation.

Medical negligence is defined as an act or a failure to act by a medical professional that deviates from the accepted medical standard of care. Negligence itself is not illegal, but when the act of negligence is the cause for the patient’s injury, there may be a case for medical malpractice.

The term “medical negligence” is often used synonymously with the term “medical malpractice.” Interchanging these two terms is not necessarily incorrect. However, the term medical negligence is more appropriately placed under the umbrella of the term medical malpractice, as the negligent act is often just one component of a medical malpractice case.

Omaha School Bus Crash Proves that Disasters Can Be Avoided

Published on Jun 29, 2018 at 12:54 pm in News.

On the afternoon of June 27, 2018, students from Adams Elementary School and their bus driver, Erin Heming, rolled through a fence, down a hill, and stopped just inches from a high voltage transformer substation.

Heming reported she was attempting to turn left on to Fort Street from 108th at a green light when a truck, operated by Urban Lift, struck the bus. The impact caused the school bus to spin, strike a third vehicle, and roll down the hill towards the station.

Witness accounts varied. Some onlookers reported Heming ran a red light. Other witnesses blamed the truck. Regardless of what the witnesses reported seeing, all commended the bus driver on her ability to control the bus and avoid the power station.

Nebraska U-Turn Laws

Published on Jun 27, 2018 at 1:58 pm in Car Accidents.

You’re running late while driving to work one morning. Next thing you know, you’ve missed your turn and now you’re really in a bind. You think to yourself there’s no harm in just making a U-turn, right? The answer to that question depends on many things. U-turns are one of those tricky traffic laws that vary in each state. We’re here to provide you with the specifics on U-turn laws in Nebraska.

Nebraska U-Turn Laws

Nebraska defines a U-turn as turning to proceed in the opposite direction. Keep reading to learn about the specific dos and don’ts, as specified in the Nebraska Legislature.

Who is at Fault for Car Wrecks Caused by Road Debris?

Published on Jun 20, 2018 at 11:58 am in Car Accidents.

Typical car accident causes are mainly due to a negligent driver. They could be speeding or tailgating, trying to use their phone while driving, or not check before they make a lane change. But what happens when you’re driving and there’s road debris in your way and you can’t avoid it and get in an accident? The debris is the reason you crashed, so how do you pursue a car accident claim without a clear liable party?

Your first step should be to contact skilled personal injury lawyers. If you’ve been injured in a car accident in Nebraska, an Omaha car crash injury lawyer from Welsh & Welsh can help you with your claim. You won’t have to worry about your claim getting rushed so you end up with an unfavorable settlement. We’ll leave no stone unturned and will get you the compensation you deserve.

How Sharing Information Over Social Media Can Ruin a Case

Published on Jun 12, 2018 at 2:06 pm in Personal Injury.

Social media has become a major part of our daily lives.  It allows us to share our thoughts, our feelings, our relationship status, and every private moment of our day with people all over the world.  People we know well and love deeply or people we don’t know at all and will never meet can become instantly connected to us through social media.

This powerful tool can be used to bring people together in ways they have never been able to before.  Social media is beneficial for business and personal promotion, but when it comes to a personal injury case, it can be dangerously destructive.

What’s the Statute of Limitations in a Nebraska Wrongful Death Claim?

Published on Jun 5, 2018 at 1:14 pm in Wrongful Death.

Losing a loved one can be devastating, but it’s even more difficult to deal with when the death was unexpected. When people act negligently and it causes someone to lose their life, they deserve to be held responsible. Any kind of negligence can cause a wrongful death, whether it’s from people driving, medical professionals, or property owners.

Suddenly experiencing a loss can throw your life into uncertainty. You may worry about how you’re going to live if you depended on your loved one for financial support or support around the house. But you don’t have to go through this on your own. An Omaha, Nebraska wrongful death lawyer from Welsh & Welsh will fight for your loved one’s rights and will do everything to get you compensation for your loss.

How Can V2V Communication Help Car Accident Victims?

Published on May 30, 2018 at 11:35 am in Car Accidents.

The best way to survive a car accident is to not be involved in a car accident at all.  A new vehicle safety technology called vehicle-to-vehicle communication is being developed for this very reason.

Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication enables vehicles to wirelessly exchange information about speed, location, and direction.  This sophisticated technology allows for 360-degree awareness about the other vehicles in close proximity.  Nearby vehicles that are equipped with V2V software can communicate and alert drivers to potential crash threats and dangers.