January 19

Delayed Onset of Injuries – The Serious Injuries that can go Undiagnosed After an Accident

By: Heath C. MurphyPersonal Injury

The injuries sustained in an auto or motorcycle accident may not always be apparent at the accident scene or even hours later in the hospital. Obviously, broken bones and lacerations will be immediately noticed and treated. However, there are some fairly common injuries that occur as a result of accidents which can be unknown and undiagnosed for days or even months. These injuries can be far more serious that the injuries which are readily apparent and easily diagnosed. In fact, they can be fatal.

Whiplash injuries are generally more common after a rear end collision than other types of car accidents. Whiplash is a very common injury to see after a motorcycle accident. The pain associated with a whiplash injury might not be apparent immediately. It usually develops over the first 24 hours evidenced by increasing pain and stiffness. Even a minor whiplash injury will likely take more than 30 days recovery time. The effects of more severe whiplash injuries can last months and even years. It is important not to ignore symptoms following an accident. Do you have numbness in your extremities? This could indicate damage to one of the discs in your lower back which was injured in the crash.

Ignoring symptoms can have dire consequences. There have been documented cases of people dying days and even months after suffering whiplash type injury in an accident. In one instance, a taxi driver was involved in a rear end collision and was diagnosed with whiplash trauma. He continued on about his daily life. He noticed an increase in headaches, confusion and a decrease in vision, but no medical professional properly diagnosed his condition. Two months after the accident he began suffering severe headaches and seizures. He was finally admitted to the hospital where he died. Doctors concluded that he had died of a fatal basilar thrombotic embolus. They further concluded that he died as a direct result of the whiplash trauma he suffered in the car accident two months earlier.

The symptoms of a traumatic brain injury may also not present immediately and can commonly be misdiagnosed as acute whiplash. Traumatic brain injuries can result in car and motorcycle accidents as a result of a violent jolt or blow to the head.

If you have been involved in an accident and in the weeks following notice any of the following symptoms, it is imperative that you seek medical attention:

1. Headaches;
2. Nausea or vomiting;
3. Fatigue or drowsiness;
4. Difficulty sleeping;
5. Dizziness;
6. Convulsions or seizures;
7. Dilation of one or both pupils;
8. Loss of coordination;
9. Confusion;
10. Memory loss;
11. Slurred speech;
12. Irritability; and
13. Depression.

Have you been involved in a car or motorcycle accident or a slip and fall which you have suffered an injury? Contact an experienced St. Petersburg personal injury attorney at Jones Law Group today. The decision to hire an experienced car crash attorney is an extremely important one. Would you hire your doctor based upon a TV or Radio Ad? An experienced and qualified personal injury attorney is every bit as important. Hire someone that understands your injuries and will provide you the customer service to which you are entitled.

If you have been involved in motorcycle or car accident, you should immediately call Jones Law Group at (727) 571-1333 during regular business hours or (727) 753-8657 on weekends or after regular business hours. We will evaluate your case for free and you will never pay us a dime unless we recover compensation for your injuries.

Jones Law Group
5622 Central Avenue
St. Pete, FL 33707

http://jlgtampabay.com/personal-injury/

January 18

Teen Traffic Accidents in Florida – Inexperienced and Distracted Drivers

By: Heath C. MurphyPersonal Injury

In the first six months following obtaining a driver’s license the likelihood of being involved a traffic accident are at its highest lifetime point. In fact, 1 in 5 teenagers will be involved in a traffic accident within one year of obtaining their license. Surprisingly, environmental conditions such as poor weather, vehicle malfunctions and drowsiness are not the primary factor in most car crashes involving teenagers. Car accidents are the number one cause of death for persons between the ages of 15 and 19.

There are nearly 5,000 car accidents in the St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa area every year involving teens. Teens account for nearly 15% of all traffic accidents in Florida every year. The fatal crash rate for teenagers is four times the rate for drivers aged 25-69. Unfortunately, the vast majority of teen accidents are due to critical driver errors, including things such as:

1. Not paying attention to the road and other vehicles.
2. Driving too fast for the conditions
3. Distracted driving (talking or texting on cell phone or paying attention to other passengers in the car.

What can parents of a teenaged driver do besides buying an insurance policy with high limits? Remember, you will bear the financial responsibility for any accident in your minor child is involved. Driver training courses are very important. Do not let your children have more than one passenger in the car while they are driving. Do not let your child text or talk on the cell phone while driving. You can actually program your child’s cell phone to be non-operational while they are operating a car. Yes, there is an app for that. Set a good example with your own driving habits. At the end of the day, however, it is a learning curve that everyone has to experience.

Unfortunately, the results of a car accident can be devastating and include:

1. Death;
2. Traumatic brain injury and/or concussions;
3. Spinal cord damage and/or paralysis;
4. Disfigurement;
5. Fractured or broken bones; and
6. Neck and back injuries.

Have you been involved in a car accident caused by a teenaged driver? Contact an experienced St. Petersburg personal injury attorney at Jones Law Group today. The decision to hire an experienced car accident attorney is an extremely important one. It is a decision which you control and should be based on sound reasoning. We invite you to come in and meet us. Ask us questions. Our philosophy is one of treating the client well and providing timely, responsive and knowledgeable service.

If you have been involved in motorcycle accident, you should immediately call Jones Law Group at (727) 571-1333 during regular business hours or (727) 753-8657 on weekends or after regular business hours. We will evaluate your case for free and you will never pay us a dime unless we recover compensation for your injuries.

Jones Law Group
5622 Central Avenue
St. Pete, FL 33707

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January 17

Common Car Accident Injuries – Diagnosis and Treatment of Spinal Injuries

Common Car Accident Injuries – Diagnosis and Treatment of Spinal Injuries

By: Heath C. MurphyPersonal Injury

So, you have been in an automobile crash and hurt your back. The doctor schedules you for an MRI Generally, this will require an appointment at a separate location to have the MRI performed. There are several different companies in St. Petersburg that specialize in performing MRIs. Once you have the MRI, you will then return to your doctor to get the results.

After your MRI, you are likely to hear words such as bulging disc, slipped disc, herniation, protrusion, extrusion or migration. What is the difference in those terms? It is a matter of degrees of degrees and to confuse matters, even medical professionals use some of the terms interchangeably. Herniation, bulging disc, slipped disc all essentially describe the same condition. The discs in your spine, in simplistic terms, are fibrocartilage joints between each vertebra that allow for movement and act as shock absorbers. Each disc is made up of a center portion or nucleus which is surrounded by annular material. Think of a jelly doughnut. The jelly is the nucleus and the surrounding doughnut is the annulus. If the doughnut is compressed the jelly will move to the edges and out of the center where it belongs. If you have been diagnosed with herniated disc protrusion, the nucleus or jelly, if you want to stick with that visual, has pushed on the edges and has caused the annular material to expand and stretch beyond is normal position. If you are told that you have a herniation with extrusion; the jelly has begun to escape. Finally, a migration means that portions of the nucleus have completely escaped the annular material and may have even separated completely.

In the weeks following your car or motorcycle accident, your doctor, depending on the severity of your spinal injury, may elect to treat the injury with anti-inflammatory drugs, massage therapy, chiropractic care, injection therapy, and even surgery. Most people and doctors will try to avoid conventional open back surgery because it carries greater risks than the conservative treatment plans and there is no guarantee of success. Until recently, this was the only surgical option, but in some instances, endoscopic surgery has proven to be a viable option.

Have you been involved in a car or motorcycle accident or a slip and fall which you believe you may have suffered a back injury? Contact an experienced St. Petersburg personal injury attorney at Jones Law Group today. The decision to hire an experienced car crash attorney is an extremely important one. Would you hire your doctor based upon a TV or Radio Ad? An experienced and qualified personal injury attorney is every bit as important. Hire someone that understands your injuries and will provide you the customer service to which you are entitled.

If you have been involved in motorcycle or car accident, you should immediately call Jones Law Group at (727) 571-1333 during regular business hours or (727) 753-8657 on weekends or after regular business hours. We will evaluate your case for free and you will never pay us a dime unless we recover compensation for your injuries.

Jones Law Group
5622 Central Avenue
St. Pete, FL 33707

http://jlgtampabay.com/personal-injury/

January 16

The Duty Disclose Construction Defects in a Residential Real Estate Transaction

By: Bobby Jones Construction Law
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Are thinking of buying or selling a residential property? Have you ever wondered what the law requires the seller to disclose as part of the sale of the home in Florida? The answer is this: If the seller knows of a construction defect or other issue that materially affects the value of the home and which is not open an obvious to the buyer, it must be disclosed as part of the sale of the home.

Disclosure normally occurs when the real estate agent presents a contract for sale to the seller. As part of the paperwork, there is a standard disclosure form for the seller to fill out. This is the seller’s opportunity to disclose issues about the property that require disclosure. Note, however, that the buyer cannot simply turn a blind eye to open and obvious defects.

What about home improvements made by the seller that do not comply with the Florida Building Code? The Second District Court of Appeals took this issue head on in Jensen v. Bailey. The sellers hired various companies to perform significant remodel work to their home. Unfortunately, the companies failed to pull the proper permits and also failed to perform the work in accordance with the Florida Building Code. There were numerous construction defects of which the buyer was unaware until after they had purchased the home.

The buyers sued claiming that the seller should have known the construction companies they hired failed to pull the required permits. The theory was based on the legal requirement under the Florida Building Code that owners ensure that permits are pulled for the work performed. The sellers testified that they had no knowledge that the permits were not obtained and also did not know the Construction violated the Florida Building Code. The trial court accepted and believed their testimony, but nevertheless still held the sellers liable because they had a corresponding duty to ensure and to know whether permits were pulled.

The sellers appealed the trial court’s decision. The appellate court reserved the trial court and held that the seller can only be liable if it is proved that they actually knew no construction permits were pulled. The appellate court was afraid of the slippery slope of when a seller “should have known” about a defect and cautioned against the law requiring sellers to essentially warrant the home’s wellbeing.

The best way to protect oneself against such a situation is to hire a reputable home inspector who is not affiliated with a realtor or any other person with an interest in completing the sale. I would recommend a home inspector who is a licensed general contractor in the State of Florida. Not all home inspectors are licensed general contractors and possess the expertise to identify all construction defects and violations of the Florida Building Code, ASK! The goal of the inspection should not be to green light the sale, but to alert the buyer to each and every potential construction defect present in the residence.

If you need advice concerning your duties and rights as a seller or a buyer and what practical steps you should take to increase your chances of a smooth purchase or sale of a home, contact us. We are located in St. Petersburg and we can help. If you are currently being threatened with a lawsuit or currently in a lawsuit, we can also help. We have experience representing both buyers and sellers in residential and commercial real estate in relation to nondisclosure, construction defects, negligence, code violations, misrepresentation and fraud, broker and agent claims, breach of contract and rescission claims.

If you feel that you have been sold a house with construction defects, you should immediately call Jones Law Group at (727) 571-1333 during regular business hours or (727) 753-8657 on weekends or after regular business hours.

Jones Law Group
5622 Central Avenue
St. Pete, FL 33707

http://jlgtampabay.com/construction-law/

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