No Symptom Work Accidents: Facing Delayed Pain? 

Maybe you recently bumped your head while at work. Maybe you were working under a shelf, you sat up, and pop; you have a knot on your head. These kinds of small injuries and accidents happen all the time, and most go unnoticed because it doesn’t feel like a big deal. But no symptom work accidents can end up causing problems in the long run. Ultimately, just because you don’t have immediate symptoms, doesn’t mean there’s no damage…

No Symptom Work Accidents: Facing Delayed Pain?

We mostly associate pain with something not being right in our bodies. However, sometimes pain and injuries may take some time to show themselves. And if you’re facing a work injury, you might be looking for signs as to whether you should report it or not. So, when you feel okay, you’ll likely keep on going and forget it happened. But, with time, maybe that spot continues to hurt, maybe your neck still cramps every day in that certain position. So, we decide to see a doctor.

Should I still report an injury even if I’m not yet experiencing symptoms?

The answer is most certainly, yes. In the case of some injuries, you may have almost no symptoms. However, you may still, in fact, be injured. In many cases, symptoms can take a while to develop. For things like back and joint issues, an initial injury may bring about very few if any symptoms. But over time, that injury can cause pain, discomfort, and many other issues. Let’s look back at that head injury we discussed up top; after experiencing a minor blow to the head or neck, you may not feel too many symptoms. However, by the end of the day you may be coping with a splitting headache.

Following Procedure Even When You Aren’t Hurting

Since symptoms can develop later and become much more severe, it’s always best to follow procedure after an accident. Reporting that initial accident is the smart move to make, even if the injury does not progress. Ultimately, making that report acts as your insurance policy for if, or when, your injury progresses. Plus, it gives you the chance to be proactive in seeing a doctor.

If you, or someone you know, has faced a work injury— you must report it. By doing so, you ensure your own well-being, and make sure you aren’t covering costs for something that happened as a result of your job. So, as always, work safe. But, if you face an injury, cover your bases.

Maximum Medical Improvement: What Does This Mean for Me? 

There comes a turning point in every worker’s compensation case; whether it be returning to work, stopping benefits, or having reached maximum medical improvement. The latter, referring to a point in which your injury has gotten as good as it’s gonna get. But, what exactly is maximum medical improvement? When do I know I’ve reached it? And where do we go from here, being that you still need medical assistance?

Maximum Medical Improvement: What does it mean? And what’s the next step? 

Maximum medical improvement (or, MMI) signifies the point act which you’ve reached your maximum potential for recovery. You might not be back to your 100%, and you still might need assistance— maybe even indefinitely. But, it’s as good as it’s going to get for you. 

How do I know I’ve reached this point? 

That decision is going to come from your doctor. They will be there with you every step of your recovery journey. Therefore, these doctors will be the one to make the determination of MMI. 

What happens next? 

From the point that you are notified of your MMI, there will be a few different options. These options will also be assigned by your doctor: 

Permanent Partial Disability (or, PPD): a PPD means that your body is permanently disabled in some way. From there, you may accept a payment from the company indefinitely as a settlement for you injury. Or, you may go to court to further that settlement. 

Permanent Work Restriction: this type of restriction basically limit the amount and type of work you are able to perform. From here, you’ll decide whether your current employment is a good fit, or if you should consider other opportunities. When going through the process, your employer can give you certain responsibilities that meet your restricted needs— taking the place of your real job. However, once you’ve reached MMI, it must be a real job and not just shifted responsibilities. 

You still likely can obtain benefits…

This injury is a result of the job; those responsibilities of yours are party to your current condition. So, it’s only right that the company pay you for damages. Your ability to work, function normally, and make a suitable wage— might be different now. Therefore, it’s important that you seek out an attorney. At the point of reaching MMI, you now know that your life will forever be a little bit different. So, it’s time to consider your options. You may require special services, physical therapy, or emotional support for your current condition. Understand that you don’t have to go at this, or pay for this, on your own.

First Offense for Marijuana: Will I Just Pay a Fine? 

It starts just like any other traffic stop; you were speeding, rolled a stop sign, or some other mild infraction. But, unlike other mild stops, you have a bag of weed in your car… A bag of marijuana that smells quite a bit, and now, police are searching the vehicle. This isn’t a great scenario for you, but you know that this is your first offense. So, you’ll just pay a small fine and it’s smooth sailing… right? In most scenarios, yes. But, sometimes this isn’t the case.

First Offense for Marijuana: Will I Just Pay a Fine?

You can still face jail time for your first offense possession charge. Both possession of paraphernalia and possession of marijuana are misdemeanor charges. Possession of paraphernalia carries a fine up to $500 and up to thirty days jail time. Possession of weed carries a fine of $100 to $200 and up to thirty days jail time. Therefore, your punishment will be based on the circumstances surrounding your arrest. In short, the judge will interpret the law as they see fit.

When it comes to paraphernalia, these factors can make punishment more severe:

  1. If the paraphernalia was near marijuana.
  2. How much marijuana is found with the paraphernalia.
  3. If your paraphernalia was part of the distribution and sale of marijuana.
  4. If the paraphernalia is specifically for use with marijuana.

As for the marijuana itself:

  1. If you were driving with the weed.
  2. You were near a place with children.
  3. If you have other (non-weed related) criminal offenses.
  4. It seemed like you had the intent to sell the weed.
  5. How much marijuana you have.

Now, if the police determine that you planned to sell or distribute the weed, your charge will be for possession with intent to sell. Furthermore, if you have a lot of weed, your charge will be for trafficking marijuana. These charges carry jail time for up to 5 years for first offenses. Therefore, no matter what your first offense is for, you can receive jail time for your first marijuana related offense.

Ultimately, driving with marijuana in the car can be bad news

Sure, your first offense can be an easy fine and move on. But, sometimes it’s not so cut and dry. So, consider not driving with it in your car. We understand that you want to have fun, enjoy your marijuana, and not be bothered. But, when you live in a state that has yet to legalize marijuana— you are putting yourself at risk. So drive safe, drive clean, and drive safely. But if it comes down to it, and you’ve failed to do so, we’re here to help you.

Collecting Evidence after Motorcycle Crash: Why It’s Important

A vehicle crash can be very hectic. You have a list of things to accomplish, people to contact, and making sure you’re okay. When you’re involved in a motorcycle crash, all of these issues become much more serious. So, what comes first on the list? After checking for injury, collecting evidence should be next on the list. A motorcycle accident is almost always more serious than a passenger vehicle accident. So, taking this step on your own might be difficult. However, if you can, it’s imperative to your case.

Collecting Evidence after Motorcycle Crash: If You Can, Do So A.S.A.P.

After a motorcycle accident occurs, the pieces of evidence have to come together like a puzzle. One piece of the puzzle is determining fault. We hope the accident was no fault of your own, and in this scenario— let’s say that you were not at-fault, and also were capable of collecting evidence. Being that you are not at fault, having any piece of evidence that shows full or partial fault on part of the other party can make your case easier to win. You can hope for witnesses, but ultimately, the only way to ensure a good job— is to do it yourself.

What if I’m not sure who’s at fault?

If there is no solid evidence of whose fault it is, the case gets trickier to prove. Even the most experienced motorcycle accident/injury attorneys have difficulty proving the other party was wholly negligent when there is no strong evidence against them. This is primarily what makes evidence collection so important. Because these issues can arise, it’s important to share every detail with your attorney.

What steps should I take in an accident situation?

If by some bad luck, you find yourself in a motorcycle accident, there are a few things you can do to help collect evidence. After calling 911, take photos on your injuries, the road conditions, and the other vehicles involved. Next, get the names and phone numbers for all other parties and any witnesses. And finally, as soon as you can, write down everything you remember. Even the smallest details need to be written down while they are fresh in your memory. You never know what piece of evidence you might be hoarding away in those forgotten details.

There is no such thing as having too much evidence. The more you can remember, the easier it is for us to help you win your case. It is always better to have more than enough evidence, opposed to not enough.

Commercial Trucks: Turn Signals and Other Safety Moves

There are few devices in a vehicle that serve no purpose, well, maybe those little coin slots in older vehicles. However, other than those small cosmetic devices, every aspect of your vehicle is meant to aid your driving in some way. One of those devices that we should pay particular attention to, is our turn signals. A turn signal tells other drivers what to expect of you and when to yield to you. Your blinkers are there to make the roadway function more clearly. So, it is of particular importance that commercial trucks use these religiously as well. Making a move with a commercial truck requires more time and space than a regular car. So, making it known to other vehicles that you are switching lanes, or turning at a light, can help them to better prepare for this and give you the appropriate amount of space.

Commercial Trucks: Turn Signals and Other Safety Moves

It’s hard to predict what other drivers might do on the roadway. So, ultimately, protecting yourself on the roadway just means doing your part. Signal, proper following distance, paying attention to what’s happening on the road ahead— doing these things as an individual, is really all you can do as a passenger vehicle driver. However, commercial drivers have a whole other set of responsibility on their hands.

For one, your vehicle can do a lot of damage if anything were to occur. And we understand that you can’t prepare for how many people drive when commercial trucks are around them. Many people, are just plain scared. Therefore, they tend to drive a little more erratically— from speeding around you, cutting you off, or just getting aggressive. Therefore, doing your part, just like anyone else doing theirs— is all you can do. Keeping your eyes on the roadway is extremely important.

Passenger Vehicle Drivers: Use Commercial Drivers as Your Guide!

Commercial trucks can be a great tool for you on the roadway!! So many people don’t realize it, but tractor trailer drivers are some of the best drivers on the road. They also have a bird’s eye view of what’s happening around all of you. You see them begin to slow down but aren’t witnessing a pile up? You can generally trust that they are. Traffic starting to stack and you see a truck merge from the far right lane into the middle? You might want to assume that the problem is in that lane. Using your turn signals is a top priority for every driver, especially commercial trucks. However, there

We can’t predict how other drivers might behave, but we can all do our part

You can give yourself more distance between vehicles; you also may pay attention to the flows of traffic— but we all know things just happen sometimes. This is why we mention turn signals in particular, along with other safety measures. You don’t know how other drivers might be thinking, but using a turn signal is a little look into that. It tells you what a driver’s intentions are. Therefore, it helps you prepare for what might have otherwise been a dangerous of erratic move. You have the ability on the roadway to be a smart and careful driver, and so does everyone else. But, at the end of the day, you only have control over you. So, do your part! And when others don’t do theirs, call us if you need us.