Mamaroneck, New York

What is Whiplash?

Of the unseen effects of car accidents, whiplash is among the most common. Whiplash is the term applied to injuries to the cervical vertebrae (the seven vertebrae closest to the skull in humans) that occur as a result of hyperextending the neck. It is seen most often after car accidents, but can arise from other quick, unexpected jolts to the neck as as well.

When a car is struck from behind, the resulting force pulls its passengers’ skulls back, and then snaps them forward, similar to the cracking of a whip.

whiplash injuryThe resulting damage to the neck muscles and vertebrae can be severe. Some symptoms of a whiplash injury include:

  • Stiffness in the neck
  • Shoulder and back pain
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches

Whiplash injuries can sometimes lie dormant for periods of weeks or months, making it difficult to pinpoint exactly when and how they occurred. There is no single definite treatment for whiplash, but pain medications and physical therapy can be helpful.


An Update: The Unseen Effects of Car Accidents

Because of the serious potential for significant injuries, the first thought that comes to mind when considering a car accident is to wonder if anyone is physically hurt. If the accident is serious enough, after all, the likelihood of serious physical injuries, or even death, is fairly high. According to the website of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A., too few people consider the emotional and psychological trauma that can also result from car accidents.

Pain and suffering

This can be the basis for both actual and punitive damages in personal injury cases levied on those whose negligence or recklessness brought about the car accident. The effects of pain and suffering cannot be seen, measured, or submitted into evidence, and some of them only appear in subtle ways, or years after the event. But they can nonetheless be as real and as devastating as broken bones.

PTSD

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the umbrella term used for the psychological and emotional damage one sustains in a violent or traumatic incident, such as a car accident. One of the most common PTSD symptoms is anxiety. An accident bring a person face to face with the fragility of life, and many people can’t handle losing the feeling of safety they previously had.

As a result, some find themselves unable to enter or drive a car. Others relive the accident over and over again through nightmares, affecting sleep, work, and relationships.

In accidents where one or more people died, some people experience what is known as survivor’s guilt, another form of PTSD where the patient experiences a sense of worthlessness and accountability for the lost lives.  Without proper treatment, these symptoms of PTSD can permanently impair a person’s ability to function normally. It is up to car accident attorneys to ensure that the costs associated with recuperating, coping, and treating these unseen effects of car accidents will be shouldered by the person or persons whose negligence or carelessness caused the accident in the first place.


Goose Population Control Training to Be Held Thursday

In an effort to address the village’s goose problem, the Animal Defenders of Westchester will be holding a training seminar that will educate the public over a humane way to control the Canada goose population known as “egg oiling.”

As the name implies, egg oiling involves covering goose eggs in a thin layer of oil that seals it. This seal prevents oxygen and other vital chemicals from passing through the shell, humanely killing the gosling before it develops. It must be employed within a few days of the eggs being laid.

egg oilingWhen their populations get out of hand, geese are known to cause an array of problems, including:

  • Behaving aggressively near their nests
  • Contaminating water supplies
  • Leaving droppings and feathers where children play
  • Safety concerns on roadways

Many Mamaroneck residents are hoping egg oiling becomes the method the village chooses to employ to handle the troublesome goose population. While it may seem rather cruel to kill unborn geese, egg oiling is certainly more humane than the United States Department of Agriculture’s plan to reduce the goose population: rounding them up and slaughtering them.

The training session will be held on April 11th at the Mamaroneck Public Library at 6:00 pm.


Common Causes of Construction Accidents

Construction work has always been dangerous in nature, and which technological change has helped to reduce the number of injuries suffered by construction workers, far too many injuries do still occur.  But there’s no reason why these types of injuries cannot be reduced. While some accidents will always occur, prudent safety measures on the part of construction site owners and managers can help to keep workers safe.

Causes of Construction Accidents

While some accidents occur through no one’s fault, most construction mishaps occur due to some form of negligence, carelessness, or simply unsafe working conditions. In some instances, workers themselves fail to follow safety procedures, but strict regulations should still be upheld by supervisors and site managers. Some of the common causes of worksite accidents are:

  • Exposed stakes or rebar
  • Uncovered holes
  • Falling tools, materials, or debris
  • Unsafe climbing equipment (ladders, scaffolding, etc.)
  • Lack of fall protection (lifelines)
  • Defective tools
  • Inadequate shoring of excavation walls
  • Lifting injuries
  • Tools and other items left around the site, resulting in slip and fall accidents
  • Heavy equipment mishaps (forklifts, cranes, dump trucks, etc.)

Many of these accidents can be avoided through the use of common sense, adequate training and supervision in observing safety procedures, and the use of protective clothing. Vigilance and attention to work would also help in reducing the injury rate of construction workers, as well as claims for workers’ compensation and personal injury damages.

When Lawyers Are Needed

Construction workers are especially vulnerable to financial losses when they are injured because their occupation requires them to be in good physical condition. Even relatively minor injuries can keep construction workers from doing their jobs. These lost man-hours, not to mention medical and hospitalization costs, can spell the difference between a comfortable life and poverty.

When a worker is injured or killed due to an unsafe work environment, construction accident lawyers may be needed to protect the interests of the worker’s family.


Differences Between DUI and DWI

If you are pulled over by an officer for suspicion of drunk driving, you can face one of two charges depending on the details of your actions. Both acronyms DUI and DWI refer to someone operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs; however, there are some differences that many people aren’t aware of. Primarily, the difference between these two types of charges literally comes from what the acronyms stand for. While DUI stands for driving under the influence, DWI stands for driving while intoxicated.

These two charges may sound similar, but some states classify them as separate and distinct actions with a different set of consequences. Facing either charge can be a stressful and frightening time in your life. Fortunately, a dui defense lawyer can help protect your rights and interests in even the direst situation.

Depending on the state you live in, these two charges may both be used and be classified as separate charges. If this is the case, DUI is typically used for drivers that are less impaired. Additionally, if both terms are used in a state, DWI may refer to driving while intoxicated of just alcohol, while DUI refers to a driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Either charge means at the time of arrest, the officer believed the motorist was too impaired to operate his or her vehicle safely.

In some states, the terms are used to differentiate between drunk driving charges issued to minors verses those issued to individuals who are over the legal drinking age. In states with these regulations, they also often have a “zero tolerance” policy, which means a driver will face charges even if they register less than a .08% BAC.

If your state uses both DUI and DWI, the state may agree to a plea bargain for those charged with DWI. In this case, the judge may reduce the level of charge from DWI to DUI if certain conditions are met. An example of one of these conditions is if this was the driver’s first offense and his or her BAC was not over the state’s legal limit.


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