Archive for January, 2018

Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys Respond to Common Concerns Regarding Whiplash

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Everyday motorists hop into their vehicles and travel at high rates of speed. Drivers are so used to traveling at speeds more than 60 mph that sometimes we forget about the inherent dangers of driving. Sure, vehicles offer their occupants some forms of protection from crashes like airbags and safety belts, but these measures are often not enough to fully protect an individual from injury or even death, should an accident occur. People are often surprised when injuries occur to an occupant of a vehicle after a crash when the vehicle itself sustained very little damage.

One injury that is quite common after a car accident is what is known commonly as “whiplash.” Whiplash is common in fact that it is estimated that a whiplash injury occurs every 16 seconds in the United States. While whiplash is a turn most people are familiar with, it is often a term that is poorly understood. First, not every neck injury is whiplash. Whiplash refers to a very specific type of injury to the neck that occurs after an intense, rapid force (like the sudden impact of automobile crash) causes the neck muscles and joints to jerk suddenly back and forth beyond their normal limits. Whiplash is also referred to by medical professionals as “neck strain.” Since whiplash is such a common injury after accidents, it is important to understand this often misunderstood condition.

What symptoms are common with whiplash?

Pain, tightness, and restriction of movement are common symptoms of whiplash. Some people who suffer from whiplash experience headaches at the base of the skull that radiates towards the forehead. Concussions can also happen concurrently with a neck strain.

Are the symptoms of whiplash felt immediately?

Not always. Sometimes the pain of whiplash can be felt immediately after the accident. In other cases, it could take hours or even days for the neck to begin to hurt. This delay in onset of pain is why people used to think that whiplash was being faked after an accident. However, it important to remember the pain of neck strain is not always felt at the time of an accident.

What should you do if you think you are suffering from whiplash?

If you begin to feel symptoms of whiplash after being involved in an accident, it is important to meet with your doctor. Your doctor will most likely want to take x-rays and run tests to confirm neck strain.

How long does it take to recover from whiplash?

The answer to this question is of course is, it depends. Recovery, of course, is dependent on several factors, including the individual and the severity of the injury. The more severe the injury, the longer it can take to make a full recovery. The good news, however, is that whiplash is a treatable injury. Your doctor or chiropractor may recommend various treatment methods including, but not limited to: ice, painkillers, the use of a neck brace, moist heat, ultrasound, and massage techniques.

If you or a loved one suffered a soft tissue injury such as whiplash after being involved in an automobile accident, it is important to speak with a skilled Kansas City Personal Injury Attorney as soon as possible. Only an experienced Injury Attorney has the ability to determine whether you may be able to hold another person responsible for your injuries. The attorneys at the Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. have helped countless injury victims, in both Kansas and Missouri, obtain compensation. Our compassionate team of attorneys will fight for your rights and hold the wrongdoers accountable. To schedule an initial consultation with one of our Injury Attorneys, contact Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. today at (816) 472-4673.

Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys Ask Motorists to Resolve Not to Drink and Drive This Super Bowl

Sunday, January 7th, 2018

With the start of a new year, many people like to make resolutions that will improve their lives. For some people, a popular resolution is to give up a bad habit like smoking. Others resolve to add something new to their lives, such as a hobby or fitness regimen. One resolution that everyone should have on his or her list is not to drink and drive.

While the dangers of drinking and driving have been shouted from the rooftops and posted on nearly every surface in the past decade or more, each year too many lives are still lost. Even though drunk driving fatalities have decreased in the last ten years by a third, there are still an estimated 10,000 people killed each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2016, every 50 minutes in the United States, one person was killed in an alcohol-related crash. Put another way, 29 people die every day because someone decided to drive under the influence.

The Super Bowl, in fact, is one of the most dangerous days to be on the road! Surprised?  This pigskin palooza ranks right up there with Cinco de Mayo, New Year’s Eve, St. Patrick’s Day, Thanksgiving Eve, and Valentine’s Day as holidays where people are most likely to binge drink and drive. It makes sense when you think that most Super Bowl parties start in the early afternoon and continue well into the evening. February weather conditions and fans’ disappointed in their team’s efforts were also considered contributing factors.

So remember, whether your team wins or loses it is important to remember, fans do not let fans drive drunk! To keep your family and friends, safe this Super Bowl, heed the following tips:

  • Designate an MVP. If you are headed to a Super Bowl party make sure that you have an MVP or sober designated driver to get you home. Make sure that person has your car keys before you start drinking or have him or her drive you to and from the party.
  • Put a rideshare service on your team. Do not live where cabs or public transit are plentiful? Chances are your area is probably serviced by at least one rideshare Uber and Lyft are two such services that will pick you up and take you to and from the party safely. You can even download the app for each company on your smartphone!
  • No chip shots allowed. Do not adopt the mindset that you are not quite blitzed and you only need drive a short distance to get home. No matter the distance, do not take a chance on a fumble. Call a ride or if it is truly that short of a distance—walk!
  • Bench yourself. If you do not need to venture out on Super Bowl Sunday, do not go out. Even if you may be sober, there are bound to be lots of folks on the road who are not.

If your loved one was seriously injured or killed in a collision with a drunk driver, the seasoned Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. can help. Our experienced team of Kansas City Injury Attorneys will make sure that your rights are protected and that your family receives the compensation it deserves. You can trust the Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. to work for you just as they have assisted countless other injury victims around the area, in both Kansas and Missouri. To schedule a consultation with one of our skilled injury attorneys, contact Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. today at (816) 472-4673.