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Dog Bites: What Do I Do If I’m Bitten By A Dog?

dog bite injuriesDogs are considered to be man’s best friend. But while dogs can be friendly and loyal, they can also act defensively if they’re hurt or feel threatened.

According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 4.7 million dog bite injuries occur in the U.S. every year. Dog bite injuries can not only cause pain and suffering but they can also spread bacteria and cause infection.

It’s important to keep in mind that any dog can bite, and reading a dog’s body language both as an owner and a non-owner is vital to preventing a dog bite.

How can I reduce the risk of a dog bite?

Children are at high risk for dog bite injuries. Because of this, small children shouldn’t be allowed to play with a dog unsupervised.

Kids can play rough with a dog or may touch them in a way that makes the dog uncomfortable or hurts them. More than half of all dog bites happen in the home with dogs we’re familiar with.

How can you prevent dog bite injuries? There are a few things you want to keep in mind including:

    • Never approach an unfamiliar dog.
    • Never pet a dog without letting the dog see and smell you first.
    • Never encourage your dog to play aggressively.
    • Don’t disturb a dog that’s caring for puppies.
    • Don’t disturb a dog that’s eating or sleeping.
    • Don’t run from a dog.
    • Don’t panic is a dog approaches you and don’t make loud noises.
    • Never let small children play with a dog without adult supervision.
    • Never pet someone else’s dog without asking first.
    • Remain motionless when approached by an unfamiliar dog.
    • Let someone know immediately about any stray dogs in the area or any dog that’s behaving oddly.

What do I do if I’m approached by a strange dog?

If you’re approached by a dog you don’t know, don’t run away or panic. Stay perfectly still and don’t move or make any loud noises. Avoid making direct eye contact with the dog as direct eye contact is seen as challenging body language.

Don’t stand directly facing the dog. Instead, turn and stand with the side of your body facing them. Slowly and carefully cover your neck with your hands and keep your elbows tucked in.

Slowly back away or wait for the dog to walk away. If you’re ever knocked over by a dog, protect yourself by curling into a ball with your head tucked and your hands covering your neck and ears. Don’t attempt to kick, hit, or fight the dog off.

What do I do if I’m attacked by a dog?

In the event that you’ve been knocked down by the dog, follow the steps listed above. If you’re not knocked over by the dog, put a jacket or bag between you and the dog if you have one to protect yourself.

Should you suffer dog bite injuries, immediately wash your wounds with soap and water when you’re able to get to a safe place. It’s vital that you need out medical attention immediately.

What do I do if I’ve suffered minor dog bite injuries?

For minor dog bite injuries, it’s recommended to wash the wounds with soap and water carefully and thoroughly. When the wound has been cleaned, apply an antibiotic cream to the area and cover the wound with a clean bandage.

Seek medical attention if you were bitten by a dog that was acting strangely, you develop a fever, or if the wound becomes red, swollen, warm, or painful.

What do I do if I’ve suffered major dog bite injuries?

If you’ve been bitten by a dog and suffered a major injury, it’s important to first stop the bleeding. Apply pressure to the wound with a clean, dry cloth. Contact your local emergency medical services or call 911 if you can’t stop the bleeding or if you feel weak or faint.

In the event that you’re able to stop the bleeding with applied pressure, rinse the wound with water once the bleeding has stopped. Keep the wound under running water to reduce your risk of infection. You can wash the area around the wound with soap, but be careful not to get soap in the wound.

Seek out medical attention as soon as possible, but especially if you don’t know if the dog you’ve been bitten by has been vaccinated for rabies, the wound is serious, the sound becomes red or swollen, you develop a fever, or if it’s been over five years since your last tetanus shot.

What kind of diseases can I get from a dog bite?

A dog may not be a mosquito or a bat, but that doesn’t mean they can’t pass along serious illnesses when they bite. This is also true for the dogs that you know, not just a stray dog.

Dogs have more than 60 different types of bacteria in their mouths. When passed along from their mouths and into your bloodstream through a bite, those bacteria can make you sick. In fact, dog bite injuries have been known to cause the following illnesses including many more that aren’t listed below:

  1. Tetanus. The reason why it’s important to seek out a medical professional if you’ve been bitten by a dog and it’s been over five years since your last tetanus shot is because dogs can carry tetanus. Tetanus is a toxin that’s produced by a bacteria known as Clostridium tetani. Tetanus can cause rigid paralysis, and you’re at greater risk if you’ve suffered a deep bite wound.
  2. Rabies. Rabies is a serious disease you can contract from any type of mammal. Rabies is a virus that impacts the brain and is spread through an animal’s saliva. Rabies is typically prevented by vaccinating dogs.
  3. Pasteurella. Pasteurella is a type of bacteria that are passed onto more than 50% of all dog bites. It causes a red, painful infection that can cause swelling in the joints, difficulty moving, and swollen glands. The bacteria can also cause a more serious illness in those who have a weakened immune system such as a child, a senior, or a person with an auto-immune disease.

How do I report a dog bite?

Once you’ve seen a medical professional about your dog bite injuries, you can report your dog bite. Contact your local police department or animal control agency to report the incident if the dog was behaving strangely or if you don’t know if the dog has been vaccinated for rabies.

You can contact the dog owner if you knew the dog to ask about the dog’s current rabies vaccination. You’ll need the owner’s name, address, phone number, the name of the dog’s veterinarian who gave the dog the rabies vaccine, and the rabies vaccine license number.

Remember that any dog, even your own, can bite. It’s important to protect yourself and read your dog’s body language. By following the tips above, you can reduce your risk of getting bitten by suffering an injury.

Looking for a personal injury lawyer Odessa TX trusts?

Whether you were in a car accident, suffered dog bite injuries, or suffered another type of personal injury, Heriberto Ramos can help you file your personal injury claim and pursue your case. For more information about filing personal injury claims, contact the Odessa TX personal injury lawyers at the law office of Heriberto Ramos today.

What Do I Need To Know About Filing A Diminished Value Claim?

car accident claimsSummer is one of the most dangerous times for drivers. Kids are out of school and playing in their neighborhoods, teen drivers are on the road, motorcyclists are out enjoying the weather, and families are taking road trips.

Another motorist’s reckless driving can make you the victim of a car accident. And unfortunately for your vehicle, that accident can diminish your vehicle’s value.

Fortunately, you may be able to file a diminished value claim to help you recover compensation for the loss of your car’s value after the accident.

Doesn’t an insurance claim cover my car’s diminished value?

Victims file car accident claims or insurance claims for the damage done to their vehicles after they’ve been in a car accident. Your insurer will typically compensate you for the cost of the repairs of your vehicle.

However, your insurer doesn’t consider the diminished value of your vehicle in the amount of damage done to your car after the accident. You need to file a separate claim for that: a diminished value claim.

What does it mean when my car has diminished value?

The value of your vehicle drops when it’s been involved in a car accident. Many people, including insurance agencies, believe that your vehicle’s value will be restored when it’s been repaired and restored. But that’s not the case.

Even if a vehicle has been repaired, a car accident put a bad tally on your car’s history. In the state of Texas, your vehicle’s accident history is legally required to be disclosed when the car is sold. That bad tally can keep your vehicle from getting off the market even if the car has been repaired.

Your car’s diminished value is the difference between the vehicle’s worth prior to the car accident and its worth after the repairs have been performed on the vehicle. While buyers may not want to pay the original price for your vehicle because of the accident, their lost interest isn’t the only thing diminishing the value of your car.

Your car can also have diminished value because your insurance company doesn’t want to pay for certain parts when the vehicle is being repaired. And flawed repairs can also lower the value of your vehicle.

How can I calculate the diminished value of my vehicle?

The diminished value of your car after your vehicle has been repaired can be determined by a few factors including:

    • The overall cost of the car’s repairs
    • The quality of the car’s repairs
    • The cost of similar makes and models that have never been involved in a car accident
    • The type of damage that was sustained to the vehicle in the accident
    • The extent of the damage sustained by the vehicle in the accident
    • Past market trends involving the make and model of the vehicle
    • Future market trends involving the make and model of the vehicle

When you’re filing car accident claims, it’s crucial that you’re not relying on your insurance company to determine a fair diminished value for your vehicle. An Odessa TX personal injury lawyer can help you determine and present an accurate diminished value of your vehicle to negotiate a settlement with your insurance company.

What are the different factors that can affect my car’s diminished value?

Aside from the factors listed above that can help you to calculate the diminished value of your car, there are a few main factors that can lower the amount you may be able to claim when filing your car accident claims. These main factors include the following:

    1. Your car’s make and model. Unfortunately, the make and model of your vehicle can have a major impact on its overall diminished value after an accident. A more expensive model car will have a higher value for a longer period of time, especially if it’s a luxury vehicle.
    2. Your car’s age. Many insurance companies will refuse to pay a diminished value on your car if it’s over seven years old. This can be a problem for many drivers considering thousands of vehicles on the road today are over 25 years old. Older vehicles are typically considered lower in value compared to newer ones. However, if you have a luxury older vehicle, the value may be higher.
    3. Your car’s accident history. Your car will have diminished value if this isn’t the first time the vehicle has been involved in a car accident. Vehicles that have been in more than one accident have a lower overall value and insurers may not choose to compensate you for a diminished value claim if this is the case.
    4. Your car’s mileage. Just like a car’s mileage affects its market value so does it affect the car’s diminished value. If two drivers file a diminished value claim on the same model vehicle, the driver with a lower mileage may receive a higher diminished value claim compared to the driver with higher mileage. An insurer is less likely to pay your diminished value claim if you have a mileage of 100,000 or higher.

How do I file a diminished value claim after my car’s been in an accident?

Once you’ve filed your car accident claims, it’s time to file for your diminished value claim. However, to file for a diminished value claim, you need to prove a few things first.

It’s important that you’re able to prove to your insurer that your vehicle has diminished value due to the car accident. You also need to prove the specific dollar amount of your vehicle’s lost value. This is where car accident lawyers come in handy.

You also need to prove that your insurance company allows diminished value claims. If your insurer doesn’t allow diminished value claims, you won’t be able to get the compensation for your lost value.

You can use evidence to help prove your vehicle’s diminished value while you’re filing your car accident claims. Your car accident lawyers may recommend providing repair estimates, repair receipts, a list of new parts, and a list of replacement parts.

Just like it’s important to get a doctor’s note and diagnosis after you’ve been injured in a car accident, it’s vital that you keep all of your receipts for your vehicle’s repairs after the accident. Your receipts are your proof that you’ve paid for your vehicle repair.

Your receipts are also key evidence for your parts list. On that same list, make sure to write down whether the parts you bought for your vehicle were new, used, aftermarket parts, or parts that were made by the vehicle’s original equipment manufacturer.

If you need help filing your car accident claims or diminished value claim, a car accident attorney or personal injury attorney can help you file. Attorneys can help you gather the evidence you need to make your diminished value claim and to help you determine the exact dollar amount of your vehicle’s diminished value.

Need help filing car accident claims?

If you need to file car accident claims after being in a car accident caused by a reckless or negligent driver, you’re not alone. In fact, approximately 2.35 million people every year suffer from injuries or disabilities after a car accident on U.S. roads.

At the law offices of Heriberto Ramos, professional and experienced personal injuries lawyers can help you file your car accident claims and argue on your behalf for the compensation you deserve. To learn more about filing car accident claims and personal injury claims, or to schedule a consultation, contact the law offices of Heriberto Ramos today.

The Most Common Summer Personal Injuries (And How To Avoid Them)

personal injuriesSummer is nearly here, and that means different types of personal injuries are starting to become more common again. Although personal injuries can happen at any time of the year, there are certain activities and happenstances during the summer that may put you at greater risk.

With that in mind, consider the following common summer personal injuries so you know what to be on the lookout for these next few months.

Car accident-related injuries

Every year, there are about 6 million car accidents in the United States. During the summer months, in particular, the number of car accidents on U.S. roads increases for several different reasons. Three of those reasons include:

  1. There are more more younger drivers. The American Automobile Association refers to the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day as the 100 Deadliest Days of the year. This is because, during the summer, there are more younger and inexperienced drivers on the road since school isn’t in session.
  2. There are more motorcyclists. Summer is the height of motorcycle season. However, motorcycles can be difficult to spot on the road because they’re smaller than passenger vehicles. Drivers who don’t check twice may be unaware that a motorcyclist is in their blindspot. Some reckless drivers may also feel that a motorcycle doesn’t need the entire lane to drive in and may attempt to drive beside them in the same lane.
  3. There are more people traveling. The kids are off from school during the summer, which means parents are more likely to schedule a vacation during this time. Teenagers are also more likely to go on road trips, which puts more drivers on the road. What’s more, because the days are longer, drivers are on the road for longer periods of time than they would otherwise be during the winter months.

It’s not always possible to avoid a reckless or negligent driver. But you can take precautions to avoid the likelihood of a car accident by:

  • Staying a car’s length behind a passenger vehicle and three to four seconds behind a motorcycle.
  • Double checking your blind spots before changing lanes or turning.
  • Giving motorcyclists the entire lane to drive in.
  • Remembering not to text or be otherwise distracted while driving.
  • Waiting approximately three seconds before entering the intersection to avoid drivers running red lights.

Dog-related injuries

Pet owners walk their dogs throughout the year, but dog-related injuries are especially common during the summer months. This is because more people are likely to take their dogs to the dog park during the summer or they may be tempted to walk them off-leash.

Dog owners may also be tempted to bring their dogs to summer festivals and parades, which may not always be the best decision. Dogs can become nervous around many people and the loud music and noise can make them easily anxious.

For dog owners, consider leaving your pets at home in an air-conditioned space during the summer months instead of bringing them to parades and festivals. When you’re going to be gone for more than four hours, have someone stop by your home to take your dog out to use the bathroom.

Remember to always keep your dog on a leash when you do bring them out for a walk or run. It’s also recommended that your dog be micro-chipped in the event that they do run off.

It’s important that you’re able to read your dog’s body language. When your dog is showing signs of discomfort, nervousness, or anxiety, it isn’t a good idea to tell someone (especially a child) that it’s okay to pet your dog.

For those who don’t own a dog, it’s important that you remember to ask a dog owner if it’s alright to pet a dog before approaching. Quick movements or running can make a dog nervous.

It’s also important that you never approach a dog that isn’t on a leash. If you suspect that a dog may be loose, contact your local animal shelter or animal control.

Work-related injuries

Not all personal injuries during the summer months happen when you’re on your free time. Many common summer personal injuries also happen in the workplace.

Some of the most common work-related injuries that can happen due to employer recklessness or negligence include:

  1. Hyperthermia. Hyperthermia, or heat stroke, is a serious condition that’s caused by too much sun exposure. When your body begins to overheat, it causes major bodily functions to shut down. To reduce the risk of heat stroke-related injuries, it’s important that you’re able to work in the shade and take frequent breaks. Water should also be kept on hand and you should never work alone.
  2. Dehydration. Dehydration is also a common problem that occurs during summer work because of the heat and sun exposure. As an employee, you should be given adequate rest during your work and you should drink water regularly. Extra water should also be available. To keep an eye out for dehydration, remember the symptoms include headache, dry skin, and fatigue.
  3. Falls. Falls increase in frequency during the summer months because of increased work outdoors. It’s important that you have the proper footwear and equipment necessary to prevent falls and other serious injuries. If you suffer from a fall while you’re on the job, you may be entitled to workers compensation benefits for your personal injuries, lost wages, and medical treatment.
  4. Motor vehicle accidents. Car accident injuries, as mentioned previously, are one of the most common summer personal injuries overall. But they’re also a common work-related injury. Because outdoor work is more frequent during the summer months, more workers are driving construction vehicles on or around the construction site. Construction also increases the risk of car accidents among passenger vehicles because roadwork increases traffic. Unfortunately, the responsibility for damages in these type of motor vehicle accidents can be complicated.

It can be difficult to avoid work-related accidents, but it’s important to be cautious. Wear the necessary safety equipment and workwear when you’re in a construction zone or working on a project. Take additional precautions when you’re driving a work vehicle around a construction site as well and double check your blind spots.

Make sure that you’re paying attention to how much water you’re consuming, too. While your employer is responsible for your breaks and providing shade, it’s important that you’re using that time to stay hydrated and you’re not overworking yourself.

Electrolytes are also a good thing to drink but don’t substitute water for sugary beverages that contain electrolytes when push comes to shove. It’s also worth mentioning that coconut water isn’t any better for you than regular water. Stick with regular water while you’re working and make sure you, and your co-workers, are drinking plenty of it.

Looking for an experienced Odessa TX personal injury lawyer?

Every year, approximately 2.35 million people in the U.S. suffer from injuries after a car accident. If you’ve been in a car accident, suffered from a fall, or experienced one of the other common summer personal injuries listed above, it may be in your best interest to file a personal injury claim.

The law offices of Heriberto Ramos can help you file your personal injury claims and fight for your compensation. To learn more about our legal services or to schedule a consultation, contact the law offices of Heriberto Ramos today.

The 100 Deadliest Days For Drivers: Are You Prepared?

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It’s officially graduation season, which means more young drivers are on the road and the 100 deadliest days of the summer driving season has begun. According to the American Automobile Association, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is considered to be the most dangerous time for drivers.

 

But why are these summer days so dangerous and what can drivers do to reduce their risk of being in a car accident?

 

More inexperienced drivers are on the road

 

Personal injury lawyers often see cases of reckless or negligent driving that involves speeding or texting. But in this case, it’s not just recklessness that’s causing an increase in car accidents but inexperience.

 

Researchers from AAA analyzed the data from the 2016 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System. In their analysis, AAA found that over 1,050 people were killed in car accidents involving a teenage driver in 2016 during the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

 

Dubbed the “100 Deadliest Days,” up to 10 people die per day during this period, a 14% increase compared to any other time of the year. Because school has let out for the season, a greater number of inexperienced drivers are on the road at the same time.

 

“The number of fatal crashes involving teen drivers during the summer is an important traffic safety concern and research shows that young drivers are at greater risk and have higher crash rates compared to older and more experienced drivers,” said Dr. David Yang, the executive director of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

 

“Through education, proper training, and involvement of parents, we can help our young drivers to become better and safer drivers, which in turn keeps the roads safer for everyone,” said Yang.

 

What’s causing teen drivers to get into accidents?

 

The two key factors that contribute to the increase in car accidents during this period are speeding and nighttime driving.

 

The AAA found that 36% of all motor vehicle fatalities involving teenage drivers occur between 9:00 PM and 5:00 AM. What’s more, during the 100 deadliest days, the percentage of nighttime crash fatalities involving teen drivers increased by 22%.

 

“Not only are risks, like nighttime driving, a particular danger to young drivers, nearly every state also has a law restricting how late teens may be out on the roads,” said Richard Romer, manager of state relations at AAA. “This is a timely reminder for parents to be actively involved in their teen’s learning-to-drive process, understanding the risks and to be educated on their state’s teen driving law.”

 

Driving at night can be challenging even for experienced drivers, personal injury lawyers could argue. Areas with poor lighting can make obstacles on the road difficult to see. And if it’s been raining, lights can reflect off the road and impair a driver’s vision.

 

Nighttime driving paired with distractions such as passengers, music, or texting can make the situation even worse. That said, as an experienced car accident attorney will tell you, it’s crucial not to be negligent on the road at any time of day but especially at night.

 

The AAA also found that approximately one in 10 motor vehicle fatalities that are speed-related involve a teen driver. And up to 29% of all motor vehicle deaths involving a teenage driver were also speed-related.

 

Remember to keep your eyes on the road, not your phone

 

In many a personal injury lawyer’s case files, distracted driving is often a cause for many accidents. According to a study from the University of Iowa, texting while driving is a major contributing factor to car accidents involving a teen driver. Researchers analyzed the footage of 2,229 dash-camera videos taken through a program with Lytz DriveCam.

 

The videos show moderate to severe car accidents between August 2007 and April 2015. In their analysis of the footage, researchers looked at the final six seconds before each car accident.

 

In 15% of car accidents, the driver was talking to others in the car. In 12%, the driver was using their cell phone and in 11% the driver was looking at something inside the car.

 

“It’s no secret that teens are extremely connected to their cell phones,” said Jennifer Ryan, the director of state relations at AAA. “Many teens are texting or using social media behind the wheel more often than in the past, which is making an unsafe situation even worse.”

 

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that texting while driving increases the risk of a car accident by 23 times. And the risk for teenage drivers has increased even more in recent years as teens have switched from taking calls while driving to texting or using social media.

 

“They went from a dangerous activity to an extremely dangerous activity,” said Jurek Grabowski, the research director for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “In these dangerous situations, they don’t even see the crashes coming and that’s just insane.”

 

How to reduce your risk

 

Even if you have a personal injury lawyer on speed-dial, it’s important to keep a sharp eye on the road during the 100 deadliest days. There will be more inexperienced drivers than usual, which means you’ll be driving alongside more people who are distracted or driving recklessly.

 

If you have a teen driver in your life, discuss the dangers of risky driving situations ahead of time and teach by example. Don’t speed or drive recklessly behind the wheel of your own vehicle.

 

As for when you’re on the road yourself, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

 

 

  • Pull into traffic slowly and be aware of your blind spots. Not only are there more teen drivers on the road but it’s also motorcycle season.

 

  • Watch out for drivers who run red lights. Count to three before you enter the intersection to avoid drivers who try to shoot through the last second of a yellow light.

 

  • Don’t reach for things when they fall. It might be frustrating to drop a coffee or piece of food on the floor, but you increase your car accident risk when you reach for it. Instead, let it be until you can pull over.

 

 

What do I do if I get into a car accident?

 

Every year, up to 3 million people are injured and 37,000 people die in car accidents on U.S. roads. Your risk of getting into a car accident increases during the 100 deadliest days of the year.

 

Reduce your risk of getting into a car accident by driving carefully and paying close attention to other drivers. If you do get into a car accident, it may be in your best interest to file a personal injury claim with a car accident lawyer.

 

Experienced personal injury lawyers can help you file your claim and argue your case should your claim go to court. Even if you’re not sure if the other driver was speeding or being negligent, it’s good to hire a personal injury lawyer if you were injured by the other driver or if your vehicle suffered damage during the accident.

 

Looking for personal injury lawyers Odessa TX trusts?

 

If you suffered from an injury due to another driver’s negligence behind the wheel, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical treatments and vehicle damage. Contact the law offices of Heriberto Ramos today to schedule a consultation.

Do I Really Need To See A Doctor After A Car Accident?

personal injury lawyerOne of your first steps after you’ve been in a car accident should be to visit a doctor’s office. Approximately 2.35 million people in the U.S. every year suffer from injuries and disabilities after they’ve been in a car crash, and these injuries aren’t always immediately apparent.

That said, even if you didn’t need to visit the emergency room or be treated by EMTs, it’s a good idea to have yourself checked out by a medical professional. But many people who get into a car accident and don’t suffer from visible injuries often believe they’re fine. This can be a major mistake if your insurance company denies your claim or you need to file for personal injury damages in the future.

Why is it so important to see a doctor after a car accident?

You may think you’re fine after you’ve been in a car accident because there’s no visible injury and nothing immediately hurts. However, car accidents can be traumatic. Adrenaline and shock can keep you from feeling injuries and you may not feel the pain until days later.

Unfortunately, if you wait for the pain to subside before deciding something is wrong, you can end up hurting your car accident claim even if you have an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side. Insurance companies and the defendant’s personal injury lawyer will use the amount of time between the accident and your visit to the doctor to claim your injury came from another cause or that the accident didn’t cause the injury at all.

To avoid insurance companies from doubting you, it’s a good idea to see a medical professional within three days of the crash. When in doubt, it’s always better to see a doctor sooner rather than later. In fact, it’s best to see your doctor the same day as the accident or the next day.

Rapid medical attention and treatment is important for your health and for your car accident claim. The risk of a concussion, fracture, or internal bleeding is high after a car crash.

If you can’t get in to see your primary care provider the same day or next day after your accident, consider visiting your local urgent care clinic or the emergency room. Once your adrenaline starts to wear off, your body will start to let you know that something is wrong.

Should I see a neurologist after my car accident?

After you’ve received medical attention after your accident, you might be recommended to visit a neurologist. You can also ask your PCP about recommending a neurologist if you continue to suffer from headaches or dizziness.

Neurology is the study and treatment of disorders of the entire nervous system. During a car accident, your brain and spine are the most vulnerable parts of your body. Many people suffer from concussions, neck injuries, or back injuries after a car crash.

A neurologist can examine your body to determine if you have the early stages of an injury related to your nerves before the injury gets worse. Neurological injuries can take on many forms, but common symptoms include:

  • Weakness in an extremity
  • Tingling in an extremity
  • Numbness in an extremity
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Dizziness

It can also help to visit a neurologist to get to the bottom of your injuries for your personal injury case. Your doctor’s office may document certain injuries and symptoms that were caused by the accident, but a neurologist may be able to pinpoint why you’re suffering from those symptoms.

Your neurologist will also help you design an individuals treatment plan for your specific symptoms and injuries so you can find relief.

What are the most common car accident injuries?

Another reason why it’s so important to visit a doctor after you’ve been in a car accident is that car accident injuries vary from concussions to fractures to emotional trauma. Your injuries can vary based on the position of your car, where you were hit, whether you were wearing a seat belt, and the force of the collision.

You can even suffer an injury from a car accident that seems minor. Symptoms aren’t always immediately apparent, which is why it’s crucial to get checked out.

Here are a few of the most common types of car accident injuries:

  1. Whiplash. Whiplash is the number one most common type of car accidentinjuries. Whiplash is when a car turns or is hit abruptly and causes the driver or passenger’s next to move back and forth sharply. This sudden movement causes injury to the tendons and muscle in the neck, which can result in injury. Whiplash can heal over time, but some cases can be severe. Symptoms include neck stiffness, neck pain, loss of range of motion, and worsening pain when you move your neck.
  2. Concussion. Concussions are caused when the brain hits a part of the skull because the head has been thrown back and forth. Concussions are serious injuries and can happen even if you don’t hit your head against anything. Symptoms include dizziness, ringing in the ears, headache, head pressure, temporary loss of consciousness, difficulty concentrating, and difficulty remembering things.
  3. Emotional injuries. Although physical injuries are often apparent or become apparent over time, emotional injuries that occur after the accident may not be immediate. Emotions injuries can include PTSD, anxiety, and depression. Anxiety is especially common after a car accident because of the trauma and abrupt release and withdrawal of adrenaline. However, if your anxiety lasts for long periods of time and you experience painful memories of the car accident, you may be experiencing PTSD. It may be a good idea to see a psychologist who specializes in car accident trauma if you’re experiencing emotional difficulties after your accident.
  4. Bone fractures. In a car accident, bone fractures are caused by blunt force or compression. Any bone can be fractured in an accident. However, the most common types of fractures include the legs, arms, feet, and hands. In a rear-end accident, the force of the impact can cause the driver’s wrists, hands, or arms to fracture. This is because of their position at the steering wheel. It’s not always apparent when you’ve suffered from a bone fracture. Symptoms can include redness, bruising, swelling, loss of function in the extremity, severe pain, and deformity.
  5. Musculoskeletal injuries. Musculoskeletal injuries happen to the body’s tendons, ligaments, muscles, and nerves. Anywhere that your body was stretched, bent, or compressed in a car accident can be damaged in a car accident. Musculoskeletal injuries can be just as painful as a bone fracture. They can limit your ability to perform tasks and can worsen with activity. Symptoms may include redness, inflammation, and swelling.

Injuries after a car accident can vary over a wide range. That said, even if you don’t believe you have any of the injuries listed above, it’s important to see a doctor after your accident to be on the safe side.

When you see a doctor after your accident, you can also feel secure knowing that your personal injury lawyer will have the medical papers documenting your injuries. But before you can give your personal injury lawyer your medical documents, you need to find the right personal injury lawyer for you.

Where can I find personal injury lawyers Odessa TX residents trust?

It’s important to go see a doctor immediately after your car accident to make sure you don’t have any injuries or nerve damage. If you do have injuries or nerve damage, it’s important that a medical professional document them early on so you can use them in your personal injury case.

If you’re looking for a personal injury lawyer or car accident attorney Odessa TX trusts, Heriberto Ramos is the lawyer for you. For more information, schedule a consultation at the law offices of Heriberto Ramos and Associates today.

Dog Bite Laws In Texas

While dogs are known as man’s best friend, they can also cause serious injuries. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, approximately 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs every year. As many as 800,000 of these dog bites will require medical treatment.

For victims of dog bites in Texas, understanding the state laws regarding dog bites is very important. Understanding these laws and getting the correct guidance from an Odessa personal injury attorney can be the difference in the compensation you receive,

Texas Dog Bite Statutes

The state of Texas does not have a statute covering dog bites specifically. This makes it one of the few states that does not have a dog bite statute.

Texas relies on a 1974 Supreme Court ruling for personal injury cases for dog bites. The ruling in Marshall v. Ranne stated that Texas is a “negligence” or “one bite rule” state following Section 509 of the Restatement of Torts.

For dog bite victims, this means you must prove that:

  • The dog had bitten someone or acted aggressively in the past and that the owner knew of the dog’s past behavior
  • The dog’s owner did not use reasonable care to control the dog or prevent the bite

“Vicious, Dangerous or Mischievous” Dog Bites

While the “negligence” rule applies in the majority of Texas dog bite cases, there are cases where Texas will apply a “strict liability” rule. These cases generally are the result of the dog’s known nature, in which the dog is known to be “vicious, dangerous or mischievous”. This designation could be the result of the dog having bitten someone in the past, which resulted in the dog being classified as “dangerous”.

Dogs can be classified as dangerous for a number of reasons, including:

  • Breed: Certain breeds of dog are known to be vicious. Some examples include pit bulls, German shepherds and rottweilers. While the breed of dog does not classify them as vicious on its own, it can be used to show that a dog is vicious.
  • Training: Some dogs are trained to attack on command or are trained to be guard dogs. If a dog has had this type of training, the dog owner knows the dog is vicious.
  • Previous Attacks: As mentioned above, if a dog has a history of bites, they will be classified as vicious. In order to prove this, a dog bite victim will need evidence. This can be gathered by:
  • Previous Injury Victims: Whether it is a neighbor, postal worker or a random person, having evidence from a previous dog bite victim can prove they are vicious.
    • Police Reports: Most dog attacks are reported to the police. These records can prove the dangerous nature of the dog.
    • Animal Control: Similar to the police report, most dog attacks are reported to Animal Control.

In the case of a “dangerous dog”, the injured person would not have to prove that the owner was negligent. The injured person would be entitled to damages by showcasing that the dog was classified as dangerous.

Are Other Dog Injuries Covered?

Dog bites may be the most common injuries resulting from dogs, but they are not the only injuries dogs can cause. For example, large dogs can cause injuries when they jump on someone. The same rules apply to this situation. Under Texas law, if a person is injured by a dog in any way, they can bring a claim against the dog’s owner. Just like a dog bit, the injured person would have to prove that the dog owner was negligent, which resulted in the injury.

Do Dog Bite Cases Go To Court?

Dog bite cases can end up in court. Criminal charges can be brought against a dog owner in cases where severe injuries were caused. These cases will be brought to court.

In Texas, a dog’s owner may be charged with a felony if:

  • The owner “with criminal negligence” fails to secure the dog, and the dog attacks someone, unprovoked, at a location away from the owner’s real or personal property, or
  • The owner knows the dog is a “dangerous dog” and the dog attacks someone, unprovoked, outside its own secure enclosure, and
  • Either of these situations causes serious bodily injury or death.

Criminal dog bite cases can also include civil lawsuits or wrongful death claims.

When Can A Dog Bite Victim Be Liable?

In some cases, the person injured by the dog bite can also be liable. These cases generally are the result of trespassing. If the victim was unlawfully trespassing on the dog owners property, they can make the case that the victim bears some of the responsibility.

Hiring an Odessa Dog Bite Attorney

It is strongly recommended that any dog bite victims seek legal counsel following the incident. A professional Odessa dog bite attorney will provide the correct guidance to get the maximum compensation. From the gathering of evidence to filing the claim, an Odessa dog bite attorney will know exactly how to handle the case.

If you or a loved one was the victim of a dog bite, contact the Odessa personal injury law firm of The Law Offices of Heriberto Ramos. With years of experience handling personal injury cases, we can assist you with your case.

When Do You Need To Hire A Personal Injury Lawyer?

When it comes to injury cases, not all of them will require a lawyer. In some instances, hiring a lawyer is not actually in your best interest because of the low level of compensation you are entitled to. It can still be beneficial to reach out to a personal injury lawyer to get more information, but understanding your case and when a personal injury lawyer is necessary can save you money in the long run.

But how do you know when you need to hire a personal injury lawyer? The following tips will help guide you through the process of identifying whether a personal injury lawyer is right for your particular case.

What Are The Long-Term Impacts Of Your Injuries?

As you may imagine, one of the first things to do when considering a personal injury claim is to evaluate your injuries. One of the things most often overlooked, however, is evaluating the long-term impact of your injuries. When you are injured due to the negligence of another person, the first thing to do is seek medical attention to get a better gauge of your injuries.

What Is The Severity Of Your Injuries?

Evaluating an injury on your own can be difficult, as you will be taking into account your own personal pain threshold. You will want to get an evaluation that will be based on the specifics on the injury. While scrapes and bruises may hurt very badly, it will be difficult to recover a lot of compensation with those injuries. In these cases, hiring a personal injury lawyer may not be in your best interest.

On the other hand, if you visit a doctor following an accident and find that you have broken or fractured bones, you will be entitled to more compensation and hiring a personal injury lawyer may be a good idea.

You should truly understand the severity of your injuries before making any decisions in a personal injury case.

Could Your Injuries Be Recurring?

After you have had your injuries evaluated, it is now time to begin to determine how the injuries will impact your life in the long-run. This is especially important when it comes to neck and back injuries. When it comes to neck and back pain, these injuries can continue to interfere with your life months and even years down the road. Even minor back and neck injuries can turn into major problems.

Understanding the full extent of your injuries can play a huge role in the compensation you are entitled to. A good personal injury lawyer will be able to guide you through this process to ensure you do not accept an offer that won’t cover the possible expenses and suffering in the future.

If you suffer any severe injuries or injuries to your neck and back, you should consult a personal injury lawyer right away.

Who Is Liable For The Accident?

Another important question to ask when considering hiring a personal injury lawyer is who is the liable party for the accident. In cases where it is apparent who is at fault for the accident and there are only two parties involved, it may not be necessary to hire a personal injury lawyer. When you are involved in an accident that results in an injury, you should consider both liability and state laws before contacting a personal injury lawyer.

Were There Multiple Parties Involved In The Accident?

In some accidents, there will be multiple parties involved, especially when dealing with motor vehicle accidents. In these cases, identifying who is liable for the accident can be much more difficult. In these cases, it is rarely cut and dry and can become very complicated. Whenever there are multiple parties involved, it is best to contact a personal injury lawyer. They will be able to help you navigate this complicated journey and will ensure you are able to get the necessary compensation.

What Are The State Laws?

Depending on which state you are in when you get in the accident will determine what options you have. For example, if you are involved in an accident in a No-Fault State, you are not able to sue unless your injuries rise to a certain level. This can make hiring a personal injury lawyer for minor injuries unnecessary.

In Texas, there are a few state laws that come into play, including time limits, shared fault rules, and injury damage caps. If you are involved in an accident in Texas, you should contact a Texas personal injury lawyer to look over your case to better understand what your next steps should be.

What Role Do Insurance Companies Play?

Insurance companies are almost always going to be involved in personal injury cases. When a person is injured in an accident, they are most likely going to file a claim with their insurance company, expecting to receive a settlement for the injury. When this happens, most people assume the insurance companies are looking out for them; however, this is rarely the case.

What Is The Primary Goal Of Insurance Companies?

You may not realize this, but insurance companies want to pay as little as possible when it comes to insurance claims. After an accident, you may receive an offer from the liable party’s insurance company. It may seem like a fair offer, but without having a professional personal injury lawyer look at it, you will never know if you are actually getting the full compensation you deserve. It can be even more difficult to understand the insurance process when there are multiple liable parties, as discussed earlier.

When it comes right down to it, in most personal injury cases, you will want to consult a personal injury lawyer. Unless it is clearly apparent who is liable or you suffer very minor injuries, scheduling a consultation with a personal injury lawyer should be one of the first things you do.

If you are in the Odessa area and have been involved in an accident, contact the Odessa personal injury lawyers at The Law Offices of Heriberto Ramos. With years of experience dealing with all types of personal injury cases, we can assist you in getting the compensation you deserve.

Common Oilfield Injury Cases

Oil Fields can be very dangerous places. That is a fact most people know. Yet, most people, including oilfield workers all over Texas, don’t know that they may be entitled to compensation for injuries they sustain on the job.

According to data from the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), as many as 4,000 U.S. oilfield workers are injured in workplace accidents each year. While the number of injuries has declined in recent years, oilfields remain one of the most dangerous workplaces in the United States.

In order to fully understand the dangers of oil fields, you have to understand what the most common personal injury accidents are and what the most common injuries sustained are. Knowing this information can be the difference between getting compensated for your oilfield accident and not getting compensated.

Common Oilfield Accidents

Most oilfield accidents that did not result in fatalities or catastrophes were not reported prior to 2015, which can make it difficult to truly understand how common accidents are on oilfields in the United States. Due to the large volume of oilfields in Texas, it is the leading state for fatal oilfield injuries.

Some of the most common oilfield accidents include:

Fire and Explosions: Explosions are pretty common occurrences on oilfields, particularly due to the fact that gas is combustible. These fires and explosions can be caused by any number of activities, such as well blowouts, welding, and drilling.

Equipment Accidents: With so much heavy equipment moving, accidents involving contact with equipment are also very common. Whether it is moving pipes, rotary tables or tongs, anytime oilfield equipment strikes an employee, there is the possibility of serious injury.

Falls: Probably the most common accident, falls occur frequently. The combination of chemicals, gas and heavy machinery make oilfields difficult to navigate and the potential for falls is very high.

Common Oilfield Injuries

Now that we have discussed the most common accidents, it is important to also understand the injuries that commonly occur due to those accidents. These injuries can be the result of handling chemicals, falling on the job or due to the machinery used.

Here are some of the most common oilfield injuries:

Burns: With so many chemicals and gas, burns are very common. The severity of the burns can vary significantly, but all burns should be treated by a medical professional.

Back/Neck Injuries: As mentioned above, the machinery used by oilfield employees is heavy and lifting these tools can be difficult. Without proper technique, lifting this equipment can cause severe back and neck injuries. The slippery conditions can also add to the back injuries suffered by oilfield employees.

Arm/Leg Injuries: The heavy equipment and slippery conditions to not only present a danger to employees back and necks. These conditions can also cause severe arm and leg injuries as well. From limbs being caught in machines to falls, these accidents can cause broken bones, amputations, and severe trauma.

Eye Injuries: The exposure to chemicals on a regular basis can also lead to eye damage which could be permanent. The debris that is also ever-present can also cause eye injuries and possible infections.

Head Injuries: While most oilfield employees wear protective headgear while on the job, head injuries still occur. These include concussions, lacerations, etc. which can be serious if not treated properly. Head injuries can occur due to falling equipment or slips and falls.

How To Handle An Oilfield Injury

While oilfield injuries may be common, many oilfield employees do not know how to handle being injured on the job. These injuries can have long-term consequences, including impacting your ability to work, so it is important to understand what you need to do when you are injured.

The first step is to report your injury to your employer immediately. As soon as you do this, you will also want to begin documenting how the injury occurred. While documenting the accident is important, you should not neglect your personal well-being to do so. If you need medical assistance right away, you should seek the help you need.

Once you have seen to your personal well-being and have notified your employer of the injury, you should seek the guidance of an oilfield injury attorney. After filing an injury report with your employer, they will open an investigation into the incident. Their insurer will also be aiding them in the investigation and they will be trying to minimize any liability of the company.

This is why it is so important to have an oilfield injury attorney to help you navigate this process. You will be speaking with your employer and insurance adjusters who will be asking you questions regarding the accident and the injuries you suffered. During these discussions, it is important to have legal representation to ensure you get the compensation you deserve based on the injuries you suffered.

Wrongful Death Oilfield Lawsuits

In the event an oilfield accident results in the death of the employee, family members of that employee can also file a wrongful death lawsuit. Similar to the oilfield personal injury case, it is important to hire an oilfield injury attorney in this situation. An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to help you navigate the wrongful death process and get you the compensation you need.

Were You Involved In An Oilfield Accident?

If you or someone you know suffered an oilfield injury in the Houston or Odessa area, contact The Law Offices of Heriberto Ramos. Our team of professional Houston and Odessa personal injury attorneys have the experience necessary to successfully manage your personal injury claim. Contact us today for a FREE initial consultation.

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