Jasper Personal Injury Law Blog

Could social media lead to a worker's compensation denial?

When you file a workers' compensation claim in Alabama, every but of information you provide is checked into. This is to prevent fraud. Some people will make claims about false injuries just to get money or time off work. The system has to be hard on fraud. Investigators may look to many tools to help them figure out if your injury is legitimate. One of those tools may be social media

You likely post things to social media often. You may post the occasional funny meme or share pictures of your life. Others may also tag you in photos or other things. All of these posts and tags, along with your comments are available to anyone who can access your account. Even if you have security settings on your account to prevent people who are not your friends from seeing your posts, there are other ways to see them.

How can I avoid deer while driving?

Drivers in Alabama must be vigilant while driving. Along with looking for common road hazards, you also want out for deer, which can cause serious injury and property damage when they’re struck by a vehicle. Geico offers the following tips to drivers to help them avoid deer when on the road.

Be alert at dawn and dusk

What type of activities should a nursing home offer?

If you have a loved one in an Alabama nursing home, you are no doubt concerned with the level of care your family member receives. Along with ensuring that practical needs are sufficiently met, it’s also crucial that a nursing facility offers a variety of appropriate activities. Very Well Health explains how a nursing home can develop activities to best serve its residents.

Residents’ interests should be evaluated

Increase in truck accidents is cause for concern

Alabama readers are aware of the vital role that trucks have in the economy. They transport goods and products across the country, yet they can also present a great danger for motorists in smaller vehicles. Due to the large size and heavier weight of these types of vehicles, they can cause significant damage in an accident.

The overall number of truck accidents seems to be on the rise, which is a cause for concern for both industry regulators and average motorists. According to the chief safety officer for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the number of truck accidents that result in fatalities for occupants is rising. There are many studying this issue and determining ways to make the roads safer for everyone.

How can amputation affect a person mentally?

Motorcyclists in Alabama face a myriad of risks when on the road. Amputation is just one risk that can have a serious impact on a person’s psyche. Physiopedia explains some of the common psychological reactions to amputation, which can be essential to help you or a loved one cope.

Why an amputation occurs can have a significant effect on how a person responds. For instance, people who must have a limb removed as a result of chronic illness often have better reactions in general. This is because the time leading up to the amputation serves as a sort of adjustment period, and by the time the surgery occurs the person is more likely to have made peace with the loss. People who undergo amputations as a result of a traumatic incident, such as a motorcycle accident, tend to have a harder time adjusting.

What is a traumatic brain injury?

Many workers throughout Alabama risk their lives on a daily basis. Suffering from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is just one possible consequence of a workplace injury, which can have short and long-term consequences. The Mayo Clinic offers the following information on TBI, including common causes and treatments.

TBI results from a serious injury to the head, which can involve blunt force or a penetrating wound. While causes vary quite a bit, head injuries commonly result from car accidents, which poses a risk to people who drive for a living. They also happen due to falls, which can happen at home or at work, especially when a worker spends a lot of time climbing ladders. Other causes include injuries that occur while playing sports and those related to a violent attack.

How can I help an elderly loved one deal with depression?

If you have a senior loved one in a nursing home, you probably know that the transition can be rough. In some cases, your family member may experience symptoms of depression related to feelings of isolation or lack of independence. Knowing how to identify and address these symptoms is crucial, as explained by WebMD.

Symptoms of depression

Are fatigued drivers dangerous?

No one likes feeling tired, but it often seems like an unavoidable aspect of life. Between work, family, school and leisure activity, time for sleep is at a premium. Many people in Alabama walk around in a constant fog, never fully focused on the task at hand because of their exhaustion. This kind of fatigue is not only tiring, it is also dangerous. 

Fatigued drivers are more likely to cause accidents than those who are well rested. This means that, even if you do everything within your ability to drive safely, a sleepy driver could still seriously injure you. 

Will you know what to do if you encounter a wrong-way driver?

Facing a wrong-way driver while driving on a dark Alabama highway is likely one of the worst situations that you could imagine. You might believe that it is one of those things that happen to others and not to you. However, it can happen to anyone, and considering your options now rather than when you panic might be a good idea.

There is no shortage of media reports about catastrophic, head-on car accidents nationwide that resulted from the negligence of drivers who were distracted or impaired. Even if you never find yourself facing a wrong-way driver, it cannot hurt to be prepared.

Driving your vehicle through a construction zone

Driving in different conditions requires you to modify your methods to make sure that your driving is responsible and safe. Some of the reasons why you may need to modify the way you drive include inclement weather, rush-hour traffic and construction zones. At The Sapp Law Firm, we have helped many people in Alabama who are the victims of motor vehicle accidents. 

When you see a construction zone in the distance, it is imperative that you pay extra attention to your surroundings and the warning signs that have been placed to inform you of the road conditions ahead. Even though your following the law will protect yourself and your passengers, listening to the modified rules is also critical to your ability to protect the road workers who may be doing maintenance or creating new roadways. 

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