Personal Injury Cases:

Personal Injury

In this area, we will discuss the some of the injuries commonly seen at our office.  We are not doctors.  If you have a problem you need to see a doctor and rely on their information and recommendations.

 

 

 

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We represent people who are hurt as a result of someone else’s mistake. We help people who have been arrested. We help businesses that need guidance and advice. Please call me. The SOUD Law Firm commits its practice to helping people just like you.

 

A attorney consultation at my office is where you would have a calm, informative, clear and lengthy conversation about what your legal situation is and what your opportunities and options are. We will conclude our meeting with a suggestion that you go home and think about your hiring decision and if you decide to hire SOUD Law, then hire us. You will not be pressured to do anything. I call this the “Zero pressure + Maximum Information Initial Conference” and it is free.

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Did you notice our slogan?  “COMMITTED TO YOUR CASE” What that means is, we are…

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  • Committed to your physical injury – closely monitoring your healthcare and its costs.  We will help find opportunities for maximum recovery so you will have some understanding of what your physical condition is going to be like in 5 years.
  • Committed to your financial losses – we will recoup your losses, out-of-pocket expenses and other instances where you are loosing money.
  • Committed to your family’s unexpected concerns – relieving you of any burdens possible that could come in the form of explaining the situation to family, handling company paperwork, creditor calls & contacts, including employer requests for information.
  • Committed to your “One Shot” opportunity – recovering a settlement for your injuries, negotiating plea agreements in a criminal matter or negotiation business deals & contracts all have one thing in common.  You get one shot to get it right.

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Whatever your decision, I hope we can help you.  Thank you.

Jeffrey D. Soud, Esq.
Dec- 2012

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Neck Injuries & Low Back Pain (LBP):

The movement of the colliding vehicle forces your neck and torso directions against your natural resistance. This resistance causes pulled and torn ligaments and muscle tissues. This injury in the neck is often referred to as “whiplash” or “soft tissue” injury. An ER might discharge you with a finding of “Neck Strain” or “Neck Sprain”. A lot of times some people may not feel the full brunt of the pain from these injuries until the next day or two or even a week later. That is normal. When the injuries do “set-in”, it hurts, is stiff, feels warm to the touch and sometimes is associated with tingling or numbness down the arms or down the legs. LISTEN TO ME:  10 out of 10 doctors agree, your body will heal! So here are your options: 1) You can either sit there, like a bump on a log and your body heals back in knots. Or, 2) You can get into physical therapy and help your body heal correctly. Of course therapy is dependent upon your past medical history and medical clearance. But the distinction I am trying to draw is that you want to be “active” with your medical care (i.e. – do everything your possibly can with your doctor to heal as best as you can) versus what I call “passive care” (i.e. – “take 2 of these and call me in the morning” or pill popping).

Shoulder Injury:

Your shoulder joint is composed of three bones: the clavicle (collarbone), the scapula (shoulder blade), and the humerus (upper arm bone). Your shoulders are the most movable joints in your body. During an accident you may naturally extend your arms to brace your self.  Because of that, your shoulder may become unstable.  Instability is often because the ball of the upper arm is naturally larger than the shoulder socket that holds it. To remain in a stable or normal position, the shoulder must be held “in place” by muscles, tendons and ligaments. Because the shoulder can be unstable, it is the site of many common problems such as dislocations, tendinitis, bursitis, separations, rotator cuff tears, frozen shoulder, arthritis and fractures  Proper diagnosis and treatment are necessary from a licensed physician.  The tools at their disposal may include, for example, “RICE”, which stands for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.  Other forms of treatment may include: Physical Therapy, pain medicines, medicines to reduce swelling or Surgery. Just this past month (March 2012) two Soud Law Firm clients had shoulder surgery and next month another client’s doctor has them schduled for shoulder surgery.  This is not a scientifice statistical analysis but over the course of the past year, at Soud Law Firm, we have probably seen numerous  clients with shoulder injury/surgery cases.  If it were my shoulder, the diagnostic test I hope my doctor uses are: 1) an ultrasound (partial rotator cuff tears) and 2) “MRI Arthrogram” and another technique used involving “ABER views”.  Both are considered good for investigating shoulder damage, including labral tears, SLAP tears as well as possible injury to muscles, tendons or ligaments.

Knee Injury:

Your knee joint is made up of bone, cartilage, ligaments and fluid. Muscles and tendons help the knee joint move. A direct blow to the knee can cause injury, however the knee is actually more susceptible to twisting or over-stretching injuries. When any of the knee structures become hurt or diseased, you have knee problems. Knee problems can cause pain and difficulty walking. Arthritis is the most common disease that affects bones in your knees. The cartilage in the knee gradually wears away, causing pain and swelling. Injuries to ligaments and tendons also cause knee problems. A common injury is to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). You usually injure your ACL by a sudden twisting motion. ACL and other knee injuries are common sports injuries and the cause of long commercial breaks during the football game. Treatment of knee problems depends on the cause and can range between prescriptive care to full blown knee replacement.  Once again, it is common over the course of a year that our office will see several clients have knee surgery.

Head Injury / Closed Head Injury – Concussion:

We ask the family and loved ones of our clients to tell us if they think their injured loved one is suffering from a concussion.  Concerned loved ones need to be alert and unafraid to speak up, on behalf of the injured .  Often this will require attending doctor’s visits with them to discuss the matter fully with their treating doctor. Different personality and emotional manifestations are not unusual.  We like this excerpt from WebMD:

What causes a concussion? Your brain is a soft organ that is surrounded by spinal fluid and protected by your hard skull. Normally, the fluid around your brain acts like a cushion that keeps your brain from banging into your skull. But if your head or your body is hit hard, your brain can crash into your skull and be injured. There are many ways to get a concussion. Some common ways include fights, falls, playground injuries, car crashes, and bike accidents. Concussions can also happen while participating in any sport or activity such as football, boxing, hockey, soccer, skiing, or snowboarding.

What are the symptoms? It is not always easy to know if someone has a concussion. You don’t have to pass out (lose consciousness) to have a concussion. Symptoms of a concussion range from mild to severe and can last for hours, days, weeks, or even months. If you notice any symptoms of a concussion, contact your doctor. Symptoms of a concussion fit into four main categories:

  • Thinking and remembering
    • Not thinking clearly
    • Feeling slowed down
    • Not being able to concentrate
    • Not being able to remember new information
  • Physical
    • Headache
    • Fuzzy or blurry vision
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Dizziness
    • Sensitivity to light or noise
    • Balance problems
    • Feeling tired or having no energy
  • Emotional and mood
    • Easily upset or angered
    • Sad
    • Nervous or anxious
    • More emotional
  • Sleep
    • Sleeping more than usual
    • Sleeping less than usual
    • Having a hard time falling asleep

 

If you find yourself hurt and backed up against the wall with medical bills piling up and personal expenses accumulating, please call me at The SOUD Law Firm.  We can help you to file a “claim” or file a “lawsuit” and get you the recovery you deserve.  We have extensive experience in personal injury cases and will work tirelessly to see that you receive the maximum amount for your injuries.

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