Delayed Injuries from a Car Accident

A bad car accident can damage nearly every part of your body, which makes it difficult to watch out for symptoms. This gets even more challenging when you consider the fact that some injuries take hours or days to show up.

Have you been injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s mistake? If so, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Learn more now by calling Weaver Tidmore at 205-980-6065.

Headache

This symptom is tricky because so many of us get headaches a few times per week. How is an accident victim supposed to know that the headache they experience a few days after an accident is the sign of a traumatic brain injury? If you start experiencing a headache after a car crash, always take it seriously and assume the worst. Do not talk yourself into believing that it’s just from the stress of the collision. It could be a sign of a concussion or blood clot, and so it warrants immediate attention.

Back Pain

Back pain is extremely common after a car crash, so it’s difficult to know when it’s a sign of a more serious injury. However, back pain could indicate whiplash, spinal injuries, herniated discs, or muscle sprains. When the pain starts, try to gather as much information as you can. Is it localized or does it spread across your whole back? Is it an intense stabbing pain or is it a dull ache? Give that information to your doctor to find out what tests you need and how you can move forward with treatment.

Neck and Shoulder Pain

Whiplash commonly occurs after a car crash. The neck endures enormous pressure when you fly forward and then snap back during a collision. Due to the adrenaline rush that happens in an accident, you may not notice neck and shoulder pain immediately. Once it sets in, you should make it a priority to seek medical care right away. Whiplash can affect every part of your neck and even extend down into your shoulders.

On a side note, this injury shows how important it is to get medical care even if you are feeling fine after an accident. Whiplash can often be detected by doctors before pain sets in, allowing you to manage the pain early and seek treatment right away.

Unexpected Behavior or Speech Patterns

Traumatic brain injuries cover a wide range of diagnoses and outcomes after a car collision. As a result, they cause a huge variety of symptoms. Watch out for symptoms like:

  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Inappropriate laughter or crying
  • Inability to control what you say
  • Inability to control emotions
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Difficulty seeing
  • Spots in the corner of your field of vision

Much like a headache, people often attribute these symptoms to the stress of the crash. However, they can actually be physical symptoms of a serious TBI. Rather than assuming that you’re just angry about your totaled car when you lash out at a loved one, stop and think about if it’s a sign of something more serious. The outcome of a TBI depends largely on how quickly the issue is detected and how much you stick to your treatment protocol, so early detection is key.

Numbness and Tingling

If your spinal column is damaged in a car neck, you might actually experience this symptom before you notice pain in the neck or back. If a damaged nerve cuts off the sensation to your arms, legs, hands, or feet, you’ll notice uncomfortable numbness and tingling.

Deep Bruising

If you suddenly develop deep bruising on the abdomen, dizziness, or fainting spells after a crash, seek emergency medical care immediately. These may be signs of internal bleeding. The longer an internal bleed goes without treatment, the more likely it is to be fatal. Even if you think you are overreacting, it is far better to be safe than sorry.

Turn to Weaver Tidmore for Help with Your Injury Claim

A car accident can cause enormous stress, financial difficulties, and mental trauma. Don’t try to fight for compensation alone when Weaver Tidmore will fight on your behalf. Schedule a consultation with our team now by calling us at 205-980-6065 or filling out our online contact form.

Are You Required to Provide a Recorded Statement to an Insurance Company?

Depending on what your car accident was like, you might be surprised by how quickly things can move. Rather than waiting weeks or months to find out if you’ll get compensation, you may actually get contacted by the liable party’s insurance company days after your crash. That’s a good thing, right?

Actually, it might not be. What you say to an insurance adjuster can hurt your claim and leave you without the compensation you deserve. Learn more about how to protect your legal rights after an auto accident by calling Weaver Tidmore at 205-980-6065.

Why Adjusters Want Your Statement

Insurance adjusters want a statement because they want to know what happened, and the best way to do that is to get information from both sides and any witnesses. On its own, that’s pretty innocent and makes a strong case for giving a statement. Unfortunately, it doesn’t stop with getting the truth.

Even if your statement shows that the other party was liable and should be held liable for the damage they caused, the insurance company might still find a way to use the recorded statement against you. Every single thing you say can be picked apart and used to show that you might be partially liable for the crash, lying about the extent of your injuries, or trying to defraud the company.

Consider the generic greeting, “Hi! How are you today?” You answer “I’m fine, thank you,” because that’s the polite response. This could get twisted into, “The victim stated they were fine, so their ‘serious injuries’ are a little suspicious.” This is an extreme example, but you get the point.

What the Law Says About This

The law does not say anything about providing recorded statements to insurance companies. That is, you are under no legal obligation to provide a statement, no matter how disgruntled or pushy the insurance company representative may get.

Why Attorneys Do Not Recommend Giving Recorded Statements

To add on to that, attorneys almost never recommend giving a recorded statement without consulting them first. Consider it similar to talking to the police about an alleged crime without a lawyer present.

No matter how innocent you are, the words you say on the record can only hurt you. They will never be used to help you. Knowing that, there is no good reason to give a recorded statement without the assistance of your attorney.

Instead, you should talk to your attorney about what your obligations are and what steps are best for your case. Generally, your lawyer will take over communication with the other party’s insurance company. This prevents you from saying anything that could damage your claim. If you do end up giving a statement to the insurer, do so only under the advice and guidance of your lawyer.

When Your Own Insurance Company Requests a Statement

The situation is a bit different when it comes to your own insurance company. They are supposed to be on your side and should represent your best interests. On top of that, the policy paperwork you agreed to when you signed up with them likely has a clause requiring you to cooperate with them when you have a claim. Because of this, refusing to provide a statement can lead to cancellation of your policy and refusal to pay out open claims.

It is unlikely, though, that your own insurance company will want a recorded statement. Whether you give them one or not, you should still speak to your lawyer first. They can help you know what details to include, how to phrase things accurately, and how to avoid hurting your claim.

Find Out How Weaver Tidmore Can Help with Your Personal Injury Claim

When a car accident turns your life upside down, there is a never ending list of things to do. From contacting your insurance company to hiring an attorney and getting your car repaired, being an accident victim can almost become a part-time job. With the right legal team on your side, you can spend less time worrying about your collision and more time healing and getting back to normal.

The team at Weaver Tidmore is here to support you during this difficult time and fight for the compensation you deserve. Schedule a consultation now by contacting us online or calling us at 205-980-6065.

Keeping Your Teen Safe Behind the Wheel

No one knows anxiety like a parent whose teenager has just started driving alone. However, you don’t have to resign yourself to constant worry and GPS checking. By setting your teen up for success and encouraging safe driving habits, you can give yourself a little peace of mind while helping your teenager learn the skills that they need to become independent.

At Weaver Tidmore LLC, we know accidents happen and we’re here to help when they do. For help with your personal injury case, call Weaver Tidmore LLC at 205-980-6065.

Set Up an Insurance Meeting

Insurance agents know well the risks of teenage driving, and they are often good at communicating these risks to teenagers in a frank and practical way. Have your insurance agent talk to your teenager about accidents they’ve investigated involving teen drivers, lay out the financial costs of an accident, and explain how unsafe driving will impact their insurance rates and finances in the future. While teens may not grasp the danger of an accident, since teenagers are known to feel invincible, they may think twice if they know they will be on the hook for a high deductible if they cause an accident.

Make Sure You’re a Good Example

Kids learn best through what they experience, not what they are told. If you tell them to drive safely but spend every drive applying makeup and replying to text messages, you’re telling them that it’s okay to skirt the rules as long as you don’t actually get in an accident. Make sure the example you’re setting lines up with what you actually want them to learn from you.

Use Technology to Your Benefit

Technology is a major distraction for new drivers, especially for teens who like to stay connected at all times. But there’s also an upside to technology. You can use it to learn more about your teen’s driving habits, make sure they aren’t going places they shouldn’t be, and even help them develop safe driving skills.

Many insurance companies have a plan feature that lets you track speed, braking habits, and more. Note, though, that this information is also used to determine how much your plan costs, so it may not be a good option if your teen is prone to risky behavior. There are non-insurance options as well. Some text you if the car exceeds a certain speed, goes outside set parameters, or otherwise engages in unexpected behavior.

You can also help your teenager lay the groundwork for safe driving by setting up limits on their phone. Some phones have a feature that automatically puts them into “do not disturb” mode when they are in a car, and others lock access to everything but emergency calls when they are moving at a certain speed.

Don’t Rely Too Much on Your Teen for Assistance

A lot of parents find themselves struggling to enforce the rules when their teenager is driving unsafely or consistently pushing the limits. This is because they see a driving teen as a way to get more done.

If you rely on your new driver to take younger kids to school every day, run younger kids to activities, or pick up groceries, you are at a serious disadvantage if they break the rules and you are forced to take away their car. Some parents in this situation turn a blind eye to the teen’s behavior, knowing that they can’t afford to find a new way to get younger kids to school or activities.

While you can ask teens to handle tasks like school drop-off, do not make them your only option. You need the freedom to enforce rules when you need to. Make sure that you have alternative solutions if your teen is suddenly unable to drive.

Having a teen driver is challenging, but it is also a great chance to bond with your child, help them prepare for adulthood, and set clear expectations. The work you put in now will benefit your new driver for the rest of their life.

Turn to Weaver Tidmore LLC for Help with Your Personal Injury Claim

Have you been involved in a car accident that wasn’t your fault? We’ve been there and we know how stressful it can be. Instead of fighting for compensation on your own, let our team help. Set up a consultation with Weaver Tidmore LLC now by calling us at 205-980-6065 or contacting us online.

Safe Driving Tips for the Holiday Season

The holidays mark some of the busiest days that American roadways see each year. On top of that, many parts of the country see ice, snow, and other weather conditions that make driving hazardous. For these and other reasons, it is crucial to plan for a safe drive if you are planning to hit the road to visit loved ones.

If the worst happens and you are involved in an accident, make sure you know your rights. Call Weaver Tidmore LLC at 205-980-6065 to discuss the possibility of an accident injury claim.

Create a Comprehensive Plan

Don’t wait until the morning of your drive to know which routes you are taking and who will be in each car. Review the fastest route for your trip, divide people into vehicles if you’re traveling in a large group, and know exactly when you plan on leaving and when you hope to arrive. The day before you leave, make sure all fluids are properly refilled and you have a full gas tank.

Avoid Fatigued Driving

Driving while tired is the default option for many people, particularly parents. However, it is crucial to avoid this trap while driving during the holidays. This is one of the busiest times of the year and being fatigued puts you at significantly higher risk of an accident. In fact, some research indicates that driving while extremely fatigued is as dangerous as driving while chemically impaired.

While planning out your time to leave and your breaks, make sure you can fit in a solid night of sleep before you leave. If there are long stretches on the road, consider switching drivers partway through to ensure that each driver gets the breaks they need.

Review Defensive Driving Tactics

No matter how long you have been driving, it is never a bad time for a review of defensive driving techniques. In fact, if you have been driving a long time, a review may be overdue. Make sure you know the appropriate following distance, which precautions to take on snowy roads, and how to avoid blind spot crashes.

Limit Distractions

Distracted driving is perhaps one of the biggest threats to drivers and passengers these days. To minimize the temptation of your phone while driving, make sure you have a long playlist of music or podcasts to keep you entertained. You can also check out audiobooks from your library. Ensure that your GPS directions are geared up and ready to go so you do not need to fiddle with your phone as you drive.

Furthermore, keep others in your vehicle from becoming a major distraction. If you are traveling with young children, keep snacks and drinks easily accessible. Make sure that they have plenty of activities, books, and toys to keep them from whining and taking your attention off the road.

Check Your Route for Convenient Stops

Frequent bathroom and meal breaks are key to a successful holiday road trip. Check your route for convenient pit stops, whether it’s your family’s favorite fast food restaurant or a reliable gas station chain. If you are switching drivers throughout the trip, as recommended above, make sure your stops are spaced appropriately to allow for necessary breaks.

Section Your Trip into Multiple Days if Necessary

When it comes to holiday trips, many people are of the mindset that you should get the driving portion over as quickly as possible. This might mean driving straight through the night to reach your destination or limiting breaks. While this may help you reach your destination a bit earlier, it can also make driving much more dangerous.

If you have an exceptionally long drive ahead of you, don’t be afraid to split your drive into multiple days and stop at a hotel halfway during your trip. Yes, it may cost you a bit of time, but it can also help you reach your destination safely.

Get in Touch with Weaver Tidmore LLC to Discuss Your Personal Injury Case

Accidents happen, and if you’ve been injured in one caused by someone else’s negligence, you could be entitled to compensation. If you want to find out if you have a strong personal injury case, we’re here to help. Call Weaver Tidmore LLC at 205-980-6065 or contact us online to get started.

When Can You Sue Outside of Workers’ Comp for a Workplace Injury?

A workplace injury can throw all of your plans into a tailspin. The sudden loss of income, insecurity regarding job stability, and inability to meet your obligations at home can create significant mental stress. As you may know, workers’ compensation is usually the first place an injured worker goes to obtain reimbursement for their losses, but there are also circumstances in which an outside party might be at fault for a workplace injury.

If you have been injured on the job, protect your rights. Contact Weaver Tidmore at 205-980-6065 to explore your options.

Workers’ Compensation is Your Primary Source of Relief

The majority of the time, workers’ compensation is your primary (and sometimes only) option for financial relief after a workplace injury. This is the main goal of the workers’ compensation system; it protects workplaces and employers from being financially ruined by personal injury claims. It also protects an employee’s right to compensation by not requiring them to prove that their injury was caused by their employer.

However, part of the workers’ compensation system is that you cannot sue your employer. In extenuating circumstances, you may be able to seek compensation from your coworker or from other parties.

Limited Circumstances When You Can Sue a Coworker

When a coworker intentionally acts in a malicious or negligent manner, you may be able to file a personal injury suit against the coworker. However, you must be able to prove that they engaged in willful conduct that causes injury. This means demonstrating that the coworker acted with the knowledge that their actions would cause injuries, or that they intentionally chose to hurt you.

This can be difficult to prove; a coworker intent on hurting you is unlikely to admit that they wanted to harm you. If you choose to go this route, you must work with an experienced personal injury attorney who knows how to handle these types of cases.

You can also bring a claim against a coworker if they intentionally remove a safety guard or device from a machine. For this type of claim to be successful, the coworker must have known that injury or death was likely to occur as a result of the removal. You must also be able to show that the device’s main purpose was safety and that the device came from the manufacturer.

When a Third Party is Involved

In some accidents, a party entirely separate from your workplace is responsible for your accident. In these situations, you can bring a personal injury suit against the liable party for your injuries and losses.

For example, if you are a delivery driver and someone rear ends you at a stoplight, they are liable for the accident—not your employer. While workers’ compensation may still pay out benefits, they will also expect to be reimbursed from a successful personal injury claim. In this case, you would want to bring a claim against the driver to seek compensation.

You would also have a third-party claim if there was a contractor at your workplace who caused your injuries. This is relatively common on construction sites, where many non-employee contractors are brought in. If a non-employee caused your injuries, you would file a claim against them.

You could also file a third-party claim if your work injury occurred because of a defective product. Consider, for example, a piece of construction equipment that had inherent flaws in its design. Those flaws then caused the machine to malfunction in such a way that you were injured. You would bring a claim against the company that designed the machine or the company that manufactured the machine.

Explore Your Workers’ Compensation Options with Weaver Tidmore

Knowing your options after a workplace accident can be confusing. That is why it is recommended that you work with an attorney who understands personal injury and workers’ compensation. At Weaver Tidmore, we have handled a wide range of personal injury cases over the years, and we have the experience, knowledge, resources, and commitment to successfully pursue claims like these. Ready to learn more about your options? Give us a call at 205-980-6065 or send us a message through our online contact for

What is a Personal Injury Journal and Why Should I Use One After a Vehicle Accident?

Evidence is king in a personal injury claim, and this is one of the primary reasons to keep a personal injury journal. Victims deserve fair compensation for their pain and suffering after an accident, but it’s often hard to convince a jury or insurance company of what is fair. Personal injury journals make it much harder to deny the physical and emotional pain that accident victims are experiencing, putting them in a better position to fight for what they deserve.

If you or someone you love has been hurt in an accident, Weaver Tidmore is here to help. Call us at 205-980-6065 to schedule a consultation.

What a Personal Injury Journal Includes

A personal injury journal includes the important details of the accident you were involved in, the injuries you sustained, how those injuries have changed over time, and the expenses you have accumulated. This provides concrete evidence of events and expenses that often fade with time.

You can start your journal by writing down everything you remember about the accident. Right now, the accident is likely fresh in your mind and you can’t imagine forgetting it. However, memories fade with time and you might even find that false or altered memories take their place. By writing down everything you remember as soon as possible, you can preserve an accurate image of the accident.

How to Track the Progress of Your Injuries

One of the most important purposes of a personal injury journal is to show how your injury progresses and how it changes your life. An injury changes an individual’s life in countless ways, and these changes often never get told to an insurance company.

For example, who would think to tell an insurance adjuster that they can no longer carry a laundry basket and have to wait until their spouse gets home every night? And yet, that information is valuable when determining the severity of an injury and understanding how it has changed your life.

Each day, jot notes about your day. Try to include information like:

  • Your pain level at several points throughout the day
  • Pain medications you take to meet your daily obligations
  • Daily tasks you have to skip, reassign, or get help with due to your injury
  • Activities and events you have to skip because of your injuries
  • The times you have friends or family members come over to help you with things you cannot do on your own
  • Personal care activities you need help with, such as showering, changing clothes, and taking care of your appearance

Track Other Important Information

This journal can also be a useful way to track the expenses you accumulate because of the accident. If you pick up a prescription for pain medications, jot down the copay in your personal injury journal and add the receipt to your file. If you have to miss a day of work because of pain or a doctor’s appointment, make sure to add that to your journal. When you go to an appointment related to your injury, track your mileage. These expenses add up quickly, and they should be reflected in the settlement you receive.

Maximizing Your Case Value

How does all of this strengthen your case? The value of your case all comes down to the actual expenses you incur and how much your injuries affect your life. Many accident victims have difficulty detailing how their injuries have affected them when they are put on the spot. They forget the million tiny inconveniences they deal with each day, the expenses they’ve accumulated, and the activities they can no longer participate in.

A personal injury journal tracks all of this and more, putting the effects of your accident in black and white. It can also detail the progression of your injury. This puts an end to insurance companies claiming that you’ve already healed and that your injury is not as serious as you think. With the journal, you can point to specific days you missed work because of pain, high pain level days that put you out of commission, and lost time with your family that you will never get back.

How Weaver Tidmore Can Help

At Weaver Tidmore, we strive to help every single personal injury client get the full compensation they deserve. Ready to learn more about your options? Contact us now to set up a consultation. Get in touch online or call us at 205-980-6065.

Mistakes to Avoid in a Personal Injury Case

A personal injury claim can give you justice after you have suffered physical and financial harm because of someone else’s negligence. However, you have to remember that your claim is under scrutiny. Insurance companies spend a lot of many trying to poke holes in personal injury claims and finding ways to deny payouts.

These are some of the most common mistakes we see when helping people with their personal injury claims. To discuss your case and get the aggressive representation you deserve, call Weaver Tidmore at 205-980-6065.

Settling Too Fast

One of the most common mistakes that accident victims make is settling with the insurance company too fast. It’s easy to be wooed by an insurance adjuster. They are excellent at appearing compassionate, getting information about the accident out of you, appearing concerned about your wellbeing, and ensuring you that the insurance company wants to do what’s right.

However, this is all to encourage you to accept a low settlement and sign a liability waiver. This means giving up your right to sue for damages in the future, and it’s often in exchange for an insultingly low settlement.

Instead of settling for the first amount they offer, hire a personal injury attorney before you even speak with them.

Being Too Open About Your Claim

Many people have active social media presences, which may extend to posting regular updates about their accident and injury progress, case updates, and more. This can be extremely damaging to your case. Insurance adjusters will look at any information they can find about you and find a way to twist it in their favor. Stay quiet and only discuss your case with your attorney and your medical care providers.

Similarly, do not talk to the other party about your claim or anyone representing them. This includes their attorney and their insurance company. All communication should go through your lawyer. Remember, no matter how much you are in the right, nothing you say to the other side will be used to absolve you or give you more money.

Ignoring Medical Advice

Going against your doctor’s recommendations can be very harmful to you in a personal injury case. It indicates that you don’t take your injuries seriously or truly want to heal, which gives the insurance company ammunition they can use to avoid paying you. Go to all recommended appointments, do the right exercises, and take the medications you are prescribed. Document everything you are told and everything you do in relation to your injuries.

Getting Back to Regular Life Too Quickly

“Getting back on the horse” is a good idea when you’re healing from a minor injury, but if you’ve been seriously injured in an accident, it’s a bad idea. Jumping right back into daily activities can delay your healing progress and make it appear that you aren’t as injured as you claim. Furthermore, going this route often means going against medical advice, which the insurance company will use as a reason to offer a low settlement. There will be time to get back to work, exercise, and other activities. For now, though, your most important job is healing.

Trying to DIY Your Case

The idea of doing your personal injury claim yourself is tempting. Instead of paying part of your payout to an attorney, you get to keep 100%. However, 100% of a tiny payout is not nearly as good as a smaller portion of a much larger payout. When you negotiate with the insurance company on your own, you could literally be giving away money.

The insurance adjusters have lots of experience chipping away at settlement offers until you’re forced to accept less than what you deserve. Instead of spending your time on the phone with insurance companies, choose an aggressive personal injury attorney who will fight for you while you heal.

Don’t Get Caught by These Common Mistakes—Contact Weaver Tidmore Today

Personal injury claims can help victims get back to normal life without the trauma of an accident holding them back. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve. To discuss your case with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys, contact Weaver Tidmore online or call us at 205-980-6065.