Archive for the ‘Spinal Cord Injuries’ Category

St. George Rollover Puts Woman in Critical Condition

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Ambulance truckIn St. George this last weekend, Sunday afternoon, a woman was traveling on I-15 when she crashed. At around 4:30 pm, the 25-year-old driver drifted from the center of the road, then over-corrected, forcing the vehicle to roll. Her name is not available as of Sunday, but she is from the St. George area. According to the Utah Highway Patrol statement, she was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the car.

The women was in critical condition, and a strong possibility of being paralyzed. Alcohol is not  currently not a factor at this moment in the investigation. I-15 shut down for 45 minutes while emergency teams responded to the scene, including a medical helicopter.

An accident like this can turn a life upside-down. Many times, an accident case can be treated poorly, many times a victim can be taken advantage of. At Christensen & Hymas, we feel like every citizen should have access to information about accident cases.

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Spinal Cord Injury Attorney Gives 5 Tips To Preventing Injury

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Attorney for Spinal Cord InjuryDeseret News reports that 14 year-old Teagan Marti survived a traumatic incident where she fell from the 100 foot Terminal Velocity ride at a Wisconsin amusement park with no safety nets to catch her.  Her multiple injuries include severe spinal cord injuries, pelvic fracture, along with massive brain swelling.  Seventeen months later, Teagan, walking on her own accord and accompanied by her mother, attended a promotional event supporting an expansion of the American Family Children’s Hospital.  This is the same hospital that contributed to her recovery.  Moreover, the family had won a settlement that will help pay for continued physical therapy for Teagan.  It is more than likely through the hard-work and dedication of a spinal cord injury attorney or similar attorney that this settlement was even possible.

Guide Books For The Community

Spinal cord injuries may not always be preventable; however there are ways to protect yourself from enduring such a fate.  The following five tips provided from the Mayo Clinic could possibly prevent many spinal cord injuries if taken seriously:

  • Drive safely. Traffic accidents are the most common cause of a spinal cord injury.  Remember to always wear your seatbelt!
  • Ensure water depth is deep enough before diving.  Make sure the depth is at least 9 feet or deeper.
  • Prevent falls.  Buy a step stool and always use handrails when provided.
  • Wear protective gear when playing sports.  Take any precautions necessary to protect yourself.
  • Don’t drink and drive.

In the event of an injury, it could be a very frustrating experience to deal with the aftermath of the incident.  There must be a concentration on physical healing, but the onset of medical bills, insurance companies, and other financial obligations can be burdensome.  Therefore, hiring a good spinal cord injury attorney is imperative to your success in a law suit and will ease your many burdens at such a time.  As a contribution to his community, Ken Christensen from the Christensen Law Firm has taken it upon himself to write and publish several accident books to inform you of how to handle personal injury cases.  For a free copy of one of these accident books, call 1-800 LAW BOOK.

The Christensen Law Firm is an organization of compassionate professionals ready to serve those in need.  We will provide you with personal one-on-one attention and work towards your success.  For a free consultation, call us at 801-506-0800.

Whiplash?—Seek a Utah spinal cord injury lawyer

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Whiplash?—Seek a Utah spinal cord injury lawyerSuffering from neck pain due to whiplash is not something anyone wishes to deal with on a daily basis.  Neck pain can be extremely debilitating, especially when associated headaches cause distraction from the task at hand, whether that be studying for school, reading, working on the computer, attending important meetings, or something as simple as watching a movie.  When the pain reaches a certain level, there is not much else to do but seek help.  A Utah spinal cord injury lawyer may be helpful in obtaining for you compensation when your pain is the result of another’s negligent action.  The Christensen Law Firm, PLLC, specializes in spinal cord injuries and will do their best to aid you, making sure you do not suffer any more than you already have.

According to, there are many causes to whiplash, and the symptoms can be severe.  Having a clear understanding of the causes, symptoms, and when to seek medical attention is vital to your overall health and recovery.

Whiplash Causes

  1. Common causes
    1. Car accidents
    2. Sport injuries
    3. Blows to the head
    4. Falling objects
    5. Being assaulted
  2. Repetitive stress injuries or chronic strain
    1. Holding a phone between neck and shoulder
  3. Child abuse
    1. Shaking of a child

Whiplash Symptoms

  1. Pain in the neck
  2. Swelling in the neck
  3. Tenderness—back of neck
  4. Difficult rotating or maneuvering neck
  5. Headaches
  6. Shooting pain from neck to shoulders, back, or arm

When to Seek Medical Care

  1. The best time to seek medical care is immediately after injuries incurred
  2. Neck injuries are far too dangerous to self-diagnose and should be treated by a medical professional
  3. If the injury causes headaches; shoulder pain; dizziness; weakness, tingling, or loss of function in the arms or legs; seek immediate medical attention.

If you suffer because of whiplash, caused by someone else’s carelessness, you need the Christensen Law Firm, PLLC. They offer free Utah accident books that will better help you understand your rights concerning personal injuries caused by others’ negligence.  Feel free to call 1-800 LAW BOOK and obtain your free copy today.

Manti Woman Injured in Utah Car Accident Involving Runaway Toyota

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

55-year-old Kathy Whitaker is still recovering from serious back injury at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center following a car accident that occurred on Monday, April 5, 2010. Her spinal cord injuries include broken vertebrae and multiple disc bulges.

What Caused this Utah Auto Accident?

According to Sanpete County Investigators, Ms. Whitaker was driving about 40 mph in a school zone when she drove through 100 feet of chain link fencing in front of Manti Elementary and ended up on the yard of a neighboring home. The police officers confirm that Ms. Whitaker was not under the influence or impaired in anyway and they believe that it is quite likely that her gas pedal stuck.

According to Ms. Whitaker, when she realized that she couldn’t stop or slow down she turned onto the grass to purposely avoid any collisions with vehicles or pedestrians. She told KSL news reporters that she just kept praying out loud that her car would stop. Fortunately, the accident occurred early in the morning when children had not yet begun to walk to school. Only the driver was injured in this runaway car accident.

Liability Issues

Liability on behalf of the manufacturer is likely to be a tricky issue here. Toyota listed the 2009-2010 RAV 4s as having sticking accelerator pedals and has since recalled these models. Ms. Whitaker’s vehicle was a 2006 RAV 4 Model and has not been recalled. Further investigation into the 2006 models and motor vehicle accident is needed to assess whether the manufacturer is liable for the injuries Ms. Whitaker sustained.

Hiring the Best Lawyer

When hiring the best lawyer for your needs, it is imperative that you have the opportunity to sit face to face with your attorney before signing any contracts or committing to any legal obligations. The attorneys at the Christensen Law Firm respect this right and that’s why they offer victims of Utah accidents a FREE no obligation consultation with a practicing attorney. Call our main phone number (801) 506.0800 to schedule your appointment.