Serious Injury Lawyer
Serious injuries can lead to temporary or permanent damage that affects your quality of life. These injuries may arise due to motor vehicle accidents such as those involving cars, motorcycles, and pedestrians. They may also result from a slip and fall, trip and fall, and so on.
In 2017, there were nearly 6.5 million car crashes in the United States. In 2018, there were more than 1,900 injury-related hospitalizations in Florida alone with some of the leading causes, including falls as well as motor vehicle accidents.
If you or someone you love has suffered serious injuries through unfortunate circumstances due to the negligence of someone else, contact Frankl & Kominsky Injury Lawyers. Our priority is to investigate your accident, injuries and damages and to help you obtain the rightful compensation you deserve. We offer a free initial consultation.
Read on as we look at some of the types of claims we can help you with, what the common causes of injury are in the state of Florida, and more.What is considered a Serious Injury?
Serious injuries can affect any part of the body. Some common ones that have resulted from accidents include but are not limited to the following:Traumatic Brain Injuries
Accidents that directly injure your head or cause trauma to your body in such a way that it jolts your nerves can lead to traumatic brain injuries. This includes a slip and fall, especially from a height, road accidents involving motorcyclists and trucks, etc. The symptoms of brain injuries may either surface on the spot or after some days have passed and include vision impairment, intense headaches, dizziness, spurts of feeling spaced out, speech impairment, photo-sensitivity, extreme mood swings, memory loss, and so on.
Even if you’ve been checked by a doctor after an accident, if any of these symptoms appear recurrently, it is important to go to the hospital for a thorough examination for potential head trauma and brain injuries.Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord plays a pivotal role in the human body – it is the connection between the brain and the rest of your body, and it also happens to be a delicate combination of nerves and tissue that can easily be damaged in serious accidents.
Trauma through auto accidents, an act of physical violence, and so on can lead to spinal cord injuries. Symptoms include experiencing shock, walking difficulties, tilting of the head to an angle, loss of bladder control, numbness or lack of movement in certain limbs. If any of these symptoms occur, you need to consult a doctor immediately or go to the emergency room at your local hospital.Fractured or Broken Bones
Unlike brain injuries and other physical damage, broken and fractured bones tend to have symptoms that surface fairly quickly. These include bruises, deformities in certain body parts, experiencing pain when pressure is applied to a certain limb/s, bone jutting outwards or the inability to bear your own body weight. Even if these symptoms appear to be slight, it is important to consult a doctor to check for signs of fractured or broken bones.Amputations
Amputations may result due to a number of reasons such as being crushed by the weight of one’s own or another’s vehicle such as a car, motorcycle, or truck. This can also include pedestrians who become the victims of auto accidents. Amputation may result in an instant loss of limbs or symptoms such as limbs that are unresponsive (even through medical assistance), thickening nails, lack of or dying pulse in limbs, wounds that aren’t healing, and more. Problems like infections or damaged nerves may also lead to amputations. In such cases, doctors may offer options like prosthetic limbs to slightly improve the victim’s quality of life.Paralysis
Paralysis may occur in certain parts of the body or the entire body, and it may be temporary or permanent. The affected body parts may either be completely stiff, completely flaccid, or numb. A fall or a crash may lead to paralysis that can cause loss of movement or the loss of the ability to speak. For most patients experiencing any form of paralysis, ongoing medical care is required.Internal Bleeding and Organ Failure
Internal bleeding and injuries are among the most dangerous to result from serious accidents since their symptoms are not always quite visible and may surface over time. Internal bleeding may be instant or may occur a few hours after an accident occurs. Blood vessels or organs may be damaged inside the body. Abdominal pain, dizziness, and swelling in certain areas of the body are common symptoms.Lacerations, Burns, and Scarring
For most auto accidents, slip and falls, and other accidental injuries, lacerations, burns, and long term scarring are probably the most common injuries, even in cases that aren’t life-threatening. However, some of these lacerations may pierce deep into the skin, may lead to physical ailments such as the inability to move certain limbs without experiencing pain, cause infections, and can take time and extensive treatment to heal properly. Intense burns may also cause permanent damage to the skin.Whiplash
The trauma caused by unforeseen incidents like car accidents can cause neck sprains or other neck injuries that are known as whiplash. Symptoms include stiffness or tingling in the neck, pain, headaches or dizziness. In some cases, blurry vision, tingling in the ears, and irritation may also result.Surgical Errors
In some cases, accidents and injuries may become even more serious, in some cases, even life-threatening due to surgical errors. These may include performing the wrong surgery on the patient, accidentally operating on the wrong part of the body, not providing the right pre and post-surgery care or leaving remnants like a surgical instrument inside the patient. These may lead to serious injuries, damage to internal organs, permanent disability, or even loss of life.Birth Injuries
While in some cases, birth injuries arise due to natural complications, in other cases, these complications may be due to surgical errors or other oversights on the doctor’s part. Improper care and treatment can be dangerous for both the child and the mother and can cause problems like a child being deprived of oxygen, sustaining skull injuries, the mother experiencing excessive blood loss, and other injuries. Mistakes caused by the medical care professionals that physically impact the mother, the child, or both can be the basis of a claim.Leading Cause of Serious Injuries in Florida
Serious injuries can be caused by a range of different accidents, and while some of these circumstances are highly unusual, others are common and can often be fatal.Auto Accidents
In 2018, over 36,000 people in America were killed in motor vehicle accidents. Auto accidents are among the leading causes of death and injury in the state of Florida. Auto accidents may result due to negligent and careless driving, speeding, distracted driving, texting while driving, running a red light or a stop sign or driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Auto accidents don’t just total your vehicle; they also can lead to serious injuries like injuries to the neck and back, brain trauma, leg injuries, paralysis, nerve damage, spinal cord injuries, and so on.Motorcycle Accidents
Hundreds of fatal motorcycle accidents occur in Florida every year. Motorcycle accidents, especially those involving other vehicles can lead to serious injuries. In many cases, the weight of the bike itself can crush the rider’s legs or other limbs, can cause severe head trauma, spinal cord injuries or lacerations. These injuries take extensive time and surgical procedures to heal, and even then, they may not recover fully.
Motorcycle accidents may be the result of riders driving under the influence, riding without a license, going above the speed limit, ending up in another vehicle’s blind spot, not giving any indication when turning or failure to yield the right of way.Auto-Pedestrian Accidents
Auto-pedestrian accidents occur when pedestrians are among the victims of an auto crash, including vehicles like cars, motorcycles, or trucks. Apart from the loss of life, the victims may suffer from a loss of limbs, temporary or permanent paralysis, fractures, and more. These accidents may occur due to pedestrians crossing the road at the wrong time or the wrong place, speeding, not giving an indication of their turns or failure to obey traffic signals.Truck Accidents
Trucks may be of different types such as a commercial truck, semi or with an attached trailer. They may be privately or publicly owned. Truck accidents may result due to drivers not following truck routes, driving on roads that are too narrow, not getting adequate rest between journeys, not having the license for commercial driving, being too inexperienced with truck driving, having a damaged windshield and more. Trucks may crash into pedestrians or other vehicles that may have been in their blind spot. Truck accidents are dangerous and can be fatal, especially if the vehicle is carrying flammable cargo. Serious injuries sustained in truck accidents can require extensive and expensive treatment.Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and falls are responsible for over 1 million American citizens ending up in the emergency room. These may occur on corporate, commercial, or private property due to spilled liquids, scattered objects, uneven carpeting, trailing wires, broken tiles or pavement, poor or flickering lighting, unstable staircases or slippery floors. The damage caused by slip and falls ranges from a few cuts and scrapes to severe internal and external damage, fractures, neck or back injuries or even a loss of life.How Much Does a Serious Injury Cost?
Apart from the time required to heal from serious injuries, and the extensive medical care required, the expense of this medical care can be quite high.
The cost of treating a serious injury includes initial emergency care, diagnostic tests such as X-Rays, MRIs, CT scans, etc., treatment, physical therapy and surgery, as well as continued care for long term ailments like paralysis, brain trauma, and more that may require physiotherapy and periodic treatment.Cost of Back Surgery following a Car Crash
On average, a simple X-ray without health insurance can cost around USD 100 – 1,000 depending on the area/s of the body.
Apart from the X-ray, injuries sustained in a car accident incur other medical expenses such as:
- Doctor visits and diagnostic testing
- Treatment and surgery for the spine which may go up to around $90,000
- Physical therapy may cost around $100 per session
- Prescription medications that may add around $50-100 with every refill.
The cost of serious injuries, especially for those without health insurance, can cost tens of thousands of dollars in terms of major treatment and recurring thousands over time for physical therapy and medication.Can You Pursue a Claim for Injuries Following An Accident In Florida?
If you or someone you love has sustained serious injuries due to an accident in the state of Florida, you can file a claim for damages. The at-fault party may held liable for a number of damages including the following:Medical Expenses and Future Medical Treatment
These include emergency medical care after the accident, doctor visits, diagnostic tests such as X-rays, medications, surgery, and other treatment like physical therapy. This also includes medical treatment needed in the future. The at-fault party may include a vehicle driver responsible for an auto accident, the government for a faulty road that caused an accident or the property owner or manager in case of a slip and fall.Lost Wages and Future Earnings
Lost wages may result from missed time from work due to injuries and medical treatment for continued care, and for long term care. Apart from this, victims and patients who are in the process of recovery may find that their earning potential has been reduced and may either be forced to seek a job at a lower pay scale or may not be allowed/able to earn at all.
Loss or reduced earning may be presented in your claim, your current and past earnings may be compared to determine the extent of the damage and the compensation you deserve.Pain and Suffering
A major drawback of serious injuries caused by any type of accident includes pain and suffering. This reduced quality of life may prevent victims from spending time with their loved ones, engaging in leisurely activities, being close to their partners, and suffering from mental and emotional pain such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety. In some cases, those with mental and emotional trauma may seek medical and therapeutic help, which further adds to the financial burden already presented by the accident.Should You Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?
Collecting documentation for your injuries and lost wages, establishing liability of the at-fault party, communications and negotiations with the at fault party’s insurance company, preparing your claim, and so on can be tough for you to handle on your own.
With over 40 years of legal experience and millions of dollars recovered in settlements and verdicts, the legal team at Frankl & Kominsky Injury Lawyers are available to help you through every step of the case. Our priority is our client, and we’ll be there for you from the beginning to the end to help you pursue the rightful compensation you deserve.Start Your Free Consultation with Frankl & Kominsky Injury Lawyers
At Frankl & Kominsky Injury Lawyers, we offer a free consultation – no strings attached. Reach out to us through our website or call at:
- (561) – 800 – 8000, Boynton Beach
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Accidents can lead to serious injuries that can drastically reduce your quality of life. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries through no fault of your own, contact our attorneys for a case evaluation. We can come to your home or hospital, seven days a week.