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Injuries Caused from Automobile and Slip and Fall Accidents

More than 2 million people suffer a variety of injuries in traffic-related accidents each year in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) . Automobile accident injuries can range from minor cuts or bruises to catastrophic injuries that cause a victim to die at the scene. While not every car accident victim is seriously injured, thousands of people require medical attention because of automobile injuries each and every day.

After a serious injury in a crash, you many be left with medical bills, lost earnings if you had to miss work, and other losses. In some cases, you may have to deal with the effects of the accident for months, years, or even for the rest of your life due to permanent disabilities. At J. Allen Law, P.L., we help auto accident victims recover for their losses whenever possible.

Automobile Injuries can be Devastating

Many different injuries can happen when a vehicle crashes, and the type and severity of injuries often depends on the speed of the vehicles, the type of crash that occurred (e.g. rear-end or head-on), whether motorists are wearing seat belts, and many other factors. Some of the most common injuries that may lead to an auto accident claims include the following:

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Fractured, broken, or shattered bone
  • Neck and back injuries, including whiplash
  • Spinal cord injuries resulting in paralysis
  • Facial or jaw trauma
  • Internal hemorrhage or organ damage

Many of these injuries require extensive medical care, including emergency treatment, hospitalization, surgeries, medications, medical equipment, home health care, rehabilitative therapy, or even moving to an assisted living facility.

While treating an injury can be extremely costly, victims often have the right to file a legal claim against any parties who were to blame for the accident. Experienced attorney Jonathan Allen can evaluate your case and determine whether you have the right to seek compensation for your losses from a negligent party.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries, or SCIs, are a common type of harm that can typically arise from Automobile Accidents. They are extremely serious and life-altering injuries that can leave victims paralyzed. Even in minor cases, victims can develop issues related to range of motion and sensation that may require years of rehabilitative therapy to adequately address. There are many types of accidents in which a person could sustain a spinal cord injury and some of the more common include the following:

  • Auto accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Boating accidents
  • Slip and falls
  • Workplace accidents
  • Aviation accidents
  • Pool accidents
  • Recreations accidents
  • Construction Accidents
  • Accidents involving consumer products
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • All-terrain vehicle (ATV) accidents
  • Bicycle accidents

Why are Spinal Cord Injuries So Serious?

The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that is responsible for allowing the brain to communicate with the rest of the body. As a result, any injury to it can disrupt this communication, resulting in problems ranging from tingling and numbness to a complete loss of feeling and movement below the site of injury. Spinal cord injuries are grouped into two general categories:

  • Complete spinal cord injuries: In a complete spinal cord injury, the spinal cord is so damaged that all sensory and motor function below the site of injury is disrupted.
  • Incomplete spinal cord injuries: In an incomplete SCI, there is still some communication between the brain and parts of the body below the site of the injury.

While there is always hope for recovery after any type of injury, the prognosis is generally better for individuals who have an incomplete SCI. Currently, medicine can do very little to directly treat an SCI in which all communication between the brain and the parts of the body below the injury has been lost.

What kinds of Damages are Available to Individuals who have Sustained a SCI?

When spinal cord injuries are caused by the negligence of another person, unless the injury is pre-existing, the recovery victims can obtain is often substantial. This is because these injuries tend to leave victims with long-term medical issues and can have a significant impact on their quality of life. Some of the more common damages that are successfully recovered in spinal cord injury cases include the following:

  • Medical expenses - SCI victims often incur hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars in medical expenses as a result of their injury. Fortunately, Florida law allows victims to recover for their past, current, and future medical expenses that are a result of their injuries.
  • Lost income - Most SCI victims are unable to return to work for months or even years, if at all. As a result, they can lose a significant amount of income as a direct result of their injury.
  • Physical and emotional pain and suffering - SCIs can leave victims with substantial physical pain and cause tremendous emotional suffering, both of which are recognized as compensable losses under Florida law.
  • Loss of enjoyment of life - Distinct from pain and suffering, damages for loss of enjoyment of life are intended to compensate injured individuals for the losses associated with not being able to engage in the activities that they enjoyed before the accident, a common issue for people who have sustained an SCI.
  • Other Recovery - Consult with your personal injury attorney in Orlando / Central Florida to determine what other recoverable harm could be relevant and applicable to your situation.

Helping you Recover after an Accident

Spinal cord injury victims often have their lives irreparably changed by an accident that was caused by someone else's carelessness or negligence. Fortunately, in many instances, a skilled lawyer can help people that have sustained an SCI recover significant compensation for their losses. If someone else was responsible for causing your auto accident, you should not delay in discussing how you can recover with an experienced attorney who understands Florida personal injury law. The law places strict time limits on filing a personal injury claim and also has requirements to file a valid claim with the courts. Here at J. Allen Law, P.L. we are committed to helping people with automobile and other injury cases. Our Orlando and Central Florida PI attorney Jonathan K. Allen is a skilled personal injury advocate who works tirelessly to protect the legal rights of his clients. To schedule a consultation with Mr. Allen, call J. Allen Law, P.L. today at 407-205-2330.

Note: : Above is a simplification and a brief overview provided for informational purposes only. There are additional considerations and exceptions that could be applicable to your specific circumstances. You should not rely on any information provided here and should seek an experienced and caring personal injury lawyer as soon as possible before making any decisions.

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