Common Auto Accident Injuries and Damages in Florida
What are some common injuries caused by an auto accident?
Florida auto accident litigation basically boils down to injuries — what are the injuries, how bad are the injuries, how much have they cost you, how much might they cost you in the future, and what will it take to put you back into the shape you were in prior to the car crash? This article will discuss some of the most common physical injuries caused by a Florida car accident, as well as, common damages from a Florida accident.
The above questions might sound easy to answer—but they aren’t. Injury lawsuits develop because one side tries to value the injuries differently than the other. The insurance company minimizes the injuries and damages to save their company money and the injured victim’s attorneys try to get every dollar that their client deserves so they don’t end up paying out-of-pocket for damages someone else caused.
As experienced Fort Myers car accident lawyers, our job is to seek every penny of compensation that our clients deserve under Florida personal injury law. Negligent drivers and their insurance providers, though, take a very different view — they do everything they can to downplay and devalue your suffering.
Damages Caused by Common Accident Injuries
At the outset, it is important to clarify that many common auto accident injuries are non-physical in nature. The law is set up to compensate you for any losses you incur in connection with the accident. Those losses are called damages.
Damages certainly include your physical injuries but they also include emotional suffering, psychological injuries, financial losses, adverse changes in lifestyle, and diminished quality of life. In the event of death, they also include the losses and suffering of specific family members.
Ultimately, the whole picture of compensation takes a while to paint. There are many potential avenues for recovery and each must be carefully considered. You can count on the experienced Fort Myers car accident attorneys at Viles & Beckman, LLC to turn over every stone, taking a strategic and aggressive approach to every aspect of your claim.
We’ve been helping Florida auto accident victims since 1995. With more than 40 years of legal experience amongst us, we’ve cultivated valuable insight and developed effective strategies, which we will put to use for your best interests. Our team has made a real difference in the lives of many other people throughout Southwest Florida. Now we’d like to do the same for you.
Please don’t hesitate to contact our office and get answers to your questions. We are more than happy to meet with you at no cost and with no obligation. Call us today at (239) 334-3933.
What Are the Most Common Auto Accident Injuries?
Every single car crash has its own story — different people, different circumstances, and different hardships. Some injuries are especially common, though, and knowing what those are can help you determine which symptoms to discuss with your doctor.
These injuries are ones that the attorneys at Viles & Beckman see time and time again after a car accident. If you suffered one of the common car accident injuries below or any other serious injury, you should contact an experienced Florida personal injury attorney right away to discuss getting fair compensation for your injuries and damages.
The most common auto accident injuries in Florida include:
- Soft tissue injuries
- Muscle injuries
- Lacerations / cuts / bleeding
- Internal bleeding (often with no obvious signs)
- Internal organ damage (often with no obvious signs)
- Fractured bones
- Broken bones
- Vision impairment
- Other head or brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
In some extreme cases, victims can face amputation, paralysis, permanent disability, heart attack, stroke, or death.
Types of Car Accidents That Cause the Most Severe Injuries
Certain car accidents are significantly more likely to cause severe injuries than others. This is not to say that lower intensity accidents are not capable of causing severe injuries rather, they are much less likely to result in a something like a severe traumatic brain injury or spinal cord damage.
- Rear-End Accidents
- Head-On Collisions
- Rollover Accidents
- Semi-Truck Accidents
- T-Bone Accidents
Damages in a Florida Car Accident Case
Damages in a personal injury car accident case are anything that the injury victim lost or needs to be compensated for because of the situation. Most laws describe this as “making the plaintiff whole”. Most of the time this is an impossible task, since mechanics, surgeons, doctors, and dollars cannot completely rebuild a person; but the idea is to get as close as possible. Damages may be economic (or special damages) which are easily calculable things, like medical bills. Or damages may be non-economic (or general damages) which are harder to put a price on, like pain and suffering.
How are car accident damages awarded?
How much damages an injured victim receives is decided in one of two ways:
- though a negotiation between a plaintiff’s attorneys and the insurance companies in which they reach a settlement,
- or during a court trial where a judge or jury will decide.
Examples of Non-Physical Auto Accident Damages
Florida personal injury law allows victims to recover for their non-physical damages too. These may include:
- Emotional distress
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Property damage (including vehicle damage)
- Out-of-pocket expenses related to the accident
- Lost income due to time away from work
- Future loss of income due to disability or long-term injury
- Changes in your quality of life
- Any other economic loss reasonably related to your accident
Examples of Wrongful Death Damages caused by an Auto Accident
Additionally, in the event of wrongful death, close relatives can recover their damages, which may include:
- Loss of emotional support
- Loss of financial support
- Loss of support services (help around the house, for example)
- Loss of parental guidance and care
- Funeral expenses
- Burial expenses
The deceased’s estate can also recover for the victim’s lost future income and the loss of his or her life.
The experienced Fort Myers car accident lawyers at Viles & Beckman, LLC can help you seek these and any other damages reasonably related to your auto accident.
Seek Immediate Medical Attention after a Car Accident
Please don’t make the mistake of diagnosing yourself. Too many people have developed unforeseen medical complications and/or lost out on compensation because of unnecessary delay.
Your health is your top priority. Don’t make assumptions that you aren’t qualified to make! See a doctor instead.
If it’s an emergency, call 911. Otherwise, call your doctor right away and schedule an appointment for the near future. This is the single most important step you can take. Delaying seeking treatment for an injury can reduce the credibility of your claim. Insurance companies may reason that since you didn’t seek immediate medical care, then your injuries must not be that severe and therefore reduce a claim’s value.
Be sure to make a record of all your medical visits. Those records, along with other kinds of evidence (eyewitness contact information, for example, and the police report) can prove very useful when filing your accident claim later.
Free Case Evaluation with Our Experienced Fort Myers Injury Lawyers
If you or a loved one have suffered an injury in an accident that was caused by the negligence of another party then do not hesitate to speak to the attorneys of Viles & Beckman. You may be able to seek compensation for your injuries by filing a personal injury claim or lawsuit against those responsible for your injuries. A personal injury claim can secure a settlement that can help pay for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, lost earning capacity, as well as pain and suffering. Viles & Beckman can provide you with the resources and legal insight you will need to investigate your claim and negotiate a fair settlement.
Don’t attempt to handle a personal injury claim on your own. Insurance companies want you to forgo the assistance of an experienced attorney since that means they can try all kinds of tricks to attempt to reduce the value of your claim. It’s in your best interest to have an experienced and aggressive personal injury lawyer on your side. Viles & Beckman, LLC can represent you with absolutely no upfront or out-of-pocket costs. We will not charge a fee unless we achieve a successful outcome in your claim.
About the Author of this Page: The above information was written or reviewed by one of the attorneys at Viles & Beckman LLC who have a combined experience of nearly 60 years: Marcus Viles, Michael Beckman or Maria Alaimo. The information provided in this article comes from years of experience trying legal cases outside and inside courtrooms throughout Florida along with extensive research.
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