What are the Most Common Injuries from Car Accidents in Florida?
Florida authorities reported 212,418 injuries from car crashes across the state in 2020, and more than 10,800 of those occurred in Hillsborough County. Car accident injuries can vary widely – from a laceration that needs a few stitches to a catastrophic and paralyzing spinal cord injury. No matter what type of injury you suffered, if you needed medical treatment, you should discuss how to seek proper compensation with a Brandon car accident lawyer.
The following are some of the most common injuries people suffer in crashes in Florida.
Concussions and TBIs
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) occur when your brain tissue suffers damage, often due to head trauma. Concussions are a form of “mild” TBI, though these injuries are still serious matters. Even a concussion can have symptoms that impact your daily life, including your ability to work. These symptoms can last for weeks or, in some situations, can result in post-concussive syndrome, which can persist for months or even years.
More severe TBIs can leave a patient in a coma for a long time and can cause permanent cognitive, physical, and/or behavioral impairments. These can include:
- Memory loss
- Difficulty with information processing
- Communication challenges
- Balance and coordination issues
- Slurred speech
- Depression or anger
All of these impairments can have costly effects on your life.
Soft Tissue Injuries
When you think of soft tissue injuries such as whiplash, you might not imagine these are serious conditions. However, sprains, strains, or tears of the tendons, ligaments, and muscles can cause severe pain and limitations for victims. These injuries can keep you from working and might need several courses of physical therapy – or even surgery – to fully heal.
Breaking a bone might seem like a relatively minor issue, as many people experienced fractures as children. However, fractures from car crashes can be serious and might need extensive and ongoing treatment.
All fractures need immediate medical care, and some might require weeks of immobilization or refraining from using the fractured body part to heal. Other fractures, such as open or compound fractures, need emergency surgery and might require subsequent surgeries down the road. Some fracture victims need weeks or months of physical therapy, while others never fully regain the full use of the affected area.
Back and Spinal Injuries
Back and spinal injuries have the potential to leave you with long-term medical problems. In fact, if the spinal cord or column is damaged enough, it can result in permanent paralysis below the site of the injury. That said, even less serious back injuries can limit your ability to walk or engage in everyday activities that most of us take for granted.
Let a Brandon Car Accident Attorney Stand Up for Your Rights
If you have suffered injuries in an accident, it’s in your best interest to contact an experienced lawyer as soon as you can. At Carman, Bevington & Finegan, P.A., we know how to get injured victims the content they deserve. To schedule your free case evaluation, contact us online.