Our Fort Myers Law Firm Help Your Recover Compensation for Your Injuries
The forces involved in car accidents can cause a wide range of traumatic injuries, and drivers and passengers who have been hurt often face long and difficult roads to recovery. Some of the most common injuries caused by car accidents include soft tissue injuries, head/neck injuries, broken bones and back pain, but sometimes accidents on our Florida roadways are fatal, resulting in the wrongful death of a loved one.
Soft Tissue Injuries After a Fort Myers Car Accident
Soft tissue injuries include injuries to muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Soft tissue injuries can result in permanent injuries. Lacerations and severe cuts can result in permanent scarring. Soft tissue injuries include:
- Contusions (bruises)
- Stress injuries
- Cuts and scrapes
Brain, Head, and Neck Injuries
Brain, head, and neck injuries from car accidents can be exceptionally damaging, often difficult to detect, and may be more common than we realize. If you feel even the slightest amount of pain in your head or neck after an auto accident, it is important to seek both medical and legal advice as soon as possible.
Brain injuries are frightening. Our brain is our connection with the outside world. Exceptional care should be taken after a car accident to diagnose any type of brain injury as soon as possible. Common brain injuries after Fort Myers car wrecks include:
- Contusions (bruising of the brain)
- Coup-Contrecoup: These injuries happen if the brain moves within the skull upon impact.
- Open Head Injuries
- Diffuse axonal injuries: This is the tearing of the brain's long-connecting nerve fibers.
Head injuries can be severe and, unfortunately, all too common in catastrophic car accidents. Head injuries are often seen in motorcycle accidents due to the forces on the body upon impact in an accident. Common accident head injuries include:
- Skull fractures
- Facial fractures
- Eye and ear injuries
- Jawbone and tooth injuries
- Nose injuries
Neck injuries most often result from rear-end collisions, as well as rollover accidents, and are caused by sudden stretching or twisting due to the forces of impact. They include:
- Soft tissue injuries
- Herniated neck discs
- Cervical dislocation
- Ligament, muscle, and tendon tears and sprains
- Neck fractures
A particularly troubling aspect of brain, head, and neck injuries is the delay that sometimes occurs between the time of the accident and the discovery of symptoms. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms in the aftermath of an accident, you should seek immediate medical care. These symptoms may include:
- Shoulder aches
- Pain or tenderness in the head, neck, or shoulders areas
- Decreased mobility
- Memory loss
There are 206 bones in your body, some more sturdy, like your femur, and others much more delicate, like metatarsals. A car accident puts all of these bones in danger of being broken. Some of the bones at high risk in a car accident include:
- Arm bones
- Wrists bones
- Hand bones
- Chest plates
- Shoulder bones
- Face bones
- Hip bones
- Knee bones
- Leg bones
- Foot bones
- Ankle bones
Even if you believe a broken bone is minor and will heal itself, such as cracked ribs, you are still entitled to compensation for all of your injuries, including minor ones.
Back Injuries After a Car Accident
Back injuries are unfortunately quite common in car accidents too. Such injuries can be challenging to diagnose and may lead to a lifetime of pain and discomfort. The first signs of a potentially-serious back injury include weakness, stiffness, loss of coordination, and loss of normal reflexes.
When a back injury results in damage to the spinal cord, there may be permanent effects, such as the loss of sensation and function or paralysis, which may have a devastating impact on your everyday life.
If you are experiencing symptoms from a potential back injury after being involved in a car accident, it is imperative that you seek immediate medical care. No matter how slight or severe your back injury may be, you are entitled to compensation for your injury. Common back injuries that are often the result of accidents throughout Southwest Florida include:
- Herniated Discs
- Spinal Fractures
- Spondylolisthesis: This is a condition that occurs when one of the vertebrae in the spine slips out of place. This dislocated disc may press on the spinal cord, resulting in pain, numbness, weakness, and loss of motor control. This condition can result in pain and other symptoms in the neck, back, arms, and legs.
Conditions Contributing to Car Crash Injuries
Car accidents occur daily, and we’re all likely to be involved in one at some point, either as a driver or a passenger. Sadly, some of those accidents result in severe injuries and even death. Many factors can affect injury and fatality rates in states like Florida, including:
- Types of vehicles driven
- Travel speeds
- State traffic laws
- Emergency care capabilities
Contact a Fort Myers Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyer for Help When You Are Injured
If you have been involved in a car accident, contact the accident lawyers at our firm first, even before speaking with your insurance company. Injuries resulting from car accidents can range from relatively minor to life-changing, and you deserve compensation for your injuries.
Attorney Randall Spivey knows that accident-related injuries and deaths may be the result of car crashes as well as incidents involving various other types of moving vehicles, such as motorcycles, trucks, ATVs, boats, wave runners, and bicycles. If you have been injured in an accident, the experienced injury attorneys at Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. can help. Contact us online or by calling 888-477-4839.
More Helpful Information
Florida Statute 627.736 that governs no-fault insurance states accident victims must seek ‘initial services and care’ within 14 days of an accident to be eligible to claim personal injury protection benefits.
Consumers often rely on government and independent crash tests when they are purchasing a vehicle. They compare the crash performance of one vehicle vs. another vehicle in making their decisions.
Accident victims who have been injured because of the negligence of another have a limit on the amount of time they have to file a personal injury lawsuit.