Common Personal Injuries
Personal injury cases include auto accidents and trucking accidents; slip and fall or trip and fall accidents; pool and poolside accidents; intentional torts and more.
Many injuries can be life threatening and potentially result in wrongful death actions brought by the survivors of the accident victim.
More commonly, people survive their accidents and become a plaintiff in a personal injury case. If represented by a competent attorney with personal injury experience, plaintiffs can receive compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other factors that impact their personal and financial wellbeing.
In many cases, the physical damage caused by accidents continues for years after a personal injury settlement or court decision is reached. In personal injury law, it’s important to seek legal assistance early. Having an experienced lawyer fighting in your corner is the best way to get full compensation for what may eventually become a lifetime injury.
Here is a list of the most common personal injury types that we see in our work at South Florida Law:
Back injuries include damage to the spine, the vertebrae that make up the spine or any of the surrounding muscles, tendons and ligaments. Depending on the cause of the accident, injuries may include fractures or dislocations of the vertebrae, ruptures or tears in the discs between the vertebrae, sprains or tears in the ligaments, tendons or muscles in the back. Besides being extremely painful, back injuries may also cause pain and problems in other parts of a sufferer’s body. For example, those suffering from sudden compression of the cauda equina nerves in the lower back may experience shooting pain down their legs, numbness in their lower extremities or loss of bladder and bowel control.
Concussions victims suffer from a violent blow to the head. Sometimes, sudden forced movements of the whole body could also result in a concussion. When someone is “concussed” his or her brain goes into an altered state. Symptoms range from mild amnesia and confusion to complete unconsciousness. Although many concussions can be considered to be mild injuries by medical standards, even mild concussions can result in permanent damage to the brain with far-reaching consequences in later years.
Caused by severe blows to the front of the head, cranio-facial injuries include fractures to any of the structures that make up someone’s face. The complex mix of damaged tissue can include skull bone, skin, cartilage, eyes, sinuses, teeth and parts of the inner and outer ear. The impact this can have on a victim’s ability to communicate, eat, see, hear and conduct normal everyday business can be devastating. The cost of medical attention and the trauma caused by craniofacial injuries can make these injuries life changing in both physical and financial terms.
Having an experienced lawyer fighting in your corner is the best way to get full compensation for what may eventually become a lifetime injury.
Limb injuries include breaks, sprains, tears or loss of fingers, toes, hands, feet, arms or legs. These injuries can significantly impact one’s ability to write, type, hold objects, walk, eat, run, drive and otherwise lead a normal productive life. Some limb injuries can include temporary sprains and breaks for which recovery is relatively quick. Other injuries include knee ligament tears requiring complex reconstruction procedures. In more serious cases limb injuries can cause or lead to amputation which is always permanent and life changing. Whether temporary or severe, the impact of a limb injury on one’s livelihood and well being can easily be underestimated without experienced legal help to calculate the damages due to loss of work, pain and suffering, medical bills and impact on the lives of others.
The neck is one of the most fragile and complex parts of the human body. It is also essential for human life as it includes parts of the spine, the seven cervical vertebrae, the larynx, esophagus the brainstem and the carotid arteries that supply blood to the brain. A very common neck trauma in personal injury practice is whiplash. Whiplash is a condition caused when the head moves backwards then forwards suddenly and violently. It causes damage to the structures that make up the cervical spine. Whiplash can cause dizziness, difficulty focusing, headache, muscle spasms, nerve injury, sleep disorders, stiffness and general pain in the neck and shoulders. The pain may occur for the first time several days after an accident and in some cases may require years of ongoing medical attention.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries cause chronic pain, loss of bodily function (paralysis) or numbness anywhere in the body. This serious form of injury is usually catastrophic. Catastrophic means permanent, life threatening and life changing. A spinal cord injury may result in a person becoming a quadriplegic, someone who has lost control of both legs and both arms as well as their abdominal bodily functions.
Personal injuries can range from mild and temporary to severe, permanent and life changing. If you or a loved one has suffered in an accident, be sure to call Jared K. Newman, the Personal Injury Partner at South Florida Law on (954) 900-8885. Alternatively, upload your accident scene evidence via our contact form by clicking here. And remember, all personal injury cases are taken on a contingency basis. Contingency means that you only pay us if we win your case.