Were You Injured In A Rear-End Crash?
Some rear-end collisions are minor fender benders, incidents where everyone can walk away safely. But unfortunately, this is not always true. Sometimes, rear accidents lead to injuries that can take years to heal, or the injuries can be lifelong.
Florida is a no-fault insurance state. This means that a Florida driver injured in an accident turns to their own insurance first for payment for the first $10,000 of their medical bills for compensation. But, if the injuries were severe, there is a path to recovering damages from the negligent driver. Contact a Florida personal injury attorney to understand your compensation and damage recovery options.
Back and Neck Damage
When a car crash happens, an individual’s head can be powerfully moved backward and forward in a quick, damaging motion. Ligaments, tendons, and muscles in the back and neck can happen. Whiplash injuries often happen as a result of rear-end collisions. When there are sprains and damage to the new and back, physical therapy is often needed. A lost income claim is also a possibility. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary.
Car Accident Concussions and Seat Belt Injuries
Concussions can happen when there is head trauma from car accident impacts. Doctors assessing an accident victim’s health will likely watch for symptoms of a concussion, including the following:
- Light sensitivity
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in ears
- Speech problems
And while wearing a seatbelt is an important way to reduce the likelihood of injury (and wearing a seatbelt is the law in the state of Florida) there can be seatbelt injuries as well. Bruises, lacerations, and nerve damage can happen when impact is forceful.
Compound Fractures and Broken Bones
Rear-end collisions can activate car airbags, which can break bones in the face, hands, and arms of the driver or front passenger. When the body is forcefully thrown forward, the lower half of the body can also be injured against the dashboard.
Healing timelines for broken bones varies. Compound fractures can have long recovery times and involve multiple surgeries. In other instances, broken bones can heal gradually with only a few doctor appointments needed. It is essential a patient follow their doctor’s guidance and recommendation each step of the way. This is important as it can reduce healing times and the documentation is helpful in securing a successful personal injury claim. When doctor’s orders are not followed, an insurance company could suggest the injury was not as severe as stated.
If you were injured in a rear-end collision, you need to talk to a personal injury lawyer to understand your rights. Securing compensation may be possible.
There are times when people don’t feel the pain of an injury immediately after a rear-end collision. Seek medical treatment as soon as possible after a car accident to be sure you have an accurate assessment of your health.
Have you been injured in a rear end crash? Talk to an experienced Florida personal injury lawyer to understand your rights. The attorneys at Roman & Roman have over 100 years of combined experience. Schedule your free consultation today with our attorneys in Clearwater, Hudson, or Tampa.