What Are Frequent Injuries in Car Wrecks?

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Have you been injured in a car wreck in Florida? Are you or a loved one unable to work or function normally due to severe injuries? Are you worried about the cost of medical care, physical therapy and other expenses? You know your accident is a serious matter. We do, too. Make sure your injury receives the attention it rightfully deserves. Call us today.

Located in Longwood and serving people throughout Florida, car accident injury lawyer Scott M. Miller has nearly 20 years of experience handling complicated cases. Attorney Miller trained and worked in Chicago for five years before moving to Florida and starting his own practice.

Scott M. Miller is also a member of the "Million Dollar Advocates Forum," an elite legal association reserved for lawyers who obtain a settlement or verdict for a client worth more than $1 million. He knows how important it is to secure big recoveries for clients when so much is at stake.

Car accident injuries Florida attorney Scott M. Miller handles

More than 2 million people sustain injuries in car accidents every year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These injuries cover a broad spectrum, from cuts and bruises to internal injuries and brain damage.

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Whatever type of injury you're facing, make sure your case receives the attention it rightfully deserves. Medical bills and other expenses add up fast, especially if you are unable to work for weeks or months. Don't go into debt because of someone else's reckless behavior. Find out how Attorney Scott M. Miller can help protect your rights.

Why should I hire Longwood car accident lawyer Scott M. Miller?

When you have an experienced attorney on your side, you can take an aggressive approach right from the start. With a comprehensive understanding of Florida law, Scott M. Miller knows what is required to build a compelling case. The following are some of the critical steps in mounting a successful injury claim:

  • Carefully analyzing your car accident report
  • Making sure you receive medical treatment
  • Negotiating directly with insurance companies for compensation
  • Filing a car accident lawsuit if necessary
  • Taking other legal necessary if necessary


If You or a Loved One Sustains a Brain Injury

Some traumatic brain injuries from car accidents affect people for a few hours or days. Other more serious head injuries can instantly change a person's life forever. Because of the complex nature of such injuries, it's critical to seek immediate medical treatment. In some cases, the seriousness of the brain injury is not apparent right after the accident. You may experience a headache or dizziness that you might assume will go away with time. These may be symptoms of a brain injury that could turn fatal if left untreated.

Some of the most common head injuries we handle include:

  • Concussion - The most common type of head injury, concussions occur when someone sustains a direct blow or sudden movement to the head. In some cases, concussion victims experience internal bleeding, which is why immediate medical treatment is critical.
  • Contusion - A bruise on the brain, contusions often occur because of a direct impact to the skull. Contusions may need to be surgically removed.
  • Traumatic brain injury - Among the most serious head injuries, traumatic brain injuries can affect a person's long-term ability to think and function as they did prior to the accident. People with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) often suffer from amnesia for hours or days. In severe cases, a TBI can result in a coma or even death. There are two main types of TBIs:
    • Closed brain injury - Brain tissue damaged by a sudden jolt or blow to the head.
    • Open brain injury - Brain injury caused by an object piercing a person's brain.

If you suffer a head injury in a Florida car accident and you are physically able to do so, you will want to take the following steps:

  • Seek immediate medical attention
  • Contact the police
  • Interview people who witnessed your accident
  • Take photographs of your accident
  • Schedule a follow-up appointment with your doctor
  • Contact us. We can help you every step of the way

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Sprains, Strains and Other Neck Injuries

Neck injuries caused by auto accidents vary widely. From minor to severe, neck injuries nonetheless demand immediate medical attention. Don't try to "tough it out" and hope the injury will fade. It might get worse and more debilitating with time. Make sure you have a medical professional examine you and determine the severity of your injury.

Neck injuries include caused by car accidents include:

  • Neck strains - Muscle strain injuries to the neck caused by car crashes might seem minor. But you should never try to diagnose yourself after a serious crash.
    • What are common symptoms of a muscle strain in the neck?
      • Muscle spasms
      • Neck pain
      • Reduced flexibility
  • Neck sprains - Injuries to the neck that result in damage to ligaments often result in a neck sprain. Such injuries are often caused by sudden, violent movements to the neck or overstretching neck muscles.
    • What are common symptoms of a neck sprain?
      • Swelling
      • Neck pain
      • Reduced flexibility
  • Whiplash - One of the most common neck injuries caused by car accidents, whiplash occurs when a person's head is violently thrown back, then "whipped" forward, resulting in a neck sprain or neck strain commonly known as whiplash. Some people claim whiplash doesn't exist. A claims adjuster may take this approach and downplay the seriousness of the injury. We know better based on years of experience working with people suffering from the serious pain and discomfort caused by whiplash.
    • What are common symptoms of whiplash?
      • Neck pain
      • Numbness in the arms
      • Stiff neck
      • Dizziness
  • Neck fracture - Break in the cervical bone of the neck. How fast the vehicles were driving when they crashed into each other could affect the severity of your neck fracture. Such injuries also often involve a dislocation of the neck. Such injuries require immediate medical attention.
    • What are common symptoms of a neck fracture?
      • Severe neck pain
      • Possible visible neck injuries
      • Inability to move neck

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Herniated Discs, Spine Injuries and Other Back Injuries

Injuries to the spine caused by a car accident can change a person's life in an instant. Depending on the severity of the spinal cord injury, the injury victim might permanently lose the ability to use their arms or legs. Spinal cord injuries caused by car accidents include:

  • Herniated discs - This common back injury refers to damage to soft cushions (disks) located between bones (vertebrae) in the spine. Specifically, herniated disks refer to disks that push through cracks in the vertebrae, often irritating nearby nerves.
    • What are common symptoms of a herniated disc?
      • Numbness in arms or legs
      • Pain in spine
      • Weakness in limbs
  • Spinal cord injuries - An estimated 12,000 to 20,000 people each year sustain a spinal cord injury nationwide. An estimated 40 to 36 percent of spinal cord injuries occur because of motor vehicle accidents. Here's another startling statistic - spinal cord injuries cost injury victims $50,000 to $3 million over the course of their lifetimes. By working with an experienced spinal cord injury attorney in Florida, you can make sure your rights are protected and you are pursuing all the compensation you need.
    • What are common symptoms of spinal cord injuries?
      • Loss of movement
      • Loss of sensation
      • Muscle spasms or exaggerated movements
  • Paralysis - One of the most devastating consequences of spinal cord injuries, paralysis often leaves injury victims permanently unable to use their arms, legs or other parts of their body. There are several different types of paralysis depending on the severity and location of the injury. These include:
    • Complete paralysis - Term used to describe total loss of feeling and movement below the injured area of the spine.
    • Incomplete paralysis - Partial movement and feeling below the injured area in of the spine.
    • Paraplegia - Loss of movement and feeling in the legs and lower half of the body.
    • Quadriplegia - Loss of movement and feeling in the arms and legs.
    • What are common symptoms of a neck fracture?
      • Loss of movement in arms and/or legs
      • Loss of feeling in arms and/or legs
      • Pain or stinging sensation in your spine.

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Facial Injuries

Facial injuries in car accidents can range in severity. In most cases, such injuries occur when another vehicle crashes into a car, causing the driver or passengers to be thrust forward and strike their face against the steering wheel or another part of the car. Some of the most common facial injuries we deal with at the Law Office of Scott M. Miller include:

  • Bruises - Collisions with another vehicle, such as a rear-end crash, sometimes cause the passengers' or driver's face to hit an object in the vehicle, resulting a bruise to the face.
  • Cuts - Sharp objects such as broken glass or parts of the car can cause serious cuts to someone's face in a car accident. In cases involving the recent Takata airbag recall, victims died as a result of the airbag exploding, causing metal shards to be sprayed throughout the passenger cabin.
  • Broken bones - Fractured cheekbone, broken nose and broken jaw are among the most common bone injuries caused by auto accidents.
  • Dislocated jaw - Term used to describe when the lower jawbone becomes separated from the joints connecting the bone to the base of the skull.
  • Skull fracture - Serious injury since skull fractures could result in brain damage or even death. Seek immediate medical attention if you fractured your skull in a car accident.

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Chest Injuries

Car accident injuries involving the chest can be serious and life-threatening. Don't ignore symptoms of a chest injury. Seek immediate medical attention. The following are some of the types of injuries to the torso we see in car accident cases:

  • Minor chest injury - Chest bruising, slight chest pain and other injuries to the chest caused by car accidents can sometimes be minor. But knowing how serious your injury is can be hard to determine without getting medical treatment. Our experience shows us that minor injuries can spiral into devastating conditions with time. Don't hesitate to talk to us about your car accident claim.
  • Serious chest injury - A strong blow to the chest - often due to someone's body being slammed against the steering wheel or another part of the car - can result in damage to the heart, large blood vessels, stomach, kidneys, trachea, liver or spleen.
  • Rib fracture - Broken ribs caused by car accidents can be extremely dangerous. While a broken rib by itself can be a painful and debilitating condition, the fracture can lead to serious complications. Your lungs or other vital organs could be punctured due to a broken rib - a potentially grave development.
  • What are common symptoms of a chest injury?
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Coughing up blood
    • Dizziness or light headedness

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Fatalities in Car Accidents

If a loved one died in a car accident in Florida, contact us immediately. Our experienced, knowledgeable law firm can work with you to make sure your family receives the support and attention you rightfully deserve after a fatal car accident.

We understand you might not want to contact a lawyer or deal with such complicated issues immediately after your accident. That's exactly why we strongly urge you to call us right away. We can handle all the paperwork and deal directly with insurance companies so your family can focus on what really matter: grieving the loss of a loved one. We have experience handling wrongful death lawsuits in Florida related to car accidents. Depending on the circumstances, a surviving spouse, child or parent may be entitled to recover compensation for losses. The death of a loved one can result in significant financial hardship. You may be entitled to compensation for medical and funeral expenses in addition to pain and suffering and possibly punitive damages, which may be awarded in cases of gross negligence.

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