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Pain After The Car Accident: 3 Chronic Conditions Associated with Automobile Accidents

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Are you experiencing pain after a car accident? In this post you will learn about the most common causes of this and the next steps you can take. Unfortunately, this is not always what happens. The extreme forces involved in auto accidents can cause severe traumatic injuries, and for some people these injuries can have permanent consequences. In fact, recent medical evidence shows that auto accidents can lead to a number of chronic and debilitating conditions. Three Chronic Conditions Linked to Traumatic Collisions 1. Chronic Brain Injuries As doctors continue to gain a better understanding of the effects of traumatic brain injuries, there is a growing body of evidence to support a link between brain injuries and various chronic impairments. From concussions to severe penetrating brain injuries, virtually all types of traumatic brain injuries have the potential to lead to long-term effects. In many cases, the link between an accident and a driver’s or passenger’s condition will not immediately be clear. The effects of traumatic brain injuries can manifest gradually, and forgetfulness, impulsive behavior, and other symptoms may not necessarily trigger concerns about an accident-related injury. This is one reason why all auto accident victims should seek prompt medical attention. In certain circumstances, a delay in seeking treatment can exacerbate the chronic effects of a traumatic brain injury, which may include: Anxiety, depression, and mood swings Cognitive impairments Difficulty concentrating Forgetfulness Memory loss Headaches and migraines Impaired judgment Impulsive behavior These and other effects of traumatic brain injuries can impact every aspect of an accident victim’s life. Once again, prompt treatment is critical, and individuals diagnosed with chronic conditions resulting from accident-related brain injuries must carefully follow the treatment plans their doctors prescribe. 2. Chronic Back Pain Chronic back pain is among the most common long-term injuries resulting from vehicle collisions. Like the symptoms of certain types of traumatic brain injuries, back pain can come on slowly over time, masking the accident as its root cause. Individuals who experience back pain in the days, weeks, or months following a collision should seek medical attention, and should carefully describe their symptoms so that their treating physicians can provide an accurate diagnosis. Due to its chronic nature, treatment for trauma-induced back pain generally focuses on symptom management. Along with pain medications (such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS)), other treatment options can include acupuncture, physical therapy, steroid injections, and self-management. If you are experiencing back pain following a car accident, you will need to have your doctor prescribe a treatment regimen that is tailored to your own unique injury and personal circumstances. 3. Chronic Thyroid Disorders In addition to chronic brain injuries and back pain, there is now strong medical support for chronic thyroid disorders resulting from traumatic car accidents. The thyroid is a gland at the base of the neck that secretes hormones your body uses for metabolism, temperature regulation, and general growth and development. When a traumatic accident impacts the neck, the physical effects can cause damage to the thyroid, which can in turn lead to a number of chronic symptoms. For example, thyroid conditions resulting from musculoskeletal trauma during car accidents can cause: Compromised brain function Compromised immune system Exacerbation of pain from other trauma-induced injuries Mood swings Reduced energy levels Reduced metabolic rate Since thyroid disorders are both a result and a cause of pain in the muscular and skeletal systems, individuals who suffer neck injuries in auto accidents can find themselves in a vicious cycle of chronic symptoms. Fortunately, in many cases patients will have a number of treatment options available. Potential treatment options for chronic thyroid disorders include: Dietary supplements Hormone replacement therapy Physical therapy Radioactive iodide treatment Surgery Thyroid medications While anyone injured in an auto accident should be aware of the risk of a chronic thyroid condition, drivers and passengers injured in rear-end accidents are among those who are most likely to face thyroid problems. Whiplash injuries are closely associated with trauma-induced thyroid disorders, and these injuries most frequently occur in rear-end collisions. Seeking Financial Compensation for Chronic Conditions Resulting from Auto Accidents Seeking financial compensation for chronic conditions can present additional challenges as compared to seeking compensation for acute physical injuries. This is due in large part to the difficulty in diagnosing chronic conditions as the effects of physical trauma. Individuals who experience symptoms of a chronic injury or disorder following a car accident should take appropriate steps to preserve their legal rights, including: Help Your Doctor Provide an Accurate Diagnosis. If your doctor is unaware of your symptoms, he or she will not be able to provide an accurate diagnosis. If your doctor is unaware that you were injured in an accident, he or she will not be able to link your condition to the collision. When seeking medical attention after an accident, it is critical to make sure your doctor has all of the relevant information. It can be helpful to write down notes and bring them to your appointment. Follow Your Doctor’s Treatment Plan. Treatment for chronic conditions often involves a multi-faceted approach – surgery, rest, physical therapy, lifestyle modifications, and a variety of medications could all be essential to minimizing the long-term effects. If you have been diagnosed with a chronic condition, you need to be prepared to make some changes in your life, and sticking to your doctor’s treatment plan should be among your top priorities. Schedule a Free Consultation at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk If you would like more information about pursuing financial compensation for experiencing pain after a car accident, the injury lawyers at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk can help. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, call our office at (800) 753-5203, text us, or request an appointment online today.

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What to do if You’re Injured While Visiting Tampa Bay

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With its beautiful weather, beaches, museums, and amusement parks, Tampa Bay is a great place for tourists. Tourism is on the rise in Tampa Bay. However, sometimes your vacation doesn’t go as planned. Maybe you were involved in a car accident or had a serious fall. You may have had an accident in your rental car or a slip and fall accident at your hotel. Just because you’re not from Tampa Bay doesn’t mean you don’t have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. Seek Medical Attention If you’ve been injured in an accident, the most important thing you can do is seek medical attention, even if you’re not sure of the extent of your injuries. Your injuries should be promptly diagnosed and documented. You shouldn’t take chances and wait until your vacation is over. See a doctor in Tampa Bay as soon as possible. There are urgent care clinics and emergency rooms throughout the area that are available to give you the attention you need. You can then follow up later with a physician at home. Find a Local Attorney Any lawsuit you file to seek compensation will likely have to be filed in Florida and proceed under Florida law. This is why it is important to find a local attorney as soon as you can. Look for an attorney with extensive experience handling accident cases. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have over 30 years of experience representing accident victims, and we have helped more than 20,000 clients get the compensation they deserve. Just because you file a claim in Tampa Bay doesn’t mean you have to remain here while your claim is pending or that you’re going to have to frequently return to Florida. Most things in your case can be handled remotely via email or phone calls with your attorney’s office. You can focus on healing from your injuries at home and let the attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk handle the rest. Contact us online or call us at 800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation today.

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7 Documents Your Attorney Will Need After Your Car Accident

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If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you may have decided that hiring a personal injury attorney can help you through the process. In order for your attorney to effectively represent you, it is important that you provide them with all necessary information. Your attorney will need some documentation from you in order to put together the best case for pursuing compensation. Some documents your attorney may require, include: Police Report In a car accident case, the police will file an official accident report. This report will contain some valuable information about who was involved in the accident and what happened. Auto Insurance Policy An attorney will want to see a copy of your auto insurance policy, specifically the declarations page so that the amount and type of coverage you have available can be determined. Photographs Taking photos of an accident scene can be important to show the extent of any injuries or property damage and may help in establishing who was at fault for the accident. Make sure you submit any photographs that were taken by you or other people, to your attorney. Contact Information If you have obtained the contact information of any witnesses or other individuals involved in the accident, you should provide that information to your attorney as soon as possible. Medical Records Your attorney will want to see copies of your medical records to see the extent of your injuries and what type of treatment you have received. Detailed medical records are crucial to establishing an effective case for compensation. Medical Bills Copies of medical bills are also very important when pursuing compensation for your injuries. These bills itemize the losses you’ve sustained as a result of the accident. Keep all prescription receipts, hospital bills, and bills from other medical providers so that you can provide these to your attorney. Wage Records If you’ve missed time from work as a result of the injuries you sustained in a car accident, then you may be entitled to compensation for any lost wages. Pay stubs and other wage records will be needed to establish the amount you have lost. Contact an Experienced Car Accident Attorney If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you should consider scheduling a consultation with an experienced Tampa Bay car accident attorney. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have helped over 20,000 accidents victims pursue compensation for their injuries. Contact us online or call us at 800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation today.

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Florida’s Move Over Law

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Roadside traffic stops by emergency personnel can be highly dangerous, especially on busy highways. Law enforcement officers and workers can be seriously injured or even killed by passing motorists who are not driving carefully in their presence. To combat these tragedies, Florida is one of forty-three states with a “Move Over” law. Move Over Law Floridalawprotects law enforcement officers, emergency personnel, sanitation workers, and public utility workers from being struck by passing vehicles. The first section of the law requires drivers to move over to the side of the road and clear any intersection when they hear sirens or exhaust whistles or see blue and red lights. The second section of the law requires drivers to change lanes when they approach an emergency or work vehicles parked on the shoulder of the road. If the driver is not on a multi-lane road or is unable to change lanes safely, then they should slow their vehicle down to 20 miles below the speed limit. This Move Over Law provides emergency personnel and workers with some amount of safety when they are working on the side of the road. Breaking the law is a moving violation, and you can face $120 in fines and three points on your license. Keeping Everyone Safe Following the Move Over Law is not only important for the safety of emergency personnel and workers, but also for your own safety and that of other drivers on the road. There are steps you can take to make sure everyone is safe around work and emergency vehicles: Stay aware of your surroundings and avoid driving distracted Watch for flashing lights Use your turn signal to indicate your intent to pull over or change lanes Move over as soon as you are aware that there is an emergency vehicle in the area. Don’t wait until you’re close to the vehicle. Contact a Tampa Bay Accident Attorney If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you may want to consult with a Tampa Bay accident attorney. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have 30 years of experience helping car accident victims. Contact us online or call us at 800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation today.

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Tampa Bay Ranks in Top 20 for Most Aggressive Drivers

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Florida drivers have been consistently ranked as some of the worst in the nation. Now, according to a report by Gas Buddy, Florida cities also rank among those with aggressive drivers. Tampa-St. Petersburg came in at number 19 out of major metro areas. According to the report, Tampa Bay drivers are 2% more aggressive than the average U.S. driver. There were a number of different aggressive driving indicators where Tampa Bay ranked higher than average. Speeding Aggressive drivers frequently drive at high rates of speed. This can be extremely dangerous to other drivers as speeders can easily lose control of their vehicle. In addition, collisions at higher rates of speed can cause more serious injuries. Tampa Bay drivers have 12.6 percent more speeding incidents than the average U.S. driver. The area ranked 11th for most speeding incidents. Hard Braking Aggressive drivers also drive close to other cars, tailgate, and press hard on their brakes. This is very dangerous to other drivers. It can lead to rear-end collisions and other serious accidents. Tampa Bay has had fewer hard-braking incidents than the average U.S. driver. Rapid Acceleration Rapid acceleration is another common and dangerous behavior displayed by aggressive drivers. Rapid acceleration can lead to collisions with bicyclists, pedestrians, and other vehicles who are unable to predict the driver’s behavior. Tampa Bay drivers were 1.2% more likely to engage in rapid acceleration, and the area ranked 15th for most rapid acceleration instances. Aggressive Driving Dangers Aggressive drivers let their emotions get in the way of their reason and make dangerous decisions on the road. In addition to speeding, hard braking, and rapid acceleration,  drivers often take their attention off the road in efforts to intimidate other drivers with words and gestures. In some cases, aggressive driving can turn into road rage, which can lead to violent behavior. Contact an Experienced Tampa Bay Attorney If you’ve been injured in an accident with an aggressive driver, you may want an experienced Tampa Bay accident attorney on your side. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have been helping accident victims for over 30 years. Contact us online or call us at 800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation today.

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Summer Road Trip Tips

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Summer has just begun, and for some of us, this means it’s time to brave the traffic and embark on a summer road trip. Summer road trips are a great way to see the country and spend time with family. However, without proper planning, these road trips can also be dangerous. Here are some important tips to keep in mind when you go on your summer road trip: Before the Road Trip Before you head out on your summer road trip, it’s important to make sure your vehicle is up for the task. Stop by your mechanic and ask them to check your filter and oil levels, top off all fluids, check your tires for proper inflation, inspect belts and hoses, and test the battery and brakes. Once your vehicle is checked out, it will give you peace of mind before you set out on your trip. Plan the Route for Your Road Trip Many people rely on navigation systems and Google maps to help them get where they need to go. However, it can be helpful to have a look at your route ahead of time and plan the best way to travel. Let someone who’s not going on the trip know the route you are taking. You can also check for weather conditions and road construction to better plan for your trip. Pack an Emergency Kit An emergency kit is essential if you are going on a road trip. Be sure to stock your emergency kit with: Jumper cables First aid kit Properly inflated spare tire, lug wrench, and jack Tool kit Flashlight with batteries Flares Car cellphone charger Duct tape Bottled water and energy bars Wait to pack your emergency kit in the car until all of the bags have been placed in the car. You want to make sure that it is easily accessible. Handling Emergencies Even with the best planning, there’s always a chance you’ll end up broken down on the side of the road. If this is the case, pull your car over safely and turn on your hazard lights. Put your car in park, set the emergency brake, and point your wheels away from the road. Be sure to keep emergency contact numbers, such as roadside assistance, in your phone,so you easily access them when needed. If you can, place flares 50 feet behind your car to warn other drivers. Don’t exit your car by the road while you’re waiting for help. It is generally safer to be in your car. Stay Safe on the Road Remember that all occupants of the car should be buckled in at all times. Avoid distracted driving by putting your phone down. Finally, if you feel drowsy pull over or switch drivers so you can rest. Contact an Experienced Florida Attorney If you’ve been injured in a car accident on your summer road trip, you should consult with an experienced car accident attorney. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have over 30 years of experience helping injured Floridians. Contact us online or call us at 800-753-5203 to set up your no-obligation free consultation today.

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Bone Fracture Injuries

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When you experience a serious fall or are involved in a car accident, the amount of force put on your body can be enough to cause bone fracture injuries. Serious bone fractures can affect a person’s day to day life and lead to long term consequences. Common Causes of Bone Fracture Injuries Broken bones can result from a number of different causes, but they are frequently the result of: Slip and fall accidents Car accidents Motorcycle accidents Bicycle accidents Pedestrian accidents Nursing home falls If your bone fracture was the result of someone else’s negligence, then you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost time from work, and pain and suffering. Types of Bone Fracture Injuries  Large and small bones in your body can be fractured if a significant amount of stress is applied. Disease and age can sometimes make bones more prone to fractures. Bone fracture injuries come in a number of different forms, and your doctor may use some different terminology to describe your fracture. Types of fractures include: Complete Fracture—occurs when a bone is cleanly broken into two pieces. These fractures are typically the result of car accidents. Greenstick Fracture—occurs when a bone bends and cracks. Children are more likely to experience greenstick fractures because their bones are softer and more flexible than an adult’s Open Fracture—occurs when a fractured bone pierces the skin Closed Fracture—occurs when the broken bone does not pierce the skin Comminuted Fracture—occurs when the bone fractures into three pieces or more or is crushed Displaced Fracture—occurs when a fracture not only breaks the bone but forces the pieces out of alignment. Stress Fracture—are hairline cracks in the bone that may be hard to see but still cause significant pain. Most Commonly Broken Bones The clavicle is the bone that is most commonly broken in a car accident or a fall. Some other areas where bones are frequently broken include: Arms Legs Wrists Ankles Toes Feet Bone fracture injuries to these areas are not only common but can also be devastating and life-altering. These bones are essential to daily functioning, and when they become injured, it becomes difficult for a person to complete day to day tasks. Contact an Experienced Accident Attorney If you’ve sustained a bone fracture injury due to someone else’s negligence, you should consider consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your options. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we’ve been helping injured Floridians for over 30 years and would like to help you. Contact us online or call us at 800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation today.

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Four Tampa Bay Cities in Top Ten for DUI Crashes

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Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious offense in Florida. An offender may be impaired as a result of ablood alcohol content of .08 and above or drug consumption. DUI drivers can cause serious, even deadly DUI crashes. Some cities have higher rates of DUI crashes than others. A recent study found that four cities in the Tampa Bay area rank among the ten deadliest for DUI crashes in Florida. The study found that overall Florida had 515 fatal crashes involving alcohol in 2017. Sarasota Sarasota ranked number one as the Florida city with the most fatal DUI crashes. The city had a per capita rate of deaths of 12.2 DUI deaths per 100,000 residents. This makes the city twice as deadly per capita than the next deadly city, Lakeland. Not only does Sarasota rank number one, it’s rate of deadly DUI crashes has increased 73% over the last three years. This is a staggering rate of increase given the heightened awareness of preventing DUIs and the availability of rideshare programs. Lakeland Lakeland ranked as the number two city for deadly DUI crashes. The per capita rate for fatal DUI crashes in Lakeland was 6.5 DUI deaths per 100,000 residents. Lakeland and Sarasota had the same number of DUI fatalities over the period between 2015-2017 with 19 per city, but Lakeland’s larger population made the rate lower. Lakeland also had the highest percentage increase in DUI fatalities with a 171% increase in fatalities over the course of three years. St. Petersburg St. Petersburg came in at number four for the deadliest DUI crashes per capita. The rate in St. Petersburg was 4.63 DUI deaths per 100,000 residents. The number of DUI crashes increased slightly, but the overall rate of deaths was 141% greater than the Florida average. Tampa  While it is the largest city in the Tampa Bay area, Tampa surprisingly ranked number seven among Florida cities with the deadliest DUI crashes. Tampa had a rate of 3.77 DUI deaths per 100,000 residents. In contrast to the other cities on the list, Tampa actually saw a more than 10% decrease in the number of DUI fatalities. Contact a DUI Accident Attorney If you, or someone you love, has been injured in a crash involving a drunk driver, you may need the help of an experienced personal injury attorney. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have been working for more than 30 years to help the injured. Contact us online  or call us at 800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation today.

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Car Accidents are the Number One Killer of Teens

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), car accidents are the leading cause of death for teens aged 16-19. Every day, approximately six teens die in an accident, and teens are three times more likely to be involved in a fatal car crash than other drivers. Unfortunately, these fatal car accidents can also lead to serious injuries or death for passengers and others on the road. When a teen driver causes a serious car accident, the consequences can be devastating for everyone involved. Common Factors Involved in Teen Car Accidents There are a number of factors that contribute to the high rate of car accidents involving teen drivers. Contributing factors include: Inexperienced drivers—teen drivers with little experience are not as equipped to recognize and react to dangerous situations they may encounter on the road. Good driving techniques develop with experience. Distracted driving—teen drivers are more likely to engage in distracted driving by interacting with their phones, talking to friends in the car, taking their eyes off the road, and playing with the radio. Driving requires cognitive, visual, and manual concentration, and taking your eyes off the road for even a minute can have serious consequences. Impaired driving—teen drivers are more likely to engage in dangerous behaviors such as driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol. Impairment, combined with a lack of experience, can be deadly. Reckless driving—teen drivers often think they are invincible. They are more likely to engage in reckless driving behavior such as speeding, tailgating, street racing, and running traffic signals than other drivers. Driving with teen passengers—the biggest distraction a teen can face while driving is the presence of other teens in the car. Studies show that the presence of teen passengers increases the risk of being involved in an accident and the likelihood that the teen driver is at fault for the accident. Teen drivers are among the riskiest on the road, and if you have been injured in an accident caused by a teen driver, you should consider consulting with an attorney. Contact an Experienced Car Accident Attorney If you’ve been injured in an accident with a teen driver, you should have an experienced car accident attorney evaluate your case. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we’ve been representing car accident victims for over 30 years. Contact us online or call us at 800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation today.

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Motor Scooter Accidents

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In Florida, motor scooters, such as Vespas, have become increasingly popular ways of getting around. They are a great way to beat traffic and the expense of having a car. Motor scooters come in a variety of engine sizes and have the capacity to reach high speeds. However, motor scooters don’t offer the same protection that someone surrounded by the steel of a car or a truck therefore motor scooter accidents can result in serious injury. Common Causes of Motor Scooter Accidents Motor scooter accidents are frequently the result of negligence on the part of the driver of a larger vehicle. Behavior by drivers that can lead to motor scooter accidents include: Taking their eyes off the road and driving distracted Failing to check blind spots Making turns without checking the surrounding area Turning in front of a scooter Tailgating a scooter Attempting to share a lane with a scooter A car door that is opened into a lane of traffic Motor scooters are entitled to an entire lane in traffic, and drivers should be sure not to drive too close to them. Like motorcycles, motor scooters are less visible on the road than other vehicles. However, unlike motorcycles, motor scooters are also very quiet. Drivers must be aware of motor scooters on the road and pay attention to their surroundings at all times to avoid a collision. Injuries From Motor Scooter Accidents Motor scooter accidents can result in very serious injuries. Because motor scooters don’t have the same protections as a car or truck, riders of motor scooters must rely on helmets and other gear to keep them as safe as possible. Some common injuries that can result from motor scooter accidents include: Traumatic brain injury—riding with a helmet can help a great deal, but some traumatic brain injuries are not prevented by a helmet. Shoulder injuries—motor scooter accidents typically result in the rider falling off the scooter. This can lead to serious shoulder injuries depending on the impact. Fractures—because motor scooter riders often hit the pavement with some force in an accident, bone fractures are very common Spinal cord injuries—the impact of a car hitting a motor scooter can lead to serious spinal cord injuries Road rash—a motor scooter rider sliding across the pavement without protection can suffer serious abrasions Neck injuries—neck injuries such as whiplash are common, especially when a motor scooter has been hit from behind. Contact an Experienced Motor Scooter Accident Attorney If you’ve been injured in a motor scooter accident, you may need the help of an attorney with experience handling these types of cases. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have over 30 years of experience helping Floridians injured in accidents. Contact us online or call us at 800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation today. 

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