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MRI After a Car Accident | Pros and Cons

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Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may need an MRI after a car accident. MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging. It is a diagnostic test that allows doctors to see images of your non-bone matter. Injuries involving spinal discs won’t show on x-ray. Doctors need to order an MRI to diagnose your pain source. However, undergoing an MRI has pros and cons. If your injuries are severe enough to warrant an MRI, consider hiring a Florida auto accident attorney who can help. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have over 30 years of experience assisting Florida clients with their injury needs. We know the pros and cons of an MRI. We can help you understand exactly how an MRI works and whether it’s right for your situation. Types of Injuries That Are Common to Get an MRI For Because an MRI can show injuries not visible on x-rays, doctors may order one for pain complaints involving: Muscles, Joints, Sprains, Bones, Nerves, and Brain. Some of the most common injuries in a car accident that lead a doctor to order an MRI include, but are not limited to, herniated discs, torn ligaments or tendons, spinal cord compression, and traumatic brain injuries.  MRIs can also diagnose many other health conditions that are not related to an auto accident, such as cancerous tumors, arthritis, stroke, and multiple sclerosis. How an MRI Works When you have an MRI, you lie down in a tube, which scans your body. You won’t feel any pain from the MRI test itself. However, you might experience some general discomfort because you’re required to stay still for an extended period of time. If you move during the scans, the images may be unusable. MRIs use magnets to look for diseased cells. Each of your body’s cells has a positive and negative pole. When you go for an MRI, the magnet looks at all the normal cells in your body. Diseased cells won’t line up like their healthy counterparts. The magnet allows radiofrequency waves to create an image that doctors can use to pinpoint what is causing your pain.  When You Should Consider Getting an MRI Getting an MRI can be a critical step in correctly diagnosing your injuries. If you believe you have a spinal cord injury, neck or back injury, or if you suspect a brain injury, an MRI could help determine what is wrong and the extent of your injuries. The MRI will allow your medical providers to tailor treatment to the exact area of injury. If you have severe pain in your neck or back, or if you have a suspected head or brain injury, you need to insist on an MRI. Pain that radiates down your arm or leg suggests nerve involvement.  Your MRI results can show whether your condition requires surgical intervention. If your injuries are severe enough for surgery, you could have permanent damage if you delay having it. Injuries like nerve compression are serious. If your injured spinal disc continues to push on that nerve, the damage may be irreversible. MRIs can also boost the value of your accident claim. Insurance companies typically don’t give much weight to soft tissue injuries. That is because most of these claims are subjective, allowing the adjuster to undervalue them or dismiss them entirely. If you have an MRI that shows nerve compression or a herniated disc, it forces the insurance company to acknowledge your injuries, as there is an objective medical diagnosis. When You May Not Want to Get an MRI One of the main disadvantages of an MRI is the cost. In many cases, it will cost a thousand dollars or more. Even if you have health insurance, you could have a high co-pay. If you are successful in your auto accident injury claim, your settlement should include compensation for your medical treatment, including the MRI costs. For most people, there is no medical risk of having an MRI. However, the strong magnetic field is problematic for some people. People who have surgical implants, especially those with iron or select types of steel, could have complications. Other magnetizable objects to disclose include a pacemaker, insulin pumps, endoscopy capsules, cochlear implants, etc. People with claustrophobia have problems getting an MRI. The tube can be a snug fit, and that only adds to the anxiety for some patients. MRI techs might try coping mechanisms like having you listen to music. There are also new open MRI machines that can help those with severe claustrophobia. However, these can be even more expensive and may have much longer wait times to get an appointment. How We Will Help with Your Case Hiring an attorney is crucial if you sustained injuries in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence. Your potential settlement value is directly linked with the experience of your Florida auto accident attorney. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we’ve recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients. Some of these individual settlements were in the seven-figure range.  We understand what makes a successful auto accident claim. When you retain us to represent you, we will immediately start an independent investigation. We will talk to witnesses, gather evidence, order your medical records, and more. We will handle all communications with the at-fault party’s insurance and negotiate your potential settlement.  The insurance company can’t take advantage of your inexperience with the claims process when you have an attorney representing your interests. Insurance adjusters are notorious for undervaluing claims and wrongfully denying valid ones. We will hold the responsible party accountable and ensure the insurance adjuster extends a fair settlement offer. If they don’t, we are prepared to file a lawsuit on your behalf and work to resolve your claim during litigation. To learn more about how we can help, contact Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today to schedule an initial consultation with our experienced Florida car accident attorneys. Get Your Accident Questions Answered Understandably, prospective clients have numerous questions on MRIs and auto accident injuries. We’ve compiled answers to...

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What to Do If Involved in a Car Accident While Pregnant

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Being involved in a car accident is a terrifying experience, but it can be even worse if you’re pregnant. Even a minor fender bender can put your baby at risk. Do not make a mistake and assume if you’re in a car accident and pregnant that you don’t need to seek medical treatment. If you are injured, pursuing a claim can be complicated. Consider meeting with an experienced Florida car accident attorney who can explain what to expect and help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Why a Car Accident During Pregnancy Is Serious The potential blunt force of the impact and jolting motions can cause complications in your pregnancy. There is also the emotional stress that goes along with a car accident when pregnant. That added stress could also put your baby’s health at risk, which is why it’s imperative to try to stay calm. Many women don’t wear their seat belts correctly in an accident, which can increase the risk. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a helpful infographic that shows you the right and wrong ways to wear a seat belt. You should not wear your lap belt over the top of your belly. It should be secured below your stomach, fitting snugly across your hips and pelvic bone. Your fetus can suffer damage even in situations where there is no physical contact. For example, a sudden stop creates a jarring motion that could result in fetal injuries, such a concussion. What to Do If You’re Pregnant and in a Car Accident Even if you don’t believe you’re injured, it’s imperative to see a doctor. There could be internal injuries that you can’t see or necessarily feel. Potential symptoms to watch for include: Vaginal spotting or bleeding; Increased vaginal discharge or leaking fluids; Pain in your abdomen; Fever or chills; Severe and constant headaches; Dizziness or fainting; Increased vomiting that isn’t attributed to morning sickness; Changes to your baby’s movements, both strength and frequency; and Painful or urgent need to urinate. You should call the police after a car accident during your pregnancy. Let the police know that you are pregnant and were just involved in an accident. If there is something seriously wrong, you will have emergency responders who are equipped to handle these situations. Statistics on Pregnancy and Car Accidents Driving while pregnant carries a unique set of risks. Researchers in Canada determined that there is a 42% increased risk to a pregnant woman in a car accident starting with the second trimester. According to a study conducted by the University of Michigan, 170,000 auto accidents in the United States each year involve pregnant women. If you’re in a 16-miles-per-hour frontal crash at 28 weeks, they estimate the risk of fetal injuries is 26% for drivers wearing their seat belt and 70% for drivers who are not. On average, 2.9% of pregnant women report suffering injuries in a car accident. Safe Ride 4 Kids compiled data from multiple studies and estimates there are anywhere from 300 to 5,000 fetal deaths from car accidents every year. Risks to a Baby If You’re in a Car Accident When Pregnant If you’re in a car accident and pregnant, there are numerous risks to your baby. Possible complications include: Hemorrhaging, Internal bleeding, Pre-term labor, Miscarriage, Uterine rupture, Coup and contrecoup injuries, and Birth defects. Your womb creates crucial protection for your baby. However, it can’t prevent all injuries. One of the biggest risks of a car accident is a placental abruption. This condition occurs when the placenta separates from your uterus. It deprives your baby of necessary nutrients, which could lead to problems with growth development. How We Will Help with Your Case Hiring a Florida car accident attorney if you suffered injuries in a car accident when pregnant is imperative. You deserve someone on your side who can protect your rights and negotiate on your behalf. You should be monitoring your stress levels, not arguing with an insurance adjuster over the value of your claim. When you retain Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we will be there for you every step of the way. Our primary goal is to help you get the compensation you deserve from the responsible party in a car accident. If someone else’s negligence resulted in harm to your unborn baby, let us help you hold them accountable. We will conduct a thorough investigation, gather all relevant evidence, and negotiate with the other driver’s insurance company. If necessary, we will also retain industry experts who can testify about liability or your injuries. We have over 30 years of experience and have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of our clients. To learn more about how we can help, contact Abrahamson & Uiterwyk to schedule an initial consultation. Get Your Car Accident Questions Answered Pursuing a claim if you’re pregnant and in a car accident can be challenging. Understandably, prospective clients have a lot of questions about how the claims process works. What Types of Compensation Are Available If You’re Pregnant and in a Car Accident? The compensation you could receive for your claim will depend on your damages. You could receive reimbursement for your current and future medical expenses, lost wages, future loss of earnings, property damages, pain and suffering, permanent disability, and more. How Much Does It Cost to Retain an Attorney? Most personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis. That means you won’t pay an hourly billing rate or any fees or costs up front. Should I Hire an Attorney Right After the Accident? Hiring an attorney immediately following the accident is the best course of action. The sooner you retain an attorney, the sooner we can start protecting your rights and gathering the necessary evidence to prove liability against the other party.

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Soft Tissue Injury from a Car Accident

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Injuries from a car accident can vary depending on factors such as the type of vehicles involved, the crash severity, and the location of the impact on your car. Even seemingly minor impact accidents can leave you injured.  Some of the most common injuries reported in a car accident are soft tissue. A soft tissue injury in a car accident can be serious, no matter how much the other driver’s insurance company tells you it’s not. Because insurance companies typically undervalue and downplay a soft tissue injury after a car accident, you need an experienced Florida auto accident attorney on your side. Common Ways to Suffer Soft Tissue Injuries Many prospective clients have questions, including, what is soft tissue injury in a car accident? Soft tissue injuries refer to your muscles, tendons, and ligaments, whereas your bones are hard tissue.  Soft tissue damage after a car accident is common because the sudden force can cause ligaments, muscles, and tendons to move beyond their normal range. Insurance adjusters tend to dismiss all soft tissue injuries as being minor and therefore undervalue these claims. Some of the most common soft tissue injury claims we represent clients for include:   Sprains and strains, Whiplash, Compressed nerve, Contusions, Rotator cuff tear, Hernia, and ACL tear. If you sustained soft tissue injuries in a car accident caused by another person’s negligence, you have the right to bring a claim for your damages. Don’t let an insurance adjuster tell you that you don’t have a claim because you sustained only soft tissue damage. Car accident settlements can definitely include reimbursement for your soft tissue injuries.    Symptoms of Soft Tissue Injuries Soft tissue injuries aren’t always apparent at the accident scene. Some of these develop over a couple of days. Potential symptoms to watch for after a car accident include: Back pain; Neck pain and stiffness; Skin discoloration; Inflammation in your affected body part; Pain when moving your affected body part; Swelling; Sudden onset of pain; A burning sensation that travels down your arm or leg; Inability to put weight on a joint; and Cognitive issues, including difficulty concentrating or remembering things. Some soft tissue injuries will heal on their own with minimal medical intervention. However, other injuries could require extensive rehabilitation and even surgical intervention. What to Do If You Think You Have a Soft Tissue Injury If you suspect you have a soft tissue injury, you need to schedule a medical appointment right away. It’s crucial to seek treatment following an accident, even if you don’t think you are injured. Sometimes, there could be internal injuries that you can’t visibly see or feel. It’s essential to follow all orders your doctors give you. Otherwise, you can cause additional harm, and the at-fault driver’s insurance company will use this to reduce your case value. Is There an Average Settlement for Soft Tissue Injuries? No, there is no average settlement amount for soft tissue injury claims. Every car accident is unique, as are your injuries. Someone who suffered a concussion will likely have a higher settlement than someone else who suffered only a minor back strain that healed in several weeks. What Factors Affect My Settlement? Multiple factors can affect your potential soft tissue injury car accident settlement. While most soft tissue cases resolve before a lawsuit is filed, some claims will wind up in litigation. Some of the most influential factors in a soft tissue injury case include: The severity of your injuries; The length of time it took for you to recover and whether there are long-term effects or a permanent disability; The impact of your injuries on your career; The percentage of your own negligence that contributed to the accident; , if any; The amount of pain and suffering you experienced; and Another critical factor in determining your potential settlement amount is the evidence you’ve collected. Because soft tissue injuries are often harder to prove, you must have as much evidence as possible. For example, scene photos that show the vehicle damage and surrounding area can be critical evidence. It would be best if you also kept a pain journal after the accident. It’s easier to go back and discuss how the accident impacted your life when you can recount specific episodes and problems you encountered. If your case winds up in litigation, it could be a months before you give a deposition. You can review your pain journal and refresh your memory if necessary, before testifying.    Does Hiring an Attorney Increase My Settlement Amount? In most cases, hiring an attorney will increase your potential settlement amount. Insurance companies notoriously undervalue or wrongfully deny claims when you don’t have legal representation. Having an attorney on your side is essential. That will keep the insurance company from taking advantage of your inexperience. You want someone who can protect your rights and negotiate for the maximum amount of compensation possible. How We Will Help with Your Case When you retain Abrahamson & Uiterwyk to represent you for a soft tissue injury in a car accident, we will conduct an independent investigation. We will gather all the necessary evidence, your medical records, bills, and confirmation of your missed time from work. If your case warrants it, we will retain industry experts who can testify in your case. Potential experts may include an accident reconstructionist who can testify on liability or a medical doctor who can confirm that your soft tissue injuries required the treatment you received. If your case doesn’t resolve through negotiations, we are prepared to file a lawsuit and take your case to trial if necessary. We have over 30 years of experience fighting for our clients and have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation. Let us put our trial experience and knowledge to work for you. Contact Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today to schedule an initial consultation. Get Your Accident Questions Answered Understandably, prospective clients have a lot of questions when they meet with us. Here are answers to some of the most common...

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Abrahamson & Uiterwyk Announces Their July 2020 Distracted Driving Runner Up

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Mason Ashford is one of our 2020 distracted driving essay runner ups. Mason is a student at Florida State University. Here is her essay: Admit it to Quit it Like anyone in the 21st century I am no stranger to distracted driving. Not only do I constantly see others doing it around me, I am a culprit of it myself. Most people think that distracted driving only entails directly looking at your phone while driving. But it can be so much more than that. It can include talking on the phone, texting without looking, talking with other people in the car, eating while driving etc. Distracted driving is anytime you are not one hundred percent focused on the task of driving. It only takes a split second of distraction to result in serious injury or even death. I have a fairly long drive from home in Atlanta to Florida State University. This drive by myself can get boring and I often find myself becoming a distracted driver the longer I drive. This usually comes in the form of eating while behind the wheel. It may not seem like that big of a deal, but it does require me to take one sometimes even two hands off the wheel just to eat. A lot of times I’ll get foods that can actually be quite messy and are hard to eat in general but especially while driving. This element gives just another factor of distraction to my driving. Unfortunately, I have been in a few close calls where I almost caused an accident with someone else or just with myself by riding too close to the edge of the road. These moments in time seem to slow down and they are real wake up calls for me. Anyone who has ever been in an accident or close to being in one understands the terror that runs through you. My biggest change to this bad habit will be strategizing my drive to include time to STOP and eat. If I plan for an extra 15 to 20 minutes into my drive to stop somewhere and eat in the parking lot, I am not losing time on my ETA and I am keeping myself and others on the road safe. I think I often get stuck in the mindset that I need to get to my destination as quick as possible. This can be a very dangerous mindset while driving a two-ton vehicle. This means eating while driving because I think it might save me an extra 15 minutes. In reality saving those 15 minutes is not worth risking my life or the lives around me. Another way I often find myself being a distracted driver is when I am driving my friends in the car. We often like to play our favorite songs at a loud volume and sing our hearts out. In the moment it can be a lot of fun to do that with my friends and it almost feels freeing. But it also means that I am focusing on the lyrics in the song and having fun more than I am about driving a car. It is way too easy to get lost in the fun of the moment and not realize the reality of what is happening in front of you. I am in the marching band at FSU so for me music is and always has been an important aspect of my life. I like the way music makes me feel and I like sharing music with my friends. Given the nature of Bluetooth and AUX the sharing of this music is often done during car rides. I would be lying if I said I had not typed out a song I desperately wanted my friends to listen to while I drive. The way I would solve the first issue is to just turn the music down so that I am still able to easily focus on the drive. If anyone complains and wants to turn the music up I just have to be firm and say “I am the driver, I decide how loud the music gets to be played so that I can keep us safe”. To solve the second issue is far simpler. If there is a song I want to share with friends I can either put it in the queue before I start driving or I can tell my friend the name of the song so that they can type it for me. There is no need for me to be touching the phone at all in this situation. These situations are even more important to me than when I am in the car alone. The reason being is my friends mean everything to me and I would never want to be the cause of their hurt or death. Whether I like it or not, when I am behind the wheel, I am responsible for everyone in that car. I must be safe for them. The older I get the more I seem to drive and the longer the drives tend to me. I also tend to think less about my driving the more I drive. I think this is very common. You almost get to a point where you are too comfortable behind the wheel and you forget just how dangerous driving by itself is. So why make it even more dangerous by being a distracted driver?

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Abrahamson & Uiterwyk Announces Their July 2020 Distracted Driving Essay Winner

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Christopher Francis is our 2020 distracted driving essay winner. Christopher is a student at the Seminole State College of Florida. Here is the winning essay: My Friends Could Be the End of Me As a 20-year-old black man in college, I deal with multiple pressures in life. I must deal with pressures such as: going to school full time, doing internships, being financially intelligent, taking care of my parents, taking care of the house, being recognized and taken seriously by American society, and other things in life that young adults might have to deal with. However, because I take life seriously and try to be the best version of myself when it comes to school and other priorities, I make sure to make time for my friends (whom I love sincerely). Even though I take life seriously in other areas, I realize that I do not take my life as serious when it comes to me putting my friends before myself, especially when I drive. Therefore, my friends are a huge distraction when I am a driver. When I first got my driver’s license as a junior in high school, my parents knew that the biggest fear that they had with me driving was me going out and driving with my friends. I was the first person in my friend group with a license and a vehicle, so that meant that I would be everyone’s very own free personal Uber. When I first got my vehicle (which was a hand-me-down 2004 Dodge Ram pickup truck), I did not think about gas or other limitations, I just wanted my freedom and ability to go places with my friends. Because my parents knew how much I could not wait to do stupid stuff with my friends, they first enrolled me into a “Defensive Driving” class so that I could understand the seriousness of driving and how to be an aware, safe driver. So, I took the class and had to deal with scenarios on what it feels like to drive drunk, spin out of control, must make an emergency stop, deal with an obnoxious passenger, and other things, and I passed easily. My parents were happy with how serious I took the driving test, so they set me loose and I was out driving on my own. Even though I passed that driving course, I still was unprepared to drive with my friends. My first guilty habit is using my phone while driving. Rather it is being on a phone call, texting, snapchatting, or facetiming, whenever my friends needed me to use my phone while driving, I would readily pick it up and use it while I am on the road. I would feel like I got the hang of driving and that it would get boring by only staring at the road the whole time, so I needed my phone to spice things up. My second guilty habit is that when I am in the car with my friends, we tend to blast loud music and just be focused in our conversation rather than the road. My friends are fun people to be around, so we like to bang loud music or talk loud and sometimes it is hard to hear stuff around us or it can be hard for me to just focus on driving in general. Lastly, I have had experiences with friends in which I was the driver, but they got drunk and I ended up having to be the Uber and babysitter at the same time. One thing I will never do is drink and drive, so I am usually always the designated driver if me and my friends go to a party, but that tends to also mean that I have to get them home safely and make sure they are fine during the car ride, even when they are throwing up all over the place or are just being really obnoxious. I realized that I would endure anything with my friends, but them being a distraction while driving is not something to take likely. I have heard of many sad stories in which young drivers have died from distracted driving from bad habits that I have done myself but am lucky enough to be able to recognize and fix. Throughout the years, I have put my phone on “Do Not Disturb” mode while I drive, I rarely blast my music at all in my car, and I go to less parties so that I do not have to deal with distracting, drunk passengers, which are strategies that I have enjoyed and have enabled me to become a safer driver. I love my friends to death, but I never would want them to be the death of me, so I have tried to put an end to my distracted driving habits and hope to influence others to do the same!

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Is There an Average Knee Injury Settlement?

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This article attempts to explain the factors that influence the amount that knee injury victims can recover in a knee injury settlement. If you have injured your knee in an accident, it may be difficult to perform even simple tasks. In fact, knee injuries can be some of the most painful and difficult types of injuries to recover from.  So, what do you do after a knee injury accident? Is there a knee injury settlement average? What can you do to maximize your recovery? We’ll answer these questions and more in the post below. If you still have questions, contact the injury attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk. We are standing by and ready to discuss your case and help you fight for your rights.  Knee Injury Settlements: An Overview The knee is the largest joint in the body and also easily injured. And while knee injuries can occur in nearly any setting, we frequently see clients come in with knee injuries caused by the careless actions of another party in a car accident. In fact, traffic accidents are one of the leading causes of knee joint injuries.  Some of the most common knee injuries include:  Fractures,  Dislocation,  Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries,  Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injuries,  Meniscal tears, and  Tendon tears.  It can take significant amounts of time and money to heal from these types of knee injuries. Thus, knowing how to move forward after your knee injury can be a crucial step to recovering.  If you or a loved one has suffered a knee injury in a car accident or any other type of accident, contact an attorney today. Doing so can be the first step toward getting the compensation you need to recover.  Knee Injury Settlement Average in Florida A question that many people have after a car accident knee injury is, what is the average payout for a knee injury car accident settlement? Of course, this is a natural question to ask when determining whether and how to move forward with a potential case. Unfortunately, however, the answer is more complicated than you might think. But our team is here to help you get the answers you need so that you can get to work on what matters most—recovering from your injuries.  Is There an Average Knee Injury Settlement?  The short answer is no. Unfortunately, there is no “average” knee injury settlement.  Despite legal blogs and advertisements that might indicate otherwise, the fact remains that there is no knee injury settlement “average” that you can rely on with any certainty.    Do Knee Injury Settlement Calculators Work?  Many websites will claim that you can use a knee injury settlement calculator to determine your potential settlement. However, you should not rely on such knee injury settlement calculators.  This is because each case is different and there are many factors to consider. There is simply no way to take all of these factors into account in a way that will provide you with a reliable settlement calculation.  The best thing to do after an accident that results in a knee injury is to contact an attorney. An attorney can evaluate the facts of your case and help you determine what your case might ultimately be worth.  Factors that Affect a Knee Injury Settlement So what are the factors that a personal injury attorney will take into account to determine your potential settlement? These factors might include:  The extent and severity of your knee injury;  The availability of medical reports and professional diagnosis corroborating your injuries; Expenses incurred in addressing and recovering from your knee injury;  The availability of insurance coverage; and  Whether you had any pre-existing or degenerative knee problems before the accident occurred.  Depending on the combination of factors that exist in your case, your settlement value may vary a great deal from another accident victim’s settlement. Thus, it is important to contact an experienced injury attorney to help you evaluate your case. What Types of Things Can I Recover Compensation For?  The monetary compensation you can receive for your knee injury settlement is known as your legal “damages”. Damages in your knee injury settlement case might include compensation for:  Property damage to your vehicle; Past and future medical expenses; Lost wages; Loss in earning capacity due to your injuries; and Pain and suffering. Knowing what types of damages exist in your case is imperative. If you don’t know what damages you can recover, you risk losing out on valuable compensation you might otherwise be entitled to.  Thus, we strongly encourage you to reach out to an injury attorney who can help you evaluate your case. Doing so can be the key to maximizing your recovery.  Why Is It Important to Hire a Personal Injury Attorney After a Knee Injury? You’ve likely seen advertisements for personal injury law firms and wondered if hiring an attorney can really be that useful. In reality, hiring an attorney truly is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your case.  If you have never been involved in a legal dispute before, it can be difficult knowing where to begin. Even if you have some familiarity with personal injury law and the legal process, the benefits of having an attorney in your corner to fight on your behalf cannot be overstated.  So don’t wait any longer. Contact an attorney today to help you with your knee injury settlement so that you can get the relief you deserve. How We Will Help with Your Case At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have dedicated our practice to helping injury victims in need. If you have suffered a knee injury in a car accident or in any other accident due to the wrongful or negligent actions of another, we want to help.  Our team of experienced attorneys can help you evaluate your case, assess your damages, and negotiate with opposing parties, all in an effort to maximize your recovery. We will fight for your rights every step along the way.  If you’re not...

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What Is the Average Settlement for a Traumatic Brain Injury?

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This article attempts to explain the factors that influence the amount that brain injury victims can recover in a traumatic brain injury settlement. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be a severe and even life-threatening injury. In fact, roughly 150 Americans die each day from TBI-related injuries.  If you or a loved one has suffered from a TBI, it is important to know what to do next. Knowing what steps to take after a TBI-related accident can be crucial to physical, emotional, and financial recovery moving forward.  If you have questions about a TBI-related accident and what compensation you may be entitled to recover, the injury attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk want to help. Contact us today to discuss your case and see what we can do for you. Traumatic Brain Injury Settlements: An Overview TBI affects thousands of people nationwide each year. But what exactly constitutes a traumatic brain injury? And what are you entitled to recover if you have suffered a TBI-related injury? We’ll answer these questions and more below.  What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury? The CDC defines a traumatic brain injury as “a disruption in the normal function of the brain.” This can be caused by a penetrating head injury or a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. TBI-related These injuries remain a serious public health concern and can happen to anyone at virtually any time. Thus, it is important to know how they occur and what to do if you sustain one.  What Are the Leading Causes of TBI-Related Accidents?  The CDC ranks car accidents, slip and fall accidents, assaults, and object strikes among the leading causes of TBI nationwide. In fact, a 2014 CDC study found that falls and motor vehicle crashes were the first and second leading causes of all TBI-related hospitalizations. Falls accounted for 52%, and motor vehicle crashes accounted for 20%.  If you have suffered a TBI-related injury in a slip and fall, car, or motorcycle accident, contact an attorney to discuss your rights and see what your settlement might be worth.  Do TBI Settlement Calculators Work? No. Settlement calculators do not work with any certainty. These TBI settlement calculators are unreliable because they simply cannot take into account all of the various factors that go into determining what a particular case might be worth.  Is There an Average Settlement for a Traumatic Brain Injury? The short answer to this question is no. Settlements in a TBI case can range from thousands to millions of dollars. Every case involving a traumatic brain injury is different. Thus, it is important to have an attorney review the information for your case specifically to determine what your case might be worth. What Factors Impact Traumatic Brain Injury Lawsuit Settlement Value the Most? Again, there is no “average” settlement for a traumatic brain injury. In fact, traumatic brain injury settlements will vary greatly from case to case. So, what are the factors that will have the biggest impact on the value of your brain injury settlement amount? These factors might include:  The extent and severity of your TBI;  Availability of medical reports corroborating your injuries; Amount of expenses incurred in addressing and recovering from your TBI;  The extent to which your TBI will affect your ability to work; and  Whether you had any pre-existing brain conditions before your accident occurred.  While there are many factors to consider, an experienced attorney can help you identify what factors exist and determine how those factors will impact your settlement. When Should I Hire an Injury Attorney? In almost every scenario, a personal injury lawyer can help you fight for your rights and work to maximize your settlement. A TBI personal injury attorney can help you assess your case, gather evidence, and determine the value of your damages. Thus, we would always recommend reaching out to an attorney as soon as possible after your accident to begin discussing your case.  How We Can Help with Your Case At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk we have dedicated our practice to helping injury victims in need. If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, we want to help.  Our team of experienced attorneys has helped more than 20,000 injury victims throughout Florida over the last 30 years. We have recovered more than $300,000,000 in compensation for our clients, and we will work to get you the compensation you need and deserve too. No matter what your case requires, we will fight for your rights at every step along the way.  If you are not yet ready to move forward, we understand. Deciding what law firm to hire is no easy task.  We encourage you to read about our previous case results and see what our former clients have to say about working with us. We hope this will help you determine whether we are the right fit for you.  Contact us for your free case review to discuss your case and see what we can do for you. Get Your Accident Questions Answered We know you probably have a lot of questions about how to move forward after your TBI-related accident. We’ve included some answers to frequently asked questions below to help you get the answers you need. I Can’t Afford an Attorney—What Should I Do?  At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we don’t think financial status should be a barrier to getting the legal representation you need and deserve. That’s why when you hire our team, you will not pay any legal fees or costs unless and until we win your case.  Can You Still Take My Case During the COVID-19 Pandemic? Absolutely. As the world continues to adapt to COVID-19, so will we. We are standing by and ready to discuss your case remotely and see what we can do to help you, even during these unprecedented times. What Are the Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury?  Some of the most common symptoms of TBI include headaches, dizziness, blurry vision, confusion, disorientation, nausea, and vomiting. If you have experienced any...

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What to Do After a Slip and Fall in a Parking Lot

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This article attempts to explain what to do if you suffered a slip and fall in a parking lot. The aftermath of a slip and fall accident can be a painful and emotional experience. While a slip and fall itself can occur in seconds, the effects can be lasting. A slip and fall accident can occur anywhere at any time, but parking lots are one of the most common locations where slip and fall accidents occur.  So, what do you do if you or a loved one has been involved in a slip and fall in a parking lot? The good news is that you have rights, and there are ways for you to recover.  The slip and fall attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have the knowledge and experience necessary to fight for your rights. We are here to help you navigate the process and get through this difficult time, so contact us today to discuss your case and see what we can do for you. Parking Lot Slip and Falls: An Overview If you slip and fall in a parking lot, a lawsuit might become necessary. But before even getting to the point of filing your lawsuit, there are certain steps you should take. Important Steps to Take After a Slip and Fall in a Parking Lot If you have never sustained injuries in a slip and fall accident before, you may not know how to move forward. However, knowing what steps to take after you slip and fall in a parking lot can be crucial to your recovery.  In fact, failure to take proper actions after your accident can sometimes diminish your rights and ability to recover moving forward. Below are three important steps you should always take after your slip and fall accident. Step 1: Seek Prompt Medical Attention The first and often most important step after any slip and fall accident is to seek immediate medical attention. Your well-being is the main priority, and diagnosis can be crucial. Failure to promptly diagnose and treat any injuries that may exist can lead to even greater harm and can lengthen your recovery process. Even if you don’t feel or notice any injuries immediately after your fall, it is still imperative that you visit a medical professional to confirm that no injuries exist. Often, injury victims will not notice any physical pain due to adrenaline after their accident. Thus, you should always seek medical attention as soon as practicable.  Step 2: Collect Evidence at the Scene As long as you are not too injured to do so, you should try to collect as much information as possible at the scene of the accident. Sometimes, some of the best evidence will be available right at the scene of the accident.  A simple way to do this is to take photographs on with your phone. Take photographs of the exact accident location, the surrounding area, your injuries, damage to any of your personal items, and anything else you think may be related to your fall or injury.  Other information you may be able to gather at the scene might include: The address of the location in which you fell; Contact information for any representatives of the business whose parking lot you fell; and  Contact information and statements from any people who may have witnessed your accident.  The more evidence and information you have regarding your slip and fall accident, the easier it will be to prove your case. Thus, always try to gather as much information as you can. Step 3: Contact a Slip and Fall Injury Attorney After seeking treatment for any possible injuries, you should reach out to an attorney to discuss your case. Most attorneys will offer a free case evaluation, so it is almost always in your best interest to at least have an initial consultation.  Having an experienced injury attorney in your corner can be a great asset to your slip and fall parking lot lawsuit.  Accident victims who don’t understand the legal process will frequently make small, avoidable mistakes that have the potential to limit their recovery. But attorneys who practice personal injury cases for a living have an in-depth understanding of the law. Thus, attorneys can help you avoid those mistakes and ultimately fight to maximize your recovery.  How Will We Help with Your Case? Abrahamson & Uiterwyk is an experienced personal injury law firm well-equipped to handle your slip and fall case. We have been helping injury victims for over 30 years, and we hope we can do the same for you.  Our slip and fall attorneys will provide you with an initial assessment of your case. Further, we will conduct a thorough investigation to determine what compensation you may be entitled to. We will aggressively negotiate with opposing parties and insurance companies to fight for your rights. And lastly, we will never be afraid to take your case to trial if that is what your case requires.  Abrahamson & Uiterwyk’s slip and fall attorneys have represented over 20,000 injury victims throughout Florida. Our team of attorneys will fight aggressively for your rights and do everything we can to help you get the compensation you need to recover. Contact us today to get started, set up your free case review, and see what our firm can do for you.  Get Your Slip and Fall Questions Answered We know how difficult this time must be for you. That’s why we’ve answered some frequently asked questions to help you get the answers you need.   How Much Will It Cost to Hire an Attorney? At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we offer a no-fee guarantee. We do this to lessen the financial burden on clients who need representation. This means that when you hire us, you will not pay any legal fees or costs unless and until we win your case.  Is There an Average Slip and Fall Accident Settlement? No, there is no “average” settlement for a Florida slip and fall accident settlement. However, there are certain...

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Average Broken Hip Injury Settlements

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This article attempts to explain the factors that influence the amount that broken hip injury victims can recover in a broken hip injury settlement. A broken hip can be a painful injury that can take significant time to heal. The unfortunate reality is that broken hip injuries are more common than you might think. So, what do you do if you have broken a hip due to a personal injury incident?  The silver lining is that there are things you can do to help streamline your recovery. After your broken hip injury, contact an attorney as soon as practicable. Doing so is one of the first steps toward receiving valuable compensation that will allow you to recover from your injuries.   If you have suffered a broken hip injury due to the negligence of wrongful actions of another, contact the injury attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today. Feel free to browse our website and read more about broken hip injury settlements and what you could recover.  Is There an Average Settlement for a Broken Hip? Unfortunately, there is no “average” settlement for a broken hip injury. This is because the facts and circumstances of every hip injury will vary from case to case.  However, while there is no “average” settlement, an experienced injury attorney can help you determine what your settlement might be. We’ll discuss this in more detail below.  Slip and Falls—A Common Cause of Broken Hip Injuries We’ve all heard about “slip and fall” injuries. In fact, you’ve probably seen personal injury law firm advertisements advising of the dangers of slip and fall accidents.  The truth of the matter is that slip and fall accidents remain a leading cause of broken hip injuries each year. In fact, approximately 1.6 million hip fractures occur worldwide each year, and roughly 90% of hip fractures are a result of falls.  Examples of situations in which slip and fall accidents might occur and lead to a broken hip include:  An unmarked elevation change in a department store;  An unmopped floor in a grocery store aisle;  An icy sidewalk leading to the entrance of your neighbor’s house; or A nursing home in which attendants fail to adequately assist patients in moving around. If you or a loved one has suffered a broken hip in a slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Don’t wait—contact our team today to see how we can help. What Factors Will Affect My Broken Hip Injury Settlement?  The short answer is, it depends. Nevertheless, there are certain factors that injury attorneys will look at to help determine what you may be able to recover. Some of these factors include:  The extent and severity of your injuries;  Whether you were partially at fault in causing the accident;  The availability of evidence and witnesses;  The context in which your injury occurred; and  Whether either party carries insurance that would cover your broken hip.  Again, no two cases are the same. The factors that exist and what you are able to prove will play a huge role in determining the potential value of your settlement. If you have any questions about what your case might be worth, contact an attorney today to discuss your case in more detail. What Compensation Can Injury Victims Recover in Broken Hip Injury Settlements? If you break a hip in an accident, odds are you will incur expenses as you work toward your recovery. Further, depending on the extent and severity of your injuries, you may have to spend time away from work to receive treatment and heal. Fortunately, however, you may be entitled to monetary compensation to help you with these costs. This compensation is what is referred to as your legal “damages.” In a broken hip injury settlement, damages for which you might be entitled to recover include compensation for:  Ambulance costs,  Emergency surgery expenses,  Hospital bills, Future doctor’s visits,  Prescription medication,  Lost wages,  Loss in earning capacity,  Pain and suffering,  Emotional distress, and Loss of enjoyment of life.  So while a broken hip injury can be painful, and the path toward recovery can be emotional and draining, the good news is that you don’t have to front the cost on your own. There are ways to hold the at-fault party responsible for your injuries and get the compensation you need and deserve.  Why It’s Important to Hire a Personal Injury Attorney After a Broken Hip Injury A personal injury attorney can be a fantastic asset to your broken hip injury case. The benefits of having an experienced attorney in your corner cannot be overstated. An attorney can help you assess your case, gather crucial evidence and information to support your claims, and determine the value of your damages. In short, an attorney can help you fight for your rights and work toward maximizing your recovery.  Don’t settle for less than what you are owed. Contact an injury attorney today to discuss your options and see how you can move forward.  How We Will Help With Your Case Abrahamson & Uiterwyk is an experienced personal injury law firm well-equipped to handle your broken hip injury settlement. We have been helping injury victims throughout Florida for over 30 years, and we hope we can do the same for you.  Our team of attorneys will fight aggressively for your rights and do everything we can to help you get the compensation you need to recover. Contact us today to get started, set up your free case review, and see what our firm can do for you.  Get Your Accident Questions Answered If you have questions about your hip injury settlement, look no further. We want to help you get the answers you need to take the next steps toward your recovery.   Do I Have to Settle My Case?  Absolutely not. In fact, we are also experienced trial attorneys. We will settle your case only if that is what is best for you. Otherwise, we are ready to take your case to trial if necessary....

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Wrongful Death Settlements in Florida

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Overview of Wrongful Death Settlements in Florida This article attempts to explain the factors that influence the amount that families of deceased accident victims can recover in a Florida wrongful death settlement. If a loved one has been killed due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to prevail in a wrongful death lawsuit. If you aren’t sure whether you have a wrongful death claim, you may be questioning whether to see an attorney. The truth is, an experienced wrongful death attorney can always help assess your situation to see what recovery may be possible. If you do have a wrongful death claim, you may wish to better understand wrongful death lawsuit settlements. In this article, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about wrongful death settlements in Florida. Is There an Average Wrongful Death Settlement in Florida? Although you may wish to know what to expect in this uncertain time by examining average wrongful death settlement amounts, the truth is there is no such thing. Wrongful death settlements depend on the facts of the specific case. The circumstances surrounding your loved one’s death may be incredibly different from someone else’s. This makes it extremely challenging to come up with any average wrongful death settlement. It’s therefore incredibly important to discuss your potential wrongful death claim with an experienced attorney as soon as you can Return to top ↑ Example Wrongful Death Settlements That We Have Achieved Although there may not be an average wrongful death settlement, at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk we are honored to have achieved substantial wrongful death settlements and verdicts for our clients over our 30 years in practice. In one case, a jury awarded our clients, the surviving spouse and children of a wrongful death victim, $34,697,465. We’ve also achieved recoveries of $15,310,000 (jury verdict), $11,500,000 (jury verdict), and $11,000,000 (jury verdict) for our clients in wrongful death cases based on product liability claims. Return to top ↑ Case Study: Florida Wrongful Death Settlement $1M Policy Limit / Wrongful Death / Motor Vehicle Accident / Brooksville, Florida On July 20, 2018, our client was northbound on Commercial Way in Brooksville, Florida near the intersection of Kelso Road. The defendant was headed westbound on Kelso Road, but failed to stop for the stop sign at the intersection. As a result, our client’s vehicle T-boned the defendant’s vehicle causing substantial damage to both vehicles. Among other injuries, our client suffered a cardiac contusion which his treating physicians believed led to a massive stroke after the accident. He remained hospitalized for approximately two weeks after the accident before being transferred to inpatient rehabilitation. Unfortunately, due to the serious nature of his injuries, our client passed away shortly thereafter. He was survived by his wife. We did an in depth investigation which helped convince the insurance company that the fault lay with their insured. We presented a comprehensive demand package which also convinced the insurer that our client’s spouse’s death was a direct result of the defendant’s negligence. We also invested considerable time and effort elaborating on the extent and depth of our client’s extreme losses as a result of the death of her spouse. We were able to resolve the case for an amount in excess of 1 million dollars. Unfortunately, our recovery was limited by the amount of insurance available. Based on our efforts, however, we were able to convince them to pay every dollar of available insurance in settlement of the case. Our deepest condolences to our client and their entire family. It was our honor to represent them for this tragic loss. The wrongful death attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have the experience to understand your case fully and get you and your family what you deserve. You can read more on our case results page. Please be advised that any potential recovery depends upon the facts of your specific case and that past results do not guarantee a similar outcome in your case. Return to top ↑ Who Can Bring a Wrongful Death Claim in Florida? The surviving family members of a person killed by another party’s negligence can bring a wrongful death claim in Florida. The person who passed away is called the “decedent” under the law. The family members of the decedent, or deceased, need to be related to them in a specific way or have had a particular dependency relationship with them to recover. Under the Florida Wrongful Death Act, the following surviving family members may bring a wrongful death claim: Spouse Children Parents Blood relatives who were dependent on the person who passed away Adoptive brothers or sisters who were dependent on the person who passed away A child born out of wedlock, if their mother passed away A child born out of wedlock if their father passed away, only if it can be established that the father had taken responsibility for supporting the child Return to top ↑ What Factors Most Impact the Value of a Wrongful Death Settlement? The goal of financial compensation in a wrongful death claim is to shift the losses that the family experiences to the person who caused the death. In other words, in the eyes of the law, the surviving family members should not bear the losses of their loved one’s death. The person who negligently caused the death should be financially responsible. To avoid going to trial, the party that caused the wrongful death may offer a settlement amount. The settlement amount should take into account the same factors that the court would take into account if the case went to trial. If the case settles, the family members of the wrongful death victim agree to drop their lawsuit. It is very difficult, if not impossible, to calculate the value of someone’s lost life. In Florida, there are several factors that may help the surviving family members decide what is fair. Compensation in a wrongful death case may take into account the following: How old your loved one was when they passed...

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