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Ankle Injuries

Category: Personal Injury |

While it is easy to take your ankles for granted, they are an important part of your ability to be mobile. If you suffer an ankle injury it can hamper your ability to go to work or to do daily tasks. Ankle injuries are commonly the result of car accidents or slip and fall accidents. Types of ankle injuries include: Ankle Sprains An ankle sprain is an injury to a ligament that holds the bones and joints of the ankle together. A sprained ankle occurs when ligaments become stretched or torn. This is usually the result of twisting or rolling the ankle beyond its normal range of motion. Ankle sprains are graded based on severity: Grade I:  a mild sprain where the ligaments have been stretched but are usually not torn. There may be swelling and some soreness but no loss of stability. Grade I sprains usually heal in a couple of weeks. Grade II:a moderate, more painful sprain where the ligament is partially torn. There is usually some swelling and bruising throughout the foot and ankle. The ankle may feel loose and unstable. Treatment includes immobilization of the ankle in a brace or splint. Grade II sprains can take up to 8 weeks to fully heal.  Grade III:a severe sprain with gross instability in the joint. It typically results in a complete tear of the ligament. There is sharp and severe pain with significant swelling and bruising. Often the instability makes it difficult to walk, and crutches and a boot are needed. In some cases, surgery may be required and can take up to 6 months for a full recovery. Ankle Strain An ankle strain deals with the muscles and tendons of the ankle, and not the ligaments. An ankle strain occurs when muscles or tendons are stretched or torn. Ankle strains are less common than ankle sprains. Ankle Fractures An ankle fracture is a partial or complete break in the bone. A broken ankle involves the far or distal end of the tibia and/or fibula. Ankle fractures typically occur at the ankle joint. Doctors classify ankle fractures based on the area of the ankle that is broken. Contact a Trusted Personal Injury Attorney If you sustained an ankle injury due to someone’s negligence, it is important to contact a trusted personal injury attorney as soon as possible. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, our attorneys have extensive experience helping the injured. Contact us online or call us at 1-855-293-5630 today to schedule your free consultation.

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Slip and Falls in Apartment Buildings

Category: Slip and Fall |

Most slip and fall accidents in apartment buildings and apartment complexes occur as the result of a landlord’s negligence. Under Florida law, a landlord has a duty to maintain the premises and comply with applicable housing codes. A landlord or property management company who fails to maintain their property and address dangerous conditions that they knew or should have known about may be held liable for any injuries that result.  Common Causes of Apartment Building Slip and Falls Slip and fall accidents can occur inside an apartment, but they are most likely to occur in the common areas of an apartment complex. Common causes of apartment building slip and falls include: Cracked pavement on sidewalks and parking lots. Cracked pavement or potholes in any area of an apartment complex can be hazardous. Broken staircases and steps. When handrails and banisters become loose or broken, tenants going upstairs can lose their grip and fall. Steps that are worn, cracked, or loose can also pose a danger. Torn carpet and flooring. Replacing worn carpeting and flooring can be expensive so often landlords fail to do so. Worn or torn carpeting and flooring can become tripping hazards for tenants and their guests. Inadequate lighting. Insufficient lighting of stairways, parking lots, and hallways can lead to slip and falls if a tenant is unable to see a hazard and therefore cannot avoid it. Wet floors. When proper mats are not used and wet surfaces are not kept dry, they can become dangerous conditions. In addition, if a landlord is made aware of a leaky roof or plumbing issues inside apartments and fails to fix them, they can be liable for slip and falls. Pools. Broken pool decks or steps, slippery surfaces, and other dangerous conditions at the pool can cause serious injury. Proving Liability in an Apartment Building Slip and Fall In order to prove that a landlord was responsible for an apartment building slip and fall, it must be established that: There was a dangerous condition The landlord created the dangerous condition, was aware of the dangerous condition, or should have been aware of the condition through the exercise of reasonable diligence The landlord could have repaired the dangerous condition or warned others of the existence of the dangerous condition There was a likelihood that the dangerous condition could cause an injury if left unattended The dangerous condition caused an injury Contact an Experienced Florida Attorney If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident in an apartment building or complex, you should have your case evaluated by an experienced and trusted personal injury attorney. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have over 30 years of experience helping injured Floridians. Contact us onlineor call us at 1-855-293-5630 today to schedule your free consultation.

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What Does it Mean if My X-rays are Negative After an Injury?

Category: Personal Injury |

Were your x-rays negative after an injury? In this post you will learn about the most common diagnoses and what a negative x-ray can mean. When you’ve been involved in an accident, whether it’s a car accident or a slip and fall, it’s very important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Your doctor should run tests to determine whether you’ve been injured. One of the first tests that a doctor will perform is an x-ray. Your x-ray may come back negative and not show injury. However, some injuries don’t appear on x-rays alone. Car accidents especially can lead to hidden damage and injuries that are not always immediately apparent. If you’re still having pain or you believe you’ve been injured, there are other tests that a doctor should run to determine whether you’ve been injured.  Common Diagnostic Tests Generally speaking, a doctor will order an x-ray first to determine if there are any obvious injuries. An x-ray can rule out things like larger broken bones, dislocated joints, or some other internal injuries. There are other tests that should also be performed including: CT Scan (computed tomography scan)—a CT scan produces an x-ray image but can be used to create detailed images of bones, internal organs, and blood vessels. A CT scan creates more detailed images than an x-ray. Sometimes a doctor will order a CT scan with contrast which means that you will drink a dye in order to make the images more pronounced. CT scans are used to show internal bleeding, damage to organs, and smaller broken bones. If you have possible head trauma or trauma to your internal organs, a doctor will likely order a CT scan. MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)—an MRI works by using a magnetic field and radio wave pulses to produce pictures of the inside of the body. Patients are usually placed inside an enclosed tube for several minutes while images are taken. MRIs can show injuries that other tests can’t because of the detail of the images. For example, for neck and back injuries an MRI can be used to determine whether you have herniated or bulging discs. Cartilage and muscular tears can also be shown with an MRI. Contact a Trusted Accident Attorney If you’ve been injured in a car accident or a slip and fall, you should get in touch with an experienced and trusted personal injury attorney. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have over 30 years of experience helping the injured, and they’re here to help you. Contact us online or call us at 1-855-293-5630 today to schedule your free consultation.

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Who is at Fault in a Multi-vehicle Crash?

Category: Car Accidents |

When you’re involved in an accident involving three or more vehicles, it can be confusing to determine who caused the accident. Multi-vehicle accidents can take the form of a chain reaction crash or a pileup. Typically, Car A will be hit by Car B and then the cars behind Car B will not have enough time to stop and will crash into Car B. Sometimes Car A is hit by Car B and is pushed into Car C. There may be any number of cars involved in the crash depending on the speed of the vehicles and congestion on the roadway. Who is at Fault? There’s a rebuttable presumption in Florida that the driver who rear-ends the vehicle in front of them is responsible for the accident. This is because drivers are required to leave adequate space between themselves and the vehicle in front of them.  However, determining liability will depend entirely on the circumstances. If, for instance, you were pushed into the vehicle in front of you by a car hitting you from the rear, then you may not be responsible. If you were pushed into the vehicle in front of you because you did not leave adequate space, you might be partially at fault. In some cases, multiple drivers might be at fault for the accident. When that is the case, liability will be divided based on the percentages of fault assigned to each driver. Reconstructing the Accident Sometimes experts such as accident reconstructionists or other investigators may be needed to put together the facts of an accident and determine who was at fault. In conducting an investigation, experts will consider different types of evidence including: Photos of the scene Vehicle damage Police reports Surveillance video Eyewitnesses accounts including all drivers and passengers and anyone else who may have witnessed the accident Any skid marks or vehicle debris left at the scene Because many people have different versions of what happened, an investigator will have to compare witness testimonies with other evidence to determine what actually occurred.  Contact a Trusted Car Accident Attorney Determining fault in a multi-vehicle crash can be a complicated matter. If you’ve been injured in a multi-vehicle crash, you should contact the attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk. We have been helping people injured in car accidents for over 30 years. Contact us online or call us at 1-855-293-5630 today to schedule your free consultation.

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Who is Responsible in a Parking Lot Accident?

Category: Car Accidents |

Parking lots can be dangerous areas. Many people are supposed to drive slowly and pay attention when driving in a parking lot, but drivers tend to have everything but driving on their minds. This fact, along with the overall chaotic atmosphere of a parking lot, makes them a hot spot for accidents. Common Parking Lot Accidents Determining who is responsible in a parking lot accident can be a complicated matter and depends entirely on the circumstances. Some common parking lot accidents include: A driver backs out and hits a vehicle driving down the parking lane. Fault in this type of accidents would usually fall on the driver backing out of the parking spot. The car driving down the parking lane would have the right of way in this situation. An exception may be if the driver going down the parking lane was traveling at a high rate of speed not appropriate for a parking lot. It is important to always pull out of your parking space slowly and look around you for oncoming traffic. A driver pulls forward and hits a vehicle driving down the parking lane. Again, fault in this situation would typically fall on the driver pulling out of the parking spot. This commonly happens when a driver attempts to “pull through” another parking spot and into the parking lane. It is important to make sure that no one is coming down the parking lane before pulling forward. A driver is rear-ended in the parking lane. In rear-end collisions, fault almost always lies with the driver in the rear. It is a driver’s responsibility to stay far enough behind another vehicle to ensure they have enough time to brake. Two vehicles collide while backing out of two different spaces.Generally, these accidents may be the fault of both vehicles involved. It is the responsibility of both drivers to ensure that no one is coming down the parking lane and that no one is pulling out of another spot before backing up. A driver turns in front of an oncoming vehicle to pull into a parking spot.When fights for parking spots begin, especially when a parking lot is busy, accidents can occur. Responsibility would generally fall on the driver who pulled in front of the oncoming vehicle. It is important to wait patiently for a parking spot. It’s not worth getting into an accident. Driver in the parking lot hits a pedestrian while pulling out of a parking spot or driving down the parking lane.It is the responsibility of both pedestrians and drivers to be aware of their surroundings in a parking lot. Responsibility in this situation will depend on the particular circumstances of the accident. Contact a Trusted Attorney If you’ve been injured in a parking lot accident, you may need an experienced and trusted attorney on your side. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we’ve been helping injured Floridians for over 30 years. Contact us online or call us at 1-855-293-5630 to set up your free consultation.

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Florida Lawmakers to Consider Harsher Texting While Driving Ban

Category: Accidents |

Texting is one of the primary modes of communication these days. People are attached to their cell phone and like to stay connected. But texting while driving can be deadly. In 2016 alone, 3,450 people were killed by distracted drivers. That’s about 9 people per day. Because of the danger, many states across the country have laws in effect that ban texting and driving across the board. Florida technically has a law prohibiting texting while driving but it doesn’t go far enough. The Legislature will now consider a harsher ban. Current Law Texting while driving has been prohibited in Florida since 2013, but it is currently only enforced as a secondary offense. This means that drivers can only be cited for texting if they are pulled over for other traffic infractions such as speeding or making an illegal turn. In other words, you can be driving your car down the highway at 60 mph texting away, and nothing can be done about it. The fine for texting while driving is currently only $20. This doesn’t give drivers much incentive to stop the practice. Senate Bill 76 Senate Bill 76, known as the “Florida Ban on Wireless Devices While Driving Law,” was filed in November. The bill states that “a person may not operate a motor vehicle while manually typing or entering multiple letters, number, symbols or other characters into a wireless communication device.” The bill would prohibit drivers from texting, talking, or reading data on handheld devices. It would also make talking and texting on a phone while driving a primary offense, meaning police could pull drivers over for that offense alone. A similar bill was proposed last legislative session. It passed the House by a vote of 112-2, but the measure never made it out ofthe Senate. Tougher legislation has been proposed in every legislative session since 2015. Hopefully, 2019 will be the year things finally change. The legislative session begins on March 5th. Contact a Trusted Personal Injury Attorney If you’ve been seriously injured by a distracted driver, you may need a trusted personal injury attorney on your side. The experienced attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk are here to help. Contact us online or call us at 1-855-293-5630 to set up your free consultation today.

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Baby Boomers at Increased Risk for Motorcycle Fatalities

Category: Motorcycle Accidents |

The baby boomer generation grew up with a motorcycle as the ultimate symbol of cool. Baby boomers brought motorcycle riding into the mainstream. But people aged 60 and older are also dying in motorcycle accidents at a higher rate compared to other age groups. A studyby AAA analyzed federal crash data and found that the fatality rate for motorcycle riders aged 60 and over rose more than 20% in 2016 over prior years. This is 4 times more than the overall 5% increase in motorcycle fatalities.  Over the past decade, the median age for motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes has increased substantially. This is due in part to the fact that the number of motorcyclists aged 65 and over has increased by 33% over the past decade. If there is a large number of older bikers on the road, the risk of accidents resulting in a fatality is higher. There are other factors, however, that can explain the increase in fatalities. More Susceptible to Serious Injury Older motorcycle riders need to ride more defensively than younger drivers to make up for slower reaction times. Older riders are also more prone to serious injury if they are involved in a crash. They are more fragile than younger drivers and are more likely to sustain life-threatening injuries. Cultural Factors Many older riderspick the hobby back up in their retirement years. This leads to people who haven’t been on a motorcycle in 30+ years suddenly starting up again. Their motorcycle skills may be rusty. That’s why it’s important for baby boomers who start riding again to undergo retraining to brush up on their skills. In addition, over time,the bikes themselves have become larger and more powerful than they used to be.  Baby boomers may also be less likely to wear a helmet because helmets weren’t as common back in their day. In states like Florida where helmets aren’t mandatory, this can lead to many helmetless older motorcyclists on the road. Helmets are key to reducing one’s risk of injury. Contact a Florida Motorcycle Attorney If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, you should have an experienced personal injury attorney evaluate your case. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have over 30 years of experience helping injured Floridians. Contact us onlineor call us at 1-855-293-5630 to set up your consultation.

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The Safest Cars to Buy in 2019

Category: Accidents |

Now that we’re in the new year, you might be thinking about buying a new car. If that’s the case, you should do your research and make sure you’re getting the best buy for your money. It’s even more important to make sure you’re buying the safest car you can. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently released its Top Safety Picksfor 2019. IIHS increased the crash test standards for 2019. The organization awarded 57 vehicles its Top Safety Pick rating and of those only 30 vehicles received the highest Top Safety Pick+ rating. In order to earn a Top Safety Pick+ rating, a vehicle must receive a “good” rating in tests related to the front, side, roof, and head restraints. The vehicle must receive an “advanced” or “superior” rating for front crash prevention and a “good” rating for its headlights. Top 30 Safety Picks IIHS’s Top Safety Pick+ vehicles for 2019 include: Small Cars Honda Insight Hyundai Elantra Kia Forte Kia Niro Hybrid & Plug-in Hybrid Subaru Crosstrek Subaru Impreza 4-door & 4-door Wagon Subaru WRX Midsize Cars Hyundai Sonata Kia Optima Subaru Legacy Subaru Outback Toyota Camry Midsize Luxury Cars Genesis G70 Lexus ES 350 Mercedes Benz C-Class Large Cars Toyota Avalon Large Luxury Cars BMW 5 Series Genesis G80 Lincoln Continental Mercedes Benz E-Class Small SUVs Hyundai Kona Mazda CX-5 Midsize SUVs Hyundai Santa Fe Kia Sorento Subaru Ascent Midsize Luxury SUVs Acura RDX BMW X3 Mercedes Benz GLC Mercedes Benz GLE Class Vehicle Size IIHS notes that these vehicles were selected for safety within their specific size categories. The size and weight of a vehicle have an impact on the safety of the occupants, with larger, heavier vehicles affording more protection than smaller, lighter vehicles. IIHS notes that a smaller car with a Top Safety Pick+ honor is not necessarily safer than a larger car that did not earn the honor.  Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you may need the help of an experienced South Florida personal injury attorney. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have over 30 years of experience helping Floridians injured in car accidents. Contact us onlineor call us at 1-855-293-5630 to set up your consultation.

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Mistakes to Avoid When Dealing With Doctors After an Accident

Category: Accidents |

Pursuing a personal injury claim after an accident can sometimes be confusing. It’s unfamiliar territory for some people and mistakes can be made. The most important thing you can do when it comes to doctors after an accident is to remember that everything you say has the potential to be documented in your medical record. Here are some important mistakes to avoid when dealing with doctors after your accident: Don’t Wait to Seek Medical Treatment After an Accident Even if you don’t think you’ve been seriously injured, it’s still important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. You could have injuries that haven’t appeared yet or are hidden. In addition, in order to make a claim on your auto insurance, you must seek medical treatment within 14 days of the accident.   Don’t Miss Medical Appointments When they receive your medical records, insurance companies will look to see if you’ve missed any appointments. When you miss doctor or therapy appointments, it starts to look like you’re not committed to getting better. You open the door for an opposing party to argue that you must not have been that seriously injured or that you don’t care about getting better. Commit to attending all of your scheduled appointments, and if there’s a compelling reason why you must miss one, make sure to reschedule as soon as possible. Stick to the Facts When asked by a doctor about what happened, be careful what you say or write about the accident. Don’t guess or speculate about things like the speed of the other vehicle and don’t embellish. It’s okay to say you don’t know. Insurance companies can call your credibility into question if the facts don’t line up. Be Honest With Your Doctor It is very important to disclose the pre-accident facts about your medical history. Doctors rely on this history to diagnose and treat you. Concealing a prior injury can also hurt your legal case. In addition, it’s important to always be honest with your doctor about your pain and limitations. You may not want to complain, but “toughing it out” can adversely affect your legal claim. If a complaint doesn’t appear in your medical records, then it doesn’t exist to insurance companies. Contact a Trusted Attorney If you’ve been injured in an accident, a trusted and experienced personal injury lawyer in South Florida can help you through the process. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk are here to evaluate your claim for free. Contact us online or call us at 1-855-293-5630 to set up your consultation.

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Red-Light Camera Repeal in Florida Up for Debate Again

Category: Car Accidents |

An effort to turn off red-light traffic cameras is being considered by the Florida Legislature once again. In January, a Florida House subcommittee voted to repeal a measure that allowed red-light cameras across the state. The repeal would be effective July 1, 2022. A similar repeal was considered in 2018 where it passed the House but failed to move forward in the Senate. The House bill must still pass the Appropriations and State Affairs committees, before going to the full House during the upcoming legislative session. How do Red-Light Cameras Work? A red-light camera system activates when motion is detected just before the stop bar on the street after the traffic signal has turned red. The camera takes an image of the vehicle in the intersection or turning right after the signal has turned red. It also captures an image of the vehicle’s license plate. The photographic evidence is then reviewed to determine whether a violation occurred. Tickets are sent to the registered owner of the vehicle that was captured running a red light. Are Red-Light Cameras Effective in Preventing Accidents? In December of 2018, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) released a comprehensive red-light camera report. The report indicated that crashes at red-light camera intersections increased by 15% since the installation of the cameras. This increase mirrors the 15% increase in miles driven on Florida roads. The report suggests that the number of minor accidents increases after cameras are installed but that the rate of serious injury declines.  The report also showed that the use of red-light cameras is on the decline in Florida. As of July 2018, 508 cameras remained in operation compared to 629 cameras a year earlier. Red-light cameras generate thousands of dollars in tickets for some communities. Tampa Bay communities such as St. Petersburg, South Pasadena, and Bradenton have discontinued using red-light cameras since 2014. Contact a Florida Personal Injury Attorney If you’ve been injured in a car accident, it’s important to have an experienced personal injury attorney on your side. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we’ve been helping injured Floridians for over 30 years. Contact us onlineor call us at 1-855-293-5630 to set up your free consultation.

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