How Much Should I Expect from My Florida Auto Accident Settlement?

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Car accident in Florida? This article will help you understand the factors that most impact the potential settlement amount for your injuries and damages. If you were injured in a car accident in Florida, you are probably wondering how much money you can recover from a car accident settlement. Many factors affect your car accident settlement amount. Every case is different, so your settlement entirely depends on the specifics of your accident, injuries and damages. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk our car accident lawyers research the specifics of your case extensively and represent you during negotiations. Along with the factors that we will explain below, legal representation significantly affects your settlement amount. Due to our experience and expertise, our attorneys help clients achieve a higher average car accident settlement amount. The car accident attorneys of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk are ready to discuss your accident and settlement amount during a free case evaluation. If you’ve been injured in a Florida car accident we invite you to contact us by phone at 800-753-5203 or online anytime to get answers from our qualified legal professionals. What is the Average Auto Accident Settlement in Florida? Unfortunately, there is no average settlement amount for car accidents in Florida. This is because settlements depend greatly on the unique circumstances of each case. Several factors affect your settlement, including: Negligence of the at fault party, Any contributing negligence of the injured party, Extent of impact and property damage, Whether the at-fault driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, Amount of available bodily injury insurance coverage with the at-fault vehicle owner and driver, Amount of available uninsured/underinsured motorist insurance coverage with the injured party, their resident relatives, and the car they are in, Severity of your injuries, Extent of pre-existing injuries, Ability to prove the injuries were caused by the accident, and Extent of your damages including pain and suffering, past and future lost wages, and past and future medical bills. Since settlement amounts are highly contextual, it’s best to discuss the specifics of your case with one of our personal injury attorneys. Return to top ↑ Examples of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk Auto Accident Settlements At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. Here are several recent auto accident settlements we have achieved for our Florida clients: $525,000.00 / Motor Vehicle Accident / Spine and Back Injuries / Dade City, Florida On July 22, 2016, our client was attempting to make a U turn on Highway 301 in Dade City, Florida and was stopped in the median. The defendant was headed south on U.S. 301 when he left the roadway, crashed through a street sign and struck our client causing him to be pushed into oncoming traffic whereupon he was struck by a passing northbound vehicle. This photo shows the damage to our client’s vehicle as a result of the accident. The defendant later claimed that a phantom vehicle rear-ended him causing him to strike our client. Our client was transported to the hospital with back injuries and later followed up with several physicians. An MRI scan revealed large disc herniations in his lumbar spine. He exhausted all conservative care, including therapy and epidural steroid injections. Ultimately, he required a discectomy operation to relieve the pressure in his spinal canal. Our attempts to settle the case before a lawsuit were rebuffed by the insurance company, which acted unreasonably and refused to take responsibility for the accident. Therefore, we filed a lawsuit against the at fault party. During the course of the lawsuit, we pressured the insurance company to produce proof of their claims that they were not the at fault party, and that someone else had caused the accident. Eventually our pressure was successful, and we were able to force the company to pay $525,000.00 as compensation for our client’s injuries. $500,000.00 / Car Accident / Herniated Discs / Homosassa, Florida Our client was traveling on a main road in Homosassa, Florida, when a vehicle from her right, exited a private driveway directly into the path of our client. As a result of the other driver’s carelessness, our client impacted the side of the other vehicle. The impact was so severe that our client’s air bags deployed, and the vehicle was considered a total loss. This photo shows the damage to our client’s vehicle as a result of the auto accident. After the accident, our client was transported to the emergency room where she was diagnosed with neck pain, chest pain and right arm pain. Following her discharge from the hospital, our client began conservative care with a chiropractor and underwent an MRI of the cervical spine and the lumbar spine. The MRI’s revealed multiple herniated discs in the cervical and lumbar spine. Our client ultimately had surgery at both the cervical and lumbar levels. Based on the injuries sustained by our client, Abrahamson and Uiterwyk sent a demand to the defendant driver’s insurance company and they agreed to pay $100,000, which represented the full amount of the defendant driver’s insurance coverage. Abrahamson and Uiterwyk also sent a demand to the owner of the vehicle that the defendant was driving, which turned out to be a local car dealership. The dealership had loaned the vehicle to the defendant while the defendant’s personal vehicle was being repaired. The insurance carrier for the dealership attempted to classify the loaner vehicle as a “rental car,” which would have had the effect of lowering the applicable insurance coverage to only $10,000. Abrahamson and Uiterwyk conducted an extensive legal analysis of the insurance carrier’s position and was able to prove to the insurance carrier, that their opinion was not supported by Florida law. The insurance carrier agreed and after further negotiation, tendered their policy limits of $500,000. $300,000.00 / Rear-End Car Accident / Neck, Back, and Shoulder Injuries / Citrus County, Florida On August 18, 2016, our client was northbound on Suncoast Parkway in Citrus County, Florida near the intersection of Veteran’s Drive. Unfortunately,...

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3 People Injured After a 3-Vehicle Crash on State Road 82 in Lehigh Acres

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Lehigh Acres, FL (3/26/2020) – Three people were seriously injured after a head-on collision involving three vehicles Thursday morning. The accident happened on State Road 82 at Gun Club Road. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 52-year-old Acquimene Louis XVI was heading west on State Road 82 in a construction zone when he tried to pass traffic in a no passing zone. Louis veered into the eastbound lane while passing vehicles and struck a vehicle driven by 18-year-old Kendra Rivera head-on. Both Rivera and her passenger, 26-year-old Martray Harris, were seriously injured. Louis’ car then rotated and struck 53-year-old Holly Christiano, who was driving behind him in an unmarked Lee County Sheriff’s Office vehicle. Christiano did not sustain any injuries in the collision. Rivera, Harris, and Louis were rushed to Lee Memorial Hospital, where Louis is still in critical condition. The Florida Highway Patrol states that charges are pending against Louis for his reckless driving. Experienced Car Accident Lawyers in Florida Our hearts go out to all of those impacted by this tragedy. Car accidents like this one occur far too often in Florida. It’s essential that car accidents be thoroughly investigated so that the cause of the collision can be understood, and the responsible party can be identified and, if warranted, held accountable. Abrahamson & Uiterwyk is committed to advocating for individuals and families impacted by serious accidents, including car accidents. Here on our accident news blog, we report on stories that involve personal injuries because we help our clients recover losses and damages from accidents like this one. If you or a loved one has been impacted by a personal injury accident, we invite you to contact our firm anytime to discuss your case with a qualified car accident attorney. Note: This post utilizes secondary sources independent of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk. The information used from these sources is not independently confirmed by our staff. If anything in this post is incorrect, please contact us and we will correct the inaccurate information or remove the post. If you are a family member of someone impacted by this accident and would like us to remove their name from this story simply click here. Source: Fort Myers News-Press

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Crash on County Road 41 Kills Motorcyclist, Injures Passenger

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Dade City, FL (3/25/2020) – A motorcyclist from Dade City died Tuesday night after another driver traveled into the path of his motorcycle. The accident occurred at 7:00 p.m. near the intersection of County Road 41 and Bozeman Road. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 22-year-old Brook A. Everett was heading north on County Road 41 in his 2015 Nissan Rogue when he passed a pickup truck and re-entered the northbound lane. After re-entering the lane, Everett drove onto the grass shoulder and lost control of his SUV. The vehicle careened across the southbound lane of County Road 41 and into the path of a motorcycle. Troopers say that John J. Ward, 55, and his 1985 Honda 1200 motorcycle struck the right side of Everett’s vehicle. Ward died at the scene of the accident, while his passenger, 49-year-old Patricia E. Pisa was rushed to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa with critical injuries. Everett and his passengers were not injured in the crash. The Florida Highway Patrol is still investigating the accident, but charges are pending for Everett due to negligent driving. Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Florida Our hearts go out to all those affected by this tragedy. Motorcycle accidents like this one occur far too often in Florida. Police must investigate fatal motorcycle accidents to understand the cause of the crash. The responsible party can then be identified and, if warranted, held accountable. Abrahamson & Uiterwyk commits to advocating for individuals and families affected by severe and even fatal accidents, including motorcycle accidents. Here on our accident news blog, we report on stories that involve personal injuries because we help our clients recover losses and damages from accidents like this one. If a personal injury accident has affected you or a loved one, we invite you to contact our firm anytime to discuss your case with a qualified Florida motorcycle accident attorney. Note: If you are a family member of someone impacted by this accident and would like us to remove their name from this story, simply click here. Source: Tampa Bay Times

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What Is the Average Settlement for a Rotator Cuff Car Accident Injury?

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If you sustained a serious shoulder injury in a Florida car accident, you might be facing the prospect of rotator cuff surgery. A rotator cuff injury can cause extreme pain and require extensive rehab and recovery time. If the actions of another person caused your accident and injuries, you deserve compensation for your losses. Due to the nature of severe shoulder injuries, rotator cuff settlements can be substantial. Although it is difficult to estimate an average settlement for a shoulder injury, a car accident lawyer can help determine the value of your case. Contact one of the experienced Florida car accident lawyers of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today to learn more.     ROTATOR CUFF TEAR CAR ACCIDENT SETTLMENT FAQ What Is the Rotator Cuff? This term describes a collection of tendons, cartilage, and muscles that surround the shoulder. These tissues support and stabilize the shoulder and keep the head of the humerus (the upper arm bone) correctly situated in its socket. More importantly, the rotator cuffs allow you to make overhead movements with your arms. Movements such as swimming, shooting a basketball, putting on a hat or reaching for an object on a high shelf wouldn’t be possible without the rotator cuff.     ROTATOR CUFF TEAR CAR ACCIDENT SETTLMENT FAQ What Does It Mean to Tear the Rotator Cuff? This injury typically occurs when one or more of the shoulder tendons detaches from the head of the humerus. Rotator cuff injuries are classified as either partial or complete tears, depending on whether any part of the tendon remains attached to the bone. The tear that occurs is more like a hole in the tendon. The severity increases as more of the tendon becomes damaged. Tearing a rotator cuff results in extreme pain. In addition, this injury severely impedes your ability to use your arm for lifting, reaching, and other common movements. If you suffer this type of injury, you could lose your ability to perform even the simplest of everyday tasks. These injuries can occur over time due to overuse. Rotator cuff tears can also happen suddenly, due to trauma from improper or heavy lifting or falling on an outstretched arm. A sudden, traumatic injury is known as an acute tear. However, some of the most common and painful causes of acute rotator cuff tears are car accidents and other motor vehicle collisions.     ROTATOR CUFF TEAR CAR ACCIDENT SETTLMENT FAQ What Are the Most Common Causes of Car Accident-Related Rotator Cuff Tears? Shoulder injuries are a common result of motor vehicle collisions of all types. Whether you were struck by another passenger vehicle, a bus, commercial truck, or delivery van, you face the risk of injuries such as rotator cuff tears. In Florida, some of the most common causes of car accidents include: Drunk drivers, Tired drivers, Distracted drivers, Speeding, Failure to yield, Failure to stop, and Failure to obey traffic signals. Single-car accidents, including rollovers, can also lead to severe injuries. Single-vehicle accidents are often caused by: Obstructions in the roadway, Road construction, Roadway debris, Poor road maintenance, Obstructed views, and Faulty vehicle components. Whether you had an accident with another vehicle, or another factor caused your car to crash, you have the right to pursue justice. If the actions of another person or party led to your accident, a personal injury attorney can help you recover the compensation you deserve for your damages.     ROTATOR CUFF TEAR CAR ACCIDENT SETTLMENT FAQ What Is the Average Rotator Cuff Tear Car Accident Settlement? Rotator cuff and other shoulder injuries can be complex to diagnose and treat. The prognosis for your recovery depends on the nature of your injury and how severe the tear is. These and other factors have a direct influence on the potential value of your claim. The unique nature of injury accidents makes it impossible to estimate an average settlement for a rotator cuff injury. Likewise, an online car accident settlement value calculator won’t be able to consider the details of your case or grasp all the damages you suffered as a result of the at-fault party’s negligence. To determine the approximate value of your rotator cuff car accident claim, contact one of our Florida injury accident lawyers at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today.     ROTATOR CUFF TEAR CAR ACCIDENT SETTLMENT FAQ Will Requiring Rotator Cuff Surgery Affect the Value of My Personal Injury Claim? Many serious shoulder injuries require surgical repair. Some more fortunate victims can have this repair performed arthroscopically. For this procedure, an orthopedic surgeon makes a minor incision. Through this incision, the surgeon inserts a small camera (scope) and surgical instruments to complete the repairs. Other accident victims cannot have their injuries repaired using this minimally invasive procedure. In that case, the surgeon must access the shoulder using a large, open incision. If your injury requires surgical repair, your medical treatment costs will be exponentially higher—and that increases the value of your claim. In addition, surgery often means a long, painful recovery involving physical therapy and rehabilitation. The pain and suffering involved in your recovery can potentially increase your claim’s value. Finally, if your injury left you with diminished range of motion or other permanent damage, your lawyer can pursue compensation for your disability as a part of your rotator cuff surgery settlement.     ROTATOR CUFF TEAR CAR ACCIDENT SETTLMENT FAQ Do I Need a Car Accident Lawyer to Get a Rotator Cuff Injury Settlement? In Florida, you are not required to have a lawyer to recover a settlement for your injuries. However, rotator cuff settlements pose several challenges. Unless you have a legal background or experience negotiating with insurance companies, you want to consider having an attorney on your side. When you choose an injury accident attorney from Abrahamson & Uiterwyk to assist you, you will benefit from our 30+ years of experience. We have assisted more than 20,000 clients, recovering more than $300 million in settlements and jury verdicts. We treat every client as though they...

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Hit by Car as a Pedestrian: How Can I Maximize Compensation?

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If you or a loved one was struck by a car while you were on foot, you may have the right to pursue compensation for your injuries and other damages. To maximize your compensation, you must prove the driver’s negligence and thoroughly document all your economic and non-economic damages. An experienced pedestrian accident lawyer can help. Your attorney can build a persuasive case and fight to get you the maximum compensation possible. With your lawyer handling every aspect of your case, you can focus on healing and getting back to work.     PEDESTRIAN HIT BY CAR SETTLEMENT FAQ What Are the Most Common Causes of Florida Pedestrian Accidents? Although pedestrians can cause or contribute to an accident, motorists’ negligence is the most common cause of pedestrian accidents in Florida. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, our personal injury lawyers frequently assist accident victims who suffered injuries due to: Distracted driving, Impaired driving, Speeding, Failure to yield, Failure to stop, Aggressive driving, and Failure to obey traffic control signals. In some cases, motorists strike pedestrians due to other factors such as poor visibility or obstructed views. In these instances, a third party might have contributed to your accident and injuries.     PEDESTRIAN HIT BY CAR SETTLEMENT FAQ I Was Hit by a Car: How Much Money Will I Get? If you were a pedestrian hit by a vehicle, compensation can help ensure you get the treatment and resources you need to get your life back on track. It’s natural that you might wonder what your claim value could be worth. To determine what your case value might be, consult a pedestrian accident attorney for a consultation and case analysis. You may be eligible to recover compensation for: Medical bills, Lost income and benefits, Pain and suffering, and Emotional trauma. An attorney can also pursue compensation for any future treatment you need as well as any expected income losses. You could recover compensation for disfigurement, scarring, or disability you suffered as well as diminished earning capacity and diminished quality of life.     PEDESTRIAN HIT BY CAR SETTLEMENT FAQ What Is the Average Settlement for a Pedestrian Hit by a Car? Being struck by a car can leave pedestrian victims with injuries ranging from cuts and bruises to traumatic brain injury—and everything in between. The severity of your injuries can be affected by factors such as the vehicle’s speed, the size and type of the vehicle, and the surroundings where the incident took place. Other factors that can affect the value of your claim are the severity of your injuries and how they will affect your life. Life-threatening and permanent injuries are typically valued more highly than injuries from which the victim fully recovers. If the victim’s actions contributed in any way to the accident, that could potentially affect the claim’s value as well. These and other variables make it impossible to determine an average settlement value for a pedestrian hit by a car. Discussing the details of your case with a knowledgeable attorney will provide you with the potential settlement value you might stand to recover.     PEDESTRIAN HIT BY CAR SETTLEMENT FAQ What Duties Do Motorists Have to Pedestrians? Motorists have a duty to act reasonably to protect others from harm. This duty extends to other motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. This means that drivers must pay attention behind the wheel, avoid driving when tired or impaired, and obey traffic laws and posted signage. When a driver behaves recklessly or is negligent, they fail to uphold their duty of care. If a driver’s negligence causes an accident, he or she is liable for any resulting damages suffered by the victim or victims.     PEDESTRIAN HIT BY CAR SETTLEMENT FAQ What Rights and Duties Do Pedestrians Have? Anyone who walks in the vicinity of vehicle traffic has the right to basic safety. For example, a pedestrian walking along the sidewalk should not have to worry about a distracted driver swerving, hopping the curb, and hitting them with their car. If a pedestrian observes the law and acts reasonably, they have the right not to be harmed. Pedestrians also have a duty to act with reasonable care to avoid being hit by a car. If someone fails to act reasonably and gets hit as a result, they may contribute to any resulting accident and subsequent injuries. Some examples of exercising reasonable care include using crosswalks, crossing only when the “walk” indicator is present, and not darting out between parked cars into the street. However, even if you were partially to blame for being hit by a motorist, you still have rights. A pedestrian injury lawyer can help you understand your rights and help you pursue justice.     PEDESTRIAN HIT BY CAR SETTLEMENT FAQ What Evidence Is Most Critical in a Case Involving Pedestrians Hit by a Car? To recover a settlement, you must demonstrate how the at-fault party’s negligence resulted in your actual damages. To build a persuasive case, personal injury lawyers gather evidence to prove fault and liability. This might include: Police reports, Witness statements, Accident scene photos, Physical evidence (e.g., torn or blood clothes), Expert opinions, and Accident reconstruction. To maximize the amount of your claim, your attorney will also identify and document your damages. The evidence used to document the economic damage portion of your claim might include: Physician and surgeon bills, Hospital bills, Wage statements, Tax returns, and Receipts for out-of-pocket expenses. Documenting your non-economic damages poses a more significant challenge. To support your claim for pain and suffering, lost earning capacity, lost life enjoyment, etc., your lawyer might call on the opinions and testimony of subject matter experts. For example, medical experts can testify regarding the amount of pain and suffering you experienced as a result of being struck by a car. Economic experts can provide opinions about your future earning capacity before and after your accident. Vocational experts can provide opinions on how your injuries affect your ability to perform your job duties and...

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Herniated Disc from Car Accident: How Can I Get a Large Settlement?

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For many victims who experienced a herniated disc from a car accident, settlement values can be substantial. Severe spine injuries typically require extensive treatment and rehabilitation, potentially affecting every aspect of the victim’s life. Recovering fair financial compensation for your damages will help ensure you get the treatment you need and provide peace of mind for the future.  To explore your options for filing an insurance claim or lawsuit, talk to a Florida car accident attorney.     HERNIATED DISC FROM CAR ACCIDENT SETTLEMENT FAQ Understanding Herniated Disc Injuries Resulting from Car Accidents Spinal disc herniation refers to a condition that affects the rubbery cushions that separate the vertebrae. Discs (or disks) have a jelly-like center called the nucleus. When the rubbery covering (called the annulus) of the disc ruptures, some of the nucleus can ooze out, creating a herniation. In some cases, herniation causes no harm or notable symptoms. More often, however, the herniation pushes on one of the delicate and highly sensitive nerves of the spinal cord. The results can range from mild pain to lifelong debilitating symptoms. Car accidents are one of the most common causes of disc herniation and other spinal injuries. The force of a car crash—even a seemingly minor collision—exerts excessive and unusual force on the spine. In addition to car accidents, some of the most common incidents leading to disc herniation injuries include motorcycle crashes, truck accidents, and incidents involving specialty vehicles such as tractor-trailers, busses, commercial trucks, and construction vehicles. If you or a loved one sustained this type of injury in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may have the right to pursue legal action.     HERNIATED DISC FROM CAR ACCIDENT SETTLEMENT FAQ Common Symptoms of Herniated Discs The symptoms of a serious disc herniation can be overwhelming. The type of symptoms you experience can vary depending on which part and how much of the spine was affected. Common symptoms include: Neck pain, Back pain, Arm or leg pain, Numbness, and Weakness. The extent of disc-related injuries can be significant. Many spinal injury victims suffer significant neurological damage as a result of their accident, ranging from partial paraplegia to full paralysis, or tetraplegia. Many of these victims never recover fully, requiring a lifetime of pain management, treatment, and personal care. Spine injuries can also lead to complications that further degrade your health and quality of life. If a herniated disc compresses the nerve bundle at the base of the spine, you could experience truly debilitating pain, numbness or weakness. Other potential complications include: Bladder dysfunction, Bowel dysfunction, and Saddle anesthesia. Saddle anesthesia is the loss of sensation on the backs of the legs, the inner thighs, lower buttocks, genital and rectal areas—all the parts of the body that would come into contact with a saddle if you sat on one. Patients who experience these complications may require emergency surgery to avoid permanent damage.     HERNIATED DISC FROM CAR ACCIDENT SETTLEMENT FAQ How Are Spinal Disc Herniation Injuries Treated? Spinal injuries require advanced treatment from qualified medical practitioners and specialists. To determine the appropriate treatment regimen, your doctor will perform a comprehensive exam to diagnose the nature and extent of your injury. This might require medical testing such as: X-rays, CT scan, MRI, Myelogram, Nerve conduction testing, or Electromyography (EMG). Based on the outcome of your testing, the doctor will recommend an appropriate treatment plan. Pain management is typically necessary to help victims cope with their symptoms. This could include prescription pain medication (opioids), muscle relaxers, and steroid injections administered directly into the spine. Unfortunately, pain management does nothing to improve the disc herniation itself. Even physical therapy cannot reverse the damage to the spine in most cases. For many back-injury victims, the only way to repair a damaged disc is through surgery. Herniated disc surgery takes many forms. The surgeon may remove some or all of the damaged disc. If the disc requires full removal, the surgeon may fuse the vertebrae together using metal rods for stability and bone grafting.     HERNIATED DISC FROM CAR ACCIDENT SETTLEMENT FAQ What Is the Average Herniated Disc Settlement Amount? No two accidents or victims are alike. Consequently, every spine injury settlement is unique in nature and amount. Settlement values range from modest to substantial, based on the victim’s economic and non-economic damages. When choosing a car accident lawyer to represent you, ask potential attorneys about their experience with herniated disc injury settlements. Ask about the value of settlements and jury awards they obtained for past clients. This will help you determine if a particular attorney has the knowledge and experience to get the job done for you.     HERNIATED DISC FROM CAR ACCIDENT SETTLEMENT FAQ Can a Herniated Disc Settlement Calculator Estimate Your Settlement Value? Do not trust these calculators. Without considering all the details of your case, no individual or automated injury settlement calculator can accurately estimate what your case might be worth. Once a personal injury attorney has the opportunity to evaluate your case and review the details of your injuries, you can get a better estimate of your claim’s potential value.     HERNIATED DISC FROM CAR ACCIDENT SETTLEMENT FAQ What Factors Affect the Value of a Herniated Disc Car Accident Settlement? The value of your settlement will depend on your physical, emotional, and financial damages. You may have the right to recover compensation for some or all of the following: Doctor and hospital bills, Other medical care costs, Rehabilitation and therapy costs, Lost wages to date, Future medical and care costs, Loss of future earnings, Pain and suffering, Diminished quality of life, and Diminished earning capacity. You may also be entitled to compensation for any permanent injuries or disability you experienced.     HERNIATED DISC FROM CAR ACCIDENT SETTLEMENT FAQ Do Steroid Injections Affect the Value of a Herniated Disc Settlement? If you require steroid injections as a part of your treatment, you may be able to recover more compensation for your injury. Having injections...

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Headaches After a Car Accident: Can I Get Injury Compensation?

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Car accidents commonly cause spine and neck injuries such as whiplash. However, victims don’t necessarily experience the symptoms of these injuries immediately. If you develop headaches or other symptoms days or even weeks after a collision, you might wonder whether you can still make a claim for compensation. If you experience headaches after a car accident, your symptoms could indicate a serious injury that requires medical attention. Consider consulting an attorney as soon as possible to protect your legal right to recover compensation. A Florida car accident lawyer can evaluate your case and explain what’s necessary for you to pursue a legal claim.     HEADACHE AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT FAQ What Causes Headaches After a Car Accident? The sudden and violent nature of motor vehicle collisions can result in a variety of severe injuries. Fractures, dislocations, contusions, and lacerations are all readily visible or can be easily identified with medical testing, such as x-rays, MRIs, or CT scans. Some other types of serious injuries are much more difficult to detect. In fact, you might not be aware of any damage until you develop symptoms such as headaches. Some of the most common causes of headache after a car accident are: Whiplash, Concussion, Traumatic brain injury (TBI), Soft tissue damage, and Nerve damage. Among these potential injuries, whiplash and brain injuries pose some of the most serious threats to your future health and well-being.     HEADACHE AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT FAQ Can I Seek Compensation for a Headache-Related Injury? If another party was at fault for your car accident, you have the right to pursue compensation for your damages. In most cases, injury accident victims can submit their claim to the at-fault party’s insurance company. This requires documenting your claim and damages and then negotiating to reach an acceptable settlement offer. If you can’t obtain a reasonable settlement through the insurance company, you have the option of filing a civil lawsuit and making your case in court. A car accident attorney can help you determine the viability of your case and explain the process through which you can recover compensation for your economic and non-economic damages.     HEADACHE AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT FAQ What Is the Potential Value of My Car Accident Headache Settlement? The potential value of your headache injury claim will depend on the details of your case. Car accident lawyers calculate the victim’s physical, financial, and emotional damages to arrive at an estimated settlement value. Because every injury accident is unique, it’s not possible to identify an average car accident claim value. You might find websites that claim the ability to calculate your settlement value. Do not trust these websites. Without having all the details about your injuries and how they affect your life and future, no one can accurately estimate what your claim might be worth. The best way to determine how much compensation you might be entitled to recover is to consult a headache injury accident lawyer. After evaluating your case, an attorney can provide you with a more accurate assessment of your claim’s potential value.     HEADACHE AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT FAQ What Evidence Do I Need to File a Headache Injury Claim? To build a persuasive case, car accident lawyers first obtain evidence to establish fault for the accident and liability for the victim’s damages. In some cases, establishing fault is fairly straightforward. For example, if another motorist rear-ended your car, the law almost always assigns liability to the driver who struck the other vehicle from behind. In other cases, however, your attorney may need additional evidence to establish fault and prove negligence. Some evidence that might be necessary to support your claim includes: Accident reports, Witness testimony, Accident scene photos, Expert opinions, and Accident scene reconstruction. To establish the value of your damages, your attorney might use some or all of the following documentation. Medical bills, Wage statements, and Vehicle repair estimates. You may also be entitled to recover compensation for pain and suffering, emotional trauma, scarring, disfigurement, or disability. If you cannot work because of your injuries, or if you require future treatment or ongoing care, your attorney will also consider the estimated cost of future treatment and care as well as the estimated value of future lost income and benefits.     HEADACHE AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT FAQ What Should I Do After a Car Accident? Because the risk of delayed onset injuries is so significant, personal injury lawyers recommend that accident victims seek medical attention immediately after a car crash. Even if you don’t believe you were hurt., seeking a full medical evaluation is important. If you do have a brain or soft tissue injury, seeking treatment immediately can help ensure your recovery. Having your condition documented by a qualified medical practitioner is also critical for documenting your injury claim. If you don’t see a doctor until days or weeks after an accident, the insurance company could claim that the accident wasn’t the cause of your injuries, or that your injuries weren’t that serious.     Talk to a Florida Car Accident Lawyer for Help Talking to an experienced personal injury lawyer will help you get the answers and assistance you need. In Florida, the personal injury lawyers of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have been providing assistance to injury accident victims for more than three decades. To help you learn more about your options for pursuing legal action, we offer a no-cost consultation and case evaluation for Florida car accident victims. Contact us today for help with your car accident headache injury claim.  

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Pedestrian Struck in Pasco County Crash Dies in Hospital

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New Port Richey, FL (3/22/2020) – A woman died four days after a car hit her in New Port Richey last week. The accident occurred on March 18 around 10:00 p.m. on Ridge Road just west of Lemon Road. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 59-year-old Anna Dziadel was walking on the shoulder of Ridge Road when she stepped into the path of a 2017 Kia Forte. The car hit Dziadel and emergency services rushed her to the hospital. She died from her injuries on Saturday. The identity of the man driving the Kia has not been released. No charges are pending against the driver at this time. Experienced Pedestrian Accident Attorneys in Florida Our hearts go out to all those affected by this tragedy. Pedestrian accidents like this one occur far too often in Florida. Police must investigate fatal pedestrian accidents to understand the cause of the crash. The responsible party can then be identified and, if warranted, held accountable. Abrahamson & Uiterwyk commits to advocating for individuals and families affected by severe and even fatal accidents, including pedestrian accidents. Here on our accident news blog, we report on stories that involve personal injuries because we help our clients recover losses and damages from accidents like this one. If a personal injury accident has affected you or a loved one, we invite you to contact our firm anytime to discuss your case with a qualified personal injury attorney. Note: If you are a family member of someone impacted by this accident and would like us to remove their name from this story, simply click here. Source: Tampa Bay Times

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What to Do After a Car Accident That’s Not Your Fault

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If you were injured in a car accident that was not your fault, it’s essential that you take the proper steps – and avoid making key mistakes – in the period following the accident. A car accident can happen to any driver. Even drivers who are careful, attentive, and following the rules of the road can get into an accident. Often, the fault of others on the road can involve the most innocent drivers in an accident. As the innocent driver, you should understand what to do after a car accident that’s not your fault. Below are the steps you should take when you are in an accident that is not your fault.     WHAT TO DO AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT THAT’S NOT YOUR FAULT Ensure Your Immediate Safety You should take steps to make sure you are safe, even if the accident is not your fault. To ensure that you and your passengers are safe, you should: Move your vehicle to safety and out of the flow of traffic, Turn on your car’s hazard lights, and Check for your injuries and injuries of passengers. Move your vehicle out of traffic, but do not drive away from the scene. If the other driver flees, stay on the scene and continue to the rest of the steps below. When you are not in the flow of traffic, stay in your car and turn on your hazard lights. Call 911 if you, your passengers, or another driver is injured.     WHAT TO DO AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT THAT’S NOT YOUR FAULT Involve the Police If no one has injuries that need emergency medical care, call the police. Whether the accident was minor or there is considerable damage to your vehicle, call the police. For the driver not at fault, there are several benefits to calling the police to the scene. The police report will become part of your insurance claim. The report will include information relevant to your insurance claim. Important information includes where and when the crash happened, the drivers involved, and each driver’s account of the crash. Sometimes, an insurance company will require that you submit a police report to make a claim. In most cases, a police report is a reliable source of information to bolster your claim with the insurance company. Either way, a police record that you were not at fault is beneficial to your insurance claim.     WHAT TO DO AFTER AN AUTO ACCIDENT THAT WASN’T YOUR FAULT Gather Information and Evidence You should first trade information with the other drivers involved in the collision. The driver who is at fault handles reporting the accident to their insurance company. However, you should not assume that they will do so. The other driver’s insurance information is important if you want to recover for things like medical bills and car repairs. Gather information from the at-fault driver, including: Name, address, and phone number; Insurance company contact information; Insurance policy number; The driver’s license number; and Their car’s license plate number. Document the scene by taking pictures of the vehicle damage and the surrounding area. If possible, ask eyewitnesses for their names, contact information, and their immediate memory of the events.     WHAT TO DO AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT THAT YOU DIDN’T CAUSE Be Mindful of Your Statements to Others Pay attention to the statements you make to other drivers. You should avoid speaking with the other drivers. Decide if you or someone else needs emergency medical care. However, be careful not to admit responsibility. This includes statements that an adjuster could interpret as admitting or implying fault. Do not offer to pay for property damage or injuries and do not discuss fault. Statements you should avoid making include statements like: “I’m sorry,” “I didn’t see you,” and “I am perfectly fine.” The other driver will likely repeat these statements to their insurance company. These statements could supply the insurance company grounds to dispute their insured’s fault and could delay or diminish your compensation claim.     WHAT TO DO AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT THAT WAS NOT YOUR FAULT Contact Your Own Insurance Company Even when you are not at fault, it is prudent to contact your insurance company. In most cases, the at-fault driver’s insurance company will compensate you for your injuries and property damage. In other cases, your claim will involve your insurance company. For example, the other party’s insurance may later claim that you were at fault. In this situation, your insurance company will need your account of the accident and supporting evidence to challenge the other insurer’s denial of liability.     WHAT TO DO AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT NOT YOUR FAULT Get Medical Treatment for All Injuries You should see a doctor after a car accident, even if you do not think you were injured. Injuries are often not apparent until at least several hours after the accident. If you have symptoms such as confusion, tingling in your arms or legs, or unconsciousness, call 911 as your injuries may be severe. If you experience stiffness, muscle soreness, neck pain, or back pain one to several days after the accident, consult a doctor. You may have whiplash or spinal injuries that can require medical attention. Document your symptoms in a record or journal. When you see a doctor, give your health care professionals an honest description of your experience. Insurance companies may accuse you of exaggerating or lying about your injuries. This can delay your compensation and create more issues in resolving your claim. If the insurance company gives you a hard time, having medical records will support your injury claim.     WHAT TO DO AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT NOT YOUR FAULT Have an Accident Attorney Evaluate Your Case You should discuss your accident with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The personal injury lawyers at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk can help you understand what to do after a car accident that’s not your fault. Contact an attorney before...

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Crash Involving HART Bus Injures Two in Tampa

Category: Tampa & South Florida Accident News |

Tampa, FL (3/19/2020) – Two people were injured in Tampa Thursday night when a silver Ram 1500 crashed into a HART bus. The accident happened around 9:00 p.m. at the intersection of North 40th Street and East MLK Jr. Boulevard. Two people were taken to the hospital to be treated for their injuries. The Tampa Police Department is still investigating the cause of the crash. The southbound lanes of North 40th Street were closed as police investigated the accident and cleaned up debris. We will continue to monitor this story for future updates. Experienced Car Accident Lawyers in Florida Our hearts go out to all of those impacted by this tragedy. Car accidents like this one occur far too often in Florida. It’s essential that car accidents be thoroughly investigated so that the cause of the collision can be understood, and the responsible party can be identified and, if warranted, held accountable. Abrahamson & Uiterwyk is committed to advocating for individuals and families impacted by serious accidents, including car accidents. Here on our accident news blog, we report on stories that involve personal injuries because we help our clients recover losses and damages from accidents like this one. If you or a loved one has been impacted by a personal injury accident, we invite you to contact our firm anytime to discuss your case with a qualified car accident attorney. Note: This post utilizes secondary sources independent of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk. The information used from these sources is not independently confirmed by our staff. If anything in this post is incorrect, please contact us and we will correct the inaccurate information or remove the post. If you are a family member of someone impacted by this accident and would like us to remove their name from this story simply click here. Source: WFTS

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