Personal Injury

Ankle Injuries

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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 1-800-753-5203 today to schedule your free consultation.

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My X-rays are Negative. Does that Mean I’m Not Injured?

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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 1-800-753-5203 today to schedule your free consultation.

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Whiplash Injury: What does that Mean?

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Commonly associated with car accidents, a whiplash injury is a neck injury that occurs when the head suddenly moves backward and then forward. These types of injuries most often occur in rear-end collisions. Whiplash injuries can be difficult to diagnose, and symptoms may not appear until days after an accident. That’s why it’s important to seek medical treatment after an accident regardless of whether you feel pain right away. Whiplash can have long term consequences if it is not properly treated. Symptoms of a Whiplash Injury Whiplash involves an intense extension and flexing of the neck. The injury occurs when structures in your neck such as discs, ligaments, nerves, and muscles become damaged. The neck is particularly vulnerable to this type of injury because of its ability to move in many directions.  You may feel the signs of whiplash immediately after an accident, or they may not appear for several days. Common symptoms of whiplash include: Neck pain  Upper back pain Shoulder pain Dizziness  Muscle spasms Decreased range of motion in the neck Difficulty swallowing or chewing Hoarseness Headache Stiff neck Anxiety Fatigue Blurred vision Memory disturbances Treatment of a Whiplash Injury Occasionally whiplash may heal within several days, however, the symptoms can last for months or even years. In some cases, whiplash can be a permanent injury. Your doctor may prescribe painkillers and muscle relaxants to help ease the pain. Starting physical therapy can help with regaining range of motion in the neck. Physical therapy should focus on stretching, rotating, and moving the neck back and forth. In severe cases of whiplash, other treatments might be necessary. The use of injections and pain blockers can help with more severe whiplash symptoms. Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney If you’ve sustained a whiplash injury, you should have an experienced personal injury attorney evaluate your case. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have been helping the injured for over 30 years. Contact us online today or call us at 1-800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation.

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Proving Pain and Suffering

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When you’ve been injured due to someone’s negligence, you’ve probably been seriously impacted financially. You’re most likely dealing with medical bills, lost time from work, and other economic expenses. However, it’s likely that you’re also suffering from some degree of pain and suffering as a result of your injuries. Pain and suffering refers to the physical and emotional stress you’ve experienced as the result of the accident. While economic damages such as medical bills and lost wages are relatively simple to demonstrate, proving pain and suffering can be more difficult.  Proving Pain and Suffering in a Car Accident Case To recover for pain and suffering in a car accident case, a victim must prove that they have disabling or permanent injuries. Under Florida Law, in order to recover pain and suffering, a car accident victim must prove that they suffered: Significant and permanent loss of a bodily function Permanent injury Permanent scarring and/or disfigurement. Evidence In order to prove pain and suffering in any kind of negligence case, it will be necessary to present medical evidence and documentation related to any treatment you received. Physicians can provide expert testimony about the extent of your injuries and whether any permanent recovery is expected. Psychiatrists and psychologists can discuss any effects the accident and your injuries have had on your mental health. Your own testimony will be important evidence of your pain and suffering. Talking about your struggles and the pain you felt during the accident and continue to experience can be helpful in determining pain and suffering. A journal documenting the day to day struggles you face can also be useful evidence.  Sometimes words may not be enough to adequately describe what you go through on a daily basis. A “day in the life” video can show the struggles you face as the result of your injuries. It is important to connect your pain and suffering to the physical outcome of the accident. Testimony from close friends and family members can also be used to prove pain and suffering. They can talk about the ways in which you have changed, and your life has changed since the accident and the effect that your injuries have on your relationships. Contact an Experienced Accident Attorney If you’ve been injured in an accident due to someone’s negligence, you should have an experienced personal injury attorney evaluate your case. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we’ve been helping injured Floridians for over 30 years. Contact us online or call us at 1-800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation.

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Treatment Options for Back Injuries

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Back pain is one of the most common reason people seek medical help. Back injuries can cause chronic pain and mobility limitations. A serious back injury can make someone unable to work or perform the basic activities of daily living. Back injuries are frequently the result of someone’s negligence such as in a car accident or a slip and fall. If you suffer a back injury, it’s important that you seek the right treatment for your injury. Common treatment options for back injuries include: Surgery Your doctor may suggest one of several different surgeries to help relieve pain caused by back injuries. Common types of back surgery include: Diskectomy—a portion of the disc is removed to relieve pressure on the spine Spinal Fusion—most common form of back surgery, it involves joining back vertebrae together to help limit how far nerves can stretch Laminectomy—a small portion of bone is removed to increase the size of the spinal canal and relieve pressure Foraminectomy—bone and other tissue are removed to expand the openings for nerve roots Disc Replacement—a damaged spinal disc is removed and replaced with an artificial one Physical Therapy Exercise can be an important part of relieving back pain. Depending on the circumstances, it may be one of the first treatments a doctor recommends. Physical therapy exercises should be tailored to your specific injury and condition. Maintaining regular appointments and keeping up with exercises at home are keys to achieving the maximum benefit from physical therapy. Pain Relief Injections and Medication For lower back, hip, and leg pain caused by nerve pressure from a bulging disc, an epidural steroid injection may be used. These injections are non-evasive and only provide temporary pain relief.  Spinal Decompression Therapy Spinal decompression is a type of motorized traction that can help relieve the pain associated with back injuries. Spinal decompression gently stretches the spine, changing its force and position. This takes the pressure off of spinal discs and can result in the retraction of bulging or herniated discs.   Contact an Experienced Back Injury Attorney If you sustained a back injury due to someone’s negligence, you should contact an experienced back injury attorney. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have over 30 years of experience helping injured Floridians. Contact us online or call us at 1-800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation today.

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Taking Care of Your Mental Health After an Accident

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Thousands of car accidents happen every day and while most of these accidents aren’t fatal, being involved in even a minor accident can cause long-term anxiety and fears about driving or riding in a car. A car accident not only affects your physical health, but it can have a lasting impact on your mental health as well. While you seek medical treatment for your physical injuries, many car accident victims push their psychological health aside and don’t get the care they need. This is understandable because the journey toward physical recovery can be a long one, but it’s just as important to take of your mental health after an accident. Depression and Anxiety Car accident victims frequently find themselves suffering from some form of depression or anxiety after their accident. Many victims are facing a life that looks different now that they’ve been injured. If you are experiencing troubling emotions that are affecting your everyday life, it is important that you seek the help of a doctor or a counselor. You may be suffering from the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). You should seek the help of a professional if you find that you have: Increased anxiety  Irritability or anger Recurring nightmares about the accident Unmanageable fear of driving or riding in a car Difficulty eating or sleeping Increased use of alcohol or drugs to cope Thoughts of harming yourself Don’t ignore your psychological symptoms. It is important to address your mental health challenges because it can also affect your physical recovery. Self-care In addition to seeking professional help, there are also things you can do to help reduce your depression and anxiety. Taking care of yourself physically and emotionally is essential when recovering from a car accident. Some things you can do for yourself include: Practice yoga—yoga has been found to have a profound effect on reducing depression and anxiety. Practice mindfulness—bringing your attention to the present moment can help you clear your head. Practicing meditation has been shown to help people manage their thoughts and feelings. Spend time with others—even if you don’t feel like talking, it can be comforting to know you’re not alone. Do things that feel good to you like taking a bath, spending time with friends and family, or giving yourself a special treat Give yourself permission to cry, rage, and express your feelings when you need to Contact a Trusted Attorney If you’ve been injured due to someone’s negligence, it’s important to have a trusted attorney on your side. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk will evaluate your case for free. Contact us online or call us at 1-800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation today

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Knee Injuries: What You Should Know

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Knee injuries can be serious and can cause future health problems if not treated properly. Knee injuries can often result from the negligence of others such as in a car accident or a slip and fall. Car accident victims can suffer from knee injuries due to a sudden external force on the knee. Slip and fall victims can fall onto their knee or twist it and sustain serious injury. Common Knee Injuries No knee injury is the same, and the effects of a knee injury can vary. Common knee injuries include: Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury—involves a tear or sprain of one of the major ligaments in your knee. This type of injury can occur if you fall onto your knee. You may hear or feel a “pop” in your knee when you sustain an ACL injury. An ACL injury can result in severe pain, a loss of range of motion, and a feeling of instability with weight bearing. Treatment typically involves rest or surgery and then long-term physical therapy to build back the strength and stability of the knee. Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injury—involves a tear or sprain to another ligament in your knee. This injury, also known as dashboard knee, frequently occurs when the driver or the passenger hits the dashboard in a car accident. Common symptoms include pain, swelling, and instability. In many cases, other structures of the knee are also damaged when you suffer a PCL injury. You can suffer long-term knee pain and instability as the result of a PCL injury and are at higher risk of developing arthritis. Torn Meniscus—one of the most common knee injuries, a torn meniscus occurs when your knee is forcefully twisted or rotated. You typically feel a popping sensation and then pain and swelling. A torn meniscus can result in serious pain and locking or instability of the knee. Surgery may be required to repair the injury. Patellar Fracture (Broken Kneecap)—this is a serious injury to the small bone that sits in the front of your knee. It can make it nearly impossible to straighten your knee or walk. Patellar fractures usually require the use of a cast until the bone heals. However, more complicated fractures require surgery to stabilize the kneecap. Patellar fractures can be caused by falling directly on the knee or receiving a sharp blow to the knee which might occur during a head-on collision. The consequences of a knee injury can vary depending on the circumstances of the injury and your physical condition. Some injuries heal with time, while others can trigger life-long issues.  If you’ve sustained a knee injury due to someone’s negligence, it’s important to have an experienced personal injury attorney on your side to pursue the compensation to which you are entitled. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we’ve been helping injured Floridians for over 30 years. Contact us online or call us at 1-800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation.

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Amputation Injuries

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Amputation is one of the most life-altering injuries an accident victim can suffer. The victim of an amputation injury has had their life turned upside down and has to learn to live in a whole new way.  Amputation injuries can lead to years of medical expenses and treatment. What is an Amputation Injury? An amputation injury occurs when someone loses a body part that becomes partially or completely severed from the body. Common amputations include fingers, toes, arms, and legs. Bleeding, pain and crushed tissue may occur in an amputation. In some cases, an amputated body part can be reattached, but this must occur soon after the accident and depends entirely on the condition of the body part that has been amputated. Amputation can be caused by some type of accident that severs the limb or digit. This is known as a traumatic amputation. Amputations can also occur surgically as the result of a serious infection, crush injury, or some other type of damage that makes the body part unsalvageable. Causes of Amputation Injuries  Amputation injuries can be caused by a number of different situations, including: Motor vehicle accidents Construction accidents Defective tools and heavy machinery Defective household products Firearms/Fireworks Accidents Dangerous medications Medical negligence Building and car door accidents Of the above causes, motor vehicle accidents are one of the most common causes of traumatic amputation injuries. The Cost of Amputation Injuries Victims of amputation injuries suffer psychologically as well as physically. Amputation victims can lead full and happy lives, but the road to recovery can be long. Depending on the severity of the injuries, amputation victims may require the use of assistive devices such as a wheelchair. Some victims may require the use of prosthetic limbs which can be helpful in obtaining full function but are also extremely costly. Even losing a smaller limb, such as a finger, can require a long period of recovery and adjustment. Individuals with amputation injuries may require a great deal of medical assistance including surgery, hospitalization, rehabilitation, physical therapy, psychological counseling, and in-home assistance.  Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney If you’ve suffered an amputation injury as the result of someone’s negligence, it’s important that you contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk are here to help. Contact us online or call us at 1-800-753-5203 to set up a free consultation.

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Common Mistakes to Avoid During Your Personal Injury Claim

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When you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you may not know how to react. If you decide to pursue a claim for your injuries, there are mistakes you should avoid that could have a detrimental effect on your ability to collect fair compensation. These mistakes include: Not Receiving and Following Through With Medical Care Even if you feel like your injuries are not serious, you should seek a medical evaluation after an accident. A doctor can assess the extent of your injuries and prescribe treatment. A report from a doctor linking your injury to the accident is an essential part of your case. It’s also important that you follow through with any recommended treatment and keep all of your doctor and therapy appointments. Failing to Get Proper Documentation Make sure to get proper documentation including receipts related to your medical care, vehicle repair, and any other expenses you’ve incurred as a result of the accident. These documents are essential to show your losses. Waiting to Pursue a Claim It’s important to act quickly and not wait until the last minute to pursue a claim. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to collect documentation and get witness statements. The sooner you can get a lawyer working on your case, the better. Withholding Details From Your Lawyer Your lawyer needs to know every pertinent detail of your case. This includes information about your medical expenses, as well as information about pre-existing medical conditions. Err on the side of providing your lawyer with as much information as possible. Never lie about the circumstances of your accident. Posting About Your Case on Social Media It may seem natural to post about the details of your life on social media, but resist the urge to share what happened in your accident. Even if your social media accounts are set to private, you should still treat them as if they’re public. An insurance company or opposing party may try to take your words and use them against you. Failing to Hire a Lawyer Hiring a lawyer that focuses on personal injury cases can be very advantageous. Your lawyer can handle all communications with insurance companies so that you can focus on healing. A lawyer can also help you fight effectively to pursue the maximum compensation to which you are entitled. If you’ve been injured in an accident, the experienced lawyers at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk are here to help you through the process. Contact us online or call us at 1-800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation today.

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Shoulder Injuries: What You Should Know

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The shoulder is the most complex joint in the body. It is, unfortunately, also the joint most prone to injury. From car accidents to slip and falls, shoulder injuries can be caused by a number of different factors. Once injured, a shoulder can cause life-altering medical problems. The shoulder is composed of the clavicle (collarbone), the scapula (shoulder blade), and the humerus (upper arm bone). The shoulder is the most movable joint in the body and can be unstable because the ball of the upper arm is larger than the shoulder socket that holds it. The joint is anchored by ligaments, tendons, and muscles. Common Shoulder Injuries  Every year millions of people are treated for shoulder injuries. Rotator cuff injuries are the most common. Other common shoulder injuries include: Separation/dislocation Shoulder joint tear Shoulder instability Fractured shoulder blade Fractured collarbone Adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) Tendinitis or tendon tears Bursitis Sprains and strains Joint injuries  Tests for Shoulder Injuries  When you see a doctor after an accident, they should order specific tests to help identify the source of your pain or other problems. These tests include: X-rays—to show any injury to the bones MRIs—to show any injury to the tendons and ligaments surrounding the joint CT Scans—combines x-ray and computer technology to produce a detailed look at the bones Electrical Studies—to evaluate nerve function Arthrogram—an x-ray with dye to better show the joint and its surrounding muscles and tendons Arthroscopy—a surgical procedure where the doctor looks inside the joint with a fiber optic camera. Treatment and Long-term Effects Some shoulder injuries can be treated with rest and a change in activities. Most shoulder injuries require some type of medication to help with pain and inflammation. A doctor may recommend a series of injections of numbing medication or steroids to help with the pain. Most shoulder injuries also require some type of physical therapy to fully recover. Rotator cuff tears and other shoulder injuries can require surgery as well. There can be a number of long-term effects resulting from some shoulder injuries. Chronic pain and inflammation can be a result of this type of injury. In addition, you may have permanent problems with mobility. It is important to stick to your treatment plan to help reduce the impact of these long-term effects.  Contact an Experienced Personal Injury  If you have injured your shoulder as the result of someone’s negligence, you should have an experienced personal injury attorney evaluate your case as soon as possible. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have experience helping clients with many different types of injuries. Contact us online or call us at 1-800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation.

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