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Types of Personal Injury

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In one split moment, a person’s life can be changed forever. Whether it be a vehicle collision, a slip and fall, or a bicycle crash, when negligent or careless individuals put a victim’s life at risk in an accident, the results can be catastrophic.

Just as no two accidents are the same, the types of injuries sustained vary just as much from case to case. If another party’s negligence is responsible for your injuries, you may be eligible for compensation for medical treatment, pain and suffering, and even loss of enjoyment of life. If you’ve suffered one or more of the following types of personal injuries after being involved in an accident, contact a trusted personal injury attorney today.

Broken Bones

Broken bones are a common occurrence following a personal injury accident. Victims who have suffered car crashes, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and falls, or bicycle accidents often sustain multiple broken bones.

This type of personal injury can greatly impact an individual’s daily life, as the breaking of a bone typically means weeks or months of disuse. When the bones of the hands, arms, legs, or back suffer breaks, a victim can lose time from work, have difficulty falling asleep, and be unable to resume their daily activities.

While minor breaks take six to 12 weeks to heal to a significant degree, older victims often take longer to heal. Likewise, broken bones can require follow-up surgery, physical therapy, or other further medical treatment in order to properly function.

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Burns

Burns are an agonizing experience that can result in life-changing injuries and scarring. There are three different degrees to a burn – first, second, and third degree – all of which may result in their own complications. Burns can result from a workplace injury, or can occur after a devastating auto accident.

  • Multiple doctor and specialist visits
  • Surgeries, such as skin grafting
  • Treatment of mental trauma
  • Rehabilitation
  • Medication

Medical treatment of burns, including for the scarring they can leave behind, can take years. Compensation for current and future medical bills is possible when pursuing compensation with the help of a qualified burn injury attorney.

Heart Attack

Damage to the heart can be a frightening complication of an auto accident, or falling from a great height. This trauma can damage the tissue of the heart wall, causing arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) or hypotension (abnormally low blood pressure). These effects can create an inadequate flow of blood to the body’s organs, causing strokes or heart attacks.

Likewise, the stress of a collision can trigger a heart attack within a victim with a compromised coronary artery system. Any spikes in cardiac rate, such as that caused by an accident, could cause an infarction or arrhythmia that could prove fatal.

Kidney Damage

Damage to the kidneys can lead to serious consequences, including the inability to properly remove waste and toxins from the body, and internal bleeding. Kidney damage can be the result of medical malpractice, such as defective medications or botched surgeries.

  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Workplace accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Slip and falls

Specifically, seat belt injuries sustained in auto accidents can result in severe kidney damage.

Liver Damage

As with kidney damage, any type of abdominal trauma could lead to liver damage. Most commonly, direct trauma results in a bruised liver, a serious condition which causes nausea, pain, and even loss of consciousness.

Workplace accidents and auto accidents are common culprits of liver damage, though medical malpractice and defective drugs are also responsible for causing liver damage in victims.

Loss of Hearing

Loss of hearing injuries can drastically change a victim’s life. Hearing loss injuries typically result from one of three situations:

  1. Exposure to a sudden, extremely loud noise such as an explosion.
  2. Injuries to the head during an auto, trucking, or motorcycle accident.
  3. A prolonged exposure to overly-loud noises, such as machinery or devices in the workplace.

When another’s negligence or lack of care resulted in your loss of hearing, you deserve compensation. Speak with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys today to begin fighting for justice in this drastic change in quality of life.

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Loss of Eyesight

Losing vision irreparably alters a victim’s present and future, potentially affecting their ability to continue at their current place of employment, and inflicting pain and suffering. Loss of eyesight most commonly results from a workplace injury, but can also be the result of medical malpractice, auto accidents, or animal attacks.

When you place your sight in the hands of the wrong people and are robbed of your vision as a result, the attorneys of Weinstein Legal will fight tirelessly for your justice.

Nerve Damage

The body is composed of a network of nerves, structures which transmit information from the body to the brain and vice versa. The nerves of the brain and the spinal cord can be damaged by a direct trauma, as can the peripheral nerves, which are located throughout the rest of your body.

From motor vehicle crashes to motorcycle accidents, any accident that results in trauma to, or compression of, nerves can result in nerve pain and nerve damage. This includes crush injuries, pinched nerves, and restriction injuries, such as those caused by a seat belt. Likewise, medications including chemotherapy and HIV treatments can cause nerve pain and damage.

Lesser nerve damage can heal itself within days or weeks, however, more serious nerve damage can become permanent. This damage can cause an individual to lose feeling, range of motion, and use of the afflicted body part.

Psychological Trauma

While not a physical injury, psychological trauma can leave a lasting impact on a victim that can require years of treatment. Feelings of anxiety, anger, terror, or post-traumatic stress (PTSD) can impinge on a victim’s daily life, causing loss of sleep, strained relationships, and overall loss of enjoyment of life.

Psychological trauma is common after life-threatening accidents, such as car crashes, motorcycle accidents, trucking accidents, and medical malpractice. This mental anguish and emotional distress can be the silent disease that destroys a victim’s life. Stop suffering in silence – contact a dedicated attorney today.

Seizures

Seizures are a very little-known and hardly-spoken about injury that can be triggered by trauma to the head. When the head is bumped around, such as in an auto accident where it can ricochet against a door, steering wheel, or dashboard, damage can result in non-epileptic seizures. In fact, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are a leading cause of seizure disorders.

Seizures happen in 1 of every 10 people who have a TBI that required hospitalization. Seizures caused by trauma to the head are known as traumatic epilepsy or traumatic seizure disorder. Such episodes can leave victims unable to drive, unable to work, and in constant excruciating pain. Likewise, the medical care necessary to properly diagnose and treat these episodes can be long-lasting and expensive. Seeking compensation for these damages is the first step in ensuring your medical care for the years to come.

Spinal Column and Cord Injury

The spinal cord is a delicate structure which is housed within the spinal column. The spinal column, also known simply as the spine or the backbone, protects the spinal cord, which makes up half of the body’s central nervous system. Accidents such as slip and falls, motor vehicle collisions, and bicycle crashes can damage both structures, causing chronic pain and difficulty regaining full range of motion.

The vertebrae and discs which compose the spine can be fractured, herniate, or bulge, causing pain, numbness, and nerve damage. When the spine fails to protect the spinal cord, damage can cause permanent loss of strength, sensation, and function below the site of the injury. Years of therapy, rehabilitation, pain management, and treatment often leave victims with a plethora of medical bills.

Sprains and Strains

Sprains and strains commonly result from personal injury accidents. A sprain is the stretching or tearing of ligaments, while a strain is the stretching or tearing of muscle or tendon. Sprains are common in the ankle, and typically result from slip and falls or bicycle injuries. Strains often occur in the lower back as well as the hamstring muscle, though any muscle can be afflicted.

While many sprains and strains heal on their own with the application of ice, rest, and ibuprofen, other, more serious strains will require surgery to fix the damage.

Stroke

While some injuries, such as a sprain, will occur at the time of the accident, some injuries can occur days or weeks after an accident. Known as delayed accident injuries, one of the most dangerous examples is a stroke.

Similar to seizures, strokes following personal injury accidents increase tenfold if you’ve suffered a TBI. While risk for stroke increases if a skull fracture occurred, any damage done to the brain, including a concussion, can increase the likelihood of suffering a stroke.

Strokes can occur up to three months after the initial accident, and can have lasting impacts.

  • Paralysis
  • Memory loss
  • Vision problems
  • Speech/language issues

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Any sudden blow to the head, penetration of the skull, or rapid forward and backward motion can damage the brain, causing a TBI. TBIs disrupt the normal processes of the brain, resulting in dizziness, headaches, memory loss, blurred vision, lethargy, and changes in sleeping patterns and emotional stability.

  • Falls
  • Sports injuries
  • Auto accidents
  • Struck by an object
  • Motorcycle accidents

A traumatic brain injury can happen in the blink of an eye, but effect an entire lifetime. A South Florida traumatic brain injury lawyer can help you seek the compensation you deserve.

Whiplash

Whiplash is one of the most common car accident injuries that can strike no matter the size or make of the vehicle. Whiplash occurs due to the rapid backwards and forwards motion of the neck when a vehicle is impacted, known as hyperflexion and hyperextension. The bones, ligaments, muscles, and other tissues of the neck are overextended in this quick motion, which results in tearing and stretching.

Victims of whiplash lose approximately eight weeks of work, and in 75% of patients, symptoms of whiplash can last six months or longer. More than 60% of victims who suffer whiplash injuries require long-term medical follow-up, and more than 50% will still have chronic pain 20 years after the injury.

Whiplash injuries are no joke. For some, this injury can become chronic pain and stiffness, resulting in high medical bills and lost wages.

Find an Ally for Your Injuries

Each factor that comprises a personal injury case is unique, as are the injuries that can result. One thing that is constant, however, is that when you’ve been injured due to an accident that was of no- or limited-fault of your own, you deserve justice.

When negligent or careless individuals put your livelihood at risk, fight back with a qualified personal injury attorney. Contact Weinstein Legal today and begin fighting for justice today.