Accidents can happen anywhere, and even a seemingly minor incident can result in serious consequences for your health. When you have suffered these types of injuries, you may require ongoing medical treatment and rehabilitation, while facing the prospect of disabilities that can prevent you from working in your chosen field or even from enjoying activities with your family and friends. The goal in a personal injury claim is to ensure the injured party gets the compensation they need to recover and to meet future costs resulting from their injuries. Unfortunately, insurance companies are often involved in these cases, and may attempt to get you to settle for far less than what your claim is actually worth. The following is important information to be aware of regarding the common types of injuries that can occur in these accidents, as well as the types of compensation you may be entitled to claim as a result.
Common Types of Injuries
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 30 million people each year require medical treatment as the result of accidental injuries. While some injuries appear minor, it is important to always seek medical attention right away. According to the CDC, accidental injury is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S., proving fatal for more than 130,000 people each year. The following are common types of accidental injuries:
- Muscles strains, sprains, and tears;
- Bone fractures and bruising;
- Head and neck injuries; and
- Back and spinal cord injuries.
Be aware that even if you think your injuries are minor, symptoms may not always appear right away. The full impact of an injury on your quality of life and your ability to perform work-related tasks or engage in activities is often not fully apparent until weeks or even months after your accident.
Getting the Compensation You Deserve
In many cases, accidental injuries are actually the result of another’s reckless or negligent actions. Under Chapter 768 of the Florida State Statutes, you may be entitled to damages, which is a form of compensation meant to cover any pay, present, or future expenses you may incur as the result of your accident. Types of damages you may be entitled to claim in a personal injury case include the following:
- Economic damages, such as medical expenses; lost wages, and property damages;
- Non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, and compensation for disfigurement, scarring, and loss of quality of life; and
- Punitive damages, which are a dollar amount meant to punish particularly reckless or negligent conduct.
Reach Out to Us for Help
If you or someone you care about has been injured in an accident or as the result of someone’s reckless or negligent conduct, contact our experienced Florida injury attorneys. At Hogan Frick, we can advise you on how to hold responsible parties accountable, and assist you in getting the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to by law. When it comes to your health and your livelihood, do not settle for less than you deserve. Call or contact our office online today for a free case consultation.