Any kind of car accident can, of course, result in injuries that will completely change a victim’s life. While there’s a chance an injury will “only” result in a few weeks or months of recovery, there are other times where the effects can last for a lifetime. It’s horrible enough to have to deal with this kind of problem when an accident occurs – when it happens due to someone else’s negligence, that can make things even worse.
The Eberst Law Firm always fights passionately for the rights of people who are severely hurt in vehicle accidents that are no fault of their own. If you fall into this category, please get in touch with us as soon as you can. We will let you know how long your case is likely to take, and, once we obtain all of the details of your case, we’ll also give you an idea of how much compensation you may be able to obtain.
US and Florida Car Accident Statistics
Nearly 40,000 people die in automobile accidents in the US every year, and more than 4 million are hurt badly enough to require medical help. The financial impact of vehicle accidents is just as staggering – an estimated $871 billion.
In 2020, there were 341,399 road accidents in Florida that resulted in 212,432 injuries and 3,332 deaths.
What Types of Injuries are Permanent or Life-Changing?
Unfortunately, severe, life-altering injuries are far too common. When an accident involves a large truck, the chances of these kinds of injury occurring increase dramatically. The reason is that occupants of the smaller vehicle are subjected to much stronger forces, and the results are typically much worse.
This is just a small sample of some of the debilitating injuries that can occur due to a car accident:
- Spinal cord damage that can lead to paralysis
- Limb amputation
- Blindness and/or deafness
- Traumatic brain injury
- Injuries causing permanent damage to the neck and back
- Extensive burns
Invisible Permanent Injuries
But not all injuries are obvious. Accident victims may not only be hurt physically, but emotionally as well. They may have even escaped injury completely, only to be mentally scarred by the trauma they experienced. The consequences of damage to mental health can be just as significant as physical injuries. Victims may have to go to therapy or counseling for years to come, and may not be able to enjoy life as much as they did before the accident.
This is another example of how important it will be to get the help of an attorney as soon as possible. It may sound callous, but it’s not as easy to place a dollar value on emotional effects as it is for physical injuries. If you’re experiencing ongoing mental trauma due to another driver’s negligence, you deserve compensation just as much as someone who suffered a brain injury, broken bones, or any other type of permanent physical damage.
Experienced attorneys will know exactly how much compensation you’ll deserve, and will do everything in their power to help you obtain it – whether you’ve suffered physical or emotional injuries.
The Consequences of a Permanent Disability
As you might imagine, suffering a severe spinal cord or traumatic brain injury can impact victims for the rest of their lives. Not only can it affect their ability to earn a living, it can also greatly decrease their quality of life. Activities they once enjoyed will now be out of reach for good.
But permanent injuries can also result in hundreds of thousands – in some cases, millions – of dollars in medical expenses during a victim’s lifetime. This includes not only medical rehabilitative treatment, but also extended hospital stays. In many instances, severe injuries can lead to other complications, leading to a cascade of health problems.
An attorney can help ensure that victims of severe injuries caused by negligence get the money they need in order to pay for their medical expenses, recoup their lost wages from work, and more.
How Does a Permanent Disability Affect Your Life?
Just about everyone performs basic tasks every day that they take for granted. They step into their shower, they wash their hair, they brush their teeth, drive to work, etc. Most people do this without even giving it a second thought.
Now imagine your ability to do all of these things (and many others) being taken away in an instant. The devastation would be indescribable. But, tragically, that’s reality for far too many car accident victims.
It will often take months or years for an injured victim to be able to get back even a fraction of the functioning they had before their accident. Of course, during that time, their expenses will only continue to mount. Even worse, they will no longer be able to provide for their families in the manner they once did. That could mean they’ll be in danger of losing their home – or not even be able to pay for electricity or food.
Getting Compensated for a Permanent Disability
That’s why it’s so critically important to get the help of a skilled attorney as fast as possible if you or a loved one has been permanently, severely injured because of someone else’s negligence.
Your attorney will work to help you obtain the money that will provide what you and your family need. If an insurance company has denied your claim, your legal representative will negotiate on your behalf to get you an equitable settlement. If the insurer refuses to budge, your attorney will be prepared to fight for you in a court of law.
Contact a Car Accident Attorney to Discuss Your Claim
Attorneys with The Eberst Law Firm are ready to tell you more. We know how to gather the evidence needed to make our clients’ cases as strong as possible so they get the money they deserve for the suffering they’ve been forced to endure.