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5 Signs You Need the Help of a Florida Personal Injury Attorney

lawyers-1000803_1280.jpgFrom car wrecks to motorcycle accidents and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) to dog bites, a significant, life-changing injury can have devastating effects on your life and your loved ones. 

CATASTROPHIC MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT INJURIES

Due to the fact that motorcycles offer very little structural protection, Florida motorcyclists are highly susceptible to catastrophic injuries from motorcycle accidents including spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and amputations. The loss of an arm or leg is a life-altering injury. The road to recovery after such a catastrophic injury can be long and difficult. Usually, long term rehabilitation is necessary. There can be complications regarding the loss of a limb including heavy blood loss which can lead to shock, low blood pressure, weakness and rapid heat beat. When an injury is so severe that it leads to an amputation, the injured party should seek the advice of an experienced motorcycle accident attorney.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF BRAIN INJURIES

Traumatic brain injuries can range from mild to severe. A concussion is considered a mild brain injury but can cause permanent impairment. A concussion can be caused from a car accident, a whiplash type injury, a gunshot or violent shaking of the head. Closed or open head injuries can cause a concussion. During a concussion, the cranial nerves can be damaged and blood vessels can be stretched. There may be a brief loss of consciousness. Concussions sometimes heal within months. Other concussions can take several years to heal.

A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY AFTER A SARASOTA OR BRADENTON MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT

A traumatic brain injury can result from a Sarasota or Bradenton motor vehicle accident and may not be apparent immediately following the accident. Anyone who receives a blow to the head, even if not painful right away, should seek immediate medical attention. A brain "bruise" can occur after an accident without any outward or noticeable physical symptoms. The nerves around the brain can stretch and cause an axonal injury. An injured accident victim with a brain bleed can appear normal at first, but as pressure on the brain builds, the signs and symptoms of a TBI become more apparent.

TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES AS THE RESULT OF A SARASOTA OR BRADENTON MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT

Motor vehicle accidents cause about half of all traumatic brain injuries. During an automobile accident, the force of the impact can cause the brain to collide against the hard skull. When a moving head comes to a complete stop, the brain continues to move and strikes the interior of the skull. A brain bleed (hemorrhage) is not always apparent at the time of the injury. Blunt head trauma occurs when a moving head hits a stationary object. A roof crush can cause an open head wound which is a blunt trauma. There is increasing evidence that traumatic brain injuries do occur from head injuries even though there has been no loss of consciousness.

Motorcycle Accident Attorney In Sarasota and Bradenton Florida

motorcycle-accident.pngFlorida has a very high number of motorcycle accidents. In 2010, there were 7,703 motorcycle accidents in Florida and 6,884 resulted in injuries. In the same year, there were 394 motorcycle accident fatalities. Sometimes, the accident is the fault of the motorcycle rider, but more often, the accident occurs due to the negligence of a motor vehicle driver. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle accidents occur for the following reasons:

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