Head Injuries and Florida Car Accident Claims
“Head injury” is a broad term that may denote a mild concussion or a traumatic brain injury. One of the most common causes of head injuries is a motor vehicle accident. In 2017, there were more than 400,000 crashes in the state of Florida, and it is likely that many of these resulted in a range of head injuries for accident victims.
A head injury may heal with little medical intervention, or it may result in permanent damage requiring thousands of dollars in medical treatment. With many head injuries, the damage is not immediately apparent. The signs of a serious head injury may develop over several days or weeks. Early medical intervention is key to successfully treating head injuries, so if you have been injured in a Florida car crash, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible—even if you do not feel you were seriously harmed.
To prevail in a personal injury claim, Florida accident victims must prove:
- The at-fault individual owed the victim a duty;
- This duty was breached due to the at-fault party’s negligence; and
- Due to the at-fault driver’s negligence, the victim suffered damages.
All drivers who use public roadways have a duty to do so in a manner that is safe and reasonable under the circumstances. Examples of negligence include running stop lights, driving while impaired, and texting while driving.
As for damages, most losses that the victim is able to link to the accident are compensable. Lost wages, healthcare bills, and pain and suffering are all examples of damages in personal injury claims. Depending on the case, a victim may be entitled to a few hundred thousand dollars or more in damages. Personal injury attorneys ensure that victims receive the compensation they deserve.