What is a Loss of Use Injury in a Florida Car Accident Case?
Florida car accidents are a major strain on the state’s economy every single year. Millions of dollars in medical costs, plus another several million in property damage expenses, add up to more than $3 billion in estimated damages every year. These accidents involve motorists, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians. Some injuries are much more expensive to treat than others, and those that cause lasting impacts on an accident victim—such as a loss of use claim–are among the most expensive types of injuries to stem from a Florida personal injury claim.
Loss of use injury claims involve the inability to continue using a body part that is either temporary or permanent. For example, loss of sensation, nerve damage, amputations, numbness, and similar injuries may result in the loss of use of a leg, arm, hand, foot, or other body part. In some instances, the loss of use may be relatively minor and may not have a major impact on the victim’s life. In others, however, the loss of use may be permanent and impact the victim’s ability to complete daily activities and to work.
If you have been injured in a Florida motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation, such as:
- Medical expenses
- The cost of future medical care
- Lost wages
- Loss of employment benefits
- Loss of future income
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
There are several other types of damages that may be available. Florida personal injury attorneys know which types of damages are available in a claim and work hard to ensure their clients’ financial needs are taken care of.
If you have been injured in an accident, you should consult a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss your claim.