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Common Florida Car Accident Injuries - If You or a Loved One Was Hurt, Talk to Our Sarasota Attorneys Now

Roads and highways can be dangerous in Sarasota, Bradenton, Port Charlotte and across Southwestern Florida. If you or a loved one has been injured in one of the many types of car accidents, you might face a lifetime of physical, emotional and financial challenges. Insurance companies might dismiss as minor painful and debilitating injuries from auto accidents - a neck injury such as whiplash, for example. We know that even seemingly minor injuries can result in major problems. A wrist injury from a rear-end accident, for example, might affect your ability to work and earn a living. A knee injury might limit what you can do around the house. You might have to pay someone else to do yard work. In any of these examples, you may be entitled to compensation from the insurance company for the at-fault driver.

The knowledgeable Sarasota car accident attorneys at Farrow & Pulice have over 50 years of combined experience representing car accident injury victims throughout the state. Our legal team understands that it's often hard to know what to do after you or a loved one has been injured in a serious car accident. Decisions you make now could affect you and your family for years and decades after an accident. Common car accident injuries include:

Contact Farrow & Pulice Today If You've Been Injured in a Car Accident

Knowing what you need to do to protect your rights after a car accident can be difficult. Ambulance and emergency room fees add up fast, and the cost of your future care may be staggering. You may be unable work. Even worse, the person who caused your accident may deny any wrongdoing. His or her insurance company might even deny your claim or try to say you caused the accident.

Hold careless drivers accountable for their careless or reckless behavior. The experienced legal team at Farrow & Pulice is ready to stand up for you. Call us today at 866-408-1220 or contact our firm online to schedule your free initial consultation. Our car accident law firm offices in Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice, Englewood, Lakewood Ranch and Port Charlotte that are centrally located to major hospitals for your convenience.

Back and Neck Injuries

Some of the most common injuries sustained in Florida car accidents involve damage to your neck and back. But nothing feels common about a neck or back injury when your accident leaves you with neck pain, difficulty moving your head or constant headaches. At Farrow & Pulice, we have seen firsthand the long-term physical, emotional and financial effect a back or neck injury can have on accident victims. Our passion for justice through the years has been inspired by meeting people who were not treated fairly after accidents - people who did not know where to turn to get help.

In some accidents, such as rear-end accidents, the impact of the crash can cause your head to rapidly pitch forward and snap backward, causing a soft-tissue injury known as "whiplash." One of the most common car accident injuries, whiplash accounts for more than a million neck injuries each year and can cause debilitating pain. But all too often, insurance companies may be quick to dismiss your injuries as minor or downplay the long-term costs of your accident.

The symptoms of a serious neck or back injury might or might not be apparent immediately following an accident. That's why it's critical to obtain medical attention as soon as possible. Some symptoms might not be apparent until hours, days or even weeks after the crash. These symptoms include:

  • Neck pain and swelling
  • Tenderness along the back of the neck
  • Muscle spasms in the side or back of neck
  • Pain shooting from the neck into shoulders or arms
  • Difficulty moving head
  • Headache
  • Muscle weakness or numbness in fingers of hands

It can be difficult knowing what to do after being injured in a car accident. Insurance claims adjusters might try to push you into accepting a "low ball" claim before the true extent of an injury is known. We know that's not fair, but big insurance companies typically want to put their profits above all else. At Farrow & Pulice, we're familiar with the tactics insurance companies use. We have access to top medical experts and accident reconstructionists. We know how to fight back to get you the compensation you deserve.

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Head Injuries

Head injuries caused by car accidents can affect every aspect of your life. Head injuries can range in severity from a mild concussion to permanent brain damage. Even a seemingly "minor" car accident can potentially lead to a head injury that leaves you unable to think clearly or function normally. You need to act fast if you or a loved one has suffered a head injury resulting from a car accident. Farrow & Pulice is ready to protect your rights.

Traumatic brain injury occurs when a person suffers a violent and sudden blow to the head that causes brain injury or damage. This can happen in a rollover accident after a driver or passenger hits his or her head on a solid object in the car upon impact. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, half of all traumatic brain injury victims sustain their injuries as a result of an automobile accident.

Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury can be devastating. Symptoms that may be immediately diagnosed after an accident include bleeding, swelling/bruising of the brain, seizures, loss of consciousness or coma. Common long-term symptoms include loss of memory, mood swings, aggressiveness, and headaches are common. Sometimes, these symptoms don't surface for months or years after the accident.

Insurance companies often will try to minimize the amount they pay on an injury claim by engaging in questionable negotiating tactics. While some adjusters may seem friendly, others try to bully you into accepting a "low ball" claim before the true extent of an injury is known. Don't let these insurance companies or their adjusters push you around. They are not your friends. They work for the insurance company, which typically wants to keep money out of your pockets. As experienced attorneys who are skilled at investigating and negotiating, we can help uncover the true cost of your injuries and fight for the compensation you deserve after your accident. Call us at 866-408-1220 for your free consultation.

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Spinal Cord Injuries

Car accidents resulting in spinal cord injuries can be particularly devastating to accident victims. Serving as a main component of the body's central nervous system, the spinal cord allows the brain to communicate with muscles and send and receive messages about temperature, pressure, pain, and limb positions. When the spinal cord is broken, dislocated, crushed or compressed, the symptoms can be catastrophic.

When the spinal cord is injured or damaged, messages from the brain can get mixed up and can potentially fail to reach their destination. This can cause symptoms such as paralysis, loss of feeling in certain areas, and loss of reflex functions. These injuries can thus lead to secondary medical problems including muscle spasms, loss of bodily function, or over-sensitivity to temperature or pain in certain body parts. Spinal cord injury victims may face many challenges for their rest of their lives. These injuries may lead to a shortened life span.

Lower back (lumbar spine) injuries can also lead to serious, potentially debilitating pain for a car accident victim. Lumbar spine injuries can cause significant pain the large muscles of the lower back. These injuries can also cause a condition called sciatica, which is a radiating pain, tingling, and numbness in the buttocks, legs, and feet.

We are experienced catastrophic injury attorneys who are prepared to take your spinal cord injury case to a judge and jury, if necessary. Contact us immediately. A delay may affect your right to initiate a claim and secure compensation. Contact Farrow & Pulice today.

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Shoulder Injuries

It is not uncommon for people to suffer from shoulder pain after being involved in a car crash, motorcycle wreck, or as a bicyclist or pedestrian. In a moment's notice, you may find your life turned upside-down due to a rotator cuff injury sustained in a rear-end crash or a potentially debilitating SLAP (Superior Labrum from Anterior to Posterior) tear to your shoulder joint sustained in a head-on collision in Bradenton, Sarasota or Venice.

The rotator cuff is composed of the four muscles and tendons surrounding your shoulder joint and ensures the shoulder's wide range of motion. When these muscles and tendons tear, tasks you once took for granted such as lifting your arm may become difficult or even impossible. Signs of a torn rotator cuff may include pain on the top or outer sides of the shoulder, swelling, decreased range of motion, weakness and a popping or clicking sound while moving your arm.

SLAP injuries refer to a tear to your shoulder joint. Specifically, a SLAP tear refers to a torn labrum, the cuff of cartilage that allows bones in your arm to move inside. When you're involved in a car accident, a torn labrum can be the result of your body absorbing the force of an accident while bracing your hands against the steering wheel. Common symptoms include loss of strength, grinding, locking or popping in the shoulder.

It can be difficult to diagnose a shoulder injury after a car accident. Even when the extent of your injuries is known, you may face insurance companies that can make your quest for justice feel overwhelming. You may face a mountain of paperwork and bills that won't stop piling up related to medical expenses and extensive rehabilitation. Your recover can be difficult, but getting fair compensation for your losses should not have to be.

That's where we can step in and help you. At Farrow & Pulice, our staff and attorneys can help you with the paperwork. We can help you support your claim so you can get the full compensation you need. We have access to top medical experts. We will pore over police records and other evidence necessary to obtain the compensation you deserve. Call 866-408-1220 today for a free case review.

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Knee Injuries

In a car accident, a vehicle occupant may sustain a serious knee injury due to impact with the dashboard, steering column or direct contact with another obstacle. Common in head-on collisions, T-bone accidents and even rear-end collisions, injuries to one or both knees can leave accident victims facing years of physical, emotional and financial difficulty. A knee injury can derail your career plans. You may be unable to take care of simple tasks around the house that you once took for granted. You may be unable to enjoy hobbies. Farrow & Pulice understands the long-term impact of knee injuries and how to secure accident victims the compensation they deserve after a crash.

Common knee injuries sustained in car accidents include:

  • PCL injuries
  • ACL injuries
  • MCL injuries
  • Dislocation of the knee
  • Knee train or train
  • Broken bones or fractures

Injuries sustained to the PCL (posterior cruciate ligament), ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and MCL (medial collateral) ligament can be particularly catastrophic, potentially leaving accident victims unable to walk or function normally. A stretch, tear or rupture of any ligament in the knee can require extensive medical treatment, multiple surgeries and months or years of physical therapy to recover from.

Our experienced attorneys understand that a seemingly "minor" injury to the knee can result in significant pain and trauma. Common symptoms of knee injuries include:

  • Ripping or popping sensation
  • Swelling or redness
  • Grinding or locking
  • Tenderness
  • Bruising
  • Weakness
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Pain while resting

When facing the long-term impact of a knee injury, you may find that insurance adjusters try to bully you into accepting a "low ball" claim. Others might try to say that you were at fault for the accident. They may even sound friendly and say they can't offer you anything more for your losses. We don't think it's fair for insurance companies to be so dismissive of car accident injury victims who are facing so many struggles. At Farrow & Pulice, we know how to uncover the right evidence. We will consult with top medical experts and accident reconstructionists. If you did nothing wrong or even if you were partially at fault, you shouldn't have to pay for your injuries alone.

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Fractures

Some of the most serious injuries resulting from all types of car accidents are broken bones and fractures. These injuries, depending on their severity, may require months of rehabilitation or might leave a victim with permanent, irreparable damage. Injury victims might be faced with skyrocketing medical bills, lost wages from missing work, and a serious disruption in their lifestyle due to their inability to participate in the activities they once enjoyed. You may have to give up golf, jogging or long walks on one of the Florida beaches nearby Sarasota.

Bone breaks can be categorized in a number of different ways:

  • A complete fracture occurs when a bone breaks in two.
  • An incomplete fracture occurs when a bone is partially broken, but does not break.
  • A compound or open fracture occurs when a bone breaks through the skin.
  • A simple fracture is a hairline crack.

Any type of fracture, from simple fracture to a complete break, can cause hardship that requires the attention of an aggressive legal advocate. Call 866-408-1220 immediately to know your rights.

Unfortunately, it's common for victims of rear­-end crashes and head-on collisions to suffer all types of broken bones. Pedestrians and bicyclists, due to the unprotected nature of the victim, can suffer from very serious bone breaks and fractures. At Farrow & Pulice, our experienced legal team has seen life-changing injuries occur after low-speed crashes involving little property damage.

Serious injuries require honest, straightforward legal advice from an experienced car accident injury attorney in Sarasota who knows how to hold careless or reckless drivers accountable. We know how to find the facts to support your claim. We can play hardball with insurance companies who may try to downplay the long-term cost of your injuries. Contact Farrow & Pulice today. Call us today at 866-408-1220 or contact our firm online to schedule a free case consultation.

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