Last updated 3 months ago
In the United States, it is estimated that a traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs every 15 seconds. The immediate effects of a TBI range from subtle to severe, but many of those resulting in subtle effects prove to be the most dangerous. Since roughly half of all TBIs are sustained during car accidents, auto accident injury lawyers are quite familiar with these injuries and their economic, physical, and emotional ramifications.
Prevalence of TBIs
Since many TBIs go undiagnosed, it is impossible to determine precisely how frequently they occur. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates, however, that just shy of two million TBIs occur every year. Most TBIs are mild and can be recovered from, but some lead to permanent disability or death. In fact, TBIs are a leading cause of death among several age groups in the United States.
Types of TBIs
There are many types of TBIs, and they vary in severity. Athletes who participate in high-impact sports such as football are especially familiar with mild TBIs, or concussions, which are caused by a blow to the head that temporarily changes the way that a brain works.
Side impact TBIs occur most frequently during car accidents, and are generally classified as severe. When an individual is involved in a car accident and his or her head is jolted from side to side, impact may lead to a fracture in the temporal zone of the brain. This type of TBI often necessitates immediate medical attention, as brain hemorrhaging can occur.
Side impact TBIs are considered closed TBIs, meaning that the injury is caused by movement of the brain within the skull. Penetrating TBIs occur when a foreign object enters the skull. Immediate medical attention is also necessary when this type of injury occurs.
Symptoms of TBIs
Changes in cognitive function and motor abilities, often manifested in the form of vertigo, are common symptoms of a TBI. Alterations in sensory and emotional perceptions are also fairly common.
Are you a resident of the Sarasota area who believes you may have experienced a traumatic brain injury in a car accident? To ensure that your rights are protected and that you are not held liable for the medical costs associated with this injury, hire a car accident injury attorney to represent you. To arrange a free consultation with an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury lawyer, call Farrow & Pulice P.A. at (941) 924-0993.
Last updated 4 months ago
Between 15,000 and 20,000 auto accidents take place in the United States every day. Even if you drive defensively and with the greatest awareness, you are still likely to be involved in a car accident at some point during your life. To prepare yourself for the events immediately following a car accident, check out this informational video clip.
This video offers information that will help you determine how to react after an accident. The speaker focuses on the importance of ensuring everyone’s safety and recording as many details as possible.
After all injured parties have been attended to and the police have investigated the scene of an accident, one of your first phone calls should be to an experienced auto accident lawyer. To speak with a personal injury attorney in Sarasota who can help you receive compensation for any physical or emotional injuries sustained during or after your accident, call Farrow & Pulice P.A. at (941) 924-0993.
Last updated 4 months ago
For many pet owners, the old adage that a dog is man’s best friend rings true. For strangers with whom they are not familiar and to whom they demonstrate no loyalty, dogs can be a bit more like an enemy. Accident or not, a dog bite can have profound implications. To learn how common dog attacks are and how a personal injury attorney can help you seek compensation for physical and emotional pain resulting from a dog bite, read on.
Millions of Bites Annually
Nearly five million dog bites occur in the U.S. each year, some 800,000 of which are serious enough to warrant professional medical attention. Young children are the most vulnerable to attack by dogs, and many child victims are traumatized by these experiences for life.
Major Medical Concerns
Thanks to the widespread administration of the canine rabies vaccine, rabies is not much of a concern in the United States. Still, one should always be on the lookout for signs that an aggressive dog may be rabid.
Trauma Associated With Dog Bites
Cynophobia, or fear of dogs, is a common phobia. This phobia often develops in small children who are attacked by dogs, and it can have a significant, lifelong effect on some individuals. In addition to medical attention for physical injuries sustained during a dog attack, therapy is often required to help victims cope with this fear.
Assignment of Fault in Dog Bite Cases
Pet owners have a responsibility to socialize their dogs, decreasing the likelihood that their dogs will display aggression toward individuals with whom they are not familiar. Depending on the circumstances of an attack, an owner may be held responsible for the actions of his or her dog. A personal injury attorney can help you determine whether or not this type of liability applies to your case.
Are you a Sarasota, Florida resident who was harmed during a canine attack involving a dog that was not your own? If you face expensive medical bills or other costs associated with the emotional impact of the attack, a personal injury lawyer can help you seek compensation for these economic damages. To arrange a free initial consultation with an experienced dog bite injury lawyer, call Farrow & Pulice P.A. at (941) 924-0993.
Last updated 5 months ago
If you have been injured in an auto accident, you probably have a number of questions about what steps you should take and what your insurance will cover. Before speaking with any insurance company, contact a personal injury attorney and click on the following resources.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides helpful answers to questions drivers have about vehicle insurance requirements.
Read this MSN article to learn more about recent changes to Florida law and how other states are trying to reform their no-fault systems.
Would you like to learn more about the history of Florida’s no-fault insurance law? Take a look at this guide from the Florida Senate.
For a basic guide to understanding Florida’s no-fault insurance laws, visit this site.
Check out this article about the insurance secrets you should know about following an auto accident.
To learn more about personal injury law, contact the Sarasota lawyers at Farrow & Pulice P.A. by calling (941) 924-0993. We will help you get the compensation you deserve and will stay in touch so you understand the status of your case.
Last updated 5 months ago
Florida requires drivers to carry no-fault insurance, sometimes referred to as personal injury protection insurance. The no-fault system emerged in the 1970s as a way to reduce lawsuits, and ultimately the cost of insurance, by efficiently compensating people injured in auto accidents, regardless of who was at fault. The system has received a lot of national attention lately, and the following is an overview of recent reforms in Florida.
How Much Coverage is Required?
Florida requires drivers to carry a minimum of $10,000 in personal injury protection (PIP) and $10,000 in property damage liability (PDL).
Who Is Covered?
The reforms made earlier this year do not affect who is covered. You are covered, up to the limits of your policy, regardless of who caused the accident. The PIP coverage also protects your child, members of your household, and passengers that do not own a vehicle and lack PIP coverage.
How Quickly Must I Receive Treatment?
Under the recently reformed law, you have 14 days from the date of the accident to receive treatment if you are injured in an accident. If your injuries manifest more than two weeks after the accident, they should be covered by health insurance rather than your no-fault car insurance.
What Are the Medical Benefits?
The recent reforms distinguish between types of medical treatment. For those who need treatment for an emergency medical condition, the full $10,000 PIP benefit is available. If you need non-emergency treatment, the medical benefit is limited to $2,500.
If you have been injured in an auto accident, it is a good idea to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your recovery options. At Farrow & Pulice P.A., we understand that you need relief from stress and compensation for your injuries. Our legal team has worked together for more than 12 years and we are here to help you. To schedule a consultation, call (941) 924-0993.