Florida Automobile Accidents

By | Car and Truck Accidents

Florida auto accidentIf an automobile accident occurs in Florida, the law dictates that certain procedures must be followed:

  • No matter who is at fault in a two car accident, both drivers are required to stop at the scene
  • Drivers are required to exchange contact information as well as any pertinent insurance information
  • It is a good idea to contact the police, and they will file a report detailing damages and injuries incurred from the auto accident
  • If anyone has been injured, it is also a good idea to get a copy of the police report for written verification of damages and injuries.

If you have been injured in a Florida auto accident, William McBride and his team will dig hard to uncover the facts about your accident.

Common automobile accidents include:

  • Car crashes
  • Hit and run
  • Collisions with semi-trucks
  • Motorcycle and bicycle accidents
  • Pedestrian knockdowns
  • Accidents involving mass transit
  • Accidents involving fatal injury.

If you feel that your injury in a Florida automobile accident is due to the negligence of another person or business, it is in your best interest to seek the advice of an experienced Florida personal injury attorney sooner rather than later. William McBride is prepared to help you recover full financial compensation to defray the cost of medical care, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Traumatic Brain Injury facts:

By | Accident and injuries

Traumatic Brain Injury facts:An estimated 1.7 million people in the United States suffer some type of traumatic brain injury each year.  Of the total estimated number injured, 300,000 people are hospitalized and the remainder are released from an ER.

While a concussion is typically considered a mild TBI, it is important to understand that this type of violent shock to the brain is responsible for 30% of all injury deaths in the US can be attributed directly to brain injuries. 140 people in the United States die each day from injuries that include a traumatic blow to the head.

The symptoms of a concussion do not always immediately manifest and it is possible they will last from a few days to month, or even longer. The injured party may feel increased pressure or a pain in his or her head, experience memory problems and suffer confusion in certain situations. Most of us expect a loss of consciousness, but that does not always occur.

Early TBI Symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Slurred speech.

Late Manifesting TBI Symptoms:

  • Irritability
  • Sleep pattern changes.

Falls at home or in an office setting account for more concussions in a year than any sport. This can include your toddler taking a tumble, your grandmother tripping on a stair or you slipping in a puddle outside your office complex.

Younger family or friends will find they are able to recover quickly after a TBI, but there will likely be hospital bills and follow-up appointments with your doctor. An older individual may find life needs to be modified to work well with changes that linger. If you find that you need help getting your life back in order after a TBI, working with McBride, Scicchitano & Leacox P.A. can help you obtain appropriate compensation for your injuries.

Broken Bones Expected in a Florida Auto Accident

By | Car and Truck Accidents

broken bone expected in an accidentIf an individual broke a bone in an auto accident, commercial vehicle accident or a pedestrian knockdown, the medical complications may be more complex than you might expect. An accident involving a motorized vehicle often results in multiple fractures. It is not uncommon to see pelvic fractures, sternum fractures, skull fractures, collarbone fractures or injuries to the spinal cord. The complex nature of these fractures and the possibility that a single arm or leg may experience multiple fractures and crush injuries may require surgery to set the bone. It is also possible reconstructive surgery will be required. Depending on the extent of the injuries suffered in an auto accident, physical recovery could take a considerable amount of time, resulting in large medical expenses and loss of income.

Types of Broken Bones

An automobile accident may result in any of the following types of broken bones:

Greenstick Fractures:

A greenstick fracture occurs when the bone both bends and cracks, instead of a complete break into two or more separate pieces. This bone break is most commonly seen in the softer and more flexible bones of children.

Stress Fractures:

A stress fracture is commonly noted as a tiny crack in a bone. The fractures are typically caused by the repetitive application of force, often by overuse. Stress fractures can also arise from normal use of bone that has been weakened by a condition or from a crushing accident.

Open Fractures:

This fracture occurs when the force of the accident causes a broken bone to break out of the skin. There is a significantly increased risk of wound infection when a bone breaks through the skin. Complications are expected in these cases.

If you have suffered a broken bone in an automobile accident, in Florida, we might be able to help you recover compensation for medical expenses and losses. Feel free to use our contact form on our website to schedule an appointment to discuss claim with a representative from McBride, Scicchitano & Leacox, P.A.

Understanding Closed-head Injuries

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Understanding Closed-head InjuriesA closed-head injury is a category of TBI in which the skull remains intact. This type of injury is not thought to be as serious as an injury in which the dura matter is penetrated, but injuries of this type are the leading cause of death in very young children. They are also the most common cause of ongoing disability and mental impairment in people under the age of nineteen, with an estimated 173,285 children injured annually in sports and recreation related accidents involving head trauma. The injury ultimately disrupts the normal function of the brain, often causing a brief change in mental status. While often not fatal, there is still the potential for severe damage to be caused, in which the result may be ongoing memory issues and physical impairment.

Information about closed-head injuries

People who are involved in an accident and suffer a closed-head injury may not always know they have suffered a possibly serious injury. Unlike open-head injuries, this type of TBI may not be obvious. It is important to be aware of the signs of a closed-head injury:

  • Brief loss of consciousness.
  • If there is no loss of consciousness, a feeling of disorientation.
  • Memory loss, mood changes, depression or anxiousness.
  • Sensory problems, such as dizziness and loss of balance.

A closed-head injury may be the result of a fall, an automobile accident, an act of violence or an accident suffered on a sports field.  The brain injury can be the result of a sharp blow or other traumatic injury which rapidly decelerates motion in one direction for the body. The degree of damage will be dependent on the nature of the event and the force of the blow.

A concussion is just one example of a closed-head injury. Other well-known injuries to the brain include:

  • Bruises
  • Hematomas
  • Lacerations
  • Nerve damage

Never hesitate to speak to a well-qualified Florida personal injury attorney if you or a loved one is dealing with the life-altering repercussions of a closed-head injury.  Make a call to McBride, Scicchitano & Leacox P.A. at 1-800-336-6000 to discuss your case.

The Leading Cause Of Traumatic Brain Injury Is Auto Accidents

By | Car and Truck Accidents

Florida auto accident TBIIn recent years the focus has been on athletic brain injuries, and many have forgotten or overlooked the seriousness that auto accidents can have on the body and most specifically the brain.

Here’s a quick fact, traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the leading cause of disability and death in the United States, and car accidents are the leading cause of TBI.

Understanding Traumatic Brain Injuries

Auto accidents can cause a variety of internal and external injuries to both the driver and passengers. Traumatic brain injuries occur when the brain violently changes direction in the skull. This shift can cause life-threatening damage to those who are involved in an accident.

When a car comes to a sudden stop or crashes into something, the brain can collide with bones in the skull and cause internal bleeding or injury. Unfortunately, some health professionals may not spot a brain injury during an examination, and it can go undiagnosed.

Common Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms

Although TBI can be fatal, it can also cause many emotional, physical, and cognitive symptoms that can significantly impact one’s life and the lives of their loved ones. Some of these symptoms include:

Emotional TBI Symptoms

  • New and increased anxiety
  • Impulsive attitudes and behavior
  • Agitation
  • Mood swings and depression
  • Narcissistic behavior

Physical TBI Symptoms

  • Problems with balance
  • Seizures
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Loss of senses such as smell or taste
  • Tiredness
  • Blurry vision, double vision, and blindness
  • Muscle spasms

Cognitive TBI Symptoms

  • Short and, or long term memory loss
  • Difficulty with concentration
  • Inability to pay attention
  • Slowed response times and information processing
  • Communication defects such as speech and word choice

*Please note that these symptoms should be discussed with a doctor.  If you have any of thee symptoms after a car accident, contact a healthcare professional to receive an evaluation.

Auto Defects and Driver Liabilities

In many case the accident wasn’t a result of wrongdoing on the part of the injured. There are several reasons that auto accidents and TBI injuries occur.  Automobile manufacturers and other drivers could be to blame.

Injuries sustained in a car accident and their severity is based off of a vehicle’s crashworthiness. If a car manufacturer fails to ensure the safety of the car, its passengers, and its parts, they may be held responsible for injuries. Issues with car parts can range from defective seatbelts, faulty windows, child safety feature failures, defective tires, differing glass types, and poorly designed roofs. And, when these types of defects are present during and accident, they can cause injuries to be more severe.

In addition, negligent drivers can be the cause of traumatic accidents. Speeders, distracted drivers, and even commercial vehicles can pose a threat to drivers whether on commute to work, a family outing, or an errand run.  That’s why you need someone on your side to fight for your rights and get you fair compensation.

Prescription Drugs To Blame For Growing Cause of Accidents

By | Accident and injuries

 driving while impairedMotorists are driving while legally high.

There are as many prescription drugs in American hands as there are cars in the world. As prescription drug use continues to rise, so do the number of auto accidents caused by those under their influence.

Auto accidents are usually the cause of some human error.  These errors can be a simple as making an incorrect turn, failing to yield, or inclement weather and improper handling of the vehicle. But, there are some auto accidents that are caused by negligence.

Often times, the general public associate driving under the influence with the use of alcohol or illegal drug use. That fact may have been true for several decades, but now a new culprit has risen to take its place alongside alcohol and illegal drugs, and it can found in our cabinets.

This epidemic has been coined “Drugged Driving” by the National Institute of Drug Abuse.  In a 2010 study, it was found that 47 percent of deadly crashes were attributed to prescription drug use, compared to marijuana and other illicit drugs. This increase in prescription drug crashes is due to the altered state in which theses drugs leave drivers, their confidence in their ability to drive under the influence, and they notion that they aren’t actually driving under the influence. For example, many prescription drugs state that they cause drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, and should not be used when operating heavy machinery (that would mean a vehicle).

Prescription drugs may be legal but that does not mean it is safe or legal to drive while under their influence. These drugs can have a bevy of consequences that may vary from state to state, but it can be difficult to conclude that regulate, for several reasons that include:

  • It is nearly impossible for law enforcement to test for every drug that causes impairment
  • Prescription drugs can have different effects on different users
  • Drugs stay in the bloodstream for varying amounts of time
  • The sheer number of drugs that are readily available to the general public

If an auto accident occurs and an officer suspects that the driver is impaired, he or she can order that the driver be tested and screened for driving under the influence.  Furthermore, if the driver is found to be under the influence of a prescription drug they can be held liable for the accident.

If you have been in an accident involving a drugged driver, contact an attorney to handle your claim. You may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit and compensation.

Trauma Expected with an Auto Accident

By | Accident and injuries

Injuries expected in a car accidentThere is nothing quite as traumatic as being involved in a car accident on I4, just outside of Walt Disney World, even if your children only suffer minor injuries. But when injuries are serious, or there is a death due to the severity of the impact, trauma inevitably intensifies for all involved. Due to the size of a vehicle, when there is a collision, the chance of serious injury to any body part is high. We all understand that injuries of the head and neck are to be expected in a collision, but the personal injury attorneys of McBride, Scicchitano and Leacox P.A. want you to better understand other common injuries expected when motor vehicles collide.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

A common debilitating injury likely to be suffered by either driver or passenger is a traumatic brain injury. The injury occurs when there is an impact that causes the brain to suddenly and violently change direction inside the skull, and it can also occur if there is direct penetration of the skull that pushes fragments into the brain. A victim will be fine one moment and the next moment life is abruptly changed.

The symptoms of a TBI will range from the mild, like a lingering headache, to something severe, like a lingering depression and sleepiness. The severity of the TBI symptoms will ultimately depend on the extent of the damage and the part of the brain affected. It is important to note that, even when there is no visible damage to the head, there could be hidden swelling and bleeding that can only be diagnosed with an MRI.

Internal Injuries

If there is an impact between one motor vehicle and another, or a motor vehicle and a substantial fixed object, internal injuries can occur. It is not unexpected for a victim to suffer injuries to the spleen, kidneys, liver, the heart or the main artery supplying blood to the body.

Diagnosis of internal injuries to organs will require blood tests to look for bleeding. In some instances, a CT scan or ultrasound will be utilized to identify internal swelling, tears and blood that has collected outside the blood vessels.

Chest Injuries

Most chest injuries will take the form of a cut or a bruise, but there can be fractured ribs. A driver is more prone to experiencing this type of injury due to the placement of the steering wheel, which allows minimal movement before the body collides with the steering wheel. Even if the driver does not collide with the steering wheel, they will still experience bruising due to the high level of force against the seat belt.

If the trauma associated with an automobile accident has adversely affected your life or the life of a family member, the experienced automobile accident attorneys from McBride, Scicchitano and Leacox P.A. are prepared to review your case in a free consultation. Please call 1-800-336-6000 to schedule a time that will work well for your schedule.

Back pain and filing a legal claim

By | Accident and injuries

low back pain Orlando lawyerLower back pain (LBP) after an automobile accident is one of the most frequent problems treated by spinal cord physicians. This occurs because serious medical complications may result if an injury does not receive appropriate treatment in a timely manner, or when the consequence of the damage is a continuing loss of mobility for the person injured. In both situations, quality of life can become severely impacted as the injured party is not able to carry out normal daily tasks.

It is important to understand that making a claim regarding an injury to the spinal cord is a complex process, and can become more so if lower back injuries are involved. This is because evaluation of the claim requires an attorney who is highly knowledgeable in the law as it applies to lower back injuries and is prepared to make himself or herself well acquainted with the issues associated with your back injury. The right legal counsel will be able to:

  • Pinpoint appropriate treatment
  • Explain the realities of the injury to the court
  • Provide the expected costs of potential future medical expenses.

If you or a family member have suffered a lower back injury, it is vital to consult with a skilled Orlando personal injury attorney as soon as you are able. Call the attorneys from McBride, Scicchitano and Leacox P.A. at 1-800-336-6000 to discuss the specifics associated with your back injury.

I was injured in a slip and fall

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slip and fall accidentAll accidents in which a person slips and then falls encompass an area of the law referred to as premises liability. This applies to a property owner or leaseholder, and holds them responsible for specific injuries that occur when an individual is visiting their property, if safety precautions have not been taken to rectify unsafe conditions.

Most of us refer to this type of case as a “slip and fall.” The type of accident gets its name because an individual will typically slip on a slick floor, and subsequently become injured in the fall. Liability for injury on a premises can take a number of forms. For instance, dangerous premises conditions leading to legal responsibility can include:

  • Wet surfaces
  • Obscured hazards
  • Unguarded heights
  • Gaps, ditches or open holes on the property
  • Uneven tile flooring, sidewalks or parking lot pavement
  • Pooled/standing water in dips on the property
  • Unstable or crumbling surfaces
  • Falling ceiling panels
  • Unsecured mats or area rugs
  • Trip hazards such as components for electrical devices or cables
  • Faulty tables, desks and chairs.

As is the case with all legal matters regarding negligence, liability must be shown by providing evidence that:

  • The property owner owed a duty to the plaintiff
  • The property owner breached their duty to the plaintiff
  • The failure of the property owner was the cause of the injury
  • The injury caused the plaintiff to suffer loss or damages.

If you or a family member have become injured in a “slip and fall” accident in or around Orlando, please call the attorneys from McBride, Scicchitano and Leacox P.A. at 1-800-336-6000.

Was he at fault in my boating accident?

By | Boating Accidents

boating accident negligenceAny time spent out on the waterways around Orlando should a lot of fun but, just like on road, accidents do happen. If you are injured on a boat and trying to determine what your rights are, here is one thing you need to understand.

Negligence:

A physical injury in an Orlando boat accident does not necessarily mean that a boater was at fault. If you are injured while you are the passenger in a boat that collides with another watercraft, it will be necessary to verify that your injury was due to a willful disregard for persons or property. As is the case on local roads, negligence is when a person fails to act in a way that expresses prudence and caution for his or her personal safety and the well-being of the community. This means that in order to recover damages, you will need to be able to prove that a boater failed to act in a safe and rational manner.

Much like in an automobile accident, if a boater failed to pilot his or her watercraft with care, and you suffered any sort of injury due to their negligence, there is a chance you may be entitled to damages. For a free and expedient boating accident case evaluation, please call the attorneys from McBride, Scicchitano and Leacox P.A. at 1-800-336-6000.