Even a Florida car crash that does not seem significant can debilitate the driver, passengers or other people involved in the accident. Thus, knowing what to expect can help deal with an accident and the resulting injuries much better.
Brain injuries are the silent killer in most car accidents. They are not easily visible, or you may not even experience symptoms of injuries until days or weeks after the crash. The brain gets injured when it is violently or suddenly disturbed inside the skull. Given how delicate and complex the brain is, any injury to this organ can have serious consequences. Some of the symptoms of head injuries include headaches, dizziness and confusion.
Spinal cord injuries
When there is pressure or trauma on the spine, it can cause lasting damage to your spinal cord and other nerves that branch from it. The severity of a spinal cord injury will depend on the amount of force applied and where exactly the victim sustained the injury. Symptoms can range from severe pain to temporary or permanent paralysis.
Soft tissue injuries
Herniated discs, sprained ligaments and whiplash are some examples of soft tissue injuries resulting from car accidents in Florida. While they may heal faster than brain or spinal cord injuries, the recovery period can take several months, and you may experience considerable pain in the meantime.
The force of impact of a car accident may cause broken bones. In some cases, surgery might be necessary for these injuries to heal properly. Depending on the severity and type of fracture, you may need to wear a cast or a brace for several weeks.
Florida is a no-fault automobile insurance state, meaning you must carry your own injury protection insurance to pay for all your medical expenses regardless of who caused the accident. However, if the damages are significant, you can seek to recover compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages and other damages through a claim against the responsible driver.