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Like most other personal injury matters, Miami car accident claims fall under the umbrella of negligence when it comes to recovering compensation. You need to prove that the other motorist’s careless actions were the direct cause of the auto crash in which you were injured. If there were other intervening circumstances or factors, you usually will not be able to obtain monetary damages because the causation element is missing. In some vehicle collision cases, a pre-existing medical condition is exactly the sort of intervening issue that could impact compensation. 

Still, there are exceptions to this default rule and strategies through which you can recover monetary damages despite the existence of a pre-existing medical condition. You will need a Miami car accident lawyer for assistance with overcoming challenges, but a few points should help you understand the basics.

  1. It IS possible to recover for exacerbated injuries. A key exception to the rule regarding pre-existing injuries will allow you to obtain compensation, but only if the motor vehicle collision makes your condition worse. The classic example is when a victim suffered a broken bone in the past. Even though it has healed, the affected area remains weaker than the surrounding bone material – making it more susceptible to breaking again from the impact of an auto crash.

If you were injured in a car accident, your health care providers may engage in numerous different strategies to assist with the recovery process and ease your pain. However, besides undergoing surgery and taking pain medication, your doctor may recommend physical therapy to get you back to health. This continuing treatment involves regular appointments with a practitioner to safely return your body to its pre-accident physical state, so it is important from a well-being standpoint.

In addition, sticking with your doctor’s orders for physical therapy is also important for your legal rights. You may not think about it as an important factor, but skipping an appointment could affect your compensation. Trust a Miami personal injury attorney to handle the legal side of your claim, but some general information may be helpful.

Physical Therapy Can Speed Recovery

Recovering from a car accident can involve many unexpected twists and turns, even when you did the right thing by seeking immediate medical attention after the crash. One of the biggest concerns for victims is when injuries appear to heal, only to redevelop later – possibly bringing more extreme pain and physical limitations. While the effects on your physical health are immediately obvious, there may also be implications for the legal process. Your damages are based, in part, on what you may suffer in the future. With recurring injuries, there are many unknowns in this respect.

The correlation between compensation and chronic medical conditions is a complicated issue, but it is one that Miami car accident lawyers deal with every day. Some background information may help you understand the basics.

Soft-Tissue Injuries

brandon-holmes-199535-unsplash-copy-300x200You can expect any head or brain injury to come with sky-high medical bills, but some forms of trauma are so severe that the costs of treatment run into the millions of dollars. According to researchers at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, victims who suffer traumatic brain injury (TBI) could incur up to $3 million in health care costs over their lifetimes. Plus, there are many associated and indirect costs that you may not consider. When a person sustains TBI, the circumstances affect entire households, causing extreme emotional and financial losses in addition to the physical harm. 

It may come as some relief to know that you may be able to recover compensation to cover these losses, and a Miami personal injury lawyer can advise you on the legal process. However, it is also important to review the direct and indirect costs of TBI, so you know the difficulties you could be facing.

Direct Medical Costs for Treating TBI

marten-bjork-6dW3xyQvcYE-unsplash-copy-300x200Any time you are hurt in a car crash, slip and fall, by a defective product, or because of medical malpractice, proof is critical for getting the compensation you deserve under Florida law. Evidence is the basis for your legal rights, particularly with respect to liability and the nature of your injuries. Both fault and your losses can be complicated, which is why Miami personal injury lawyers work with experts as additional resources for claims in personal injury cases. You can trust your attorney to handle the details and retain the right people to assist, but you may find it helpful to learn the roles and types of experts that may participate in your matter.

Experts Play a Major Role in Personal Injury Cases 

In sum, these individuals fill in the gaps where specialized support is essential to proving your claim. Lawyers have considerable knowledge in legal concepts, but they may not possess the meticulous, technical background in other key areas of a personal injury case. As such, attorneys rely on those who do have relevant expertise.

In the early morning following Halloween night, a driver lost control of a Chevy Camaro at a “high rate of speed” and veered into oncoming traffic, said the Traffic Homicide Unit for the Miami-Dade Police Department. The Camaro collided with a Dodge Charger causing one of the Camaro’s passengers to be ejected through the front windshield. The ejected passenger was pronounced dead on the scene. The remaining three people inside the Camaro and the driver of the Charger were taken to the hospital and are currently in stable condition.

If you or a loved one was injured or killed in motor vehicle accident contact a Miami Car Accidents Lawyer today.

The accident, occurring at the  5000-block of N.W. 32nd Avenue, was tragic on all accounts. Although Miami police are still investigating the exact causes of the accident, it does appear that the driver was likely driving over the speed limit and is likely at fault for the wreck. Drugs and alcohol have not been ruled out as contributing to the accident.

A 27-year-old British man was on vacation in Miami Beach, Florida when his life came to an abrupt and tragic end. The young man was hit by a convertible BMW and died at the scene of the collision. The driver of the car was reportedly operating the vehicle at around 100mph. Immediately after the collision, the at-fault driver got out of the car and fled the scene. Our team of Miami car accident lawyers are outraged by this story. This was such a senseless tragedy and the driver’s decision to leave the scene of the accident only makes the situation worse.

Leaving the Scene of an Accident is Both Morally Wrong and Against the Law

If you hit someone with your car, you have a non-delegable duty to remain at the scene of the accident. It is the right thing to do since the person you hit could have, as exemplified above, life-threatening injuries. Just leaving shows a complete indifference to human life. You also have a legal obligation to remain at the scene. Specifically, Florida Statute § 316.027(2)(a) states:

Drinking and driving is one of the most irresponsible and reckless decisions an individual can make. The risk of causing a catastrophic collision is so high and the ease of calling a taxi cab or using the Uber app to get a ride home is so easy. Simply put, the risk is not worth the ramifications. Unfortunately, not everyone understands the impact of his or her decisions. A recent example our team of Miami car accident lawyers discovered was the heartbreaking loss of a 10-year-old girl who was killed in an accident caused by an intoxicated driver.

The tragic collision involved a drunk driver who neglected to stop at a stop sign and slammed into the passenger side of a Chevrolet. The 10-year-old girl was sitting in the front passenger seat and died at the scene of the collision.

Drunk Driving Accidents are Preventable

Nearly 30 percent of deadly car wrecks in Florida are attributable to drunk drivers. That percentage translates to nearly 700 car crash deaths caused by drunk driving in the state of Florida. To our team of Miami car accident lawyers, that is 700 deaths too many.

Statistics from Mothers Against Drunk Driving reveals that someone is seriously injured by a drunk driver almost every 90 seconds and an average of 28 people die as a result of drunk driving accidents.

How Florida Punishes Drunk Drivers

Two people reportedly crashed into a bus bench in North Miami on 125th Street near Northeast 12th Avenue, according to wsvn.com. Four people, including an 11-year-old girl, suffered serious injuries and had to be transported to the hospital. The drivers who caused this terrible incident took off running and were not apprehended. Our team of Miami car accident attorneys are always troubled when we read about these awful, preventable incidents.  

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and North Miami Police responded to the scene of the collision and were told that two young men got out of the car and started running south down Northeast 11th Place towards the train tracks. Despite their evasion, the car involved in the incident was not totally destroyed and was towed away. This means, if the license plate is intact, North Miami Police should be able to track down who owns the vehicle.

What an Injured Person Can Do in This Situation

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