Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries

Orlando’s rapid growth is attracting residents from all over the country. Once known for its proximity to Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and other theme parks, the city is quickly maturing with a broad selection of dining establishments, luxury hotels, and a constant stream of cultural events. What remains lacking, however, is available transportation options. Most people in Orlando commute by car and there are few ways for pedestrians to navigate the spread-out city. Unfortunately, this leads to a higher-than-average rate of pedestrian accidents.

Recently, Orlando has been named the “third-worst city in the country” for pedestrians. The number of pedestrian deaths is on the rise in Central Florida; of 20,059 car crashes in Orange County in 2017, 442 involved pedestrians. Of those, 41 resulted in pedestrian fatalities.

As a pedestrian, it’s important to be aware of your rights should you become injured in a motor vehicle accident. An Orlando pedestrian accident lawyer with The Umansky Law Firm can inform you of these rights and discuss the options at your disposal for recovery. If you have suffered an injury in a pedestrian accident, it likely falls under the following categories.

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)

The impact of a head injury such as a traumatic brain injury can be devastating. Brain damage and other TBIs can prompt a range of functional changes which affect thinking, sensation, language, and the way a person processes emotions. These injuries are common in a pedestrian-vehicle accident and often prompt other conditions such as epilepsy and seizure disorders.

The effects of a traumatic brain injury may be impossible to overcome fully. A person may require extended medical care and therapy to learn how to strengthen the mental abilities he or she can still use. Naturally, recovering from a TBI can impose significant financial and emotional hardships for which victims deserve to be compensated. An Orlando TBI lawyer can help you recover the funds you need to push forward.

Spinal Cord Injuries

The spinal cord consists of a bundle of nerves that transmits signals between the brain and the rest of the body. An injury to the spinal cord typically starts with a sudden, forceful blow to the spine that fractures or dislocates vertebrae. When vertebrae fracture or compress, it causes the crushing of the nerve cells that carry the messages between the brain and body. Thus, even a minor injury can have a drastic effect on a person’s functions.

Many people living with a spinal cord injury experience secondary complications like pain, respiratory and heart complications, bladder and bowel dysfunction, scoliosis, and more. Damage to the spinal cord may also result in paraplegia, which is an impairment in the motor sensory functions of the lower extremities.

Recovering from a spinal cord injury can be incredibly taxing to the individual suffering and his or her loved ones. While emotionally and physically draining, these injuries often require long-term and costly medical care. If someone you know has suffered a spinal cord injury, our Orlando spinal cord injury lawyers can help.

Broken Bones

Broken bones are among the most common injuries across all types of car accidents. The force with which the entities involved collide often causes bones to fracture. A personal injury case which involves multiple fractures may require extensive medical care in the form of multiple surgeries and months of physical therapy.

Some of the most commonly fractured bones in a car accident are:

  • Back vertebrae and discs
  • Arm bones like the ulna, radius, and humerus
  • Hand bones like the carpus, metacarpus, and phalanges (finger bones)
  • Clavicle (collarbone)
  • Leg bones such as the fibula, tibia, patella, and femur
  • Facial and cranial bones
  • Rib bones
  • Pelvic bone

Healing bone fractures can take several weeks to months. Taking time away from work, family, and other responsibilities to recover can take a significant toll on victims. An Orlando personal injury attorney can help you recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, emotional damages, and more depending on the facts of your case.

At The Umansky Law Firm, we have extensive experience helping all types of accident victims recover the funds they deserve for the suffering they have endured through no fault of their own. Our client-centered approach ensures that an attentive attorney will pursue your case with determination and strive to obtain the maximum compensation available to you.

Call 407-228-3838 for a free personal injury consultation or contact us online.