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Minor Accidents Can Result In Major Personal Injuries

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When seemingly minor accidents occur, our first temptation may be to shrug off the potential for serious personal injuries, or downplay the degree of damage we suffered. Unfortunately, the fact is that it may take weeks or even months to determine the full extent of your injuries, and failing to take the appropriate steps early on could cost you in terms of medical expenses and lost income at a later date.

‘Minor’ Accidents and Injuries

Accidental injuries are a common occurrence, affecting people of all ages and from all walks of life. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 30 million people seek hospital emergency room care each year in the United States as a result of these injuries, while nearly 70 million end up getting treatment in their doctor’s offices.

Injuries can occur at home, work, or school, as well as in the course of traveling from one destination to another. Common causes include:

  • Motor vehicle ‘fender benders’ and other traffic related accidents;
  • Injuries in public places, such as slips, trips, and falls or getting struck by or against objects;
  • Recreational or sports related activities;
  • Dog bites and other types of animal attacks;
  • Acts of assault or bullying;
  • Due to product or manufacturing defects.

When what seems to be a relatively mild or minor injury does occur, many of us fail to give thought to the potential long term damages it could cause. Any time you are involved in an accident, regardless of the severity or the immediate symptoms you suffer, you should always seek medical care immediately.

Minor Accidents Can Result In Major Damages

In the immediate aftermath of even a minor accident, the sense of shock or embarrassment at being the center of attention can cause you to downplay the situation and any potential injuries you may have suffered. Unfortunately, it may be hours, days, or even weeks after before any symptoms of your injury appear. Common types of injuries suffered in minor accidents which can end up having long term impacts include:

  • Muscle and tendon sprains and strains;
  • Bone bruising and fractures;
  • Abdominal injuries;
  • Cuts and lacerations;
  • Back and neck injuries;
  • Head injuries, such as concussions and traumatic brain injury

According to estimates from the National Safety Council (NSC), otherwise ‘minor’ injuries can end up costing anywhere between $10,000 and $200,000 in current or future medical expenses, as well as in lost wages.

Reach Out to Us Today for Help

When any kind of accident or injury occurs, be sure and notify security or local law enforcement, as well as the property owner or management. Before making any statements to insurance companies or accepting any settlements, contact the Law Firm of William E. Raikes III first. We can arrange a free consultation with our experienced Fort Pierce personal injury attorney to help ensure your rights and interests are protected. Get the professional legal guidance you need in these situations, and call or contact us online today to see how we can assist you.

Resources:

cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/injury.htm

nsc.org/NSCDocuments_Corporate/estimating-costs.pdf

The Law Office of William E. Raikes III is located in Fort Pierce, FL and serves clients in and around the communities of Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie and Vero Beach.

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