Stop. Look. Listen. We teach our children these essential rules for crossing a road from a very young age, along with countless other safety rules on how to avoid being hurt as a pedestrian. Always stay on the sidewalk, don’t cross until the light is yours, always make sure a driver sees you before using the crosswalk — the list goes on. Unfortunately, no matter how safe of a pedestrian you may be, you are always at risk of being injured in an accident that someone else causes due to their own recklessness or negligence, or even aggressive or violent behavior. In these instances, you are entitled to compensation to cover a range of damage from the accident.
No amount of money will ever undo the pain and trauma of being involved in a pedestrian accident, but fair compensation will alleviate the additional stress that comes with trying to pay your medical bills, account for your lost wages, and adjust to life with the possibility of permanent or catastrophic injuries. A Pensacola personal injury lawyer will help you build a case to get the money you deserve, not just the money that the insurance company wants to pay.
Contact Fasig | Brooks Today For a Free Consultation After a Pensacola Pedestrian Accident
After being injured or losing a loved one in a pedestrian accident, understanding your right next steps can feel impossible. This is especially true when you begin to work with an insurance company that is trying to pay you as little as possible — NOT what you actually deserve — and settle your case as soon as they can. This added pressure and stress, especially when you are suffering through the pain of your injuries and trying to get your life back on track, can all have a significant impact on your recovery process, not to mention your final settlement amount.
Fasig | Brooks offers a free consultation to victims of pedestrian accidents in and around Pensacola so we can take a close look at all of the important details of your case. Once we conclude our case evaluation, we will be able to answer specific questions about what your next steps can be and how we can help. We encourage you to take advantage of this free consultation before initiating your claim with the insurance company if possible because starting your claim with legal representation from day one sends a clear message to the insurer, the at-fault party, and the claims adjuster that we are working with. You know what you deserve, and you will not settle for less.
Read more about pedestrian accident claims below, and contact us as soon as possible to schedule your free consultation today.
Common Injuries From Pedestrian Accidents
When a moving vehicle collides with a pedestrian, the outcome can be catastrophic. In most cases, the driver and passengers of the vehicle walk away from the accident (or at least the initial collision with the pedestrian) unscathed, but this is rarely the case for the person on foot. The following are just a few of the many possible injuries that someone can suffer in a pedestrian accident.
Remember: if you are involved in an accident, call 911 immediately to be sure that you get the medical care you require.
When bones are met with the force of a vehicle, it is very common for a fracture to occur. No matter how mild a fracture may be, it requires immediate medical attention to ensure that the injury is set correctly, stabilized, and will be able to heal back to normal. In some cases, a fracture may puncture the skin and cause additional injuries like blood loss or scarring.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries include all damages to the brain that are caused by some sort of trauma — in this instance, a collision with a vehicle or a secondary impact with the ground or another object. Concussions are extremely common TBIs and must be treated as soon as possible. In the past, concussions were regarded as untreatable and temporary, but we now understand that even a mild concussion can have long-term impacts on a victim.
Internal bleeding takes place whenever an internal blood vessel or organ is damaged and punctured or torn. If left untreated, internal bleeding can lead to hemorrhaging or even death. If you suspect that you have suffered an internal injury, be certain to get medical care immediately to get properly examined. In many cases, internal bleeding will require surgical intervention to repair the injury.
Bruising happens when surficial capillaries are damaged and broken due to an impact, and form as black, blue, or deep purple discolorations that are often very sensitive and may appear swollen. Many bruises will simply heal on their own after changing to a lighter yellow or orange color, but some bruises may turn into hematomas. These blood pools must be treated. This is a great example of why it is so important to have all of your injuries examined by a medical professional as soon as possible.
Lacerations are extremely common after pedestrian accidents and may take many forms. Some lacerations are caused by blunt impact and will leave a jagged gash. Others may be caused by a sharp object and can have clean edges, and others still may be caused by impact with the pavement, often referred to as “road rash.” Road rash can look like a burn, and in many instances, may require a similar type of treatment such as skin grafts and other surgeries. These open injuries are at high risk of infection.
Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord is an extremely important bundle of nerves running from the brainstem to the tailbone and transmits nearly all executive function signals from the brain to the extremities. Disruption of the spinal cord can cause paralysis in one, more than one, or all of the limbs and will have a significant impact on the victim’s life, as well as their loved ones and caregivers.
Contact a Pensacola Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Now
You do not need to go through the insurance claims process alone. Submit your request for a consultation and we will be in touch with you as soon as possible to move forward on your case together.