Abrasions & Scars
After being hit by a vehicle, a pedestrian can skid across the asphalt, damaging any exposed areas of skin. One of the worst abrasion injuries is “road rash,” which describes a condition where layers of skin are literally peeled off the body. This is a common injury that many Miami personal injury lawyers see. These abrasions can lead to scarring and infection that can cause issues for the victim for many years.
Unlike motorcyclists or bicyclists, pedestrians are not wearing helmets at the time they are struck by the motor vehicle. Consequently, they can slam their head on other vehicles, the curb, or other objects. Brain injuries are very common and can be very devastating.
In some of the worst injury victims in a pedestrian accident suffer from bleeding on the brain, which increases the pressure that must be relieved by medical professionals . Other people will suffer symptoms of a concussion, such as a loss of consciousness, difficulty talking and remembering impaired movement, and personality changes.
Brain injuries warrant immediate medical intervention. Pay attention to headaches, cloudiness and dizziness that you feel after an accident and get to a hospital immediately.
Many pedestrians through out Miami Dade County suffer broken arms, legs, hands, and feet. Most pedestrian accidents don’t end up with fractured ribs, but it is something that can happen. Fractures are painful on their own, but they can raise a host of complications including pressure on nerves and damaged soft tissue, like muscle and ligaments. Some bones will slice through arteries and lead to uncontrolled internal bleeding.
The most obvious signs you have a broken bone are pain and any deformity of the affected limb. A doctor can order imaging tests to identify the full extent of the damage.
Internal Organ Damage
Pedestrians can suffer traumatic injuries to internal organs, such as their lungs and kidneys. If in the case that you do suffer from fractured ribs, they can puncture all sorts of organs and cause problems that can last for years. Abdominal pain is a key sign that you might have injured some of your organs.
Spinal Cord Damage
The vertebrae surrounding the spinal cord can shatter or fracture, leading to pressure on the spinal cord and the nerves that branch off from it. Sometimes the traumatic impact from the vehicle itself is enough to cause damage, whereas other pedestrians are injured when they are flung against the curb or cars. Some pedestrians will never walk again after a collision do to the spinal cord being severed.
Over 1,000 pedestrian accidents happen in Miami each year making it a dangerous place to walk in. Pedestrians are totally exposed if they are struck by a car, and they can suffer some of the worst injuries that our Miami pedestrian accident lawyer has seen. If a vehicle struck you while you were walking due to their lack of following the speed limit or other traffic laws, please contact Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum Bluestein today. One of our Miami pedestrian accident lawyers will help you understand your legal rights and whether or not you have a case.