Clearwater Florida Motorcycle Accident Lawyer FAQs

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  • What are the Short and Long-Term Medical and Financial Implications of a Spinal Cord Injury Suffered During a Motorcycle Crash?

    A motorcycle crash can leave you with severe spinal cord injuries. A lawyer can help review your case to determine if you are eligible to file a personal injury claim for compensation.

    Medical Implications of a Spinal Cord Injury

    The short-term medical action starts at the scene of your motorcycle crash and in the emergency room. Doctors and medics will immobilize your neck and back right away to prevent any further damage and stabilize your breathing. Once you are stable you will be cared for in the intensive care unit for further treatment which may include medication, metal braces for stabilization, surgery or experimental treatment in some cases.

    In the long-term you may suffer paralysis and permanent damages including complications with:

    • bladder control,
    • bowel control,
    • impaired skin sensation,
    • circulatory control,
    • respiratory issues and/or
    • sexual health issues.

    Financial Implications of a Spinal Cord Injury

    Short-term and long-term financial costs of a spinal cord injury from an accident will include:

    • emergency room/hospitalization bills,
    • medication/treatment costs and
    • lost wages (if you are able to return to work).
    • extended physical therapy,
    • emotional counseling,
    • technology purchases for coping (wheelchair or electronic aids) and
    • lost wages (if you are unable to return to work at all).

     

    Have You Been Injured In A Motorcycle Accident?

    If you've been hurt in Florida motorcycle accident you should speak with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 727.446.0840 to schedule your free, no obligation consultation.

  • What are the Short and Long-Term Implications of a Head Injury Suffered During a Motorcycle Accident?

    A motorcycle accident has great potential to end in severe injury; in many cases there may be intense brain trauma. There are many brain injuries, but regardless of what type of head injury has been sustained, legal representation and assistance is necessary. If you have been involved in a a serious motorcycle accident contact a lawyer for a consultation.

    The effects of traumatic brain injury typically involve cognitive function, emotional function and overall behavioral function. These are all very serious problems that can alter and disrupt the victim's entire life and interfere with daily activities.

    Short-term implications can include neurological symptoms such as decreased sensory and motor function. These will become apparent within the first few days and their severity depends on the extent of damage. Victims may also have difficulty concentrating and trouble with problem solving and communication skills.

    Long-Term Implications of Brain Injury

    • movement disorders;
    • seizures;
    • severe headaches;
    • vision deficiency; and
    • sleep disorders.

    Cognitively there May Be:

    • memory loss;
    • mood disorders;
    • personality shifts;
    • depression; and
    • anxiety.

    If a child is injured in a motorcycle accident, separate difficulties may present themselves. Children may have trouble learning new skills, lack of an ability to comprehend social cues and some issues may not show up until later in the child's development.

    Hiring a lawyer who has experience with brain injuries is your best course of action. Motorcycle accidents can result in extremely traumatic injuries that could change your life forever.

    Have You Been Injured In A Motorcycle Accident?

    If you've been hurt in Florida motorcycle accident you should speak with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 727.446.0840 to schedule your free, no obligation consultation.

  • What are Some of the Most Common Accident Injuries in a Motorcycle Crash and will a Lawyer Help Me to Seek Damages for All of My Injuries?

    Because a motorcycle offers less protection than a passenger vehicle, the chances of injuries during an accident are increased.

    Most Common Injuries Sustained in a Motorcycle Crash

    • concussion
    • brain damage
    • fractures
    • joint damage
    • spine damage
    • soft tissue damage
    • facial disfigurement
    • internal bleeding

    Motorcyclists are also susceptible to a condition known as "biker's arm." This occurs in a motorcycle crash when the motorcyclist's upper arm nerves are damaged, resulting in permanent paralysis of the arm.

    If you are injured in a motorcycle crash, an injury lawyer will work with you to seek damages for all of your injuries, including long-term treatment. Some injuries, such as fractures and spine damage, may require physical therapy, while plastic surgery may be necessary in the case of facial disfigurement. Your injury lawyer will account for these expenses in your personal injury claim.

    Your injury lawyer will work with the liable party's insurer in order to seek a settlement for the injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash. If a settlement can't be reached to cover your medical expenses and long-term care, your injury lawyer may take your claim to trial in order to recover damages for your injuries.

    Because so much is at stake, you should contact an attorney who has experience with these types of cases, and a successful track record of winning his or her clients' cases. Contact us today for a free consultation at 888-207-0905.  

    Have You Been Injured In A Motorcycle Accident?

    If you've been hurt in Florida motorcycle accident you should speak with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 727.446.0840 to schedule your free, no obligation consultation.

  • I was Involved in an Accident When a Car Turned Left in Front of Me While I was Riding My Motorcycle in Florida. Who is at Fault?

    If you were involved in a accident when a car turned left in front of you while you were riding your motorcycle, then you may be eligible for compensation in a personal injury claim. This is because a car making a left turn is almost always responsible for a collision with a vehicle coming in the other direction.

    The only exception to this rule may be if you were going over the speed limit at the time of the motorcycle accident, or if you ran a red light. Even if you did act negligently, you may be found only partially responsible. And if partially responsible, you may still be eligible for damages in a personal injury claim.

    This is because in Florida, the law of comparative negligence allows for a victim to collect damages even if they were partially responsible for an accident. Keep in mind that your total recovery may be reduced by your own percentage of negligence. In a Florida personal injury claim after a motorcycle accident, you may be compensated for your medical expenses, any pain or suffering, and any wages that you may have lost.

    Have You Been Injured In A Motorcycle Accident?

    If you've been hurt in Florida motorcycle accident you should speak with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 727.446.0840 to schedule your free, no obligation consultation.

  • I was in a Motorcycle Accident and Now My Knee is Painful. What Type of Knee Injury Could I Have?

    Your knee pain may be caused by damage to the medial meniscus or ligaments, including the medial collateral ligament or the anterior cruciate ligament. If arthroscopic surgery is required, it is commonly done with minor incisions using cannulas to view and repair the damage. Of course, an injury with more significant consequences would be a fracture of the patella and damage to the patellar tendon.

    A motorcycle crash in has the potential to leave you with serious injuries. An injury lawyer can help you obtain the compensation you need to heal. Your lawyer can gather evidence that supports your claim that the other driver is liable for your accident. He or she will also speak with the insurance company in order to maximize the settlement for your motorcycle collision.

    Because so much is at stake, you should contact an attorney who has experience with these types of cases, and a successful track record of winning his or her clients' cases.      

    Have You Been Injured In A Motorcycle Accident?

    If you've been hurt in Florida motorcycle accident you should speak with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 727.446.0840 to schedule your free, no obligation consultation.

  • Is There a Minimum Age Requirement for Motorcycle Passengers in the State of Florida?

    Florida law does not address a minimum age for motorcycle passengers. However, other laws may apply, such as endangering a minor. (Dept. of Hwy. Safety and Motor Vehicles)

    Have You Been Injured In A Motorcycle Accident?

    If you've been hurt in Florida motorcycle accident you should speak with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 727.446.0840 to schedule your free, no obligation consultation.

  • My Husband Insists on Buying a Motorcycle. What Insurance Should He have to Protect the Family if He is Injured in a Crash?

    The standard automobile No-Fault (PIP) does not apply to motorcycles. No proof of insurance is required to register a motorcycle. However, Florida's Financial Responsibility Law still applies if he is involved in an accident. He can face penalties and license revocation if he does not have proof of $10,000 in medical insurance coverage (health insurance qualifies.)

    Most motorcycle riders are under-insured. In addition to the required $10,000 in medical insurance, the best way to protect him and the family from the consequences of a serious injury is to have adequate uninsured motorist (UM) coverage which pays for his injury and losses if the car causing the accident is not insured or does not carry enough bodily injury insurance to pay all losses he might suffer. Keep in mind, uninsured motorist will pay medical, wage loss, pain & suffering and all damages the person who caused the accident should pay if they were adequately insured.

    It is unfortunate that most motorcycle riders I encounter in my practice have not obtained adequate UM coverage to protect themselves. In order to buy UM he will need bodily injury coverage. This protects him in the event he causes an accident injuring someone else. While it may not be required in Florida, for motorcycles, he will be unable to purchase UM in any greater amount than the bodily injury coverage on the bike. So, decide how much UM protection you feel you need and purchase BI at least in the same amount. Most people would say $100,000 is the least amount of BI or UM anyone should carry.

    Have You Been Injured In A Motorcycle Accident?

    If you've been hurt in Florida motorcycle accident you should speak with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 727.446.0840 to schedule your free, no obligation consultation.