According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), a 28-year-old Orlando woman was arrested for driving while intoxicated after she crashed her vehicle into four other cars near Tampa, Florida. When the police arrived at the accident scene, they not only found the woman acting ‘erratically and disturbed’ outside her car, they also found her two-year-old child wandering around alone on busy Interstate 4. To make matters worse, she kicked an officer while be placed in handcuffs.
In addition to the criminal charges of driving while intoxicated, child endangerment and assaulting a law enforcement officer that this driver is likely to face, she could also face personal injury lawsuits from the occupants of the four vehicles that she hit. Although it is unknown whether any of these occupants were injured, at the very least their cars were probably damaged – meaning they can file a lawsuit in order to seek compensation for this damage.
Furthermore, if any were injured, they can also seek compensation for any medical costs and loss of earnings. However, as, based on the accident report, this seems like a minor crash, meaning the occupants of the other vehicles probably didn’t seem injured and thus probably didn’t seek medical treatment.
This brings up an important point: always seek medical attention! Regardless of how ‘bad’ the car accident was or whether or not you think you have been injured, always see your doctor immediately. This is because many common car accident related injuries don’t manifest until days – even weeks – after the accident. For example, let’s say you were in a fender bender such as in the case above. Thinking you weren’t injured, you simply go home. Weeks later, you notice pain in your neck. The pain continues to increase until you can no longer turn your head. As a result, you miss start to miss work. You go to the doctor who, after examining you, believes you suffered from a whiplash injury during the car accident. So, you sue to get compensated for your loss. However, the other side argues that your injury isn’t related to the accident, pointing to the fact that there is no immediate medical record indicating that it is, and that the opinion of the doctor came weeks after the accident – during which time you could have injured your neck in other ways.
Remember, if you are in a car accident, always see a doctor right away.
To learn more about getting the compensation you deserve, contact the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. today.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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