A recent article published in the Orlando Sentinel shed some light on a distressingly common problem in Central Florida in general and Orlando in particular: the types of injuries that victims often suffer in pedestrian accidents. The writer interviewed Dr. John Promes, who is the medical director of the trauma unit at Orlando Health’s ORMC. Dr. Promes said that victims injured in Orlando pedestrian accidents "are one of our top three types of injuries that we see," along with people injured in auto accidents and slip and fall accidents.
Regular readers of this blog and local media outlets know all too well that the Orlando area is the single-most dangerous place in the country for pedestrian accidents. Dr. Promes reports that he has seen so many pedestrian accident victims that he can relate exactly what happens to the human body when it is struck by an automobile. He says that in most cases, a car’s hood and bumper first strike a victim’s legs and hips, usually breaking bones in these areas.
"Depending on how fast the car is going, the patient can be thrown and then head injuries and internal injuries are quite common," he said.
However, he says that broken bones are not the only injuries that accident victims experience.
"People think just broken bones by themselves," he added. "But if there are injuries to the blood vessels or major tissue damage then there could be amputation…Patients do lose limbs from these sorts of things."
He says that pedestrian accident injuries are often quite complicated and require weeks or months of recovery under the best of circumstances and can result in lifelong debilitating injuries that severely impact victims’ quality of life.
"Some patients are permanently disabled because of this," he said. "They are unable to go back to their livelihoods."
Florida Highway Patrol spokesperson Sgt. Kim Montes has seen her share of pedestrian accidents and concurs with Dr. Promes’ grim prognosis for some victims.
"Some people you can look at and tell they will never be the same again," she told the reporter.
James O. Cunningham has been using his skills and experience as an Orlando pedestrian accident lawyer to help victims since 1977. He, too, has seen how devastating pedestrian accident injuries are to the lives and livelihoods of accident victims. He works hard to help them receive the compensation they need to rebuild their lives and regain as much of their independence as possible. If you have been injured in an accident and need to speak with an Orlando personal injury attorney, call him today at 800-425-2004 to schedule your free consultation.
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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