Car accidents that cause internal bleeding are devastating. If you or a loved one suffered internal bleeding due to a collision, you may be eligible for compensation.
Fighting the at-fault driver and their insurance company is trying when on the mend. You have a limited time to file a lawsuit against the responsible party.
A Miami internal bleeding caused by a car accident lawyer can help you seek reimbursement from the at-fault driver while you recover. We fight on your behalf so that you can focus on healing.
Contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at 1-800-747-3733 and speak to one of our team members.
The Dangers of Internal Bleeding
Internal bleeding occurs inside the body, such as in the head, abdomen, and organs. It is as harmful as it sounds. Internal bleeding can lead to organ failure, coma, seizures, decreased brain function, and death.
The consequences of internal bleeding greatly depend on location. For instance, if uncontrolled bleeding occurred in the brain, it can negatively affect brain functioning. Likewise, internal bleeding in the abdomen can disturb the flow of oxygen to cells and lead to shock, which is organ failure.
A car accident can cause internal bleeding from:
- Blunt trauma: A seat belt may have compressed your or a family member’s abdomen, causing organs to tear. The body absorbs the impact. The force can damage tissue, muscle, and bones resulting in bleeding.
- Deceleration trauma: A sudden stop from a crash can cause organs to shift suddenly. This shift can pull blood vessels away from organs. An abrupt stop can also shake the brain within the skull, causing bleeding from the separation of veins and damage to brain tissue.
- Penetrating trauma: A fracture or broken bone can rip tissue and organs surrounding it.
Certain prescriptions can worsen internal bleeding. For example, blood-thinning and anti-clotting medications can make minor injuries more severe. Even aspirin, a blood thinner, can cause more internal bleeding to happen.
Who Is at Fault in a Car Accident
According to Florida Statutes § 316.066, a law enforcement officer must complete a Florida Traffic Crash Report when a car accident results in personal injury or death. This report will detail:
- Who was involved in the collision, including drivers, passengers, and pedestrians
- When and where the crash occurred
- Names and addresses of any witnesses
- The insurance companies of all parties involved
The police report may note who is responsible for the crash. Florida uses “comparative negligence” when determining accident responsibility. This means either or both parties may be at fault.
Law enforcement may determine that both or all drivers are partially responsible. For instance, a speeding driver may be 70 percent to blame for an accident while the other driver may only be 30 percent at fault for an improper lane change.
Florida has “no-fault insurance laws.” This means that all drivers must have coverage to pay for medical expenses, no matter who is responsible for the collision. However, an at-fault driver and their insurance company can still be liable for losses.
An insurance adjuster may also determine who is responsible for the collision. Each insurance company sends an adjuster to appraise the claim. They can interview each party, review the police report, and evaluate any post-accident photos.
Compensation for Losses
All Florida drivers must have at least the state’s minimum insurance coverage in Florida Statutes § 324.021. Insurance companies will reimburse financial losses when the policyholder is responsible. If you or a loved one suffered internal bleeding because of a car accident, you may be able to seek payment for losses.
How much can you sue for? Your Miami car accident lawyer will look over your losses to help you calculate an amount. The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine legal team can ensure the inclusion of all of your crash-related expenses.
The immediate medical costs for the treatment of serious internal bleeding can cost thousands. You will also want to consider future health care expenses. For example, If the injury caused long-term brain damage, you or your loved one may need occupational, physical, and speech therapy for months to years. In some cases, the damage may be permanent.
You may also sue for pain and suffering. This includes physical pain from your injuries and emotional trauma from the collision or loss of a loved one.
If your family member died from internal bleeding due to an accident, you can seek payment for the wrongful death. Under the loss of consortium tort law, you may be eligible for compensation for:
- Medical costs.
- Burial and funeral expenses.
- Loss of companionship, in the cases of spouses.
- Loss of love, in cases of parents and children.
- Loss of income, in cases where the deceased is a family provider.
How We Can Help
At the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, we go the extra mile. Personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits require gathering evidence. This evidence needs to strengthen the case and confirm losses. The type of evidence required will vary by case but can include:
- Personal documentation – You may need to prove your marriage or relationship to the impaired or deceased person in cases of loss of companionship. This may include birth and marriage certificates.
- Financial documents – We can help calculate your economic losses. Bills for medical costs, mechanical repair expenses, and other monetary losses show a definite dollar amount. A past paycheck can also show the amount of lost income due to missing work because of injury.
- Medical records – In addition to health care costs, these records can detail the car crash injuries.
Your Miami internal bleeding caused by a car accident lawyer can help you seek compensation for your losses. To have a legal team fight on your behalf, call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at 1-800-747-3733.
We Can Help.