According to a study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the most common injuries in scooter accidents include:
- Head injury
Seek medical attention if you were hurt in a scooter accident. While some of these injuries can heal on their own, others require treatment from a trained medical professional.
You Can Suffer Serious Injuries in a Scooter Accident
Scooters do not provide users with protection. Even if the scooter driver uses a helmet or other protective gear, upon colliding with another vehicle, they have no protection from the force of impact.
After being ejected from the scooter, the rider can suffer serious injuries, including:
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says that with medical care, most fractures could take up to a year to heal. However, it depends on the severity of the injury.
Compound fractures, meaning those that break the skin, may require surgical intervention to remedy. On the other hand, hairline fractures typically do not require advanced medical intervention.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
These impairments can significantly affect your quality of life. Healthline reports that traumatic brain injuries can cause:
- Loss of consciousness
- Slurred speech
- Nausea and vomiting
You could also experience impairments to your mobility. Some people with traumatic brain injuries must live at long-term care facilities, as they are not able to care for themselves.
Mayo Clinic defines a sprain as the tearing of ligaments that connect the bones and joints. This can be extremely painful and impede your ability to walk independently.
Another word for bruising, contusion refers to internal bleeding. This happens when trauma breaks the blood vessels in an affected area. The severity of a contusion will determine the symptoms you feel.
In some cases, you could experience a bone contusion involving the following symptoms:
- Long-lasting pain
- Difficulty with mobility in the affected area
A medical professional may use an MRI to determine the location and degree of your condition.
Deep gashes can cause blood loss, nerve damage, and other life-threatening conditions. In addition to needing stitches, after suffering a laceration in a scooter accident, you may need a blood transfusion to account for blood loss.
After being ejected from the scooter, you may have suffered road rash, an abrasion that usually affects the top layers of the skin. You may need a skin graft to address an affected area. In other cases, your healthcare team may need to take certain precautions to keep the area from getting infected.
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Treatments for Common Injuries in Scooter Accidents
The course of treatment your doctor recommends will be based on the severity of your condition. These treatments could be expensive and take time away from your job.
You may require:
- Diagnostic imaging scans
- Residency in a specialized care facility
- Assistive devices, like wheelchairs
- Physical therapy
You can pursue compensation through an insurance claim or lawsuit if you were hurt in an Orlando scooter accident. Yet, while recovering from your injuries, you may not want to take on this process by yourself.
Recoverable Damages in a Scooter Accident
A lawyer from our firm can help you pursue compensation for your damages. The severity of your injuries, the treatments you needed, and your prognosis will play a role in how much money you can get.
Some compensable losses in your case may include:
- The cost of treating your condition
- Lost wages from the time you missed from your job
- Property damage costs (if applicable)
- Loss of future earning ability
- Pain and suffering
- Disability, scarring, and disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
Your loved one may have passed away due to a scooter accident. In this case, your loved one’s funeral, medical bills, and lost income could be compensable.
The Statute of Limitations for Scooter Accidents
You generally have four years from the date of your scooter accident to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party, per Florida Statute § 95.11. You may not be able to sue the other party if the deadline expires on your case.
Florida Statute § 95.051 lists some exceptions that can give you more than four years to take action. For instance, your case could be tolled if the at-fault driver fled the state.
A lawyer from our firm can analyze your situation and explain how long you have to litigate your case.
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