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Can a Car Accident Aggravate Arthritis or Other Medical Condition?

Can a Car Accident Aggravate Arthritis or Other Medical Condition

The short answer is, yes, car accidents very often make arthritis and other pre-existing conditions worse. Car accidents can even cause arthritis in people who did not suffer from the condition before. This is called post-traumatic arthritis and can sometimes take months or even years to manifest.

Say you have recently been involved in an accident, and now you just can’t get the pain to stop. Your medical care provider requests that you have an MRI to see if there is more to your injury than what the initial exam indicated. Your doctor finds on the MRI that you have arthritis in that area and it is being aggravated by the soft tissue injury you received. The arthritis is going to make it harder to heal, and so the course of treatment is changed.

Does this mean that you cannot seek compensation for your injuries since they were made worse by a preexisting condition? The answer is no. Regardless of what the insurance companies may want you to believe, just because there is a preexisting condition does not mean they are “off the hook” for your injuries.

Insurance Companies Are Not Looking Out for Your Best Interest

The first thing that an insurance company will likely do if they see in the medical records that there is a preexisting condition is to deny the case. From their point of view, if there was a medical condition in the injured area before the injury, that was the cause of the injury. They will state that the damage may not have happened at all had the condition not been present.

As your attorney, we will show the insurance company exactly why it is their responsibility for the injury and that the injury itself is what has aggravated the condition. If you were not diagnosed or receiving treatment for the issue before the accident, then a preexisting condition may not exist. Without the treatment or diagnosis for that condition, the insurance company could admit that you were living life symptom-free and without pain and suffering. The pain and suffering you are enduring now is, therefore, a direct result of the accident.

If you were receiving treatment before, and now you have to undergo extensive treatment or new therapies, the insurance company may have to acknowledge that the condition was manageable before the accident and now has been aggravated by the new injury.

As your attorney, we will work to prove with medical records and other evidence that the injury did cause you more harm and that your life has been undeniably affected.

Working with Your Attorney

To prove the impact that this injury has had on your life, you are encouraged to do the following to help your attorney build the case:

  • Keep a diary of how you physically feel since the accident. Be very honest and document the good days and the bad. Make notes on things you may have had to change as a result of the accident. Be sure to note lifestyle changes such as having to hire help around the house or not being able to go to social events due to the pain.
  • Gather evidence of how active you were prior to the accident. Show pictures of the gardening that you did. Show pictures or other memorabilia from events you attended. Make a list of clubs you participated in actively. All of this information can be used to build a case for compensation.
  • Do not speak about your accident and injuries to anyone other than your attorney.

Do not let the insurance companies fool you. Even if you have a pre-existing condition such as arthritis, you may still be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries, medical expenses and other damages.

If you have been injured in an accident, speak with one of our attorneys at Zimmet & Zimmet. Call our Daytona Beach office at (386) 210-7989 for a free consultation and case review.

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Florida’s Aging Drivers May Pose a Threat

florida's aging drivers may pose a threatFlorida has long been known as a retirement paradise for aging seniors across the country. According to the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Broward County, nearly 5 million seniors call Florida their home and seniors over the age of 60 make up 23% of the state’s population. By 2020, they are expected to make up of 28% of the overall population, which is only growing larger in the Sunshine state. These seniors bring much value and prosperity to the state in their retirement years, but they also bring with them an increased risk.

As healthcare improves and technology advances, adults are living longer and healthier lives. As a result, drivers over the age of 70 are traveling more. From 1996 to 2008, yearly mileage for aging drivers increased by 42%. However, this can come with an increased risk. The CDC reported that fatal crashes-per-miles driven increased for seniors and multiple vehicle crashes accounted for 40% of all fatal accidents in drivers over the age of 80. Seniors over the age of 80 are involved in 5.5 times as many fatal crashes per mile driven compared to middle-age drivers.

These risks should be considered when determining when it is time to hang up the keys for good.

Determining if Your Aging Loved One is Safe to Continue Driving

Many seniors are outliving their ability to safely drive a car. This can put themselves and everyone on the road at risk. Caregivers and family members should continually evaluate whether or not their aging loved one is safe behind the wheel. This means taking a number of age-related health conditions into account, including:

  • Decreased flexibility
  • Arthritis
  • Poor eyesight
  • Hearing problems
  • Diminished reflexes
  • Mental fogginess
  • Forgetfulness
  • Difficulty interpreting surroundings
  • Aggression behind the wheel
  • Fatigue or mental drowsiness

In addition to evaluating their mental and physical condition, family members should be on the lookout for other indicators that their aging loved one is no longer safe behind the wheel. If you begin to notice these red flags, it may be time for them to stop driving.

  • Near misses or fender benders
  • Traffic infractions
  • Getting lost
  • Confusion behind the wheel
  • Driving the wrong way
  • Getting confused behind the wheel
  • Forgetting the basics of driving

The topic of unsafe driving is a difficult one to bring up with your aging loved one. It may be their last form of independence and many seniors are reluctant to stop driving. If you believe that your loved one is unsafe, however, it is absolutely a conversation you must have with them. If needed, contact their doctor and ask for an evaluation. They may handle this new change better if it is recommended by their trusted family physician.

Have You Been Injured in a Car Crash in Florida?

If you’ve been injured in a car accident in Daytona Beach, Florida and you believe that someone else’s negligence was to blame, we can help. At Zimmet & Zimmet, our experienced Daytona Beach car accident lawyers have extensive experience assisting injured accident victims collect the compensation they need to recover from their injuries and put their lives back together again. Contact us today for a free initial consultation and review of your case. Call 386-255-6400 or fill out our confidential contact form.

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Can Low Impact Accidents Cause Injuries?

could low impact accidents cause injuries_zimmet_blogLow impact accidents are often treated like no big deal. Accident victims often refer to these types of accidents as fender benders and they are often just grateful it wasn’t worse. Even though these accidents are relatively minor, compared to other types of accidents, it is important to know that even low impact accidents can result in injuries. While these injuries may not be life-threatening, they can result in chronic pain and disability, especially if not treated quickly.

Low Speed Injuries Can Cause Injury

After a low impact or low speed accident, you may appear to be uninjured. However, the adrenaline from the crash may be simply masking an injury. Studies have shown that accidents that occur at just 2.5 mph are sometimes enough to cause injury to the neck and spinal cord. Furthermore, these types of accidents can aggravate already pre-existing conditions. When an accident occurs at 15 mph, this can deliver a force of 4-6 times the threshold for injury. Low speed accidents can also injure the neck when the seat or headrest is not in an appropriate position, or if the driver’s neck was turned at the time of impact.

Some of the most common low impact accident injuries include, but are not limited to:

  • Back strains
  • Herniated discs
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Fractures
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Whiplash
  • TMJ
  • Headaches
  • Rib bruises
  • Chest strains
  • Depression or anxiety

Whiplash is the most common neck injury that occurs after a low impact accident. This type of injury results in stiffness, decreased mobility, and pain to the neck and head. Without treatment, whiplash injuries can result in chronic pain and a lifetime of decreased mobility and range of motion. Even worse, insurance companies are skeptical of injuries that occur after low impact accidents. Insurance adjusters often believe that injured accident victims are trying to collect a quick buck instead of being truly injured. As a result, they often deny these claims even when there is valid medical evidence supporting an injury.

When Insurance Companies Deny Your Claim

When an insurance company denies your injury claim, you need an experienced and skilled Daytona Beach car accident attorney on your side. Your attorney will need to evaluate your injuries, speak to medical professionals, review the police reports, and gather the evidence needed to win your claim. During this time, it is important to continue being treated by your physician. Do not miss any treatment appointments, fill all medications, and follow your doctor’s orders precisely. Insurance companies will look for any excuse to deny your claim, and missing appointments may indicate that you are not as injured as you claim to be.

Have You Been Injured in a Car Crash in Florida?

If you’ve been injured in a low impact car accident in Daytona Beach, Florida, it is important to understand that you may have suffered an injury. At Zimmet & Zimmet, our experienced Daytona Beach car accident lawyers have extensive experience helping injured accident victims collect the compensation they need to recover from their injuries. Even low impact accidents can result in chronic pain and injury. Contact us today for a free initial consultation and review of your case. Call 386-255-6400 or fill out our confidential contact form to speak to an attorney.

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Multiple Car Pile-ups in Florida are Serious & Complex

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Multiple Car Pile-Ups in Florida are Serious & Complex

Car AccidentOn Thursday, February 14, 2019, emergency personnel responded to a serious multi-car accident that occurred on Interstate 75 in northern Marion County, Florida. At first, authorities believed that they were responding to a 5 car accident, but investigations showed that it was actually two accidents minutes apart in the same area.

The first accident involved a Scion TC, a Peterbilt semi truck, and a Chevy Impala that occurred near Mile Marker 366 two miles south of County Road 318 exit. Investigators believe that the Scion hit a guardrail and ricocheted back into the road where it stopped in the center lane. The Peterbilt semi then
sideswiped the car, went off of the road and through the guardrail. It entered the southbound lane where it hit the Chevy and rolled on top of the car.

It took firefighters 44 minutes to free the two victims who were pinned under the semi trailer. They had to cut through sections of the trailer to remove the victims, who were then rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

The second crash occurred minutes later when a Freight liner truck hit a VW from behind and went through the same guardrail and ended up in the northbound lanes. Investigators are unsure what caused the accidents to occur at the same time.

Multi-Car Accidents are Serious

Due to the nature of these crashes, many multi-car accidents are serious and result in life-threatening and fatal injuries. These accidents can result in head injuries, fires and explosions, and crushing injuries. Even emergency personnel vehicles can become entangled in following crashes that occur while they are trying to rescue the victims. As you can imagine, these accidents can take time to investigate and victims may be fighting for their lives while insurance companies battle out who is going to pay for it.

Multi-Car Crashes are Complex

Unlike most typical car crashes, multi-vehicle car accidents are extraordinarily complex. When multiple parties are involved, each driver and passenger may hold differing perceptions about what really happened in the moments that led up to the accident. They may each believe that someone else is to blame for the crash and they may minimize their own liabilities.

As a result, it is not always easy to accurately assess the crash and assign blame. These accidents require special investigations into the causes, and a chain of liability must be clearly established. In many cases, there may be multiple parties responsible for the accident and the injuries. What first appears as one giant crash may, in fact, be two or three separate accidents. Until liability is established, insurance companies are often reluctant to pay medical bills.

Have You Been Injured in a Multiple Vehicle Car Crash?

If you’ve been injured in a multi-vehicle accident in Daytona Beach, Florida, it is important to know how complex these cases can be. Establishing fault is not easy when multiple drivers are involved. As such, you need an experienced lawyer on your side from the start. At Zimmet & Zimmet, our experienced Daytona Beach car accident lawyers have extensive experience representing injured accident victims. Contact us today for a free initial consultation and review of your case. Call 386-255-6400 or fill out our confidential contact form and someone will call you back!

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Florida Drivers Are Some of the Most Aggressive Drivers In The Country

Daytona Beach car accident lawyersFlorida is known for its beautiful sandy beaches, perfect year round weather, and laid back lifestyle. It is not known, however, for good driving. In fact, the Sunshine State ranked 13th on Bankrate.com’s Worst States for Drivers due to their unsafe driving conditions and quality of driving. When surveyed, Florida drivers feared aggressive drivers the most and for good reason. 11% of all fatal car accidents occured here because of aggressive driving behaviors. Aggressive driving maneuvers, like tailgating and cutting people off in traffic, can have serious and fatal consequences.

Florida Troopers Pull Woman from Submerged Car after New Year’s Crash

Just how dangerous is aggressive driving? A Florida woman’s New Year almost ended in tragedy because of another driver’s aggression. At 3:48 a.m. on January 1, 2019, a reckless driver cut off 33-year-old Amanda Antonio on Interstate 44. Her car ran off of the road and turned upside down in a muddy ravine. As the water crept in, the drowning woman dialed 911 and rescue crews began frantically searching for her. Luckily, she managed to stay in an air pocket in the car until the dive team finally freed her through the passenger door.

Common Reasons for Road Rage & Aggressive Driving

Aggressive driving is responsible for more than 66% of all traffic fatalities and 37% of aggressive driving incidents involves a firearm. Even worse, road rage seems to spread to other drivers. In fact, 50% of all drivers who are confronted with another aggressive driver respond similarly, further escalating the situation.

There are many reasons why drivers in Florida continue to drive aggressively, but the most common reasons are:

  • Fighting over a parking spot
  • Being cut off in traffic
  • Not being allowed to pass
  • Being cursed at in traffic
  • Honking too much
  • Stuck behind a slow driver
  • Tailgated
  • Street racing

Avoiding Aggressive Drivers

Aggressive driving behavior can escalate quickly and lead to serious and catastrophic accidents. These accidents can turn your life upside down in the blink of an eye and can cause you and your loved ones immeasurable pain and suffering.

In order to stay safe on Florida roads, it is best to avoid aggressive drivers whenever possible by following these tips:

  • Move over if you are being tailgated
  • When confronted with an aggressive driver, wave or attempt to defuse the situation
  • Use your horn sparingly
  • Don’t engage in aggressive driving behaviors yourself
  • Change lanes to avoid speeding or reckless drivers
  • Avoid eye contact with aggressive drivers
  • If you are being followed or are fearful, drive to the nearest police station
  • Don’t pull over or stop to confront an aggressive driver
  • Report any dangerous driving behavior to the authorities

Have You Been Injured in a Car Crash by an Aggressive Driver?

If you’ve been injured in a car accident in Daytona Beach, Florida and you believe that someone else’s negligence was to blame, it is important to speak to an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as you are able. At Zimmet & Zimmet, our experienced Daytona Beach car accident lawyers have extensive experience representing injured accident victims. Contact us today for a free initial consultation and review of your case. Call 386-255-6400 or fill out our confidential contact form and someone will call you back!

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