‘Minor’ accident results in major injuries for Florida resident

January 28th, 2013 - by DKRPA

Palm Beach County safety officials were called to the scene of a car accident in Jupiter, Florida last week, one that was characterized as only dealing “minor” damage to the vehicles involved. However, for one of the people in the two vehicles, “minor” does not even begin to describe the pain and suffering they are dealing with.

An airlift was necessary for the individual who was labeled in serious condition after the accident. Hopefully the victim in this accident will make a full recovery.

There are a few things to take away from this accident. First, as this story shows, just because an accident seems minor or harmless does not make it so. Small collisions can result in serious or catastrophic injuries to the people inside the vehicles. It could be something serious, like in this story; or it could be something that is not apparent immediately after the crash, like headaches or neck pain — symptoms consistent with whiplash.

That leads to the second important point: always accept the medical care that is offered to you in the wake of a car accident. Obviously, in this story, the medical attention was necessary and not an option afforded to the victim. Sometimes, though, an accident victim is only injured in a minor fashion. They may try to tough out those injuries by forgoing treatment at the scene.

Do not do this — accepting the treatment not only gets you on the fast track to recovery, but it provides you with a record of your injuries. This record can be referenced in any civil lawsuit you file against a negligent driver, substantiating your claim for compensatory damages.

Source: Palm Beach Post, “One flown to hospital after two-car accident in Jupiter’s Abacoa section,” Jeff Ostrowski, Jan. 21, 2013