Common Injuries

Ankle & Foot Injuries
Your ankles and feet can be injured in many different ways and due to a variety of accidents. Potential injuries include fractures, sprains, and broken bones (there are more than 24 bones in each foot). Broken bones can be especially painful, and it may be difficult—or perhaps impossible—to walk or place any weight on a broken foot, toe or ankle. Other painful symptoms can include redness, bruising, swelling, tenderness, lacerations and protruding bones. At Auto Accident Attorneys of Naples, FL our attorneys understand that accidents and their resulting injuries cause stress, pain, and inconvenience. We also understand that personalized service is important to clients, particularly during these difficult times, and our lawyers have a thorough understanding of the complexities and new developments in personal injury law in order to best handle your case. Motor vehicle accidents are often the cause of ankle and foot injuries. Your feet and ankles are crucial for walking and running, and can inhibit the performance of routine tasks on a daily basis. If you or a family member is suffering from an ankle or foot problem—or another broken bone or debilitating injury—due to an auto accident it is critical to seek legal representation as soon as possible in order to maximize your chances of financial recovery. To schedule a free, confidential consultation with an experienced lawyer at Auto Accident Attorneys of Naples, FL, call us at (293) 298-8375 or contact us online. Our seasoned personal injury attorneys will listen to the specifics of your situation, explain your legal options, and answer any legal questions you may have. If your injury makes transportation to our office difficult, we are willing and able to travel to meet you. Please note that we take all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis: we charge no fee unless you recover.
Amputations
Amputation is the removal of a body part, typically a leg, arm, foot, hand, toe or finger. A limb may be completely severed due to an accident, or may be surgically removed after injury if the part will not heal due to an underlying disease, infection, or limb damage. With a partial removal, some soft tissue is preserved and it may be possible to reattach the severed part. Amputation may be the result of injuries sustained while riding a bicycle, car, train, bus, truck, or motorcycle. Amputations may also occur as a result of a pedestrian accident. To reduce the risk that you or a loved one will require an amputation, it is crucial to use recommended safety equipment, such as a helmet when riding a bicycle or motorcycle, a seat belt in any moving vehicle, and protective gear when using power tools or working on a factory or farm. However, despite attempts to avoid serious injury that may require amputation by using the utmost safety precautions, some accidents are simply outside of your control. At Auto Accident Attorneys of Naples, FL, our attorneys understand that undergoing an unanticipated serious procedure—like amputation—can cause stress, pain, and inconvenience. Our personal injury Lawyers understand that personalized service is important to clients, particularly during these difficult times, and have a thorough understanding of new developments in personal injury law in order to best handle your case. If you have undergone an amputation, our personal injury attorneys are here to take your call. Our attorneys will discuss any potential avenues of recovery with you. Please remember that we take all of our personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, therefore, there will be no charge unless you recover. If traveling has become difficult we also make house calls and will do whatever we can to accommodate your needs.
Broken Bones
Broken bones are the common result of a host of accidents, including car and bike accidents. Along with physical pain, broken bones also bring with them transportation difficulties, expensive medical bills due to doctor and hospital visits, as well as lost wages as a result of missed work. If you or a loved one has broken a bone as the result of an accident, the personal injury lawyers at Auto Accident Attorneys of Naples, Florida will be beside you every step of the way to help you recover. A broken bone, or a fracture, results when excessive pressure causes the bone to split or break. An open or “compound fracture” results when the bone protrudes through the skin. When there is a narrow crack in the bone, often due to ongoing forces against the bone, the fracture is called a “stress fracture” or “hairline fracture.” Evidence of a broken bone may be obvious where a body part is obviously twisted or protruding from the skin. Other symptoms may include swollen, bruised or bleeding body parts, extreme pain, numbness, tingling, and/or the inability or reduced ability to move a body part. Although bones can break anywhere, serious accidents can result in broken bones in the skull, face, vertebrae, legs, arms, trunk, and pelvis. If you or a loved one suspect that a bone is broken, an x-ray will usually be necessary to determine exactly where and what kind of fracture, though sometimes it is obvious if a bone is protruding. Because there are so many different bones and ways that breaks can happen, there are various ways the fracture can be treated. Treatment may include splints (which keep the bone from moving), braces (which provide support), plaster casts (which also secure and support the bone), or metal rods or plates placed in the body during surgery (which secure pieces of bone). These remedies, as well as pain medications that may accompany them, are certainly not cheap. This is where the talent and experience of a seasoned Auto Accident Attorney can help minimize the financial damage of treatment. To schedule a free, confidential consultation with an experienced attorney with Auto Accident Attorneys of Naples, Florida, call (239) 298-8375 or contact us online. If your injury makes transportation to our office difficult, we are willing and able to travel to meet you. Please note that we take all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis: we charge no fee unless you recover.
Catastrophic Injuries
A catastrophic injury is one that is life changing, and it can happen without warning. These injuries may cause permanent disability, pain and suffering, and/or a shortened lifespan. Such injuries can also directly affect the central nervous system, which can also disrupt or affect other systems in the body. This may result in bowel or urinary incontinence, movement paralysis, being unable to breathe on one's own, speak, or see, and/or the loss of cognitive skills or memory. Examples of catastrophic injuries include: • Traumatic brain injuries • Multiple fractures • Burn injuries • Eye injuries • Spinal cord injuries • Amputations

Recovery: Some people who experience a catastrophic injury may improve their chances of recovery if they receive the correct medical treatment immediately. However, others will not recover in spite of the quality and quickness of the care received and will never have a full, healthy and normal life again. Such situations may include permanent physical or mental disability, which will likely require the use of ongoing help for day–to–day personal care.

Long–term Implications: Depending on the injury, a person may require ongoing, medical, nursing, and pharmaceutical support for a lifetime. This can include care received in the hospital following the initial injury, as well as follow–up surgeries, medications, mental health visits, devices such as wheelchairs, transportation assistance, and more. If you or a loved one has experienced a catastrophic injury, receiving fair compensation can be critical to ensure that resources will be available for ongoing medical, nursing, and other care necessary for the person to live, possibly for many years. Contact Auto Accident Attorneys of Naples, Florida by phone at (239) 298-8375 or contact us online for a free consultation.
Knee Injury-Torn ACL
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the four main ligaments in the knee. The ACL maintains stability in the knee and helps us to rotate, pivot, and change direction. The ACL also prevents the tibia (shin bone) from moving forward underneath the femur (thigh bone). When the ACL is torn, the knee essentially gives out from underneath the injured person. The aftermath of such an injury can involve surgery, painful recovery, and disruption of one’s daily routine activities. Although torn ACLs are common sports injuries—particularly in basketball, soccer, and football—they are also the subject of personal injury claims arising from car accidents and other situations where a person experiences a quick change of force or pressure to the knee. Notably, women are particularly susceptible to ACL tears, likely due to anatomical differences from men. The seasoned personal injury attorneys at Auto Accident Attorneys of Naples, Florida understand that dealing with the aftermath of an accident and medical treatment can be stressful, and that paying for surgery, physical therapy, and medications can be extremely costly. As such, our skilled lawyers are prepared to help you better manage this time of stress and minimize the impact of injury by aggressively pursuing financial recovery. The standard treatment for a torn ACL is surgery that reconstructs the ACL from other nearby ligaments or tendons (e.g., the patella tendon). It can then take a year to fully recover from surgery through substantial physical therapy and the use of crutches and an expensive knee brace. Individuals who have experienced a cartilage tear (meniscus tear) in the knee joint may endure an even longer recovery period. Injured persons may also struggle physically and emotionally, at home and professionally—particularly construction workers and athletes who are expected to perform physical labor. Moreover, if ACL surgery is performed on a child who has not finished growing, the child’s growth may be stunted or slowed, and he or she may develop unequal leg lengths. Not every torn ACL requires reconstructive surgery, but without it, you increase your risk of repeated damage to the knee that can cause arthritis and other serious conditions. If you or a loved one has experienced a knee injury or other debilitating injury from a motor vehicle accident, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced lawyer at Auto Accident Attorneys of Naples, Florida as soon as possible. We will listen to the specifics of your situation, explain your legal options, and answer any legal questions you may have. To schedule a free, confidential consultation with an experienced attorney at Auto Accident Attorneys of Naples, Florida call (293) 298-8375 or contact us online. If your injury makes transportation to our office difficult, we are willing and able to travel to meet you. Please also note that we take all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis: we charge no fee unless you recover.
Lacerations
Lacerations, also called cuts, occur when the skin is split open, ripped, or torn. They can be disfiguring, painful, severe, and even deadly. In contrast to abrasions, lacerations typically keep the skin intact, but the wound (also known as a gash) may be deep or severe depending upon the location and the way the injury occurred. Lacerations tend to be ragged or uneven, rather than a straight line separating the skin. Our skilled lawyers are prepared to help you better manage this time of pain and stress by maximizing your financial recovery. If a family member or other loved one has died from a severe or infected laceration, you may also be eligible to file a wrongful death claim. Lacerations can result from many types of accidents and events, including: • A motor vehicle, bicycle or pedestrian accident, particularly if shattered glass punctures or hits the body, or something else causes blunt force trauma. Lacerations may be accompanied by bleeding, pain, numbness, swelling, infection, or damage to underlying tissue, nerves, tendons, muscles or bones. Except for the simplest cuts, it is in your best interest to seek immediate medical care for your lacerations. Treatment can help stop bleeding, close wounds, fix broken bones or other damaged body parts, and prevent disease or infection (e.g., with a tetanus or rabies shot). Lacerations can be closed with stitches, staples, tape or tissue glue. Even with medical care, some lacerations continue to cause problems. Infected cuts can take longer to heal, may cause additional pain, swelling, redness and drainage, and may ultimately heal with bigger or more prominent scars. Some find their lacerations are so severe that they restrict bodily movement or function even after the injuries have healed. Laceration infection or blood loss can fatal. If you have been in an accident and have suffered from lacerations, cuts, gashes or other wounds, we can help. The attorneys at Auto Accident Attorneys of Naples, Florida have represented countless clients with injuries across the medical spectrum, including lacerations. Our attorneys understand how the system works and are here to help you navigate to recovery and receive compensation for your loss. If you are facing difficulties in your life due to an injury of this nature please do not hesitate to call our office. Your initial consultation with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys is always free. We also take strides to accommodate our clients many needs. For example, if traveling is not feasible for you, we can make house calls as well as hospital visits. Lastly, please remember that all of our cases are taken on a contingency fee basis and you will not pay until we make a financial recovery for you.
Leg Fractures
Leg fractures can involve three different types of bones: the femur, the tibia, and the fibula. Car crashes and falls commonly lead to broken bones, including leg bones. Leg fractures that are caused by car accidents are more common than most people think. Leg fractures can be very complex and the disability associated with the injury can vary greatly.

Femur Fractures: The femur is the thigh bone. It extends from the hip to the knee. Because it is one of the strongest bones in the human body, a great deal of force is required to break it. Often femur fractures result from high impact car accidents and bad falls from great heights.

Tibia Fractures: The tibia is the shin bone. It extends from the knee to the ankle. Tibia fractures can occur because of large amounts of force or impact, like femur fractures, but they can also occur from lower impact like falls from ground level. Tibia fractures are the most common of leg fractures, and the risk for infections and other complications can be great because this bone is the most likely to cut into the skin after a break. Such infections can be life-threatening and lead to loss of the limb.

Fibula Fractures: The fibula is the smaller bone that is parallel to the tibia. Like the tibia, it is in the lower leg. It is frequently broken along with the tibia, but it can also be broken on its own. When the fracture is fibular, the healing process might be faster, but the dangers and complications are largely the same as those for tibia fractures. Leg fractures may sound fairly common place and relatively mild. Many people have broken a bone at one time or another from playing sports or engaging in other recreational activities. However, leg fractures can be devastating and even life-threatening. They can lead to soft tissue damage, blood clots, excessive blood loss, infections, amputations, arthritis and other conditions/syndromes, unequal leg length, and more. At the very least, broken bones are painful and the healing process takes a great deal of time, energy and money. Speak with a lawyer from Auto Accident Attorneys of Naples, Florida if you have suffered a leg fracture and you think that you might have a personal injury claim. We will advise you as to how to proceed and your likelihood for success. Reach one of our attorneys at (293) 298-8375 or contact us online.
Orthopedic Injuries
Often times after a car accident or a work injury people suffer from orthopedic injuries. The injuries can range from mild cases to very serious cases that require significant orthopedic doctor treatment and may eventually lead to surgery. If you have suffered an orthopedic injury from a car accident, medical payments are made from your automobile carrier or health insurance policy. Orthopedic injuries are those where the bones, vertebrae, joints, ligaments, or cartilage are damaged. These can be seen with shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle or feet injuries, and such problems may lead to fractures, sprains, and strains, slipped disks, diseased or arthritic disks, neck pain, headaches, occipital neuralgia, whiplash, or rotator cuff injuries. Poor medical care from orthopedic doctors and surgeons may also result in orthopedic injuries. These include developing blood clots pre– or during surgery, losing an arm or leg, surgical complications following knee, knee or hip replacement, or arthroscopic procedures, nerve or blood vessel damage during surgery, or not properly treating or diagnosing a fracture. Possible causes include: • Motor vehicle accidents • Bicycle accidents • Pedestrian accidents. Immediate medical attention is needed following an orthopedic injury. Since there is such a wide range of different orthopedic injuries, any pain, swelling, bruising or redness in an injured area should be examined by a medical professional. Depending on the severity and location of the problem, some orthopedic injuries can be treated with activity and exercise, dietary supplements, medications, and physical devices such as casts and splints. Others require surgery to regain or maintain function and movement. If you or a loved one has experienced an orthopedic injury, contact the law offices of Auto Accident Attorneys of Naples, Florida to discuss potential compensation. Call us at (293) 298-8375 or contact us online. for a free consultation.
Pelvis Injuries
What are the symptoms of pelvis injuries? The pelvis is the group of bones, including the hip bones and the lower part of the backbone, that connect the trunk to the legs and supports the spine. These pelvic bones can be broken or fractured. Symptoms include bleeding, swelling, bruising, and pain, which may be alleviated by keeping the hips or knees in a fixed position.

What causes a pelvis injury?
• Motor vehicle accidents
• Other accident where the body is crushed
• Adults with osteoporosis are more prone to fracturing a pelvic bone in an accident or fall
• Some teen athletes may also injure this area while playing sports

How is a pelvis injury diagnosed? Medical attention is needed for a complete exam and to assess the extent of the injury through x-rays and/or CT (computed tomography) scans. The nerves and blood vessels in the legs are also checked for related damage.

How is a pelvis injury treated? It depends on the extent of the damage. Minor injuries may only need pain medication and can heal as a person uses crutches to walk. Sometimes, because a person may not be moving the legs during the healing period, blood thinners are prescribed to avoid the formation of blood clots. In more extensive fractures or breaks, surgery is used to reconstruct or strengthen the pelvic bones and may require screws, stabilizing plates, and/or traction to ensure that the internal organs can heal and the area can recover.

What is the outcome for a pelvis injury? With proper medical treatment, some pelvis injuries can heal well, though it may take some time to do so. A person may limp for months until healing is completed. With more extensive pelvis injuries, bleeding, internal organ damage, nerve damage, lingering pain and/or infection may happen as a result of the initial fracture or break. If you have experienced a pelvis injury in a motor vehicle accident, we can help. Call Auto Accident Attorneys of Naples, Florida at (239) 298-8375 or contact us online for a free consultation.
Quadriplegia
Quadriplegia is the inability to move the limbs or torso due to traumatic injury to the areas of the spinal cord located in the neck. These areas correspond to cervical vertebrae C1 through C8, which start at the top of the neck and continue down to the base of the neck. The spinal cord consists of the nerves that surround the bones and disks that comprise the spine. The spinal cord transmits messages from the brain throughout the body, and damage to this area can result in major or total restriction in sensation and movement. The affected areas of paralysis are based on where the trauma occurred. Damage to areas nearest to the highest vertebrae (C1) or nerves can result in total paralysis of the arms, body and legs. By contrast, damage to lower vertebrae or nerves may allow for some movement or sensation in the shoulders, triceps, wrists and/or hands, but the trunk, pelvis and legs may remain paralyzed. Motor vehicle accidents can be a cause of damage to the spinal cord that leads to quadriplegia. Although we understand that no value can be placed on a person’s ability to move and to engage in all former professional and recreational activities, our skilled lawyers are prepared to maximize a quadriplegic’s financial recovery so he or she can live the most comfortable, enjoyable life possible. The seasoned personal injury attorneys at Auto Accident Attorneys of Naples, Florida, will aggressively pursue financial relief by seeking payment of medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering damages. If you or a loved one has been paralyzed in an accident, we can help. The personal injury lawyers at Auto Accident Attorneys of Naples, Florida, have produced significant recoveries for many personal injury clients. To schedule a free, confidential consultation with an experienced attorney at Auto Accident Attorneys of Naples, Florida, call (293) 298-8375 or contact us online. If your injury makes transportation to our office difficult, we are willing and able to travel to meet you. We take all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis: we charge no fee unless you recover.
Herniated Disks & Disk Bulges
Several bones, called vertebrae, stack up to form your spine. Between each vertebrae exist small pillows of cartilage called disks. Sometimes, often following an accident or injury, the inner portion of a disk can bulge out into the spine and press on a nerve, causing pain, weakness or numbness in the back, neck, shoulder, arm or leg. This injury is known by many names, including a herniated, slipped, ruptured or bulging disk injury. Disk problems can occur as a result of motor vehicle accidents, including crashes and rollovers. Pain, numbness, or weakness in the lower back, leg, neck, shoulder, chest or arm, particularly that which gets worse as you sit, cough or sneeze. Untreated, herniated disks can cause bowel or bladder incontinence. Contact us if you’re suffering from a herniated, slipped, ruptured, or bulging disk. Call Auto Accident Attorneys of Naples, Florida at (293) 298-8375 or contact us online for a free consultation.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
A traumatic brain injury is when a section of or the entire brain has been hurt. Injuries can be either closed (caused when the head is hit or struck) or open (caused when something punctures or breaks through the head). There are many different areas where a brain injury can occur. Breaks or cracks in the bones of the head are skull fractures. When the brain moves within the skull or cranium, several injuries can happen. These include diffuse axonal injuries, which can affect the brain’s nerve fibers; contusions or concussions, which are brain bruises; and contrecoup injuries, seen when the brain has hit one side of the head and then the other. Blood clots in the head can include subdural hematoma, located between the brain tissue itself and the brain’s hard outer shell, or epidural hematoma, located between the bones of the skull and the brain’s outer shell. Such injuries can happen after being involved in a motor vehicle accident (particularly while hitting the windshield), falling off a bicycle or a motorcycle and hitting the head on the ground, or other reasons. Even if a person doesn’t show physical signs of being hurt, such as bleeding, wounds, or other trauma, the brain may still be injured and should be examined by a doctor immediately. Symptoms include nausea, confusion, irritability, seizures, headaches, and/or problems with vision, concentrating, remembering, problem solving, sleeping, or speaking. Helping a person survive and live after a traumatic brain injury often involves extensive surgery, rehabilitation, ongoing medical care, and the use of sophisticated medical devices. Even with medical insurance, it can be a struggle to pay for medical and recovery costs. Auto Accident Attorneys of Naples, Florida will help you receive the compensation that you are owed. If you or a loved one has dealt with a brain injury, call Auto Accident Attorneys of Naples, Florida at (293) 298-8375 or contact us online for a free consultation.
TMJ - Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome
TMJ Syndrome involves inflammation of the temporomandibular joint. This is the joint that attaches the mandible (jawbone) to the skull. The inflammation can be acute or chronic, and it is often tremendously painful and debilitating. There are several common causes of TMJ Syndrome, including accident-related trauma. For example, a car accident that causes a blow to the face can result in TMJ Syndrome. The symptoms can seriously impair the person suffering from TMJ. These include: persistent discomfort; difficulty eating; loss of hearing; pain in the neck and shoulder areas; facial pain and swelling; earaches; headaches and migraines; difficulty opening and closing the mouth or strange noises when doing so; and difficulty making facial expressions. Not only can these symptoms be physically agonizing, but they can also make the injured person feel uncomfortable in social or professional situations. There are various medical treatments and procedures available for TMJ Syndrome, but they can prove to be very costly, painful and sometimes embarrassing. In some of the more severe cases, TMJ can require oral surgery to reposition the jaw and surgical replacement of the jaw joints with implants. In other instances, it can require wearing a special headband at night, extensive reconstructive dental work and orthodontics, splints to help move the jaw, and other treatments to correct the damage or manage the pain. If you are suffering from a TMJ injury and would like to learn about the possibility of a personal injury claim, speak with an attorney from Auto Accident Attorneys of Naples, Florida. Our clients appreciate the diligence with which we work on every case and the attention that we provide to them. At Auto Accident Attorneys of Naples, Florida, we will be at your side up until you get the compensation to which you are entitled. Reach one of our outstanding attorneys at (293) 298-8375 or contact us online. We look forward to looking into your case and coming up with a winning strategy for you.