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Pedestrian accidents on the rise - with few easy fixes

With the increasing number of motorists on the roads, the risk of certain accidents also rises. This, in turn, increases the risk of injuries.

Pedestrian accidents are some of the fastest growing problems doctors see in emergency rooms around the country, and often the victim's injuries are not an easy fix. Injuries can vary depending on the speed of the vehicle, but the areas of the body that suffer the injuries are fairly consistent. Doctors often see internal injuries, head injuries and broken bones in the hip and leg areas.

Broken bones may seem easy to mend, but doctors have to assess other damage caused by the broken bones, including tissue damage and the rupture of blood vessels. At times, a limb may need to be amputated, which takes at least several months to heal. At the very worst, patients may run the risk of becoming permanently disabled from their injuries.

In addition to the pain and suffering suffered by the victim of the accident, the cost of the medical treatment can be extremely high and difficult for the patient to pay.

However, victims of pedestrian accidents may decide to seek compensation for their suffering by filing a lawsuit against the driver who caused the accident. If a judge believes it appropriate, monetary compensation can range from thousands of dollars to millions, depending on the extent of the injuries and if the victim will suffer throughout their life. Victims should find a reputable lawyer who has experience representing clients with similar circumstances.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, "Pedestrian danger: What it means when you get hit by a car," Beth Kassab, Sept. 18, 2012

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