According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were 235,461 traffic crashes in the Sunshine State in 2010. That averages out to 645 motor vehicle collisions each and every day.
It is clear from the data that accidents frequently happen on our roadways. When these accidents involve higher speeds, the spinal cord may be stretched, bruised, or completely crushed. If this occurs, the spinal cord may be limited in its ability to send signals to the brain and the victim might lose all or part of their ability to see, hear, smell, taste, and feel.
The highly-qualified and knowledgeable team of personal injury lawyer s at Gordon & Doner believes that those who are experiencing the diminishing of any of their five senses due to the actions of another deserve the opportunity to seek justice and legal recourse.
If you or someone you know has suffered sensory loss as the result of an accident or another’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, outpatient treatment, depression, and pain and suffering.
Please fill out the Free Case Evaluation form to learn more about your legal options. It’s 100% confidential.
Types of Sensory Loss
The body’s nervous system uses neural messages to interpret outside stimulation it receives through the senses into a language that the brain is capable of understanding. After a serious accident happens, any damage to the nervous system can prevent the brain from being able to convert neural messages, and sensory loss is an unfortunate outcome for the injured victim.
Sensory loss occurs in three main ways:
Loss of Sight
Sight allows us to perceive and experience the world around us, and life can become much more limited and complicated if our sight diminishes or is lost completely. It almost goes without saying that the loss of sight requires a major adjustment to the way that we live.
Loss of Hearing
About 26 million Americans between the ages of 20 and 69 have hearing loss due to loud noises they have been exposed to during work or leisure activities, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.
Hearing loss can also be the result of an accident and make communicating difficult for the person suffering from it. It comes in a broad spectrum that ranges from mild to more severe impairment.
Dual Sensory Loss
Dual-sensory loss, also known as deafblindness, occurs when an individual loses both their hearing and sight. Needless to say, this type of impairment seriously limits a person’s ability to get around and communicate with others.
Those who are now living with sensory loss as the result of an accident or the negligence of another may be entitled to legal recourse. The Florida personal injury attorneys at Gordon & Doner are ready to hear your case and let you know how to proceed.
Sensory Loss Causing Accidents
As stated earlier, sensory loss generally occurs in high-impact accidents involving higher speeds. It is associated with spinal cord or brain injuries.
The following accidents can lead to sensory loss:
- Head on collisions
- Rollover accidents
- Bicycle injuries (generally when a helmet isn’t worn)
- Bike vs. car crashes
Any Florida drivers who are involved in one of these accidents should seek immediate medical attention. The care you receive from doctors will be critical in regaining as much of your physical and mental well-being as possible, and the documents the doctors create can help strengthen your case in court.
Contact Our personal injury attorneys
None of us would ever willingly part with our ability to see and hear. Sight helps us navigate and make sense of our environment. Hearing allows us to communicate with others and enjoy music. The loss of either, or both, of these is a devastating and tragic loss that forever changes an individual’s quality of life.
Here at Gordon & Doner, we have been helping personal injury clients throughout South Florida for over 25 years. We know the ins-and-outs of the justice system and will fight to get you the monetary compensation that you are entitled to under law.
Our attorneys are licensed to practice law across the state, and we proudly serve the following areas:
- Palm Beach County
- Broward County
- Martin County
- … and surrounding communities.
To learn more, please contact us today at 1 (855) 722-2552 and a friendly, professional member of our intake team will ask you about the details of your claim and then get you quickly connected to one of our attorneys.
Alternatively, if you’d prefer to contact us online, please fill out the Free Case Evaluation form.