Many times, people seek compensation when they are involved in a Florida car accident. Through a Florida Injury Attorney, they can bring a case against an allegedly reckless driver whose negligence resulted in their injuries. A personal injury plaintiff must, however, be able to establish that the defendant’s actions caused damages.
Once a plaintiff successfully establishes that a defendant took for granted the responsibility of caring for the plaintiff, the damages that the plaintiff is owed will be determined. Depending on the surrounding circumstances, damages in a Florida car accident case may be difficult to calculate while others may be fairly easy to calculate. For example, the amount of past medical expenses that a plaintiff incurs due to a car accident can be determined by reviewing medical bills. But, it not often easy to figure out the exact amount of damages that plaintiffs suffer especially when they sustain subsequent injuries.
Hit-and-Run Accident Victim Dies Due to Subsequent Heart Failure
Recently, a Florida man, hit by a vehicle was taken to the hospital but died afterward. According to reports, the man was struck by the
motorist, as the victim was walking across a parking lot in a rest area. Although there were no witnesses, nearby motorists spotted a car speeding off the accident scene. Investigations are still ongoing as the driver has not been located.
The accident victim who was immediately taken to the hospital received treatment for minor injuries. Later on, the man suffered a heart attack. Medical experts are of the opinion that the heart attack may have been caused by the stress of being involved in the accident.
Subsequent Injuries Sustained Following a Florida Car Accident
While it true that plaintiffs can sustain injuries after the initial accident, the defendant is not liable in all cases. When a Florida Injury Attorney presents a plaintiff’s case before the court, the jury determines the injuries that the defendant is responsible for compensating after examining the circumstances that led to the subsequent injury. Is the injury as a foreseeable consequence of the defendant’s negligence? Or was the injury sustained as a result of the negligence of other people besides the defendant? For example, if an accident victim suffers a heart attack after an accident, chances are it will be considered a foreseeable consequence of the car accident. But if the subsequent injury was sustained due to the negligence of a third party; the defendant will likely not be liable for the subsequent injuries. For instance, if an ambulance conveying an accident victim is ran over by a drunk driver, the defendant who caused the first accident may not be held responsible for the injuries sustained in the second accident.
If you or a family member has sustained an injury in a Florida car accident, you may receive monetary compensation from the defendant. But if there are multiple parties involved in the accident causing damages, contact a Florida injury attorney to ensure that you are adequately compensated.