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If you’ve been in a crash in Homestead involving a tanker, big rig, tractor trailer, or any other truck, you may be thinking about the immediate short-term. You may worry whether you have hurt your back or suffered an injury. You may want to contact loved ones, get checked out by a doctor, or file a claim with your insurance company.

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However, if you have been in a truck crash, you will want to take the long view. You will especially want to consider the long-term implications of your accident. To do that, you will need to consider:

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Professional truck drivers are some of the safest drivers on the road. To drive a commercial truck, drivers spend considerable time getting an education and training in order to operate a tractor-trailer, tanker, or other heavy commercial truck. Professional truck drivers pride themselves on knowing the roads, and they have some insights on staying safe in traffic.

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Professional drivers generally agree that car drivers can stay safer on the road, even when driving around trucks, by:

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Being in a trucking collision in Hollywood or South Florida can leave you with serious injuries which make exercise, work, and everyday activities impossible. Whether you have sustained a fracture, amputation, back injury, head trauma, or other serious injury, there is a period of healing required.

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Getting ready to return to exercise and everyday activities can be daunting. Even if you are excited by your recover and progress, you may still feel some pain or may worry about re-injury. If you are getting ready to dive back into your life after a serious injury, you will want to:

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There are many devastating injuries which can occur after a trucking accident in Homestead or anywhere in South Florida. When people suffer severe burns, facial injuries, dental injuries, or other injuries which affect their appearance, however, these injuries can affect their self-esteem, their confidence, and even their willingness to leave the house. These injuries are not only painful and sometimes medically challenging, but they can also impact many areas of a patient’s life.

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Unfortunately, people who have these very real medical injuries often struggle to get compensation for their injuries. Insurance companies may dismiss dental injuries, burns, and facial injuries as purely “cosmetic” and may not reimburse the policyholder for necessary treatment.

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Being in a trucking collision in Homestead or anywhere in southern Florida is devastating. Suffering severe injury on its own is enough of a problem, but for many patients secondary illness or injury can happen due to the injuries they sustained in a trucking collision.

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Secondary illness and injury can occur as a complication of an initial injury. For example, someone who has suffered a severe injury which requires them to use a wheelchair may develop secondary infections, pneumonia, and other complications because they are immobilized in a wheelchair. Someone who has suffered a back injury may sustain a secondary injury or illness if they fall down due to their back injury and re-injure themselves. Head trauma patients may also be more prone to dizziness and may fall down again, which can be devastating since secondary traumatic brain injury can be more dangerous than the first.

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If you have been in a trucking crash in southern Florida, you may have suffered a back injury. T-bone collisions, rear end crashes, front-end collisions, and any sort of crash can result in a back injury. The force of being thrown back and forth in your seat or the sudden impact of your body being thrown against the dashboard can cause slipped discs, soft tissue injuries, and other serious injuries. If you’re thrown from the vehicle, the impact of hitting the ground can cause spinal cord trauma and even paralysis.

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Back injuries can be an especially troubling injury sustained in a trucking collision. There are a number of factors that make back injuries especially difficult:

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Trucking accidents in Homestead and the rest of Florida often lead to serious injuries, including fractures, back injuries, and other serious injuries. In some cases, those who have been injured in trucking collisions find their lives forever changed because  their injuries prove permanent.

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Amputations, head trauma, back injuries and other injuries can all result in a lifetime of pain and medical treatment. They can also permanently affect your career prospects, earning potential and outlook. If you have been permanently injured, you need to keep in mind that:

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If you have been injured in a trucking collision in Hollywood or anywhere in southern Florida, one of the first things you’ll be considering is compensation. Very quickly, the costs of your injuries and truck crash will add up. You may lose time at work, you may lose valuable personal property in the crash, you may have medical bills piling up, and you will have other expenses you need to pay. Compensation can help to pay for these and other costs so they do not come out of your own pocket.

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How you pursue compensation is an important consideration. You want to file the right claim at the right time to maximize your chances of benefits. In general, you have three main options for securing compensation after a truck crash in southern Florida:

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Being involved in a truck crash in Homestead or your community can be terrifying. It can cause serious injuries, including back injuries, whiplash, fractures, head trauma and other injuries. In many cases, the serious nature of truck collisions can also threaten your livelihood if your injuries prevent you from working.

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What rights do you have after a truck crash in Homestead or your community? If you are a truck driver who works for a company, you may be able to file a workers’ compensation claim. This is the case if you are a part-time or full-time employee of a company and are injured in a crash while performing job duties. You may also have a third-party personal injury claim if mechanical failure was the cause of your crash. Contact a workers’ compensation attorney—like the team at Flaxman Law Group—to discuss your options at no charge.

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If you have been in a trucking accident in Hollywood, Homestead, or any South Florida community, there may be a few myths which could hurt your recovery. Some of these myths could harm you financially or could harm your health, so knowing the facts is important:

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