Most Common Injuries Sustained During Hurricanes
In Florida, hurricanes are a fact of life. It is estimated that Florida and the east coast are affected by major hurricanes once every three years. This is why Florida residents should be aware of the injuries and risks most commonly encountered during hurricanes.
Floodwaters rise quickly and can be highly dangerous. The first danger of flood water is drowning due to flash flood surges catching people by surprise. There is also a danger of drowning when attempting to cross floodwaters.
Cuts and Wounds
Cuts and wounds occur from objects hidden in floodwaters, especially on the feet and legs. There is also a risk of cuts and wounds from fallen trees. The real risk here is not the injury but the infection risk.
Any minor cut or injury that comes in contact with floodwater is at risk of infection. Floodwater will likely be contaminated by toxins and sewage.
Stagnant floodwater pools breed mosquitoes causing mosquito-borne illnesses to spread quickly. Illnesses passed by mosquitoes include West Nile Virus and the Zika virus.
When hurricanes occur late in the season, there is a risk of hypothermia due to water exposure and plunging nighttime temperatures.
Personal Injuries Due to Natural Disasters
If you have suffered injuries due to a natural disaster such as a hurricane, you may be able to file a claim for compensation for the damages you have suffered. The state of Florida has a statute of limitations on such claims for four years. That means you have four years from the date of the hurricane to file a claim, or else your claim will be denied.
Free Consultation With a Florida Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have been injured during a hurricane, a Florida personal injury lawyer like Casas Law allows you to schedule a free consultation to discuss your claim and how you should proceed for the most favorable outcome.
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