What is a Personal Injury?

What do whiplash, blindness, and paralysis have in common? They are all examples of personal injuries. A personal injury is a type of physical injury that is inflicted on a person’s body or mind, rather than their property, like their home or vehicle.

There are many causes of personal injuries, including:

  • Car, truck, and motorcycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Gun accidents
  • Slips, trips, or falls

They are often the result of the reckless or negligent behavior of someone else, like a speeding driver or store employee who does not put out a caution sign for a wet floor.

Personal injuries can range in severity, from temporary ankle sprains to life-changing or even fatal brain damage or paralysis. However, any type of personal injury can lead to pain and suffering, loss wages, and medical expenses, and might have an impact on a person’s hobbies, job, or marital and social life. Any type of personal injury can also lead to a complex legal dispute, as insurance companies might argue that the injury resulted from a preexisting condition or that the injured person was somehow at fault. Regardless of the cause and severity, personal injuries can have a dramatic impact on a person’s life, health, and general well-being.

At Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes, we help clients who are suffering from a wide array of personal injury types:

  • Paralysis– When someone suffers from a spinal cord injury as the result of a car accident, fall, or other traumatic injury, they may become paralyzed. When someone is paralyzed, they may lose the use of their legs (paraplegia), their arms and legs (quadriplegia) or another limb or combination of limbs. Paralysis is a permanent type of spinal cord injury and can lead to major life changes, like lost wages, high medical bills, and the cost of retrofitting a home to accommodate a wheelchair or other assistive devices.
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)– Frequently abbreviated to TBI, a traumatic brain injury is an injury that occurs when someone suffers from sudden trauma to the brain, like during a car accident or assault. TBIs can be fatal or may lead to lingering complications, like memory loss, behavioral and emotional changes, and cognitive problems.
  • Back Injury– A back injury occurs when the bones, muscles, or tissues of the back are damaged through trauma or overuse. Back injuries are commonly the result of workplace accidents, like falls or strains from lifting heavy materials, but can occur through many other types of accidents. The most common types of back injuries include strains, fractures, and herniated discs.  Back injuries can lead to debilitating pain and in some cases, might require surgery or extensive medical treatment.
  • Neck Injury– Some of the most common types of neck injuries after an accident include whiplash, pinched nerves, and herniated discs. Neck injuries do not always manifest immediately after an accident, but can be the source of lingering symptoms like headaches, reduced range of motion, and painful spasms.
  • Knee Injury– Knee injuries are often the result of degeneration or overuse, but can also be the result of an accident or workplace stress, like being required to lift heavy boxes. Common knee injuries after accident include ligament tears, dislocations, and fractures, and many types of knee injuries require eventual surgery.
  • Sprain/Strain– When someone experiences a slip, trip, or fall, sprains and strains are a common injury. They can be the result of a fall at work or a trip or slip on someone else’s property, like a store’s slippery floor or uneven steps. Though sprains and strains tend to be less serious than other personal injury types, they may still require medical attention or hinder a victim’s ability to work or enjoy their hobbies.
  • Amputation– When a limb is injured during a car accident, machinery accident, or other traumatic event, it might need to be surgically removed. After an amputation, injury victims will have to adjust to major life changes, like using a prosthetic or relying on other limbs.
  • Herniated/Ruptured/Protruding Disc– Discs in the lower back, which work to protect the spine, are commonly injured during accidents. When a disc cracks, tears, or splits open, it can lead to intense pain or weakness, and the injury may require physical therapy or another type of treatment.
  • Eye Trauma and Blindness– There are many causes of eye injuries, from retinal detachment during a car accident to exposure to dangerous chemicals at work. Eye injuries or total blindness can lead to major life changes, including a sudden loss of independence.

As experienced personal injury attorneys, we know that life after a serious injury is difficult—but not impossible. If your life has been turned around as the result of a personal injury, we can help you through every step of this challenging process.

Seeing You Through Your Personal Injury Case

Life after a personal injury does not have to be impossible. With an experienced personal injury attorney on your side, you can successfully navigate through the complications of Florida law. After an accident, your life may feel like it has been turned upside down, but a personal injury attorney can help see you through every step of this challenging process.

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Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes (formerly Perenich & Carroll) was founded in 1955. We are exclusively invested in helping personal injury victims— and their loved ones — win compensation and find justice. We approach every case with passion, experience, and dedication, and strive to provide the answers you need, when you need them.

If you have suffered from any type of personal injury, please call us at 727-796-8282 or visit us online at to schedule a complementary case consultation. Someone from our office will get back in touch to schedule an appointment to go over your potential case, answer your questions, and help you decide the next steps. If you are able to, please gather any documentation and information related to your injury, like hospital paperwork or the contact information for others involved in your accident, to bring to your consultation. If you are seeking a personal injury attorney, please contact us. We’ll see you through.

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