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Car accidents happen daily, causing injuries and death. According to Driving Tests, almost 7 million motor vehicle crashes were reported to police in 2019. Almost 2 million of those crashes resulted in injuries, while 33,244 of them caused fatalities.
The aftermath of a crash is sometimes confusing. You’ll need to make reports and file insurance claims, speak to your employer and arrange for help taking care of your daily needs. Investigators and insurance company representatives want your attention, while all you need to do is focus on recovering from your injuries. Many car collision victims turn to auto accident attorneys for assistance.
Although every crash is different and produces different results, the dynamics involved in car collisions produce several common injuries. Some of these are physical, but automobile accidents can also lead to mental and emotional trauma.
Most physical injuries are obvious, although some can’t be seen. Adrenaline after an accident changes your perception of pain, so you may not realize that you’re hurting until later. It’s crucial to obtain a medical assessment so professionals can discover any unseen damages. Some common unseen damages that may take time to develop are:
Vehicle occupants often suffer cuts, lacerations and scrapes during a collision. Broken glass or unsecured objects in the car can cause these usually minor wounds. In some cases, however, objects puncture the victim’s body and create significant damage.
Many things can cause fractures in a car crash. The driver’s ribs might break because of airbag deployment. Any occupant can suffer broken arms and legs by coming into sudden contact with the car’s doors or seating.
The chances of broken bones can increase if the person isn’t wearing a seatbelt; front-seat passengers might suffer a broken nose from hitting the dash, for instance.
The sudden impact against other vehicles or obstacles often twists car occupant’s bodies in unnatural ways. This can result in soft tissue injuries, which include whiplash, strained muscles and bruises.
Head injuries can range from scratches to traumatic brain damage. The impact of colliding vehicles can cause concussions and brain bleeds that aren’t obvious during a visual inspection. Your head may strike the car body or unsecured objects in your vehicle might hit your head, sometimes with disastrous results.
Broken bones are common in car crashes, but unfortunately, the collision’s force and circumstances can amputate limbs at times. Victims of these severe injuries face a long, difficult recovery and need to learn how to do things without their limbs.
Blunt force trauma can lead to unseen injuries such as internal bleeding and organ damage. Left untreated, these can be deadly.
Your body isn’t built to withstand the sudden jarring caused by motor vehicle crashes. Often, victims twist and turn unnaturally during a collision, and sometimes injure their spines. Spinal damage may lead to partial or full paralysis.
Most people understand that a car crash can produce vehicle damage, physical injuries and time lost from work. All those things are economic. However, some accident victims also face emotional and mental trauma in addition to the economic damages.
You’re probably familiar with the term “pain and suffering.” This refers to the sometimes long-term mental and emotional repercussions that car accident victims often face.
Many accident victims relive the event in their minds. The physical damages sustained combined with the horror of the collision can produce very real anxiety, depression, stress and PTSD. Long-term physical reminders of the crash can add to the level of mental difficulties.
People have trouble sleeping for several reasons, but it’s common for car accident survivors to toss and turn because of physical pain or mental strain. Similarly, they also commonly dream about the incident and the effect it has on their life.
Because of physical, emotional and mental injuries, some people can’t participate in or enjoy activities as they could before their car accident. An avid sportsman might not be able to participate in their favorite sport, for instance, creating a hole in their life.
Unfortunately, personal relationships can suffer due to the effects of a car crash. Married people may not enjoy conjugal relations for physical or mental reasons, and the overall relationship might lose meaning.
People who suffer paralysis or disfigurement due to a crash must live with these permanent reminders. Both situations present life-long physical and mental challenges.
Pain and suffering damages are referred to as non-economic damages because the amount of internal turmoil people suffer doesn’t incur specific eligible expenses unless a person loses their ability to work after a car crash.
After an accident, it’s crucial to seek medical assessment and treatment and to follow through with treatments until physicians release you from their care. There are two reasons for this.
Your health comes first. First responders, physicians and therapists want you to fully recover from your injuries and will prescribe a full treatment plan with this goal in mind. If you go against medical advice and cease treatment for any reason, you may do even more harm to your body.
Secondly, failing to obtain and continue medical assistance can jeopardize future medical claims you make resulting from your accident. Insurance companies will claim that because you didn’t accept and continue treatment, your injuries weren’t severe or weren’t caused by the accident.
If you’re worried that your employer will fire you if you don’t go back to work on their schedule instead of when doctors say you can, discuss it with your auto accident attorney; don’t give in and possibly make your injuries worse. The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 limits employers’ actions pertaining to injured employees who aren’t able to work. Your car crash lawyer knows the law and will help fight for your continued employment.
Whatever your reason might be for not accepting medical treatment, it can cost you dearly in terms of your long-term health and the amount of compensation you can receive.
The kinds of injuries you suffer from head-on collisions, side-impact, rollover and rear-end crashes can differ. Several factors can impact the severity of the injuries you sustain. Some of them are:
Crashes at higher speeds usually cause more damage to vehicles and more severe injuries to people involved.
Motor vehicle accident victims can receive both economic and non-economic compensation. Economic damages can include medical expenses, therapy, lost wages, certain daily expenses and the cost of hiring a babysitter or other caregiver if the accident created the need for doing so. These damages pay for specific needs and services.
Because pain and suffering damages are subjective, they don’t cover specific expenses. They attempt to compensate victims for the long-term negative effects they must deal with daily as a result of the crash.
Insurance companies don’t want to pay any more money than they must. They use tactics and strategies to reduce the amount they owe, including long delays and tricky wording in lowball settlement offers. Every Fielding Law attorney will not stand for this. We will meet the insurance companies head-on and fight to obtain maximum compensation for you.
Injured accident victims need to focus on recovering from their injuries. Unfortunately, several things need to be done soon after a crash, but we can help you with them. Hiring an auto accident attorney from Fielding Law gives you access to our extensive legal knowledge and experience. We know what to do, and when and how to do it.
We give every client our personal attention. You always have access to your attorney during your claims process. If you’re worried that you can’t afford an attorney, don’t be. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you don’t owe us until we win damages for you.
Contact us today for a free consultation. You can reach us at (877) 880-4090 or online by using our live chat option or submitting our short form. We will honestly assess your case even if you don’t hire us.