Personal injury law refers to the sets of legislation designed to protect and financially compensate those who have been physically or emotionally injured by another individual, business or government agency. Examples include slip-and-fall injuries, workplace accidents, medical malpractice, assault and battery, exposure to harmful substances, and defective products.
Car accidents are the most common. They happen daily, anywhere from every five to ten seconds. There is no clearer cut answer as to how many happen each second because a significant amount of incidents, large and small, are never reported. Below you will find common types of injuries that a Personal Injury Law firm can assist you with in court.
Car accidents can result in a range of injuries, but three types occur most frequently. These include:
Personal Head and Back Injuries
Head injuries are one of the most severe car accident injuries. Drivers and passengers in high-speed crashes can hit their heads against dashboards, steering wheels, or windows. This can cause traumatic brain injuries, ranging from just mild concussions to comas and continuing cognitive issues.
Thorough medical treatment and long-term care are usually required after. Head injuries can also cause hearing loss, skull fractures, and impaired vision.
Back injuries are common as well. Any damage to the spinal cord may result in remarkable nerve damage. You may experience reduced sense of and control over your arms, hands, legs, feet, and other body parts. More severe forms of spinal damage can paralyze some.
Herniated discs are also common. This is much less dangerous than head injuries or spinal damage, but could still cause notable problems. These personal injury patients often experience muscle weakness, tingling or numb sensations, and leg or arm pain.
Neck and Chest Injuries
The most well-known car accident injury is whiplash. The abrupt motion of the head and neck (typically from rear-end collisions) can cause acute neck muscle and ligament damage. Whiplash injuries vary to each person, depending on the health of the individual as well as the accident. Overall neck pain and swelling are also common. Temporary vocal cord paralysis may happen as well.
Many serious injuries occur to the chest. Blunt force trauma from car accidents can cause broken ribs and collapsed lungs. Individuals with heart problems can go into cardiac arrest from an accident. Internal bleeding in the chest region could be an immediate issue after an accident. Damage to the internal pelvic organs and the abdomen can also happen. Such injuries need immediate medical attention.
Other Injuries Covered by Personal Injury Law
Injuries to the arms, legs, hands and feet may be familiar. Injuries involving pedestrians can see leg and foot costs in addition to all those mentioned above.
Motorcyclists included in car accidents can endure significantly more severe and more numerous injuries. Examples are torn ACLs, broken bones, and even severed limbs. The fatality rate for motorcyclists is also higher than that for passengers and drivers in cars.
Psychological distress in the aftermath is also prevalent. People most often drive or ride in cars with family or friends. Serious car crashes can result in emotional scars on those who have who suffered serious injuries in addition to individuals who witnessed them. Counseling and treatment for PTSD and similar emotional issues is standard.
In closing, if you or a loved one is involved in a car accident and sustain any injuries, it is crucial that you collect evidence and report it, as there is a possibility that you could have a legitimate personal injury claim to monetary compensation.
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