It's important to seek medical attention as soon as possible after a car accident, even if you don't think you're injured. Some injuries, such as head injuries and internal bleeding, may not be immediately apparent. Anyone injured in a motor vehicle wreck may face a long and expensive recovery, depending on the type and extent of injuries. Some car crash victims never fully recover. At Becker Law Office, our Kentucky car crash lawyers handle cases involving a range of injuries, including:
Fractures are the most common impact injuries sustained in car accidents. Simple fractures will heal over several weeks for a younger person, but older adults’ bones take longer to heal. A compound or complex fracture may require surgery and a lengthy recovery. Broken ribs or sternum can splinter and tear into internal organs.
Crushing blows to the chest or abdomen in a car accident can damage the liver, heart, lungs, diaphragm, stomach and/or bowels. Internal organ injuries often require surgery. Bleeding from damaged organs can cause the victim to go into shock, which can be fatal.
The impact of a car crash or being ejected from the car can cause a brain injury. A severe TBI is a serious and devastating personal injury that can have lifelong effects. A TBI may cause physical and cognitive consequences and be debilitating.
Rear-end collisions are the leading cause of whiplash, a neck injury caused by violently jerking a person’s head back and forth and causing the neck to extend beyond the normal range of motion. While minor whiplash injuries generally heal in a matter of weeks, some whiplash victims suffer chronic pain and discomfort.
If a person’s spinal cord is torn or severed in a car accident, he or she will suffer partial or complete paralysis. Depending on the point of injury, the victim may lose the use of his or her legs (paraplegia) or arms, legs and internal body functions (tetraplegia).
A car accident victim can lose an arm, leg, hand or foot to a crushing injury caused by the vehicle falling onto them. A body part may be lost in an accident (a traumatic amputation) or removed during surgery if it is damaged beyond repair.
Serious (third- and fourth-degree) burns are extremely painful, and can be fatal. Burn victims may expect lengthy, specialized treatment for burn wounds. The treatment typically includes multiple rounds of reparative and cosmetic surgery. In a car accident, an accident victim may come into contact with open flames if a vehicle catches fire, scalding liquids or steam.
The emotional toll of a serious car accident should not be overlooked. Someone who suffers catastrophic injury or witnesses someone else’s serious injury or death may suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is not uncommon to experience depression after a serious personal injury that changes a person’s life or causes the loss of a loved one.
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Few people need to be convinced of the high cost of medical care, particularly those who are already dealing with hospitalization, surgery, rehabilitation, or counseling. As your experienced personal injury attorneys after a car accident, we will work aggressively to help you seek compensation for all medical costs and your other crash-connected losses.
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