Do you need a law firm to help you get compensation for a car accident injury? When you’ve been in a serious car accident you might walk away with more than whiplash. Even a rear-end collision can cause severe injuries.
There are more than 6 million car accidents in the United States yearly, and some of them result in serious injury. But with so many car accident injuries filling up hospitals each year, how is the average motorist to know which injuries can be defined as serious injuries?
When you’re in a vehicle accident, it’s hard to make sense of anything, and sometimes physical or cognitive injuries that are serious or life threatening can make the whole situation even worse.
But if you’re a car accident victim who has been in a car crash with serious injuries and received medical attention that resulted in a pile-up of unexpected bills and lost wages, you may need a personal injury lawyer to ensure you receive compensation for occurrences like medical bills and even pain and suffering.
Read this article to find out more about serious car accident injuries then call Florin|Roebig for a free consultation on your claim.
What’s A Serious Car Accident?
There’s no one type of car accident that defines a serious car accident, but it usually includes damage to the vehicle and serious injury. That said, a side impact accident where your head hits the side window can cause a severe injury like a skull fracture, but a rear-end collision in which a faulty airbag deploys can be just as serious.
The point is, you can’t tell if an automobile accident is severe just based on the type of accident it is. You need to assess the level of injury received.
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Seek Medical Treatment After Every Car Accident
In vehicle crashes, in the best scenarios, people leave unscathed. But the reality of the 6 million crashes in America each year, means that many people suffer physical injuries. The time after an accident can be overwhelming and some people may lack mental clarity due to injury or shock. It can be confusing, to say the least, determining whether or not you have a personal injury accident claim. You might feel okay for a couple of days after the accident, when in reality you’ve sustained a serious injury.
Regardless if you believe you’ve been injured or not, it’s important to seek medical treatment after any car accident. However, the fear of looming medical bills can deter people. This is a mistake. If you’ve sustained physical injury to any body part, or post-traumatic stress disorder, it’s important to have them both treated and documented.
Below is a list of injuries sustained from car accidents that can be serious, or indicate a more serious injury has occurred. If you’ve sustained any of these mental and physical injuries, you should contact your doctor before you make a personal injury claim and then contact a car accident attorney.
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Common Car Accident Injuries That May Be Severe
If you or a loved one has been in a car accident and sustained contusions, sprains or other soft tissue injuries, don’t write it off as relatively harmless. Those injuries could be indicative of more severe ones. Even injuries to ligaments caused by a seatbelt can have serious consequences for some people, including things like loss of work. Here’s the run-down on types of car accident injuries:
- Head injuries and neck injuries: This includes serious injuries like skull fracture and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Lacerations and disfigurement of the face resulting from a car accident can have serious mental and social consequences. One common way head injuries occur in car accidents is from airbag injury or the driver’s face colliding with the steering wheel. Neck pain can be indicative of bigger problems like whiplash.
- Back injuries and spinal cord injuries: Herniated discs are a common back injury that results from auto accidents. Whiplash is another spine injury frequently associated with serious car accidents. The spine is important to our movement and spinal cord injuries can result in paralysis or even death.
- Broken bones: Broken ribs, wrists, collar bones and other broken bones are common in car accidents with serious injury. Some injuries may be so severe they result in the amputation of a limb and long-term disfigurement.
- Internal injuries: Where there are bruises there could be internal injuries. In fact, some internal injuries may not show at all on the epidermis. That’s why it’s so important to get checked after a serious car accident to ensure no damage to internal organs or internal bleeding has occurred.
- Psychological injuries: Perhaps more insidious than internal injuries are psychological ones like post-traumatic stress disorder can have a serious impact on someone’s mental health and quality of life.
Do I Have A Claim For A Car Accident Injury?
If you or a loved one has been in a serious accident and sustained medical bills, your insurance company may pay out a claim that covers the cost of those kinds of expenses. When you’ve been in a serious accident, it’s important to receive medical attention right away and then file an insurance claim.
In situations like a high-speed accident, receiving medical treatment may not be a choice. It may be that you end up being taken to a nearby hospital in an ambulance to be treated for serious physical injuries. Those kinds of injuries can also leave mental and emotional scars that leave you or a family member with more medical bills, including for things like outpatient trauma therapy or physical therapy, that may not be a part of your original claim.
Motor vehicle accidents are almost always preventable. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is a good resource for tips to help avoid accidents while driving. However, if you’re reading this, it may be you’ve been in a serious car accident, and the time for safety tips is over. Instead, you need action. When you file a claim, your insurance may help you cover some or all the costs.
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Contact Florin|Roebig Car Accident Lawyers
When insurance doesn’t cover the full costs of medical treatment and physical and mental health therapy, it’s time to hire the law firm of Florin|Roebig, car accident attorneys ready to handle your case. You and your loved ones deserve the best, and that’s why you should call Florin|Roebig today.