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Car Accident Injuries

Hospital doctors examine x-raysAt Ellis Law, our Los Angeles car accident lawyers have more than 20 years of experience securing the compensation that innocent victims deserve. We take all cases of car accident injuries very seriously, whether you suffered from whiplash or are facing a lifetime of paralysis.

Those who have experienced car accident injuries in Los Angeles know that they can affect your life in ways that you might not have imagined.  Consider how an injury (even a relatively mild one) can result in lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and psychological trauma that won’t go away over night.  In some cases, it can mean damage to your marriage or relationship due to the psychological stress. Permanent disability is another consequence of more catastrophic injuries.

Compensation for an auto injury can’t change the past:  it won’t give you back the time you have lost due to hospitalization or diminish the emotional trauma of the crash.  But it can help with the medical expenses and other bills you may be struggling to pay.  It can provide assistance if you need funds for rehabilitation or specialized medical care.  And it may help bring a sense of justice when another driver is found liable for careless or reckless behavior.

Injuries sustained in car accidents

During a collision, a driver or occupant can be injured as the body continues to accelerate after striking another vehicle or object, sometimes even being ejected from the vehicle.

Car accident injuries can include the following:

  • whiplash injuries
  • traumatic brain injury
  • crushed larynx or trachea
  • spinal cord injuries and paralysis
  • broken or fractured bones
  • back injuries
  • herniated or ruptured discs
  • chest injuries (broken ribs; rupture of the diaphragm)
  • damage to internal organs of the abdomen
  • leg, knee, or foot injuries
  • burns
  • lacerations
  • psychological trauma

In some cases, the injuries are fatal; damage to the brain is the most frequent cause of death.  In other cases, the accident leaves permanent damage.  Victims can be paralyzed or lose function in parts of their body, or they can have limbs severed.  Burns and serious cuts can leave scars that never fully heal, and psychological scars can persist as well.  Some studies suggest that as many as 25% of accident victims require treatment for the psychological distress that persists in the aftermath of an accident.  Even a relatively minor case of whiplash (an injury of the neck or back in which the head is propelled forward and then jerked quickly backward) can result in ongoing pain and loss of mobility.

Those injured in an accident may require lengthy hospitalizations and long-term therapy or rehabilitation of various kinds. Serious car accident injuries frequently necessitate special medical care for the duration of one’s life.  For instance, a lifetime of care and treatment for some permanent spinal cord injuries can easily reach into the millions.  The severity of some injuries will be obvious from the beginning, while in other cases (as in aortic injuries) the seriousness of the injury will only be apparent later.

Auto accidents and liability issues

If you were injured in a car accident through someone else’s mistake or poor judgment, that party may be responsible for paying compensation.  Since the plaintiff has the burden of proving the defendant’s liability, getting legal representation from a skilled car accident attorney from Ellis Law is highly recommended.

In some cases, a party is deemed liable because of negligence, or irresponsible action; perhaps, he or she did not follow the rules of the road (for instance, ran through a red light or exceeded the speed limit).  In more extreme cases, a jury may find a party not only negligent but reckless, knowingly endangering the life of another. Someone who drives while intoxicated or engages in a dangerous game of “chicken” with another driver is a reckless driver who may face criminal in addition to civil charges.

Insurance may cover at least some of the costs for property damage and bodily injury; however, in more serious cases, damages may exceed these costs by quite a bit.  In states like California, which do not have “no-fault” insurance, the costs will come solely from the party determined to be liable.

If you have suffered car accident injuries in Los Angeles, it is crucial that you retain an attorney who is able to document and argue your case, navigating all the complexities of California law to win your suit. The legal team at Ellis Law has the knowledge, experience and financial resources to hold negligent drivers responsible for the pain and suffering they have caused.

Compensation for auto injuries in Los Angeles

If you are injured in a car accident in LA, you should take all the necessary steps to get the compensation to which you are entitled. Monetary damages are available for medical and rehabilitation costs, lost wages, and earning potential.  But it is also available for less financially measurable matters.

Auto accident injuries may affect not only you, but also your relationship to others in your life: you may be compensated for loss of marital consortium, for instance, or pain and suffering that may not only plague you, but also poison the lives of those whom you love.  The amount of compensation recovered in a car accident lawsuit will vary based on the severity of injuries and the nature of the defendant’s liability.

Compensation for an auto injury is not a luxury, but a right of all those who have been victimized by the careless or reckless behavior of another.  Ellis Law personal injury attorneys are dedicated to helping auto accident victims in Los Angeles balance the scales of justice.  For a free consultation with a member of our team, call 1-800-INJURED (or locally at 310-641-3335).

  1. Worldwide wounds, pattern of injury in motor vehicle accidents http://www.worldwidewounds.com/2002/october/Bowley/Patterns-Of-Injury-MVAS.html 
  2. CDC, Accidents or Unintentional Injuries http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/acc-inj.htm