What are some serious injuries from a car accident?

What are some serious injuries from a car accident?

Auto accidents are a daily occurrence in Los Angeles, and while many drivers and passengers involved in these incidents walk away unharmed, it is not uncommon for a roadway collision to result in injury. For these reasons, anyone involved in an auto accident should immediately seek medical attention to evaluate both obvious injuries and unseen damage as well as the counsel of a personal injury lawyer. 

Minor Injuries 

Even low speed collisions can result in some level of injury. Common injuries sustained in minor accidents include pain in the affected areas as well as bruising and swelling. Stiffness and reduced mobility in the limbs and joints can also result from low speed crashes and are typically the result of nerve damage. At times, injuries of this type manifest themselves well after the incident, and if left untreated can cause more serious ongoing concerns.  

In the days following a crash, victims sometimes find that a small tweak develops into severe pain. That’s why it is important not to ignore your body’s signals after an auto accident. Assuming minor pains will get better over time could be a significant error in judgement long-term. Even worse, failure to identify and document minor injuries as soon as possible may give insurers an excuse to deny their liability, claiming the injury was unrelated. 

Moderate Injuries 

In collisions at higher speeds or affecting sensitive areas of the body, drivers and passengers can suffer more serious injuries, and deep bruising, cuts, scrapes, burns, and fractures are common in this type of crash. Although those who suffer these injuries often make a full recovery, the costs of treatment can sometimes be surprising. Victims who experience moderate injury roadway in collisions should begin seeking compensation right away. 

This is also the type of injury that is most likely not to show symptoms until time has passed. Afflictions such as concussions and whiplash may only make themselves apparent days or weeks after the crash itself, and do not show up on x-rays or other preliminary evaluations. This means that detecting and documenting these injuries becomes even more important to a car accident lawyer in order to establish the harm caused by the responsible driver. 

Severe Injuries 

In major highway accidents as well as those that involve multiple cars, victims can suffer severe injuries that require immediate care as well as an extended treatment plan. Injuries of this type include broken bones, soft tissue tears, or damage affecting the brain. In many cases, these injuries require time away from work and other activities to focus on your recovery, which means that victims must seek out compensation for lost wages as well. 

In high impact collisions, grave injuries such as the loss of a limb or body function can result, making a substantial impact on your everyday lifestyle. You may require extensive medical treatment, be forced to give up hobbies, or even be rendered permanently unable to work. Injuries caused by the negligence of another driver can carry lifelong consequences, and we have years of experience getting our clients the compensation they deserve in these cases. 

Emotional Distress 

Not every injury sustained in an automotive accident can be treated in a medical facility. Emotional distress may not be as overtly visible as other types of injury but can have a devastating effect on your quality of life regardless. Roadway collisions frequently leave victims with issues such as anxiety and depression, and these emotional injuries can have just as profound an effect on you as nerve damage or broken limbs. 

Ellis Law understands the life-altering nature of emotional distress caused by an accident due to the negligence of another party, and every personal injury lawyer under our umbrella shares the belief that you should never be left to deal with these issues alone. Not only will we fight to get you the appropriate restitution for your injuries, damages, and other losses, we also maintain a network of mental health professionals who can greatly assist you on the road to recovery. 

Roadway collisions are a fact of life, and the effects can range from minor to severe. At Ellis Law, everything we do as a firm is aimed at restoring your life to a sense of normalcy after an unfortunate incident. Our committed and compassionate staff can work tirelessly for you, ensuring that you have access to the treatment options, legal counsel, and financial compensation you need to move forward. Call our offices today for a free consultation.