Car Accident Injuries And Legal Assistance
People often call me, “What is my auto accident worth?” The answer to that question depends on a number of factors.
The speed or severity of an auto accident plays a large role in the value of your auto accident. The speed or severity of impact is measured by a number of things, including the severity of damage to both vehicles; whether air bags deployed; the distance your vehicle traveled after impact; the speed of the vehicles before the collision; skid marks; the weight of the vehicles; whether the collision resulted in a roll-over; the vehicles’ relative speed; the roadway surface and other factors.
The speed of the impact is important because people tend to believe you have suffered serious injuries if you were involved in a serious auto accident. However, my experience having dealt with seriously injured people for more than a decade, is that even minor impacts can cause minor to severe injuries and getting a fair settlement may require legal help.
For instance, I recently settled a case for $450,000.00 for a client years of arguing with the insurance company about the value of the claim. The problem was that my client was rear-ended by a vehicle going between 4 and 12 miles an hour – depending on which expert you asked – and the insurance company believed that a jury would not give him much money. In fact, prior to hiring me, the insurance company rejected my client’s offer to settle for $5,000.00. There was minor property damage to his vehicle and no damage to the other driver’s vehicle. Regardless, the auto accident caused a cervical fusion.
Common Injuries I see Sustained in an Auto Accident
- Cervical strain or sprain;
- Bulging disks;
- Reversal of cervical lordosis;
- Fractured vertebrae
Other Common Injuries caused by an auto accident:
- Shoulder injury, including torn rotator cuff – often to the shoulder restrained by the seat belt or of the arm holding the steering wheel;
- Knee problems – often caused by a knee striking the dashboard or other portion of the vehicle;
- Hand, wrist and elbow injuries;
- Jaw and teeth pain and problems – usually from clenching during an impact.
- Traumatic Brain Injury – often caused by a rapid acceleration and deceleration of the head or by the head striking something during the impact.
The seriousness of the injuries depends on several factors. An auto accident attorney can help the victim of a car accident understand the law and seek appropriate damages.
One common injury sustained in an auto accident is a brain injury – often called a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or closed head injury. The brain is susceptible to moving around inside the skull. When the head strikes an object or is rapidly accelerated or decelerated during a vehicle crash, the brain can be damaged as a result of bruising, tearing or swelling. The results of brain injury can range from a mild concussion to loss of consciousness and permanent brain damage. At minimum, victims of this type of damage may encounter medical expenses, lost wages or other financial burdens. At most, a brain injury can result in long-term cognitive impairment resulting in loss of earning capacity, future rehabilitation needs and permanent disability.
I recently settled a traumatic brain injury case for over $800,000.00 but depending on the severity, these cases can be worth more. In that case, we spent years developing evidence through medical experts that the young man suffered a traumatic brain injury. The insurance company accused him of exaggerating his symptoms.
Following any accident, seek immediate medical attention for a brain injury if your head struck anything or was quickly accelerated or decelerated during the accident. Be especially careful if you suffer any loss of consciousness, confusion, memory loss, blurred or altered vision, dizziness, nausea, difficulty with speech, disorientation, loss of motor skills or function or other symptoms that might suggest that your brain has been injured in the accident.
Soft Tissue Damage
Soft tissue damage occurs when impact affects the muscles, ligaments or nerves. Another one of the most common car related injuries is whiplash. Whiplash occurs when the muscles, ligaments or tendons are sprained, strained or torn. The condition can also affect the joints or discs in the neck. Soft tissue injuries cannot typically be seen on x-rays, but they can cause pain to persist for years. Due to the difficulty in detecting soft tissue injuries, the victim of an accident needs expert guidance in documenting the injury. As an auto accident attorney, I can help you with your soft tissue injury claim.
An experienced auto accident attorney understands the subtleties of personal injury law. In addition, he understands the complexities involved in soft tissue damage, brain injuries and insurance policies. An auto accident lawyer will collect the appropriate evidence, ensure the right people are interviewed and help the victim receive the appropriate medical care. In addition, an auto accident attorney can help the victim uncover the amount of financial support required and file an appropriate insurance claim. In the event insurance negotiations are fruitless, auto accident lawyers represent victims in a court of law.