Rhode Island Car Crash Attorney Fighting for Compensation for Moderate Injuries
Auto accidents are a daily occurrence in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and they cause a wide range of injuries. The worst among them are absolutely devastating. A high-speed car crash under the wrong circumstances can cause physical destruction and claim numerous lives.
But not every car crash is quite so catastrophic. In fact, in the majority of Rhode Island auto accidents, the victims walk away with injuries that are moderate and ultimately manageable, but significant nonetheless.
They are significant because, even though they will eventually heal, they cause the victims real hardship while they last. That hardship might include:
- Emotional distress
- Doctor’s visits
- Medicine & prescriptions
- Time away from work
- Vehicle damage
Those are all real losses, and they deserve compensation.
There isn’t a single provision in Rhode Island personal injury law that says “only disastrous auto accidents are eligible for legal protection.” You don’t have to suffer paralysis or the loss of life to warrant financial compensation in Rhode Island.
Indeed, even scrapes and cuts from a motor vehicle accident can be sufficient to warrant compensation in many cases. Don’t expect an insurance company to tell you that, though.
Remember: No matter what their commercials say, insurance companies are not on your side. They want to pay you as little as possible, and they would love for you to believe that your injuries aren’t serious enough to deserve a payout.
Many different injuries occur within the spectrum of car crash damages. This particular webpage is specifically designed to address claims arising from significant scrapes and cuts from a motor vehicle accident. If you are suffering, a Massachusetts or Rhode Island car crash attorney at Bottaro Law Firm can help. Keep reading to find out how.
The Most Common Scrapes and Cuts from a Motor Vehicle Accident
Common cuts, lacerations, and abrasions sustained in Rhode Island car crashes include:
- Skin lacerations — A sharp object pierces the skin, cutting through at least the first layer (the epidermis). Pain and bleeding are typical, and subsequent infection may follow.
- Split lacerations — Two external objects collide and trap (or “pinch”) the skin between them.
- Abrasion — Skin makes moving contact with a hard or rough surface, rubbing away part or all of the upper layers of the skin. Severe abrasions can expose the deepest layers of skin and lead to scar tissue or more serious damage.
- Avulsion — A serious abrasion in which skin is torn away from the underlying tissue or bone.
- Grinding compression— An object hits the skin at an angle, peeling back the uppermost layers. This then leads to injury and/or infection in the deeper skin layers, muscle tissue, and/or the bones beneath the skin.
- Burns — Burns can be caused by heat, flames, chemicals, or abrasions.
How Do I Know if My Scrapes and Cuts Are Serious Enough for a Lawsuit?
Minor cuts and scrapes are extremely common, and they do not always require legal action. Ultimately, pursuing a claim is a decision that you should make with the counsel of your doctor and attorney. But the guidelines below can help.
If your cut or scrape was so< /i>minor that it only required an over-the-counter pain reliever or ointment, you may not have sufficient damages for a lawsuit.
Often, though, scrapes and cuts from a motor vehicle accident are more serious than that. If you experienced one or more of the following, you should contact an experienced Rhode Island car crash attorney right away:
- You had to visit a doctor for your injuries.
- You spent any time in a hospital.
- You required prescription medication.
- Your wound required dressing, stitches, or treatment for infection.
- You had to miss more than a day of work because of your injuries.
- Your doctor believes you may experience prolonged, ongoing, or recurrent pain (or other medical complications) as a result of your injury.
- You have underlying medical conditions that were exacerbated by the injury.
- In addition to your scrapes and cuts, you have suffered other physical injuries or significant psychological distress.
Not every case justifies a lawsuit. But if you suspect yours might, you should see a doctor and talk with an attorney before making any decisions that could impact your legal rights.
Remember that time limits do apply to personal injury claims in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island, so unnecessary delay could cost you in the long run.
Free Case Review with a Massachusetts or Rhode Island Car Crash Attorney
Please contact us as soon as possible to set up a free consultation with a Massachusetts or Rhode Island car crash attorney in our office. We have offices conveniently located throughout both states.
Our legal team can help you decide whether you have a case you want to pursue. Call us today.