Experienced Car Accident Injury Attorneys Can Give You Peace of Mind.
Car accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, forever changing your life. What may have been a peaceful, typical day is now fraught with trauma and anguish. While nothing will rewind the clock, you can make the next few months easier on yourself by talking to an experienced car accident injury attorney. Let us handle the legwork, while you focus on your recovery.
Car Accidents Can Cause Multiple Types of Injuries.
A motor vehicle injury occurs on average every 14 seconds, and in 2013 over 2.31 million car accident-related injuries were reported in the U.S. While car accident injuries can be of any type and severity, some common injuries we see include:
- Head injuries. These are the most serious injuries. They generally occur when occupants strike their heads against steering wheels, dashboards, or windows during a car accident. This can cause traumatic brain injuries ranging from mild concussions to comas and lasting cognitive problems. Head injuries can also lead to skull fractures, hearing loss, and vision problems.
- Back Injuries. Damage to the spinal cord can cause a range of injuries in car accident victims, including minor to severe nerve damage. Victims may experience reduced sensation in and loss of control over their arms, hands, legs, feet, and other body parts. More severe spinal injuries can include partial or total paralysis.
- Neck Injuries. Many car accidents result in neck injuries such as whiplash, compression fractures, and vertebrae injuries, which can cause immediate and long-term pain and discomfort.
- Chest Injuries. These injuries typically take the form of contusions or bruises, but can be more severe, such as broken ribs or internal injuries. Drivers often experience chest injuries when the chest collides with the steering wheel.
- Bone Fractures. Because it’s so natural to want to protect yourself in the event of a car accident, many people experience fractures of the hands, wrists and arms. Airbags can contribute to facial fractures.
- Lacerations, Scrapes & Bruises.These types of injuries can occur when car accident victims come into contact with the automobile or flying objects within the car, like cell phones, pens and bags. Airbag deployment often causes cuts and bruises to occupants. Severity of these types of injuries can range from minor cuts to gashes that result in loss of blood. Transfusions can often be required in these circumstances.
What factors cause these types of injuries?
The type and severity of injuries encountered by drivers and passengers involved in a car accident depend on factors such as:
- Proper seat belt use,
- Angle of impact,
- Occupant position in the car,
- Speed of impact,
- Airbag deployment
Damage Awards Can Vary Based on the Severity of the Injury.
The car accident injury lawyers at the Bottaro Law Firm are available 24/7 to immediately assess your situation to determine whether you have a case and what your possible damages may be. Your damage award will vary based on the type and extent of injuries you have maintained.
You may also be entitled to noneconomic damages for:
- physical pain and suffering,
- mental and emotional suffering,
- physical impairment,
- loss of enjoyment of life,
- loss of consortium (disruption of your personal relationship with your spouse).
Calculating damages in a car accident case can be complicated. The Bottaro Law Firm has the experience and resources necessary to ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to.
Physical Injuries aren’t the only injuries that result from car accidents.
Most people know about the physical injuries that can be cause by car accidents, but they are not so aware of the mental and emotional damage that they can cause. Mental and emotional injuries can remain hidden for months or even years until the sufferer gets treatment.
Less severe mental and emotional injuries can include such problems as mental anguish, emotional distress, fear, anger, humiliation, anxiety, shock, or embarrassment. Car accident victims may experience minor mental or emotional distress that can cause bouts of crying, severe anger, loss of appetite, weight fluctuations, lack of energy, sexual dysfunction or loss of interest in sex, mood swings, and/or sleep disturbances. A mild case of mental or emotional distress might go away relatively quickly, but a more severe case might require professional medical or psychological assistance.
More severe mental and emotional injuries can have specific diagnoses such as acute stress disorder or even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Most people equate PTSD only with soldiers or crime victims, but it can affect car accident victims as well. Some people keep replaying the accident over and over in their head or begin to fear certain types of driving situations. PTSD can greatly affect quality of life for those who don’t get help right away.
Regardless of the extent of your injuries, do yourself a favor and don’t try to fight through this alone. The compassionate car accident injury lawyers at Bottaro Law Firm are dedicated to helping you and your family through this traumatic time. Contact us today for a free consultation.