Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Financial and Physical Burdens of Injuries from Car Crashes can be Major

Injuries are a serious consequence of car accidents. Anyone who drives or is a passenger in California in cities such as Ventura, Redding, and Soledad has likely passed an accident on the side of the road and seen someone being attended by ambulance personnel. The consequences of injuries extend past immediate emergency care, however. Some injuries can be not only physically but also financially devastating, putting strain on the victim and their whole family.

Most people are familiar with aches and pains that one might receive after an accident. Many of the injuries sustained in a car crash are musculoskeletal or soft tissue injuries. These injuries may occur as the body hits surfaces within or outside of the car if the victim is thrown out of the car. Lacerations and bruises are common. Soft tissue injuries can also include the strains, sprains, and tears to the muscles, ligaments, and tendons as the body is thrown about in a crash. Backs and necks are particularly vulnerable to injury as accidents often move the bodies out of their normal range of motion, harming the body in the resulting torsion and twisting. Fractures are also common injuries from car crashes.

Neurological injuries can also happen in car crashes. Like some musculoskeletal injuries, neurological injuries, particularly those to the brain, can be difficult to see immediately but life-altering in scope. In fact, closed-head brain trauma injuries cannot be seen at all externally and require specialist testing.

Both types of injuries can require extensive x-rays, MRIs and other imaging, blood testing, as well as complicated treatment, surgeries, rehabilitation, and medication. The tolls of the medical process as well as the financial one can cause mental stress including depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

If the car crash and resulting injuries were caused by the negligence of another party, the victim of the accident has the right to take the other party to court to file a claim in attempts to regain some of the financial losses caused by the crash. Often, a legal advocate specializing in car crash injuries is hired to prepare and present the court case. Hiring a personal injury attorney can increase the success the victim’s chances of full and fair recompense in court and often results in higher settlements granted. While settlements can’t heal the patient, the financial help can be a great relief to the victim and their family. Motor vehicle incidents require serious injury attorneys like those at Ehline Law Firm PC. 4900 California Avenue Tower B, 2nd Floor Bakersfield, CA 93309 USA +661.846.2775.