Types of Car Accident Injuries
When you think about it, the types of injuries you can suffer from a car accident are as wide-ranging as the types of causes of car accidents. You could experience whiplash in a rear-end collision, suffer a broken bone as the result of a side impact, or sustain severe burns because of a defective airbag. In addition to physical injuries, a car accident may also cause emotional trauma, affecting your peace of mind and confidence, as well as your ability to work and sleep.
Likewise, the healing time for the different types of injuries can vary greatly. Some car accident injuries heal relatively quickly. Other injuries, such as paralysis, amputation, chronic pain, and scarring, however, can have consequences that affect you for the rest of your life. Below is more information about some serious types of injuries you can sustain in a car accident, and the steps you should take in order to recover compensation for you or a loved one.Life-Changing Car Accident Injuries
For over 25 years, the car accident lawyers at Katz Wright Fleming Dodson & Mildenhall LLC have helped thousands of victims with the following types of injuries:
- Broken Bones – Fractures and broken bones can vary in the amount of time it can take to heal. A fracture can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to heal completely depending on the complexity. A broken bone can take even longer. Both injuries may give rise to many complications other than pain. Surgery may be necessary to help broken bones heal properly. Even after the bone heals, you may have side effects like soreness, stiffness and limited range of motion. Broken bones can also increase your risk for conditions such as arthritis.
- Burns – Burns are often complex injuries that can require surgery and long recovery times. To repair damaged skin, plastic surgery and skin grafts may also be necessary to help victims overcome a serious, visible burn.
- Paralysis – Paralysis not only impacts the injured person but their entire family as well. The financial and emotional costs of paralysis can be devastating. Initially, victims will need hospital and home care. In most cases, ongoing medical care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, vocational retraining, and psychological counseling are also necessary.
- Amputation – For amputation victims, the trauma is not just the immediate injury, but the ongoing difficulty of living life without the use of a hand, arm, or leg. In order to reach a maximum recovery, prosthetic devices, therapeutic treatments, and ongoing physical therapy are often necessary.
- Chronic Pain – Unfortunately, chronic pain, especially chronic neck pain, is common for many car accident victims. Too often, however, people experiencing persistent pain do not receive compensation for their suffering, which can greatly affect quality of life. As with the injuries mentioned above, chronic pain can require long term treatment for the injury victim.
While car accidents and car accident injuries are common, each case is unique and each victim deserves customized legal representation. To discuss your auto wreck with an experienced personal injury attorney, please contact Katz Wright Fleming Dodson & Mildenhall LLC today at (404) 461-0101. Our attorneys represent clients throughout Georgia, including Atlanta, Macon, Rome, Valdosta and Savannah.