Being involved in a car accident can be a difficult and disruptive experience no matter what happens, but if you are injured in a car accident then you will quickly find that this is an extremely stressful and complicated situation. Between medical bills and treatments, missed work, insurance companies, and possible lifelong injuries, this time in your life can quickly become overwhelming. Fortunately, the team at the Law Offices of Eugene Gitman is available as soon as you are ready to begin your legal fight in order to get you the money that you rightfully deserve.
Read more below about some of the more common injuries that people may sustain in a car accident in Pennsylvania, as well as how our team will work to calculate the amount of money that you are rightfully owed after your accident and injuries. Contact us now for a free initial consultation, which is a great opportunity to learn about your rights as a personal injury victim, the options that you have available given your circumstances, and how we can help you move forward towards the best possible outcome. This is also a great chance to get advice from an experienced legal professional about how you should be proceeding in your personal life, important steps to take, and more.
Types of Injuries In a Car Accident
A car accident is unpredictable, and no two crashes are the same. The speed of the cars, the number of cars involved, the direction of the collision, the type of collision protection installed in the vehicle, and so much more can each play an important role in how serious the injuries are. However, the following are a few of the more common injuries that are sustained during a car accident, and ones that we are very familiar with representing in personal injury lawsuits in the Bucks County Courts.
Whiplash is arguably the most common injury sustained in a car accident, and for good reason. Whiplash occurs when a vehicle comes to a sudden stop, and the passengers head is snapped forward, down, and then back in one nearly-continuous motion. This motion causes severe strain on the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and disks in the neck and can cause serious damage by tearing, ripping, and compressing them. In some cases, a victim of whiplash may not realize that they have been injured for a day or two, because it takes time for the muscles to tighten and begin to repair themselves. This is why it is important that you never make a statement at the scene of an accident stating that you are certain that you have not suffered from any injuries.
Unlike whiplash, a fractured bone is much easier to recognize immediately and should get medical attention as soon as possible to ensure that you are able to make a full recovery. Fractures occur during impacts, such as car accidents when the passenger hits a hard surface at a high speed or their bones otherwise meet resistance strong enough to go beyond their tensile strength.
While they are extremely important and save many lives, people may fracture sternums and ribs on seatbelts. Seatbelt injuries can often come in the form of fractures or serious bruising and hematomas.
A hematoma is characterized by excessive bleeding in between the tissues of the body. In many cases, a hematoma needs to be left alone in order to heal on its own, but it is very important that you see a medical professional as soon as possible to ensure that you get proper treatment and that it is not an indication of a more serious, life-threatening injury. As with all injuries from car accidents, a hematoma should not be ignored.
Calculating Personal Injury Damages
In order to calculate the amount of money that our clients are owed, we divide damages into two different categories that cover two distinctly different aspects of an accident and the associated injuries. Economic damages are intended to repay a victim and their insurance company for the measurable financial impacts that they have suffered, such as their medical bills, hospital expenses, and other healthcare-related costs. In addition, they cover lost wages and other job-related costs and losses.
Non-economic damages are intended to compensate a victim for their emotional, psychological, and physical suffering. While these damages are understandably more abstract, considering that they do not have set dollar values or measurable financial impacts, they are equally important and must be considered and fought for. When you are working with an experienced personal injury attorney in Bucks County, you can be confident that there is a team of professionals who are fighting on your behalf to ensure that your pain is compensated and that you are able to focus on recovery without the additional stress of these legal concerns.