Vehicle accidents can result in anything from minor scrapes and sprains, to devastating injuries that last a lifetime. More serious injuries may require long-term medical treatment, and leave accident victims with disabilities that impact their quality of life and limit their ability to earn a living.
Serious Vehicle Accident Injuries
Some of the most common serious vehicle accident injuries include:
- Severe burn injuries. Fortunately, fires are a relatively rare consequence of vehicle collisions. When they do occur, however, the resulting burn injuries are frequently severe. Thermal burn injuries, caused by exposure to flames, hot metal, or scalding hot liquids, can lead to deep tissue damage and infections. Injury victims may suffer serious disfigurement, requiring painful skin grafts and years of expensive treatments. These burn injuries can also lead to permanent disability, preventing victims from working and earning a living.
- Amputations. A limb may be lost during the vehicle accident, or amputation may be needed later for medical reasons. Limbs can be separated from the body when they are crushed during the impact, or they may be surgically removed due to lack of blood flow or infection. The loss of a limb often results in anxiety and depression, substantial medical bills, and lost income.
- Organ damage. Internal organs, such as the spleen, kidneys, lungs, liver, or bowels, are vulnerable to damage from a severe impact. Organ damage can quickly become a life-threatening condition that requires emergency surgery, and internal bleeding may be fatal if it isn’t stopped. Removal of a damaged spleen can compromise the immune system, increasing the risk of serious infections. If there is kidney damage, a kidney transplant and dialysis may be required.
An Attorney Can Help Protect Your Rights
If you’ve been seriously injured in a vehicle collision, you’re entitled to pursue damages for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. You need an experienced vehicle accident attorney to protect your rights and help you receive the compensation you deserve. To learn more, contact the Injury & Disability Law Center by using the form on this page.