Traffic accidents are the most common cause of death and serious injuries in the United States. Over 200,000 people are injured in car crashes every year just in California. The financial cost to victims can be substantial due to out of pocket medical expenses, costs to repair the vehicles, and other costs. These bills can keep piling up while victims are disabled and unable to return to their jobs. That’s why it’s important to hire an experienced California car accident attorney as soon as possible after a car crash. At Silva Injury Law, we’re kind to our clients and tough on our opponents – that’s why we’re one of the top California auto accident attorneys with offices in Merced, Turlock, Modesto, and Monterey.
What Types of Injuries Are Common For Auto Accidents?
Whiplash is the most common car accident injury. Rapid jerking back and forth of the neck strains muscles and ligaments causing severe pain that can be long standing.
LACERATIONS, PUNCTURE WOUNDS, AND ROAD RASH
When skin is broken due to contact with elements inside the car, or when victims are thrown from a vehicle, injuries often include severe lacerations, puncture wounds, and road rash. Some broken skin injuries can cause permanent disfiguring scars.
TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES (TMJ)
Impacts to the head can cause movement of the brain inside the skull, causing traumatic brain injuries. These injuries can range from a mild concussion that resolves on its own, to loss of cognitive ability or brain death.
Fractured arms, legs, hips, shoulders, or ribs are common injuries from car crashes. Hairline or simple fractures may require only minimal setting, casting, and/or splinting. Compound fractures may require surgical interventions such as the placement of pins and rods.
Soft tissue spine injuries such as strains, sprains, bugging discs, and herniated discs can cause severe pain. They usually resolve within a few months with a combination of physical therapy, rest, and pain management techniques. More serious spinal injuries can require surgery and/or result in permanent paralysis from the site of the injury down.
POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER
For some car accident victims, their worst injury is psychological. Symptoms such as sleeplessness, restlessness, nightmares, and flashbacks are common after serious accidents. Treatment usually consists of a combination of therapy and medication.
Seek Treatment Immediately After An Auto Accident
It’s important to seek medical treatment immediately after an auto accident, even if you don’t think your injuries are severe. Some types of internal injuries or head injuries may not be symptomatic immediately after an accident, but could be life threatening without treatment. It’s also important to make sure that your injuries are documented by medical professionals as soon as possible after the accident so that your California auto accident attorney can prove they are related to the crash.
What Types Of Compensation Are Available For California Auto Accidents?
California does not cap awards for compensation for personal injury cases. This means that you can collect all the compensation you deserve for your economic and noneconomic losses. Economic (pecuniary) damages are quantifiable items such as:
● Medical expenses;
● Prosthetics and Devices;
● Lost Earnings;
● Lost Future Earning Capacity.
Non-economic damages are subjective losses to your lifestyle such as:
● Pain and Suffering;
● Emotional Pain;
● Physical Impairment (loss of a limb or sense;)
● Loss of Enjoyment;
● Inability To Play Social Sports;
● Inability to Socially Dance.
You pay nothing for our services unless there is a successful outcome in your case. We offer free consultations in person or over the phone. You may be entitled to more than you realize. Time limits do apply to personal injury cases in California, contact us to set up a free consultation today.