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Understanding Common Injuries in Car Accidents: A Guide by Welsh & Welsh PC LLO

What Are the Implications of Car Accident Injuries?

 

A car accident may cause physical, psychological, and financial distress. It can also lead to injuries, some of which could be long-term. But if these are due to another person’s negligence, you can also claim compensation.

Among recoverable damages are lost wages, medical costs, pain, and suffering. In the aftermath of a car accident, consideration should be given to seeking some legal advice. We have previously dealt with car accident cases at Welsh & Welsh PC LLO.

We make every effort to ensure that our customers get a fair amount possible following a motor accident. To develop a strong personal injury lawsuit, it is crucial to understand different types of car accident injuries and their effects. See our article, which discusses other car accident injuries, their implications, and remedial options open to you.

 

What Are the Types of Car Accident Injuries?

 

Motor vehicle accidents can result in injuries from minor to severe. Some of the most common car accident injuries include:

  • Head injuries
  • Knee injuries
  • Internal injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Whiplash injuries
  • Chest injuries
  • Psychological injuries
  • Broken bones, among others.

 

Neck Injuries and Whiplash

Whiplash is a common soft tissue injury in motor vehicle collisions. Soft tissue injuries occur when the neck bends forcibly, straining the muscles and ligaments. Its symptoms include neck pain, stiffness, and headaches.

A whiplash injury can initially seem minor. However, it can lead to serious injury with long-term consequences. Those complications include:

  • Chronic neck pain
  •  Psychological effects such as anxiety and depression
  • Reduced range of motion

 

Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)

Car accidents can cause head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and concussions. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury leading to temporary loss of normal brain function. It can have immediate and long-term effects. Alternatively, TBIs involve more severe brain damage and may result in permanent disabilities.

Concussions and TBIs can lead to cognitive impairments, memory loss, and behavior change. They can lead to long-term impacts on an individual’s health and lifestyle. Thus, they need comprehensive medical treatment and ongoing support.

 

Fractures and Broken Bones

Intense force during car crashes can cause fractures and broken bones. After car accidents, a victim is likely to suffer from broken ribs and pelvic bone fractures. Also, broken legs, especially the fibula (lower leg) and femur (upper leg), are common. Although the legs have strong bones, they can break when the car crushes with great force.

The treatment and recovery process for fractures varies depending on the injury’s severity. Their treatment can range from immobilization through casts to surgical intervention. The recovery process can be long due to physical therapy to regain strength and mobility.

 

Legal Aspects of Car Accident Injuries

 

Car accident injuries involve personal injury claims, negligence, and the compensation process.

 

How Does Personal Injury Claims Work?

Car accident claims in Nebraska accidents require proof of negligence by the at-fault party. Usually, the law of negligence governs these legal claims. Yet, to receive compensation, the injured person (plaintiff) should prove that:

  • The defendant (at-fault party) was careless
  • The accident happened due to the at-fault driver’s negligence
  •  They suffered injuries from the accident

 

What Is the Role of Negligence in Motor Vehicle Accident Cases?

If you sustained car accident injuries due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages. 

Nebraska’s law allows you to claim against the negligent party if you are injured in an accident. The at-fault driver’s insurance company is responsible for paying the compensation. 

Negligence occurs when someone’s reckless driving acts cause harm to another. It is the key to determining liability in car accident claims. To prove negligence, you need to show that an at-fault party breached a duty of care, leading to injuries.

In most cases, the value of your compensation depends on the severity of your injuries. Some of your recoverable damages include medical expenses, loss of income, pain, and suffering.

 

The Legal Process for Car Accident Claims

 

The legal process to pursue a car accident injury claim involves the following steps:

  • Seek medical treatment
  • Gather evidence to support your claim
  • File an insurance claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company
  • Negotiate a settlement with the insurance company to reach a fair settlement. At this point, you should consider the help of a personal injury attorney.
  • You can file a lawsuit if you do not reach a fair settlement through negotiations.
  • After filing a lawsuit, you and the at-fault party will engage in the discovery process. Here, you will exchange the relevant information and evidence.
  • The case will proceed to trial if you can not settle through negotiations. Both parties will present their evidence, witnesses will testify, and legal arguments. A judge or jury will later decide on the outcome, determining liability and damages.
  •  If the court issues a judgment, the at-fault party may be required to pay the awarded damages.
  • If either party is unsatisfied with the case’s outcome, they can appeal the decision.

 

Possible Compensation For Car Accident Injuries

 

You have a right to receive compensation for damages after a car accident. Here are the types of compensation that you may claim:

 

Economic Damages

Economic damages are compensation for losses that are monetary verifiable. These damages include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Property damage

 

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages compensate for intangible losses, including the following:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of consortium

 

Punitive Damages

In some claims, a victim may be awarded punitive damages. They are intended to punish the at-fault party for reckless behavior. Besides, they aim to discourage others from similar conduct.

 

What Is the Importance of Legal Representation in a Car Accident Case?

 

After a motor vehicle accident, having legal representation is crucial. At Welsh & Welsh PC LLO, we can offer you support and guidance every step of the way.

As your car accident lawyers, we thoroughly investigate the incident, gather evidence, interview witnesses, and collaborate with professionals to build a robust case. We can also issue legal requests to preserve vital evidence like surveillance footage.

With our experience in personal injury law, we understand the legal processes, statutes, regulations, and case law, ensuring the strength of your case. We know the deadlines for filing claims and will assist you in serving legal documents and meeting court requirements, helping prevent procedural errors that could harm your case.

Additionally, we can develop a strategic approach tailored to your case, evaluating its strengths and weaknesses to construct a compelling argument. We’ll engage with the insurance company on your behalf to secure fair compensation.

We can assess the value of your damages, ensuring that the compensation reflects the true impact of the accident. This includes projecting future medical expenses, lost earnings, and other ongoing costs.

If your case goes to trial, we’ll represent you in court, ensuring that all legal requirements are met. Dealing with the aftermath of a car accident can be overwhelming, but we’re here to support you at Welsh & Welsh PC LLO, allowing you to focus on your recovery while we handle the legal aspects.

 

Take Your First Step to Justice with Welsh & Welsh PC LLO

 

Have you or your loved one been injured in a car accident? Understanding common car accident injuries is essential while seeking justice and compensation. Whether you have suffered a minor whiplash or a long-term brain injury, legal presentation is crucial. At Welsh & Welsh PC, LLO, we have a successful history of handling car accident cases in Nebraska.

Do not let the aftermath of a car accident overwhelm you; contact us today for consultation. Our team of attorneys can ensure you are fairly compensated for your injuries and damages. Consider our legal assistance if you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident.