Any injury from a sudden car accident can disrupt your life. You may need to cancel your plans for the day and head to the emergency department. You may have to miss work for doctor’s appointments, medical procedures, physical therapy, or because your injury prevents you from performing your job for a period of time. You may have to briefly refrain from athletic or other recreational activities that you enjoy.
While any disruption of your life can be frustrating, some car accidents result in injuries that permanently change your life. Legal claims under these circumstances can be much more complex, as the damages sought can be substantially higher and proving future losses may require the help of experts and other resources. The following are some examples of permanent car accident injuries, and if you have sustained any permanent injuries, you need the help of a highly experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible.
Common Injuries From Crashes That Can Have Permanent Effects
The following are some injuries that have the potential to be catastrophic and result in lifelong effects for victims:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)—While some TBIs are relatively mild and victims make a full recovery in a few weeks, other brain injuries are categorized as “severe” and can have permanent effects. First, a severe TBI can often cause a coma, which can last for months and keep a victim hospitalized. Increased intracranial pressure due to hemorrhaging or swelling of the brain can also require ongoing hospitalization. People with severe brain injuries may have permanent cognitive and physical impairments that can cause many challenges at work, school, or even in basic interactions. They may need ongoing therapy and assistance for the rest of their lives.
- Spinal cord injury—Similar to a TBI, some spinal cord injuries can completely heal while others can cause permanent disabilities. When a spinal cord injury is considered to be “complete,” it will cut off functioning that is facilitated by the spine in the parts of the body below the injury. Therefore, if the injury is in the lower spine, a victim may lose the use of their legs and lower torso. If the injury is closer to the neck, the victim may be completely paralyzed from the neck down and may need assistance breathing.
- Amputations—Accidents can result in the loss of a body part for various reasons. Some accident victims may have a limb or extremity severed in the crash. Others may need a part surgically removed if it is crushed or burned beyond the point of possible repair, or to avoid infection. Loss of any body part is a traumatic experience that will change the way someone functions in their everyday lives. Even with the availability of high-tech prosthetics, an amputation can affect nearly every aspect of your life.
- Compound fractures—While broken bones are not usually considered to be life-changing, some compound fractures or open fractures can be. People with compound fractures often require numerous surgeries to insert pins and other hardware to hold bones back in place. They may not be able to use the affected body part at all for months during recovery and then, even with extensive rehabilitative therapy, they may never regain the full use of that body part. For example, people with compound leg or ankle fractures may never be able to play sports or may have their gait permanently affected.
- Disfigurement—Many car accident injuries can result in extensive and permanent scarring and disfigurement. While such scarring may not affect a person’s physical or cognitive abilities, it can affect their social interactions and mental and emotional health. Disfigurement can often result in anxiety, depression, self-esteem problems, and other mental injuries that may be ongoing.
Any accident case that involves permanent injuries should be handled by a law firm with experience representing clients with catastrophic injuries. You need an attorney who understands the complexities of this type of claim as there can be a substantial amount of money at stake.
Call to Schedule a Free Consultation With a Ft. Lauderdale Car Accident Lawyer Today
The most important thing after an accident is to ensure that you receive the necessary medical treatment for all of your injuries. However, it is also critical that you discuss your rights with a skilled Fort Lauderdale car accident attorney. At the Law Office of Joseph J. LoRusso, we regularly handle complicated personal injury claims involving a wide variety of injuries. Call us today at 954-715-3260 or contact us online for more information.