Losing a vehicle you needed or cherished in an auto accident is difficult enough, but physical injuries are often just as challenging following a collision. A car can be replaced, but when you’re hurt, it may take months or years to recover, if you’re able to at all. Some crashes cause permanent disabilities that require you to completely alter your lifestyle.
If you were hurt in a collision, call our Alabama car accident attorneys at Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. at (205) 933-1500 for a free consultation. If you’re hurt because of someone else’s actions, you may have the right to recover compensation for your losses. Don’t hesitate to learn more about your rights and legal options.
Brain injuries – Concussions and more severe traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can happen during a car crash. A blow to the head or a severe jerking motion like hitting the window, airbag, or steering wheel can cause a minor brain injury that can require a significant time to recover. A serious blow to the head or penetration of the skull by an object can lead to a moderate to severe TBI. These brain injuries can result in permanent changes, disabilities, or disfigurement. Severe TBIs can also result in coma and death. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car accidents cause a majority of fatal TBIs in children between 5 and 15 years old and almost half of TBI-related deaths in people between the ages of 15 and 24.
Neck & Back injuries – Because of the forces exerted on a car and its occupants during an accident, necks and backs move in different directions quickly and are forced into awkward motions. These severe movements can result in neck and back injuries. Whiplash is a well-known neck injury that could be a sprain or a torn muscle or ligament. Spinal cord injuries, such as fractured vertebrae, are also common. Neck and back injuries can be painful and make it difficult to work or take care of yourself while you recover.
Knee injuries – Knee injuries are common in a car accident because knees collide with the dash or front seats. Common knee injuries include a dislocated knee, torn ligaments, and broken bones. Many of these injuries require surgery to repair and months of physical rehabilitation before you’re back up and moving normally.
Broken bones – Broken bones to the face, arms, and legs are common in car accidents. Some fractures may be clean and treatable with only a cast. However, some fractures may be more severe, such as bones broken in multiple places or even piercing the skin. These types of breaks often need surgery, including the use of screws and metal plates. Recovery may be painful, lengthy, and require physical therapy.
Lacerations – A car accident often results in broken and flying glass. Minor to severe cuts, or lacerations, are common, frequently requiring stitches. Serious lacerations can result in scaring and disfigurement.
Don’t hesitate to seek legal advice after a car accident. Whether your injuries are relatively minor or you or a loved one are suffering from significant wounds, you deserve to know your rights and how you can financially recover from your situation. The costs of a car accident are significant – property damage, medical expenses, emotional distress, and more – and you don’t have to shoulder them all yourself.
Contact the Alabama car accident lawyers at Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. at (205) 933-1500 or use the online form. We have won more than $200 million in court verdicts and settlements. We will fight to gain you the compensation you deserve.