Common Injuries in Car Accidents
Depending in part on the force of the impact, car accidents can cause many different types of injuries to various body parts. These may arise from being hit by unsecured cargo, being slammed into an interior part of the vehicle or another person, or being ejected from the vehicle. Blunt force trauma, neck pain and whiplash, swelling, broken ribs, collapsed lungs, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord damage are all possible. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the most common injuries in car accidents occur to the head, chest, neck, pelvis, legs, feet, and abdomen. If you have been hurt in a car accident in Dallas or the surrounding communities, you can consult an attorney at Feizy Law Office to assert your rights.Common Injuries in Car Accidents
Trauma based on hitting some part of the car or being pierced by shattered glass can be devastating. Whether you suffer brain trauma, loss of hearing, partial vision loss, whiplash, paralysis, broken ribs, a ruptured diaphragm, or even an internal injury to the liver, kidneys, or spleen, you may need substantial medical care. Where you were seated inside the car can have a role in the type of harm you may sustain. The closer you are to the point of impact, the more severe or catastrophic the injuries are likely to be.
Crash victims may face huge medical and rehabilitation costs, as well as emotional injuries like depression, anxiety, or PTSD. Any damages that flow from an accident that is the result of someone else's negligence may be pursued. Negligence has four elements that must be proven: duty, breach of duty, causation, and damages.
If you can successfully prove these elements, you can potentially recover both economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages include medical bills, lost wages, out-of-pocket costs, vocational rehabilitation, physical therapy, and household services. When injuries are catastrophic—such as spinal cord damage or brain trauma—the medical expenses and long-term care costs can be huge. Generally, these damages are established by submitted documentation as evidence. Sometimes it is necessary to retain an economist to provide opinions and testimony as to future losses, such as future lost wages and future physical therapy costs. Noneconomic damages include pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment.
After some of the more severe car accident injuries, it is not just the victim who suffers, but also his or her family. In Texas, the spouse of an accident victim can pursue compensation for loss of consortium if the defendant is liable for physical injuries to the other spouse. Elements of loss of consortium include emotional support, love, affection, comfort, and companionship. Similarly, when a parent's injury is serious, disabling, and permanent, children can potentially recover damages for their loss of consortium. Some factors that the jury may consider when making this award are the severity of injury to a parent and the effect on the parental relationship, as well as the nature of the child's relationship to the parent, the child's age and characteristics, and the availability of other relationships similar to the one with the parent.Discuss Your Negligence Claim with a Dallas Attorney
People in the Dallas area who have been involved in a motor vehicle collision may have options that they can explore with a lawyer. Call Feizy Law Office at (214) 651-8686 or reach us via our online form. We also represent car accident victims in other Texas cities, such as Fort Worth, Arlington, Irving, Garland, and Plano.