Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicate that, each year, more over two million people experience an automobile accident injury. While some may heal in a matter of days or weeks without any major medical intervention, others may experience serious long-term or lifelong complications, including temporary or permanent disability. In such instances, victims may be owed compensation to cover their losses, including their loss of future earnings. Learn more about the most common auto accident injury claims, and how an attorney may be able to improve your chances of receiving a full and fair settlement in your case.
Whiplash and Other Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries are those that cause damage to the body’s connective tissues (muscles, ligaments, and tendons). The most commonly experienced is whiplash – an injury to the muscles and/or tendons in the neck and/or upper back. Many victims who suffer such injuries do heal, but some experience long-term or chronic pain that can make it difficult to work or enjoy their normal, everyday activities. Whiplash is not the only soft tissue injury that victims experience, however. They may also suffer injuries to other muscles, ligaments, or tendons in the body, including those in the lower back, upper back, and shoulders.
Head Injuries in Auto Accidents
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), auto accidents are the third leading cause of head injuries in the United States. Some do heal within a fairly short period of time, but others can result in either death or long-term complications that may make everyday life difficult for the victim. They may suffer from memory problems, vision problems, and/or sensitivity to light and sound. Symptoms can be so debilitating, in fact, that some victims may struggle with simple, everyday tasks, such as reading or using a computer for long periods of time.
Other Common and Serious Auto Accident Injuries
While there are many other types of injuries that car crash victims may experience, the more serious and most frequently experienced include facial injuries, injuries to the trunk of the body (organ damage, lacerations, etc.), broken bones, severed limbs, and spinal injuries. All have the potential to leave a victim temporarily or permanently unable to work or support their family. Many also have expenses related to medical care, such as physical therapy, rehabilitation, wound care, surgery, and/or emergency medical care. These two situations, when compounded, can place them at significant risk for financial ruin.
Protecting Your Right to Pursue Full and Fair Compensation
While it is possible to pursue an auto accident injury claim on your own, many victims find the process to be exceedingly difficult to navigate. To make matters worse, insurance companies often use the victim’s situation against them, often by delaying payouts, offering lower settlements, or outright denying claims. Their hope is that, by making the process more difficult, attempt victims will accept a lower payout, or give up and stop pursuing their claim entirely. This is where an attorney can help. Able to handle the legal aspects of your claim, they can protect your right to pursue fair compensation for your injuries and losses.
At Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd., we understand the devastation that auto accident injuries can cause for victims and their families., and we are dedicated to preserving your financial future. Dedicated and experienced, we will fight for the most compensation possible and ensure your best interests are protected, every step of the way. Learn more about how we can assist with your case. Call 920-739-7366 and schedule a consultation with our Green Bay auto accident lawyers today.