Injuries Caused by Car Accidents

At Kendall Law Firm, we help people in Charlottesville, Winchester, Harrisonburg, Woodstock, Staunton and surrounding areas in Virginia to pursue just compensation for the harm they have suffered in car accidents caused by negligent drivers.

A major component of the damages that we seek for our clients is the recovery of past medical expenses and the future costs of the medical treatment they will need to address their injuries.

This is why we believe that you should gather as much information as possible about the nature and extent of your injuries after you have been involved in a crash.

By learning more about your injuries, you will be able to better understand:

  • The medical care and treatment you will need
  • The impact on your ability to work and earn a living
  • The effect on your quality of life.

Below, we provide a summary of common car accident injuries. If you would like to discuss your specific injuries or other aspects of an auto accident that has harmed you or a loved one, please contact us today.

Charlottesville personal injury lawyer David Kendall has more than 30 years of experience. Attorney David Kendall is a veteran personal injury lawyer with more than 30 years of experience with assisting Virginia car accident victims. He can provide a free consultation about your case, including a review of your legal rights and your options for pursuing a financial recovery.
Cuts and Bruises
Illustration of cuts and bruises suffered in a car accident.Few people emerge from a car accident without at least a few cuts and bruises. You should promptly treat bruises with ice, and you should clean and protect any cuts in order to prevent infections.

Even though you may believe that your cuts and bruises are the full extent of the injuries that you suffered in a crash, you should still see your regular doctor or visit the emergency room.

Head, brain, soft tissue and internal organ injuries are not always apparent. You need to be thoroughly examined in order to ensure that all of your injuries are identified and treated.

Illustration of a burn injury resulting from a car accident in Virginia.Chemical, thermal and friction burns are common in car accidents. They can result in permanent scarring and disfigurement.

Doctors typically classify the severity of burns according to the degree to which they penetrate the body. A first-degree burn, for instance, means that only your top layer of skin was damaged, while a third-degree burn may have harmed your nerves, muscles, ligaments and bones.

Unfortunately, many burn victims suffer complications such as infections or organ failure.

A minor burn may be treated with antibiotics, ointments and pain medication. However, severe burns may require debridement (removal of dead skin), skin grafts (replacement of scar tissue with healthy skin) and other forms of cosmetic surgery.

Illustration of a bone fracture injury caused by a motor vehicle accident.The force of impact and your body’s position at the time of a crash can cause you to suffer fractures that could be debilitating.

Typically, doctors realign or “set” broken bones and stabilize them in a brace, cast or splint. If the fracture is severe, the doctor may perform surgery and insert pins, screws or rods to stabilize the bones. Multiple surgeries may ultimately be necessary.

Depending on how the broken bone heals, the injury may prevent you from working for a prolonged period or from ever being able to return to your former occupation.

Neck Injuries
Illustration of a neck or whiplash injury victim.Whiplash is a common injury in rear-end crashes. It occurs when your body moves in one direction while your head and neck stay in place or move in the opposite direction. The violent back-and-forth movement can cause a severe strain that harms the nerves, tendons, ligaments and other soft tissue in the neck.

A whiplash injury typically is treated through stabilization and pain medication. A victim may recover in just a matter of weeks or suffer long-term, chronic pain that can majorly disrupt his or her ability to work and enjoy life.

Soft Tissue Injuries
Illustration of a soft tissue injury resulting from a car wreck.In addition to whiplash, many other types of soft tissue injuries may occur in a car crash. These injuries include strains, sprains and tears. In many cases, the damage is severe. A soft tissue injury may require surgery and significant physical therapy.

A torn rotator cuff is an example of a common car accident injury. It involves damage to the muscles and tendons around the shoulder. Torn knee ligaments (ACL or MCL tears) also frequently occur in crashes.

Head and Brain Injuries
Illustration of a brain injury caused by an accident.Upon impact, the head of a car occupant can slam into the windshield, door or other part of the vehicle’s structure. As a result, the victim may suffer a concussion or a more severe form of traumatic brain injury (TBI).

A head or brain injury can dramatically harm a person’s ability to think, move, communicate and control his or her emotions. Physical therapy, speech and language therapy and vocational therapy may all be necessary.

Back and Spine Injuries
Illustration of a spine indicating a back injury that could result from a car crash.Back and spine injuries in a car accident can include herniated or bulging discs. These injuries may require surgery, medication and ongoing physical and vocational therapy.

Of course, paralysis is a catastrophic injury. The victim may face a lifetime of expensive treatment and around-the-clock care.

Internal Organ Injuries
Illustration of the lungs indicating the possibility of internal organ injury after a car crash.The impact of an auto accident can damage the liver, heart, lungs, bowels or diaphragm. A ruptured spleen is an example of a serious type of internal injury. Because the spleen helps the body to fight infections, this injury can be fatal if not promptly treated. (Again, this is why you should always seek immediate medical treatment after an accident.)
Emotional Distress
Illustration of a person signifying the possibility of suffering emotional distress following an accident.Being involved in a car accident and witnessing others suffer horrifying injuries can cause a person to suffer psychological damage such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which can significantly impair a person’s ability to work and interact with others. Treatment may include medication and ongoing individual and group counseling sessions.


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If you have suffered any type of injury in a car crash in Charlottesville, Winchester, Harrisonburg, Woodstock, Staunton or nearby areas in Virginia, take advantage of our firm's offer of a free case evaluation - with no strings attached.

We can provide a comprehensive review of your accident and explain the options available to you for seeking full and fair compensation for your past and future medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering and more.

When we represent you, you will pay no legal fees unless we obtain a financial recovery for you. To learn more, call or reach us online today.

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