Common Vehicle Accident Injuries
More than 50,000 people were injured in crashes in Virginia in 2020. Even a seemingly minor auto accident has the potential to cause significant injuries to those involved in the crash. While some injuries will heal in a matter of days or weeks, more serious injuries may require extensive medical treatment including hospitalization and rehabilitation. A car accident victim may be unable to work for a lengthy period of time and accumulate significant medical debt.
If you have sustained injuries in a car crash caused by someone else’s careless driving or inattention, you may be entitled to hold the at-fault driver accountable and demand financial compensation to cover your medical bills and other accident-related losses. An experienced car accident injury lawyer at Kendall Law Firm can guide you through the process of pursuing a claim for compensation after a serious accident.
Kendall Law Firm has a track record of successfully representing and securing financial recovery for car accident victims in Virginia. For example, we secured a $500,000 settlement for the victim of a back injury car accident in Harrisonburg who required surgery, and a $250,000 settlement for a Charlottesville woman who suffered a fractured pelvis after being hit head-on by a driver who crossed the double-yellow line. Every traffic accident case stands on its own facts. But our results reflect the effort we make to seek a positive outcome for injured people who turn to us for help.
Our dedication to providing excellent client service shows in the reviews our firm has received and our A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. Attorney David Kendall, who founded the law firm, is dedicated to helping injured people pursue maximum compensation to rebuild their lives after serious injuries. As a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, David Kendall understands the importance of integrity, perseverance, and service to others. Contact our firm today for a free case evaluation. We will discuss how we can help if you have suffered a car accident injury in Virginia. We are prepared to help you seek full compensation if you have been harmed by others’ negligence.
Soft Tissue Injuries and Car Crashes
Soft tissue injuries such as torn muscles, tendons, and ligaments are among the most common auto accident injuries. They are caused by violent, uncontrolled movements. Surgery may be required to repair damaged soft tissue. A car accident victim may require rehabilitation after surgery and be left with physical limitations.
Recovering compensation after suffering soft tissue injuries can be challenging, depending on the type of injury. Insurance companies often try to avoid paying claims for certain kinds of soft tissue injuries, such as whiplash injuries and herniated disc injuries. Some insurers may contend that a car accident victim claiming a whiplash injury is exaggerating the symptoms, especially if the individual didn’t go to the hospital from the accident scene. The insurer may argue that a herniated disc resulted from a preexisting degenerative condition and was not caused by the auto accident.
A car accident personal injury lawyer at Kendall Law Firm can gather your medical records and show how the accident caused your soft tissue injuries. We may have a medical specialist evaluate your injuries and provide testimony about their effect on your quality of life.
Scrapes and Cuts
While scrapes and cuts may seem like a relatively minor injury, more severe lacerations and abrasions may require intensive medical treatment. These injuries can leave accident victims with permanent scarring or disfigurement. Deep lacerations may require stitches or even surgery to treat the wound. Severe abrasions can result from road rash, which may occur if a car accident victim is ejected from a vehicle in a crash. Serious abrasions may necessitate intensive treatments like wound care or skin grafts.
Any type of laceration or abrasion comes with the risk of infection if the wound is not properly cleaned. Serious infections may necessitate more intensive treatment.
Head Injuries and Car Accidents
Head injuries represent one of the most serious kinds of physical harm that a car crash victim may suffer, especially when the injury is to the brain.
A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a blow or jolt to the head. The sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around inside the skull. It may result in symptoms like sleep loss, headaches, cognitive or memory problems, or altered senses. While usually not life-threatening, a concussion may require days or weeks of rest to fully heal.
More severe brain injuries can result in long-term consequences, including physical and cognitive disabilities. A car crash victim with a serious brain injury may remain in a coma for an extended period of time. Many people who suffer severe traumatic brain injuries never fully recover from their injury. They may require assistance for the rest of their lives.
An individual who sustains a serious brain injury in a car accident will need to seek considerable compensation for their future care. You should turn to a Charlottesville car accident lawyer who has experience handling complex head injury claims. Kendall Law Firm is ready to fight for full compensation if another driver’s negligence caused you or your loved one to sustain a serious brain injury.
Chest injuries can occur in car crashes when vehicle occupants strike the steering wheel, dashboard, or seat in front of them. The injury may even result from the safety devices intended to prevent more serious injuries or death, such as airbags or seatbelts.
Chest and torso injuries can include:
- broken ribs
- crushed sternum
- collapsed lungs
- damage to other internal organs, such as the stomach, liver, or kidneys
Injury to internal organs may cause internal bleeding, which can lead to shock and be life-threatening.
Arm and Leg Injuries
Arms and legs may sustain the blunt force of impact in a car accident and be fractured or crushed.
Injuries to extremities may include broken bones, dislocated joints, ligament tears, muscle and tendon strains and tears, nerve damage, crush injuries, or skin damage.
In the most severe car crashes, arms and legs may be severed in a crash or may suffer damage severe enough to necessitate medical amputation.
Mental and Emotional Injuries
A serious auto accident may leave you emotionally traumatized and struggling to move forward. Car accident victims can find it difficult to stand up for themselves when they have sustained mental and emotional injuries due to a car accident. Insurance companies may argue that an accident victim is faking emotional distress to demand a higher payout. But a violent car crash can cause anyone to suffer mental or emotional harm, including post-traumatic stress disorder or anxiety related to motor vehicles.
Mental and emotional injuries can have negative health effects on a car accident victim including inducing anxiety or depression, sleep issues, loss of appetite, or loss of enjoyment of life. A car accident victim who suffers mental harm deserves full compensation for the cost of treatment of the injuries, including treatment by psychiatrists or therapists who can help an accident victim cope with the trauma of the accident.
Why You Need a Charlottesville Auto Accident Lawyer
If you are recovering from serious injuries in a car accident, you already have your hands full. You shouldn’t have to shoulder the burden of dealing with insurance companies and pursuing financial compensation for your medical bills and other losses on your own. Insurance companies may try to minimize the severity of your injuries and losses or look for reasons to deny your claim outright.
Let an experienced Charlottesville car crash attorney at Kendall Law Firm help you pursue a full financial recovery by:
- Investigating the crash and accident scene to gather all available evidence that can be used to build your case
- Bringing in accident reconstruction experts when necessary to help develop a persuasive explanation of how the accident occurred and to identify the party or parties responsible for the crash
- Documenting all your financial and personal losses, including anticipated future medical expenses and losses to document the full value of your claim
- Walking you through your rights and options, and ensuring you know what to expect at each stage so that you are empowered to make well-informed decisions
- Filing your claims for compensation with the at-fault driver’s insurance company and handling all communications with insurance adjusters and defense attorneys on your behalf
- Negotiating for a settlement that provides you with the best possible result
- Filing a car accident injury lawsuit and pursuing your claim in court if the insurance company refuses to offer you a reasonable settlement that reflects the severity of your injuries.
If you have been seriously injured in an auto accident in Charlottesville through no fault of your own, call Kendall Law Firm today at (866) 590-9773 for a free initial consultation. You have only a limited amount of time to file a personal injury lawsuit so don’t wait to take the first step.
Talk to a Charlottesville car accident attorney to inform yourself about your legal rights. We can review the details of your traffic accident and discuss your options for pursuing a financial recovery from the motorist responsible for the crash. The consultation is free with no obligation. We’re ready to get started.