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Have you suffered a serious injury from a car accident?
Car accidents are a leading cause of serious injuries. New York State, as well as a dozen other states, follows a no-fault insurance system. In most cases, a driver or passenger that is injured in a car accident will need to turn to their insurance provider to obtain coverage for medical bills and reimbursement for lost wages due to injury. However, for car accident victims who suffer a serious injury or incur an economic loss of $50,000 or more, they may file a liability claim or personal injury lawsuit against the driver who is at fault for the accident.
What is considered a serious car accident injury?
In New York State, a personal injury that is considered a serious injury is one of the following:
- Significant physical disfigurement
- Loss of pregnancy
- Permanent loss of the use of a body organ, member, function or system
- Permanent consequential limitation of a body organ or member
- Significant limitation of a body system or function
- Medically determined injury or impairment of a non-permanent nature which prevents the injured individual from performing his or her usual and customary daily activities for no less than 90 days during the 180 days that immediately follow the car accident
What are the most common serious car accident injuries?
Although car accidents vary from person to person, there are common serious injuries that result from motor vehicle accidents.
Head and Back Injuries
Head injuries are among the most common serious injuries that can result from car accidents. Motor vehicle drivers and passengers can suffer traumatic brain injuries, skull fractures, hearing loss, and vision impairments, among other serious injuries, when they are involved in high-speed collisions. Car accident victims can suffer serious back injuries as well. A motor vehicle accident that results in damage to a person's spinal cord can also result in significant nerve damage. The car accident victim can experience impairment of their autonomic, sensory and motor functions. Other serious spinal cord injuries can leave the victim permanently paralyzed. Another common back injury that results from a car accident is a herniated disc. Although less severe than a head or spinal cord injury, a herniated disc can still cause a car accident victim serious problems. An individual with a herniated disc may experience pain, numbness or weakness in their arms and legs.
Neck and Chest Injuries
The most commonly reported car accident injury is whiplash. The sudden movement of the head and neck can result in serious ligament and muscle damage. Those at risk for serious injury from whiplash include those over the age of 65 years old and those involved in a side impact collision. Serious injury can also result from trauma to the chest area. Car accidents can result in broken ribs and collapsed lungs. If someone has a predisposed heart condition, it is possible that an individual can experience traumatic cardiac arrest. Immediately following a serious motor vehicle accident, a victim may experience internal bleeding in their chest. Car accident victims can also suffer damage to major internal organs, their pelvis, and abdomen.
Leg, arm, hand, and foot injuries are also common for pedestrians, motor vehicle drivers, and passengers who are involved in a serious collision. Pedestrians who are struck by a car may experience serious leg and foot damage. Motorcycle drivers may suffer numerous serious injuries after being thrown from their bike. Motorcyclists can suffer broken bones, muscle damage (such as a torn ACL) or dismemberment. The fatality rate for motorcyclists is also significantly higher compared to drivers and passengers in cars. Those involved in serious car accidents can also suffer physiological injuries, including post-traumatic stress disorder. Trauma-induced physiological injuries can have serious symptoms, such as hallucinations, sleep problems, substance abuse, inability to regulate or experience emotions, depression, suicidal thoughts, attempts to commit suicide or complete suicide.
Seek the Guidance of an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer
The Brooklyn law office of Georgaklis & Mallas PLLC serves as advocates for car accident victims who have suffered serious injuries. We represent the victims of these accidents and the surviving family members of those who were fatally injured in the accident. Our experienced car accident lawyers will fight vigorously before the judge, jury and other attorneys on your behalf to help you secure the full and appropriate compensation you deserve. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call our Brooklyn car accident law firm at (718) 238-2400.