The Aftermath Of A Car Wreck
Safer America, Consumer Safety Information, reports that according to FARS (Fatality Analysis Reporting System) data from the National Safety Traffic Administration, the state of Texas had the most traffic fatalities of any state in the U.S. with 3,722. Our state of Georgia came in fourth in the rankings with 1,554. They also report that vehicle crashes are highest among 16-19 year-olds than any other age group.
If you or a loved one was not involved in a fatal car wreck, but you were permanently disabled following a car wreck, you need and deserve trusted legal counsel. Permanent disability after a car wreck implies that you sustained a severe and lifelong injury. Moreover, with the implications of your injury, you are no longer able to work. These implications resulted in a life-long loss of income and needed ongoing medical care.
Types of Injuries That Cause Permanent Disability After A Car Wreck
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) – These are the result of a violent blow or jolt to your head or body. This condition can compromise your state of consciousness, awareness or responsiveness. Different states of consciousness include coma, vegetative state, minimally conscious state, and brain death. This type of injury may also result in problems with cognitive skills, executive functioning, and communication skills.
- Amputations – Amputations have two classifications. Surgical amputations refer to amputations due to injuries sustained during an accident. Traumatic amputations occur during the accident itself.
- Spinal Cord Injuries – This type of injury occurs when any part of your spinal cord or nerves are damaged. This injury results in permanent changes in strength, sensation and other body functions below the site of your injury. If you or a loved one sustain this type of injury, it will most likely affect almost every aspect of life, mentally, emotionally and socially.
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month
The Brain Injury Association of America has proudly led the nation in observing Brain Injury Awareness Month for three decades. Its theme for 2018-2020 is “Change Your Mind.” They hope to raise public awareness about the incidence of brain injury. It also hopes to raise awareness of people with brain injuries and their families.
The Aftermath of a Car Wreck
If you or a loved one were involved in a devastating car wreck, the ripple effects of it could be overwhelming. Often, you are no longer able to perform your job duties, and you are forced to quit your job permanently. This loss results in an inability to provide for yourself and your family financially. Meanwhile, your medical bills are mounting, and your ongoing medical care can become overwhelming financially, emotionally and physically.
If you or a loved one has been permanently disabled following a car wreck, it’s important that you secure trusted legal counsel to explain your options in the aftermath and safeguard your family’s future.
Lawsuits Vs. Insurance Claims
There is a difference between a car accident lawsuit and a car insurance claim. Each can result in some settlement where you may recover compensation to pay for your damages that occurred as a result of your car accident. However, car accident insurance claims occur between your insurance company and you. The negotiations happen between you and the insurance company’s adjuster. A lawsuit is a formal legal action. This happens between you (the plaintiff- the person filing a personal injury lawsuit) and the defendant (the person being sued).
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, be sure to keep precise documentation to recover compensation. Determining liability and recouping lost wages is a long and challenging process. If you or a loved one is the victim of a car accident, you will benefit from the knowledge and experience of Dwayne L. Brown. Contact our Atlanta office to schedule your free consultation to discuss your auto accident injury case.
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