In 2012, more than 5.6 million automobile accidents were reported in the United States. Each year, 37,000 people die in these accidents – and more than 2 million others are injured or permanent disabled. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by someone else’s recklessness, contact an experienced auto accident lawyer as soon as possible.
Your lawyer will collect essential information, develop your personal injury lawsuit, and fight for the compensation you deserve. This compensation may include past and future medical bills, lost wages, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, and funeral expenses.
Never accept a settlement agreement without speaking to a professional. You may unintentionally bar the door to future litigation.
At Schnipper Law, our team has years of experience in personal injury cases and a proven track record of success. We’ll focus on building your case, while you focus on your recovery. Call our office at 404-983-6051 to learn more.
There are many, many injuries that can be incurred during or after an automobile accident. These injuries include:
Below, we’ll discuss these injuries in detail.
Whiplash is incurred when the head or neck moves suddenly, causing severe muscle and ligament damage. These injuries vary depending on your age, previous medical history, and the severity of the accident in question.
These injuries include collapsed lungs, internal bleeding, and cardiac arrest. You should always see a doctor if you believe you’ve suffered a chest injury. Like whiplash, chest injuries vary in severity based on your age, medical history, and accident severity.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
Nearly 3 million people in the United States suffer a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) each year. Of these people, 200,000 are hospitalized – and 50,000 die. The leading cause of TBI-related death? Automobile accidents.
TBIs can be internal or external in nature. External injuries are common in automobile accidents, and include penetration of the skull, focal damage, and deceleration (when the brain is slammed back and forth inside the skull).
There are four major types of TBIs:
- Concussions – Usually minor, caused by shaking or a sudden change in movement. Concussions cannot always be seen through imaging tests and may lead to headaches, memory loss, and disorientation.
- Contusions – Caused by slamming into an object, creating a bruise in the brain tissue. Contusions range from mild to severe in nature and may lead to a loss of consciousness, emotional distress, or exhaustion.
- Penetrating Injury – An open head wound caused by an object piercing through the skull, sometimes making contact with the brain.
- Anoxic Injury – When the brain doesn’t receive enough oxygen to operate, caused by poisoning, suffocation, or choking.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Each year, nearly 11,000 people suffer a spinal cord injury in the United States. A spinal cord injury is expensive and likely permanent. The average hospital stay lasts 15 days, with the average rehabilitation stay lasting 44 days. Expenses over the first twelve months average $198,000. Over the lifetime of the victim, expenses may range from $400,000 to $1.35 million.
There are five major types of spinal cord injuries:
- Triplegia – When the spinal cord is not completely damaged.
- Paraplegia – When the thoracic spinal cord is damaged, eliminating movement and sensation in the lower half of the body.
- Tetraplegia – When the cervical spinal cord is damaged, eliminating movement and sensation below the site of the injury. This is also known as quadriplegia.
- Central Cord Syndrome – When the center of the spinal cord is damaged. This may result in a loss of motor skills, arm paralysis, or leg paralysis.
- Anterior Cord Syndrome – When the front of the spinal cord is damaged, making movement difficult, if not impossible.
These injuries include fractured, sprained, or broken bones, as well as external bruising and broken ribs. While treatable and usually temporary in nature, general injuries may result in significant present and future medical bills. These bills may be covered by compensation obtained through a personal injury lawsuit.
Contact an Experienced Auto Accident Lawyer for Representation
In the state of Georgia, you have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit. If you allow this deadline to pass, you can never receive compensation for your injuries.
No one anticipates being injured in a dangerous car accident. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by someone else’s recklessness, negligence, or carelessness, contact an experienced auto accident lawyer at Schnipper Law by calling 404-983-6051. Our team will build your case, focus on your well-being, and fight for the compensation you deserve.