It’s often impossible to immediately tell just what the full impact will be from a car crash. Will the injuries be permanent? How much function and range of motion will be regained?
While it may take weeks or months for injuries to become apparent, there are some types of serious personal injuries from car crashes that can become disabilities. These types of injuries can have a lifelong impact on the injury survivor.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
In car crashes, traumatic brain injuries can occur when a person sustains significant force to the head to the point that it causes damage to the brain. The damage can affect a person in many ways, such as impairing cognitive ability or causing mood swings and emotional instability.
Someone who has experienced a traumatic brain injury from a car collision may have trouble remembering things, concentrating, or expressing themselves. They may have trouble doing the things they used to do easily, and often their personalities seem different.
Spinal Cord Injuries and Paralysis
Spinal cord injuries also can result in lifelong disabilities. When vertebrae and nerves that run along the spinal column are harmed during a car crash, the accident can cause permanent paralysis.
Generally, the higher up on the spine the damage is located, the more paralysis it will cause. An injury to the waist, for example, can cause loss of movement in the legs while an injury to the neck may cause loss of movement to the entire body.
Amputations and Loss of Limbs
Loss of a limb can also become a disability, especially when the car crash survivor had a career requiring physical labor. After the loss of a limb, a person may have to completely change their job, hobbies, and way of life. Beyond that, they may have a long rehabilitation ahead of them to adapt to the loss of a limb.
What Legal Action Can I Take When I Have a Car Crash Injury?
When you’ve been seriously injured by a car collision and it’s not your fault, there are legal actions you can take. Connect with an experienced personal injury lawyer who can guide you each step of the way.
One of the first things you’ll do is document the incident, which your lawyer can assist you with. You may have to provide notice to the person responsible for your injury and adhere to deadlines in order to submit a claim.
From there, your lawyer will take you through the process and help you get the compensation you deserve. This compensation will take into account past, present, and future medical expenses, lost wages, and non-economic damages.
Take Action When a Personal Injury Changes Your Life
Located in Denver, the lawyers at Keating Wagner use years of experience to represent car crash survivors and their families, especially in complex and high-stakes cases involving permanent disability. Call us at 303-534-0401 or send us a message to schedule a free and confidential consultation about your personal injury.