What Should I Do If I Sustain a Traumatic Injury From an Accident?
Many different types of accidents can cause a traumatic injury. Examples of accidents that might result in a traumatic injury include:
- Motor vehicle accidents, including car, truck, and motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Construction and work-related accidents
- Nursing home abuse and elder abuse
- Boating accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Defective products
- Slips and falls
- Dog attacks
When negligence, errors, or wrongdoing lead to a traumatic injury, the accident victim often sustains great financial losses, pain, and suffering. In many cases, the victim is entitled to receive compensation for economic and noneconomic damages.
If you need help with a personal injury claim, contact our office now for a free consultation with an Erie personal injury attorney.
What is a Traumatic Injury?
Traumatic injuries are typically defined as life-threatening injuries that can result in permanent impairments or disabilities. In some cases, a traumatic injury can lead to a wrongful death. Traumatic injuries require immediate medical attention. In many cases, a traumatic injury results in hospitalization.
Examples of traumatic injuries caused by accident and negligence include, but are not limited to:
- Injuries that result in the loss of a limb or body part (amputations)
- An injury that causes paralysis or loss of sensation, including spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries
- Complex fractures and broken bones that require surgery, including the insertion of metal rods, pins, plates, and screws
- Crushing injuries
- Severe burns
- Traumatic brain injuries, including skull fractures, penetrating brain injuries, bleeding, and swelling
- Loss of sight, vision, or other senses
- Severe facial injuries, such as broken jaws, orbital fractures, and other facial trauma
- Damage to internal organs and internal bleeding
Traumatic injuries can result in death or lifelong disabilities.
It is important to seek immediate medical treatment if you suffer a traumatic injury. In most cases, calling 911 to request emergency medical services is the best way to receive immediate medical attention.
However, some injuries may have a delayed onset of injury symptoms. Additionally, the shock of an accident can make it difficult to identify injury symptoms. It is always good to be checked by a medical professional after an accident.
Compensation Available for Traumatic Injuries
Accident victims might be entitled to compensation if the injury was the result of another person or party’s negligence or wrongdoing. However, you must prove the other party caused the accident or situation which resulted in your injury. You must also prove that you sustained damages because of the injury.
Therefore, it is a good idea to consult with an Erie personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. An attorney investigates the matter to gather evidence used to prove another party caused your injury. Your attorney will work with you to gather evidence documenting your damages.
The amount of compensation you might receive for a traumatic injury claim depends on a variety of factors.
Most claims include compensation for:
- Medical treatment, including doctor’s bills, surgeries, hospital costs, physical therapy, vocational therapy, occupational therapy, medications, and medical equipment
- Psychological treatment and counseling for PTSD, anxiety, depression, and other emotional disorders
- Personal care, including in-home nursing and assistance with activities of daily living
- Disabilities, scarring, permanent impairments, and disfigurement
- Physical, emotional, and mental pain and suffering
- Loss of income, including future loss of income and diminished earning potential
Contact Our Erie Personal Injury Attorney for a Free Case Review
Let us help you file an injury claim seeking compensation for your injuries, damages, and losses. Contact The Travis Law Firm by calling (800) 401-2066 to schedule a free legal consultation with an Erie personal injury lawyer.