Types of Car Accident Injuries and Compensation – A St. Petersburg, FL, Personal Injury Lawyer Explains
Not every personal injury lawyer in St. Petersburg, Florida, focuses his or her practice on car accident injury cases. Still, road traffic accidents that result in serious physical and psychological harm make up a substantial portion of personal injury cases overall. It should come as no surprise that auto accidents – and the injuries they cause – are highly complicated matters that often take months, if not years, to fully resolve. Though cars and the roads we travel on are increasingly becoming safer, the risk of sustaining a serious injury is one that you must accept whenever you get behind the wheel or ride in another person’s car.
The types of injuries that are common among car accident victims include:
- Brain and head injuries
- Back and neck injuries (including whiplash)
- Soft tissue injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Broken bones
- Burns, scrapes, and cuts
- Limb loss
The job of a personal injury lawyer largely boils down to ensuring that his or her clients receive the medical care they need and the “damages” they’re legally entitled to. Properly insured car accident victims can be compensated for their:
- Medical expenses – These can include bills for ER visits, in-hospital treatment and recovery, surgery, physical rehabilitation, chiropractic therapy, and prescription drugs.
- Future care – A severe car accident can have long-term physical and psychological consequences. The associated expenses may be compensable if the need for care in the future is adequately documented.
- Lost salary or wages – A serious injury often results in having to take an extended leave of absence from work, or the inability to hold the same or a similar job ever again. A personal injury lawyer can skillfully evaluate the long-term financial impact of being injured in a car accident, including the impact on the victim’s family.
- Pain and suffering – Compensation for pain and suffering is usually limited to cases involving significant and permanent loss of body function, scarring, disfigurement, or anything else that can forever diminish the victim’s quality of life.
For more information, please contact a personal injury lawyer at the St. Petersburg law firm of Reeder & Nussbaum, P.A.