Common Injuries Resulting From Nevada Car Accidents

Crucial Steps To Take After a Car Accident & How To Get The Compensation You Deserve

The injuries people suffer after car accidents range from minor bumps and bruises to catastrophic injuries, including spinal cord injuries, amputation, and traumatic brain injuries. In one recent year, 39,107 people died in car crashes, and 4.5 million people sought medical attention for injuries. The cost of car crash injuries for that year was $463 billion, a staggering sum.

Major vs. Minor Injuries In Car Crashes

Common Injuries Resulting From Nevada Car Accidents

What you should do after a car accident injury depends on the severity of your injuries. At the accident scene, if you believe you might make injuries worse by moving, sit still and wait for the emergency medical technicians to arrive.

Car accidents are divided into two general categories: major and minor. In a major car accident, there is serious damage to vehicles and property, along with severe injuries to people involved. Victims may be unable to work for long periods of time and are frequently left with injuries that may be life-altering, life-threatening, or even fatal.

In contrast, a minor vehicle accident is a much less severe incident and may range from minor damage to the vehicle and no injuries to moderate injuries with some vehicle damage. Some people may feel that minor car accidents aren’t worth claiming, but they can still leave people with painful, long-term injuries. Regardless of the severity of a car accident you may have been involved in, it’s smart to consult with Las Vegas personal injuries attorneys to learn about your options.

If you believe your injuries are minor and you won’t suffer additional injuries or make those that you have worse, you can help your case at the accident scene. First, call 911 to report the accident. Check on others involved in the accident. If you are still on the phone with first responders, let them know if they’ll need to send more than one ambulance.

Take photos of the accident scene before anyone moves their vehicles. Most people will move their vehicles to the side of the road if they are drivable. While doing that is safer for those involved in the accident and for other drivers, it also destroys the evidence. If you can get photos before anyone moves their vehicles, you can help preserve evidence. Be sure to take photos from all angles.

Obtain contact information from other drivers and passengers involved in the accident, including each person’s name, a good phone number, and, if possible, a good email address. Also, obtain all drivers’ license and insurance information.

Obtain contact information from each witness. You can also ask each witness what they saw and write down what they tell you.

Common Injuries in a Minor Auto Accident

Always allow first responders to check you over. Once the police release you from the accident scene, go to the hospital or an urgent care center. Some car accident injuries don’t show symptoms for hours or even a day or two later. Tell the nurses and doctors that you were in a car accident and need a thorough exam to ensure that you do not have internal injuries or other injuries that might manifest later.

A full physical workup after an accident can help provide evidence of injuries that resulted from the car accident, as well as establish a baseline of your overall health that can be useful later in a Las Vegas personal injury lawsuit. Even if you don’t feel like you’ve been injured, it’s a good idea to visit an emergency room or urgent care clinic. Some injuries you may suffer after a minor car accident include:

  • Road Rash: The result of skidding across pavement, gravel, or dirt, road rash is a painful surface abrasion of the skin and can cover large areas of your body after a car accident. In many situations, road rash will heal over several days, but severe cases can cause significant nerve and tissue damage.
  • Strains & Sprains: Soft tissue injuries, including sprains, bruising, strains, and damage to ligaments are very common after vehicle accidents.These types of injuries are painful, inhibit movement, and can have long-lasting effects on the function of your body.
  • Bumps, Bruises, Scrapes, Cuts, & Scratches: These can range from fairly minor to severe and be the result of broken glass, hitting the dashboard or side wall of your vehicle, or other impact. Bruising after a car accident can be extensive, and some cuts will require surgery and may leave a scar. When injuries occur on the face or other areas of the body, the resulting disfigurement can cause physical, social, and emotional challenges.
  • Simple & Compound Fractures: Broken bones are a common injury after vehicle accidents and may include bones such as legs, ribs, arms, ankles, clavicle, and wrists. In severe cases, a victim’s back or pelvis may also break. Not only are broken bones painful and limiting, but extensive fractures may require surgery and months of physical therapy to repair and leave the victim with long-lasting discomfort or mobility issues.
  • Pulled Or Torn Muscles & Other Soft Tissue Injuries: Injuries that involve muscles, ligaments, tendons, and other soft tissue can be very painful and even require surgery or physical therapy to regain proper function. Victims may struggle with limb functionality and mobility for weeks to months, sometimes with lifelong consequences.

Injuries You Could Suffer in a Major Car Accident

Do not try to move. Allow the emergency medical technicians to check you out. Go to the hospital via ambulance if the EMTs recommend it. You could have additional serious injuries that you can’t feel because of the adrenaline flowing through your body. The police will obtain all of the available information about the accident and put it in the police report, of which you can later request a copy.

Even if you feel like you might be okay or the EMTs decide not to transfer you to a local hospital, be sure to get immediate follow up care from an emergency room or urgent care following a major car accident. It’s common for victims of major car accidents to suffer significant injuries that may not be immediately apparent. Additionally, not having evidence of a medical examination after your car accident can weaken your Las Vegas car accident lawsuit. Some injuries that you may suffer after a major car accident include:

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries, Including Concussions & Penetrating Injuries: Car accidents are a leading cause of brain injuries, which are the result of a blow or piercing injury to the head. Concussions may heal within weeks, but any kind of TBI has the potential to leave lasting damage that can result in long-term disability.
  • Back & Spinal Cord Injuries: The impact of a vehicle collision and the resulting torque can cause damage to the back or spinal cord of people involved. This condition can require surgery along with months of rehab and therapy; in severe incidents, paralysis can result.  
  • Paralysis: Levels of paralysis that can be as extensive as quadriplegia are not uncommon after major car accidents and may result in difficulty returning to work and your normal lifestyle, requiring long-term disability.
  • Whiplash: Whiplash is a casual term for the damage and injury that can result to the soft tissue of the neck after a car accident. Vehicle speed as low as 15 mph can cause whiplash, even if you are wearing a seatbelt.  
  • Burns From Fuel, Oils, Or Fire: When vehicles catch fire or hot liquids such as oil leak from the engine following a collision, severe burns can occur that may require treatments such as surgery and skin grafting. Disfigurement is another common consequence of burns in a car accident.
  • Damage To Internal Organs: Sometimes not immediately apparent following a collision, damage to internal organs can be severe and result in internal bleeding, reducing organ function, and even rupture. Surgery and significant medical intervention may be necessary.
  • Limb Loss Or Amputation: It’s not unusual for appendages such as arms, legs, fingers, and toes to become irrevocably damaged or crushed in a major car accident. Amputation will require significant lifestyle change and can be permanently disabling.
  • Broken bones: Simple or compound fractures can cause significant amounts of pain and disability. In many cases, broken bones will require surgical repair, months of physical therapy, and ongoing negative effects, especially if the break is severe and involves the pelvis or back.
  • Head, neck, and shoulder injuries: Injuries to the head, neck, and shoulders are usually the result of absorbing shock during a collision. Common injuries include a broken shoulder blade or damaged shoulder joint, cervical dislocation, and disc injury.
  • PTSD: Beyond physical injuries, car accident victims may suffer from emotional or mental injuries such as post-traumatic stress disorder, which can make even daily tasks impossible or difficult. Counseling, medication, and therapy may be required, but the condition can be lifelong in some cases.

You could also suffer from secondary injuries, such as infections from open wounds, disfigurement, and scarring. If you have certain underlying conditions, such as diabetes, immunodeficiencies, or are on certain drugs, such as chemotherapy, you are at a higher risk for infections. Because of these underlying conditions, or because your white cell count is lower because of certain drugs, it takes longer to recover. The longer a wound is open, the more risk you have of acquiring an infection.

Regardless of what type of injury you’ve suffered as a result of your minor or major car accident, a consultation with Las Vegas auto accident injury lawyers can help you understand your options and may enable you to receive financial compensation to pay for your medical care, therapy, pain and suffering, lifestyle changes, loss of income, and more.

How To Get The Most Value Out Of Your Personal Injury Claim

If a car accident was not your fault, you deserve compensation for the injuries that you suffered. Contact an experienced team of car crash injury lawyers to learn what options you may have.

Ultimately, your actions immediately after your car accident will have a significant impact on what kind of compensation or resolution you receive. Even accidental missteps can have significant negative impacts on the strength of your case and result in a reduced settlement, or even cost you a settlement altogether. Consider these recommendations from Las Vegas auto accident injury attorneys to help win the highest possible settlement:

Gather Evidence to Strengthen Your Injury Case

Common Injuries Resulting From Nevada Car Accidents

Any evidence that you are able to present can help strengthen your claim. Although your attorney will also work to gather evidence, there is some valuable evidence that you can obtain at the accident scene if you are physically able. Contact emergency services immediately so that the police can make an incident report of the scene. If it is safe to do so, take pictures of your vehicle and all other vehicles who were involved, including details of the scene, such as the exact location in the intersection and any debris that may be on the road. Take pictures of your own injuries as well.

The Importance Of Medical Record

It’s wise to seek medical treatment as an emergency room or urgent care immediately after your car accident, even if EMTs have already examined you for injuries and determined you did not need hospital transportation. Medical records provide key evidence of the nature and extent of your injuries and will be valuable in your Las Vegas personal injury lawsuit. Post accident medical records can be used to prove that what you are suffering is a result of the accident and are also used to document the necessary medical care or ongoing treatments you need. Avoid making statements such as “I’m fine” at the scene of the accident, which can be misconstrued by witnesses and weaken your personal injury claim later.

Stay Off Social Media During Your Auto Injury Case

Anything you post on social media following your car accident can be used against you later, so Las Vegas car crash injury lawyers recommend staying off social media until your claim is settled. Announcing on your social media pages that you feel great or posting pictures of yourself performing an activity that requires a lot of physical exertion can be used by insurance adjusters to undercut your claim of injury or reduced mobility.

Statute Of Limitations: File An Car Accident Injury Claim As Soon As Possible

Nevada has a two year statute of limitations from the date of the injury on personal injury claims. Don’t delay; contact a personal injury attorney right away so that your legal team has sufficient time to build your case and work toward a settlement. Additionally, evidence becomes more difficult to acquire as time passes, so you’ll want to contact an attorney as soon as possible after the car accident.

Negotiating With Insurance Companies After a Car Accident

After your car accident, you will probably be contacted by the other driver’s insurance company. They will ask a lot of questions and may even offer you a settlement. Although the initial proposal may be a lot of money and seem reasonable, in most cases it will not be not enough to completely cover all of your medical bills, lost income, and other expenses you will be facing and will not adequately reflect what you’ve lost as a result of the accident. The insurance company may try to convince you that you have no other options or that this is the highest offer you will receive, but this isn’t true.

It’s appropriate to tell the insurance company you will talk with them at the right time after you’ve consulted with your Las Vegas car crash injury lawyers. Allow your legal team to do the negotiating on your behalf and help you to get the highest settlement possible.

What Type Of Compensation Can I Receive From My Car Crash Injuries?

Nevada allows car accident victims to recover two types of damages from the party that caused the accident: compensatory damages and punitive damages. Compensatory damages break into two categories: economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are reimbursement for accident-related expenses, while non-economic damages are reimbursement for intangible losses, such as pain and suffering.

Economic Damages

Economic damages include tangible losses that result from a car accident. They tend to be concrete, readily documented, and easily calculated.

Sometimes referred to as special damages, economic damages can include:

  • Past medical expenses incurred because of the vehicle accident and before a settlement or trial award.
  • Future medical expenses that the victim will likely incur after a settlement or trial award.
  • Wages lost before a settlement or trial award because of injuries suffered in a car accident.
  • Future lost wages the victim will likely lose due to their car accident injuries. Some injuries lead to long-term or permanent disabilities, making it impossible for the victim to ever work again. However, if the victim can work, but cannot work in the same capacity and for the same pay, they might receive partial future lost wages.
  • Replacement or repair of destroyed or damaged personal property, including the vehicle and personal property in the vehicle.
  • Funeral, burial, and/or cremation expenses if you lost a loved one in a car accident.

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages are more subjective because they do not carry a receipt or other objective documentation.

Sometimes referred to as general damages, non-economic damages can include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of use of a body part, such as a foot or hand
  • Loss of use of a bodily function, such as eyesight or bladder control
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of consortium (loss of benefits from a family relationship)
  • Compensation for amputation, excessive scarring, and/or disfigurement
  • Inconvenience, if the victim must hire someone to do chores that they would usually do, such as grocery shopping, lawn maintenance, or home maintenance and repair.

Maximize Your Personal Injury Settlement In Las Vegas, NV

If you suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a car or vehicle accident, contact an experienced car accident attorney near you for a free case evaluation to determine if you can pursue compensation.

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