Accidents can result in a variety of injuries. Some injuries are minor. Minor injuries typically heal completely within a short time with little medical intervention or financial losses. However, serious accident injuries are much different. A person that sustains serious accident injuries may be out of work for months. The injury may result in a permanent impairment. If you sustain serious accident injuries, it is important to seek legal advice from New Orleans personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
What Are Serious Accident Injuries?
Any injury can be serious. However, some types of injuries are considered catastrophic or serious injuries because they have life-altering implications for the victim. In many cases, serious accident injuries result in permanent disabilities that significantly impair a person’s ability to work. These injuries often result in a decrease in the person’s quality of life because of the impairment. In other words, serious or catastrophic accident injuries can completely change a person’s life forever.
Examples of serious accident injuries and catastrophic accident injuries include:
- Amputation and Limb Loss
- Traumatic Brain Injury and Other Severe Head Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries and Paralysis
- Severe Burns
- Loss of Bodily Function
- Loss of Sensory Functions (i.e. hearing and vision loss)
Even though other injuries may not always result in a permanent disability, they can result in surgeries, physical therapy, and significant financial losses. The severity of an injury depends on numerous factors, including the person.
Other common accident injuries include:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Soft tissue injuries
- Lacerations and puncture wounds
- Neck and shoulder injuries
- Back injuries, such as ruptured discs
It is wise to see a physician for a complete examination after any type of accident or injury. Only a qualified physician can diagnose your condition and develop a treatment plan that gives you the best chance of a successful recovery.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim
When you are injured because of the wrongdoing, errors, or negligence of another party, you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries. For example, if a driver runs a right light and causes a car crash, the victims of the car crash can file a claim against the at-fault driver for compensation of damages.
Damages included in a personal injury claim can range from financial losses to physical pain and emotional suffering. Financial losses include loss of income, medical expenses, travel expenses, personal care, and medical equipment. The value of your economic losses is the total of all expenses or losses related to the accident, your injury, and your recovery. If you sustain a permanent disability, you might also be entitled to compensation for future financial losses, medical care, and personal care.
Pain and suffering are more difficult to value. Noneconomic damages include physical pain, emotional suffering, mental anguish, scarring, disabilities, and loss of quality of life. There is not an invoice or a formula for calculating how much a person suffers after an injury. However, our experienced New Orleans personal injury lawyers understand how to use the facts in your case and the evidence we uncover to calculate the maximum value for pain and suffering damages.
Contact a New Orleans Personal Injury Attorney for Help
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, Attorney Fred Olinde and the legal team of The Olinde Firm can help. We investigate car crashes to gather evidence that proves you are entitled to compensation for your injuries. We handle insurance claims and file personal injury lawsuits to protect the best interests of our clients.
Call (504) 587-1440 or 1-800-587-1889 to schedule a free consultation with one of our New Orleans personal injury attorneys.