Each year, car accidents kill close to 700 people on Louisiana state roads, according to Louisiana State University Data Reports. In 2014, there were approximately 72,000 serious car accident injuries caused in 44,000 crashes. These high numbers cost the victims and the state a significant amount of money each year, and many innocent drivers end up covering the damages from their own pockets.
If you were in an accident, it is important to be aware of the potential injuries you may have sustained. Even if you think the crash was minor, there is a possibility that serious injuries will manifest themselves later, and you could have significant medical bills and complicated treatments to cover for weeks or months following the collision.
If you needed medical treatment for your injuries, contact a Lafayette personal-injury lawyer. At Morris Bart, LLC, we specialize in helping innocent car accident victims recover damages from negligent drivers.
We may be able to recover medical expenses, lost wages and damages for pain and suffering. You should not have to cover costly medical bills if you did not cause the accident, and we can look into your case and determine if you may have a valid claim.
Call us today at 1-800-537-8185 to schedule an appointment. We have a team of more than 50 attorneys ready to help you through the legal process.
Here are three of the most common serious car accident injuries:
- Head Injuries
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Head injuries are particularly dangerous because you may not show any immediate signs of pain or discomfort. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, everyone is at risk of a traumatic brain injury, but people who have been in car accidents should be particularly aware of the signs and symptoms. Even if you do not think you bumped your head, it may be worthwhile to visit a doctor to make sure you have not sustained any damage.
- Neck and Back Injuries
Neck and back injuries can be particularly debilitating and can also take a while to show any symptoms. Many people do not realize they have sustained a back injury in a car crash until they present with pain days or weeks later.
Even seemingly minor neck injuries like whiplash can become serious and warrant medical attention. High-impact crashes can cause serious injuries to your neck and back that can limit your motor function and even cause partial or full paralysis.
- Psychological Trauma
Many people underestimate the trauma that a car accident can cause, and it may take you weeks or months to fully recover emotionally from the event. As with any traumatic event, if you feel as if you are not coping well, seek professional help and advice.
If you sustained injuries in a car crash that was not your fault, call Morris Bart, LLC today at 1-800-537-8185. A Lafayette personal-injury attorney can consult with you to determine the best way to proceed with your car accident claim.