Even a minor car crash can cause serious injuries. When cars traveling at higher rates of speed collide, the driver and passengers can be thrown into each other, into the dashboard, and even out of the car. Pedestrians and bicycle riders who are struck by a car are often lucky to survive the car accident.
In many cases, the victims who are admitted to a hospital require surgery. Surgeries are always risky procedures. Often, patients require long-term physical and occupational therapy in order to heal properly. Standard medical treatments and medications may not be enough to help car accident victims with the following injuries:
- Spinal cord and back injuries. Injuries to the back, neck, spinal cord, and the underlying discs and vertebrae are quite common due to the rapid back and forth movements of a car crash. Neurosurgeons are often called in to try to repair the damage. Survivors often suffer permanent damage including loss of movement, an inability to function fully, and loss of sensation. In the worst cases, the victims suffer a full or partial paralysis to the trunk, legs, arms, hands, and pelvic organs. Surgeries generally can’t always fix spinal cord damage, but it may be necessary to remove bone fragments, treat herniated discs and fractured vertebra, and help to stabilize the spine.
- Brain injuries. Passengers and other victims who strike the ground, a dashboard, a windshield, or any part of the car can easily suffer head trauma. Traumatic brain injuries are often life-threatening. Surgeries may be necessary to remove blood clots or debris that has penetrated the brain, or repair a fractured skull. In some cases, parts of the skull may need to be temporarily or permanently removed to ease the pressure caused by swelling.
- Knee injuries. While passengers can suffer broken bones to any bone in their body, knee injuries tend to be the most common because the front of the vehicle often collapses into the driver or passenger. Knee injury surgeries can include repairs to broken bones, torn ligaments, a torn meniscus, or even a knee replacement. Therapy for knee damage often takes months or longer.
- Broken bones. Aside from knee injuries, drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and bike riders often suffer broken arms, fractured legs, broken hands, fractured shoulders, and broken ribs. Surgery is often needed to repair and reset these bones.
- Internal injuries. Victims of car accidents often need immediate emergency treatment if they have internal bleedings, if a lung was crushed, or any organ was damages. Some internal injuries cause permanent damage even when repairs are made.
- Burn injuries. If a car or any other vehicle ignites, always a distinct possibility in a car crash, the victims can suffer severe burns which require skin grafts and usually result in permanent scarring and disfigurement.
At Delius & McKenzie, PLLC, our Sevierville personal injury lawyers work with your doctors and independent doctors to fully understand your prognosis, diagnosis, and the full scope of your pain. We detail how the surgeries also usually prevent you from earning a living for a substantial period of time. Mostly surgeries from car accidents cause excruciating pain and long-term suffering. We represent car accident victims in Sevierville, Seymour, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and the surrounding Tennessee locations. To discuss your case and assert your rights, call (865) 428-8780 or fill out our contact form to make an appointment.