Car accidents are unpredictable, and the injuries that come along with them are entirely dependent on an incalculable number of variables including the speeds of the cars, the size of each vehicle and the difference in size between them, the passengers involved, the angle of collision, and much more.
While each car accident is unique, there are many different common injuries that the team at Timothy J. Ryan have represented throughout the years and gotten our clients the compensation that they deserve. We understand that your accident and injuries are unique to you, and we will always treat each case with an individual approach to make sure that every detail is accounted for, every dollar owed is quantified, and you are able to move forward with your life confident in the financial situation that we help you secure.
Contact us now to schedule an initial consultation, where we can discuss the car accident that you were involved in, the injuries that you sustained, any arrests that took place on the scene, and anything else relevant to the overview of the situation. From there, we will be able to offer you some advice on what steps you should be taking next, and how we can help you navigate this complicated process.
We will also be able to talk about past victories that we have had with clients in similar situations as your own. Knowing that others have been through a similar process can sometimes help to settle some nerves as you gear up towards this next process.
Read more below about common car accidents, and contact us now to talk about yours with an experienced legal professional.
Whiplash is an extremely common injury in a car accident, even at low speeds where there are virtually no other injuries. This is because whiplash occurs when the head is jerked rapidly back and forth after an impact and tears the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the neck, as well as compresses or pinches the disks between the neck vertebrae.
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that results from an impact to the head and the brain is then banged around in the skull. Depending on the severity of the impact, symptoms may range from minor to severe, including things like brain fog, trouble remembering things, loss of consciousness, severe headaches, irritability, and more. Concussions are very serious and need to be addressed by a doctor to ensure that they do not create any additional issues and that the victim can hopefully make a full recovery.
Bone breaks, or fractures, are another common injury during an impact or collision. These fractures can come from a person extending their arms instinctively to protect their face, and end up breaking wrists or arms, or can even sometimes happen from the seatbelt holding the passenger back and ultimately injuring and possibly breaking ribs or shoulders. The threat of seatbelt injuries is not a good reason to not wear one, since the speed at which you will be traveling before suffering one of these injuries would cause certainly worse injury if you were not strapped in.
Lacerations can happen from broken glass, sharp corners, or even an extremely hard impact to a hard surface. Any injury involving blood loss requires immediate attention to ensure that the victim does not lose a dangerous amount of blood, and if they do, that they are able to receive a transfusion while the medical workers perform emergency procedures to stop the bleeding. In addition to the immediate threat of blood loss, there are additional problems with scarring, infection, reduced mobility, severed tendons, and more.
A hematoma happens when blood pools between layers of tissue, somewhat like a bruise but with much more significant blood loss and pain. Hematomas need to be looked at my a medical professional, and in some cases may even require a cast or something else to restrict mobility while the tissues and capillaries are allowed to fully heal. In addition, a hematoma may be an indication that there are more serious issues, which a doctor should clear.
A car accident can be a very traumatic experience, and there is no reason that your emotional struggle and anguish should be diminished when compared to the physical wounds that you suffer. When you are working with a personal injury attorney in Orange County, you can be confident that these “intangibles” of your accident are accounted for, and that there is a fair dollar amount applied to the overall damages that you are seeking in order to compensate for these issues.
What to Do After a Car Accident
Safety First, Police Second
Obviously everyone's health comes first. Wounds need to be identified and addressed, and ambulances need to be called if anyone was hurt. But even if they weren't, call the police. No matter how small the accident seems, having the recorded details on file is necessary to ensure your rights are protected.
Make Sure Your Story Is Documented
This is a time to ask questions. The other person's insurance, as much information as you can get of the police report, the officer name and badge number, etc. You should not sign anything unless you've thoroughly looked it over, and if you don't feel of sound mind to review the details then let the police know.
Police can sometimes rush citizens. You might be their third accident of the hour, so their priorities are different than yours. Don't let them pressure you, since any mistakes made and entered onto the report will be very difficult to have reversed.
Documentation is everything, so if you can, take your own pictures. And take lots of them. It's far better to delete them later than to not have them at all. You might catch an angle that the cops or insurance company missed. If any injuries or damages are sustained as a result of the accident, pictures will be evidence.
Don't Admit Fault
Mum's the word on this one, even if you do believe that you caused the accident. It can mean the world of difference for you in terms of the consequences for the accident. Until you can have a lawyer present to advise you on what to say, you're much better off just pleading the 5th and just answering factual questions to the cop and other driver. Car accidents are difficult to remember. You may believe you are at fault when you're not.
Contact an Attorney
Even if there are serious injuries sustained in a car accident, some people are tempted to avoid contacting an attorney. Many people make the mistake of believing that these situations don't require an attorney. Unfortunately, this has resulted in countless families having to pay more money out of their pocket for medical expenses and related costs that they are no longer able to support themselves.
Contact Us Today
The sooner you contact our car accident lawyer, the sooner we can begin building a comprehensive case for negotiating a settlement or pursuing a full personal injury lawsuit with the California court system.