Types of Personal Injury Cases in Monterey Park, California
By some estimates, up to 50 percent of the more than five million auto vehicle accidents that happen annually in the United States result in injuries to the driver, passengers or third parties. Many of these cause some degree of permanent impairment. According to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the estimated cost in medical treatment and lost work exceeds $30 billion per year.
According to U.S. Department of Labor's statistics, workers in the logging and fishing industries suffer the highest fatal accident rates of any occupation. That is not a surprise to anyone who watches the documentaries or reality shows about those pursuits.
What is somewhat striking about the DOL report, however, is the prevalence of occupational injuries and deaths, nearly 40 percent of all fatalities – that are “transportation-related.” Statistically speaking, it seems that driving or being a passenger in a motor vehicle is the most dangerous thing most people do in their work as well as in their personal lives.
Prevention and Mitigation
Obviously, the best way to lower the rate of crash injuries is prevention. Programs designed with this goal in mind include age-graduated driver licensing systems and sobriety checkpoints.
Of course, there will always be some accidents that are unavoidable. The development of airbag technology and improved rates of seat belt usage have been conclusively shown to reduce the severity of injuries and prevent fatalities in collisions.
Frequently Seen Injuries
Unfortunately, the day of the foolproof car is not yet at hand. Despite safety improvements, vehicle accidents can still cause serious injuries, some having lasting effects. Some of the most common are described below.
Even with airbags and seat belts in use, a sharp, sudden contact between the head and a hard surface can occur, causing the brain to strike the inside of the skull – in other words, a concussion. Even a relatively mild concussion can be life-threatening if not treated properly, and more severe trauma can cause impairment of speech, vision or cognition.
A hard blow to the head may also result in more visible injuries, such as eye or ear damage, fractures of the facial or jaw bones and broken or dislocated teeth.
Neck and Back Injuries
While usually not obvious to an observer, back injuries are among the most common and debilitating. In a collision, there is typically a sudden acceleration or deceleration. Occupants may be thrown forward and then backward quickly (hence the term “whiplash”), causing injury to the vertebral bones or to the ligaments or vertebral discs. In some cases, temporary or permanent paralysis or even death can result. Even a less serious injury can nevertheless cause a lifetime of pain.
Chest and Internal Injuries
In a collision, vehicle occupants can be thrown about, striking hard surfaces and fracturing ribs, the pelvis or other bones. Internal organs may be damaged by the broken bones or by their own impact with the abdominal wall.
Leg and Foot Injuries
Again, most of these injuries result from the limb or extremity violently striking a hard surface or being twisted as the victim's body is thrown about. Injuries can be relatively minor or potentially life-threatening, such as where damage to a major artery is involved.
It is well-recognized that even those crash victims who incur only minor physical injuries may still suffer from the symptoms of post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), such as depression, anxiety, and sleeplessness. Left untreated, PTSD can have a devastating effect on the victim's quality of life.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in an automobile accident due to someone else's negligence in Monterey Park or anywhere else in the greater Los Angeles area, trying to navigate the complex process of dealing with insurance companies and the court system on your own can be bewildering. To ensure that you obtain appropriate compensation, you need an experienced and capable accident lawyer on your side.
Call (213) 632-8009 today to reach our Monterey Park office.
NOTE: This is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.