What are the injuries caused by the accidents?
The nature and types of injuries that occur as a result of the negligence of others are as varied as human beings themselves. Injuries can be as mild as sprains and strains or as serious as broken bones, amputations, brain injuries and even death. A full service personal injury law firm like Arthofer & Tonkin can assist and advise in your accident case whether your injuries are mild or life altering and severe.
Let me give you an example from one of the cases we’ve handled. Our client was driving a large pickup truck, a three-quarter-ton, and he regularly pulled his travel trailer and other heavy items with his truck, so he needed a big truck. Now, our client was retired at the time of this incident. He was driving home on a surface street that then have an intersection with roadways that have a stop sign. Unfortunately, the other driver pulled directly out in front of him and didn’t stop for the stop sign, and he was also driving a large pickup truck. The two heavy vehicles collided and collided hard in a T-bone-style collision. The surface street that my client was driving on had a speed limit of 50 miles an hour. He was traveling a little bit below that speed limit, which means that the impact speed was approximately 45 miles per hour. This was a devastating impact. Right after the accident, the client was shaken up, there had been full airbag deployment, seatbelts had locked up, and his truck was an obvious total loss, but he was able to get out of the vehicle on his own. While he knew he was banged up, he thought he would be fine.
What should have clued our client in that there was a problem was that he had trouble remembering his home phone number to call his wife to come to the scene and give him a hand. Eventually, he could do so, and his wife took him home. The better decision there would have been going to the hospital because over the next several months, as our client recovered from his physical injuries, he repeatedly noted that he was having trouble with both short-term and long-term memory. His wife also stated that he had had mood changes. I noted that he had difficulty finding a word when meeting with him. We were able to get our client referred to an appropriate medical professional, a neuropsychologist, to get him evaluated. It turns out our client had suffered a relatively significant brain injury given the high force nature of this incident accident. Our client was able to get treatment, medications, and various testing protocols and exercises from memory and mental well-being that significantly improved his condition. But we learned in the course of handling this case that had he gotten treatment and cared sooner, his long-term outcome would have been better. Had our client gone and gotten that care right away, he got that X-ray or CT scan of his head, which would have immediately revealed that brain injury.
He would have had a better outcome. So I encourage you, don’t be shy, get the care you need to get better after you’ve been injured in an accident. If you’re not sure about what your next steps are after you’ve been injured in an accident, give us a call, the consultation is free, and the excellent attorneys here, Arthofer and Tonkin, welcome the opportunity to talk to you about your situation. Give us a call now, thanks.