A Bodily Injury Lawyer Can Help You Seek Damages After an Accident
An individual can sustain a bodily injury in a number of different ways, and consequences from these injuries that last far into the future. Bodily injury claims are typically covered by a home, business, or automobile owner's insurance policy. However, in the event of a severe injury, an insurance adjuster does not have the best interests of the claimant in mind. Accident victims will almost always recover more compensation with the help of a bodily injury lawyer. Our San Diego, CA, law firm assists clients throughout these types of cases, helping them seek the full benefits to which they are legally entitled. Our firm has extensive experience negotiating with insurance companies to get accident victims the compensation they deserve. If you have suffered a catastrophic injury from any type of accident, our personal injury attorneys can help you get on the road to recovery. Please contact our office today to arrange a complimentary case evaluation.
Causes of Bodily Injuries
A bodily injury can happen in almost any situation. Some of the more common causes of bodily injuries include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Defective products such as medical devices or medications
- Sports and recreation accidents
These accidents and injuries may occur on major highways or neighborhood roads, at the home of a friend or neighbor, at a grocery store, in hospitals and doctor’s offices, at schools, and even in the victim’s own home. Many of these injuries result primarily from another party’s negligence or recklessness.
Types of Injuries
Bodily injuries can be extremely serious and result in long-term or permanent impairment, which may lead to extensive healthcare costs and loss of wages. These types of serious injuries may include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Sub-concussive brain injury
- Burn injuries
- Limb amputations
- Serious birth, surgical, or other malpractice injuries
- Sensory injuries including loss of sight or hearing
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Skull fractures
Other injuries, such as multiple broken bones, can also have debilitating and costly consequences. Any trauma that interferes with your lifestyle and earning capacity for an extended period of time may qualify as a serious bodily injury.
Impact of a Bodily Injury
The dramatic and life-altering impact a bodily injury can have on a victim’s quality of life often leads to emotional suffering. Victims must cope with the loss of basic motor skills and mobility and many may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and other similar conditions after such traumatic accidents.
In addition to treatment and physical rehabilitation, many victims must also seek out therapy from a mental health professional to cope with their struggles. The victim’s loved ones may also suffer emotionally after such catastrophic accidents. Spouses may go from being partners to caretakers, and children may struggle with understanding their parent's new limitations.
Long-Term Consequences of Bodily Injuries
The lasting consequences of a bodily injury vary significantly depending on the type and severity of the injury. However, many of these injuries result in a serious disruption in the victim’s lifestyle and general well-being immediately following the incident that caused them. Often, bodily victims will require extensive medical treatments, which may involve an extended stay in a hospital or long-term care facility. Physical therapy may be necessary as well, and can continue for years after an injury was sustained.
The cost of such extensive medical care, all while the victim is unable to work, is often overwhelming for families. Since a spouse or parent may become a part- or full-time caretaker of the victim, they may struggle even more financially. Some bodily injuries are permanently disabling, which may mean the victim will never work again. Other injuries, while permanent, may allow the victim to eventually to return to only part-time or limited forms of employment.
Financial hardships for victims and their families are just the beginning of their struggles. Victims with paralysis may need to have expensive modifications made to their home or vehicle and many will need a manual or automated wheelchair. Some victims may also need to relearn simple tasks and motor skills, while others may struggle with communication difficulties. The long-term consequences of these injuries are far-reaching and can impact nearly every aspect of a victim’s life and the lives of their loved ones. While these concerns can make the future seem daunting, an experienced personal injury attorney can help victims and their families seek the compensation they need. Financial restitution can help injured parties and their families focus on healing and adapting to their new way of life.
Who is Liable for Your Injury?
If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident, the at-fault driver is liable, and their insurance company is responsible for paying at least a portion of your claim. California is a comparative fault state, so if you are found to be partially at fault for the accident, the amount you can recover in damages may be reduced accordingly. A personal injury attorney can help you contest the matter of fault, which can be a vital asset when challenging an insurance company’s legal team.
After more than 30 years assisting personal injury and wrongful death victims, San Diego Injury Lawyer has gained a reputation for obtaining substantial settlements and verdict awards for our clients.
In the case of a slip and fall or other accident that occurs on someone else’s property, a home or business owner may be liable for any injuries. Insurance coverage will generally pay for medical bills that stem from any accidents that occur on the property, but you can only collect additional damages if you prove the home or business owner was negligent. An experienced attorney can offer significant insight into the specific details of your case. Many dog attack victims, for example, do not realize that the owner has strict liability for any damages caused.
Healthcare providers’ insurance policies cover doctors, hospitals, and manufacturers of drugs and medical equipment, providing liability protection for malpractice or injury. Accidents that occur in the workplace may be covered by workers’ compensation, but these benefits are not always adequate in cases of catastrophic injury.
Receive Vital Representation
After more than 30 years assisting personal injury and wrongful death victims, San Diego Injury Lawyer has gained a reputation for obtaining substantial settlements and verdict awards for our clients. We have experience with every type of accident and injury, and we fully understand the ramifications of these types of losses. Our firm offers bodily injury victims free consultations and case reviews. Please contact our law firm online or call (858) 413-9228 today to speak with one of our attorneys about your bodily injury claim.