Baton Rouge Car Accident Injuries
How Bad Are My Car Accident Injuries?
Typically, the severity of your injuries is determined by the:
- Kind of injury you received in the accident
- Amount of time it will take for you to regain normal functioning
- Amount of any present or future medical bills required regarding your injuries
There’re also clear guidelines that separate short-term, long-term and permanent disability.
- Short-term disability – Short-term, or temporary, injuries can last anywhere from one day to three months. These can range from minor aches to incessant and debilitating agony.
- Long-term disability – Usually, long-term disability is the result of an injury that continues to affect your functioning for over a year. This can be recurring headaches, torn ligaments or chronic pain.
- Permanent disability – Permanent disability is when an accident impairs your functioning for the rest of your life. This type of disability can pertain to any part of your body or daily functioning.
With very minor injuries and relatively insignificant losses, you may be able to settle the claim on your own. If you have the time, energy and money to put toward addressing your claims, you can always opt to take it on yourself.
If, however, you endure suffering that lasts longer than a couple of days and demands medical treatment, it is in your best interest to find a good accident lawyer. Solid legal representation can mean the difference between alleviating the heavy burden of debt and drowning under the weight of it all.
Car insurance companies would like to avoid paying any more than they have to. The ones in your case may use their own lawyers to discount or minimize your personal injury claim. This is where the right representation by an excellent accident lawyer can make all the difference.
How Can I Handle So Many Medical Bills?
If you weren’t at fault for the accident, you may not have to pay your own medical bills for injuries suffered in the crash. Medical bills can mount very quickly after an injury, and you might be able to have them paid in part or full through a successful car accident claim.
Medical bills can include hospital admittance, surgeries, medical equipment, prescriptions, physical rehabilitation, and much more.
A personal injury lawyer can help you seek compensation for all of your medical expenses.
Damages Suffered in Car Accidents
Many people easily notice the monetary consequences of a car wreck or other personal injury, but fewer fully grasp the non-monetary effects. Let’s take a look at the various ways you may be impacted by an accident:
- Car repairs
- Hospital stays, treatment, surgeries, and other medical expenses
- Lost wages due to time off work during the recovery phase
- Possible loss of job due to recovery time
- Loss of future income due to disabilities
- Depleted savings during recovery period
- Cost of therapeutic care for mental, behavioral or physical concerns pertaining to the accident
- Long- and short-term physical
- Long- and short-term emotional
- Long- and short-term psychological
Physical consequences of an accident can include injuries such as these examples and many others:
- Slipped disc
- Torn shoulder
- Chronic pain
- Long-term eye or ear impairment
- Trauma to the brain (TBI)
- Hemorrhaging of the brain
- Partial or complete paralysis
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
Emotional impacts of an accident can include:
- Survivor’s guilt when a friend, family member or someone else dies in the same accident
- The “what ifs?” What if I had done something differently?
- Anger, rage or resentment turned either inward toward self or toward the person responsible for the accident
- Sadness, grief, and pain over the physical losses
- Relationship strain and social impacts
The psychological impact of a personal injury may include, for example:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Phobias of driving or loud sounds
- Other stress-related symptoms
Pain and Suffering From a Car Accident
Following an accident, you’ll experience the more tangible losses identified in the previous section. These include immediate medical bills, repairs, and counseling.
An accident also involves the more intangible pain and suffering due to various indirect losses. These can include the toll injuries take on your career, social life, intimate relationships, and isolation or abandonment fears. For example:
- Career – We’ve already identified how the recovery period can affect employment. Beyond that, you may also experience limitations in what you’re able to accomplish at your job.
- Social Life – The need for belonging is a basic human need. Your social life is an important part of your life. It’s not a luxury, but a must-have. Due to your accident, you may not be able to do the social activities you once enjoyed. You might have subtle symptoms that prevent you from socializing at gatherings, such as tinnitus, chronic pain or paralysis.
- Intimate Relationships – Your most intimate relationships may be altered in a drastic way. Certain accident injuries can affect sex drive. Some accidents can result in post-traumatic stress disorder as well. You might have phobias, such as intense fear of driving or avoiding certain places that remind you of the place where you had your accident. Anxiety may be triggered in specific settings or by noises, which keeps you from wanting to go out on dates with your spouse.
- Isolation and Abandonment Fears – Victims of personal injury sometimes believe that it’s best to hide away to take the burden off of family or friends. This is especially true if a person becomes paralyzed. Isolation can create abandonment fears.