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Accident Attorney Pistotnik can Help You with Injuries Suffered in an Auto, Truck, or Motorcycle Accident

Personal Injury Attorney PISTOTNIK Can Help

There are many different types of injuries you may claim for your accident. There are medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and possible lost wages. Please make sure and talk with an accident lawyer immediately after an accident to determine what proper steps to take. It is always a free consultation to call Brad and you should always consider talking with an attorney before you speak with the insurance company. Accident Attorneys can help you with many different types of injuries caused by an Auto, Truck, or Motorcycle Accident. Brad Pistotnik has been helping injured people since he created the original Pistotnik Law Offices in 1983. Every accident is different. Injuries vary. You need to consult an attorney to discuss different types of injuries in order to find out what your case could be worth. It is important to see the right physicians who are familiar with auto accident injuries. It is important to remember that insurance adjusters are working for the insurance company to reduce your damages. They are paid to minimize the amount you get for injuries you sustained in your accident. Insurance companies will try to send you to physicians who will likely downplay your injuries. This is one of the ways that they can minimize your damages and a reason to hire an accident attorney.

Different types of Injuries suffered in Auto Accidents:

  1. Head Injuries
    Head injuries can take a variety of forms. Some injuries can be relatively minor and others are quite severe. An automobile’s unexpected stop or change in direction often causes the head and brain to experience sudden and unnatural movements. This can cause major muscle strains in the neck and back. It can cause shear force trauma to the axons in your brain. The injury accident victim often notices severe soreness in the neck. Sometimes, this is more evident the day after the accident. It is important not to wait to get treatment. The impact with a side window or steering wheel can cause scrapes and bruising to the head, or deeper brain bleeds. More severe collision impacts can cause a closed head injury. In that situation, the axons and tissue inside the skull are damaged because of the sudden movement or impact of the head. Closed head injuries often result in concussions. Very severe impacts can and often do cause brain damage.

  2. Back Injuries
    Back Injuries are common in accidents. Any damage to the spinal cord can cause significant nerve damage. Patients may experience reduced sensation of and control over their arms, hands, legs, feet, and other body parts. More serious forms of spinal damage can leave patients permanently paralyzed. Another common car accident injury is a herniated or ruptured disc. This tends to be less severe than spinal damage or head injuries, but can still cause significant problems. Patients often experience numb or tingling sensations, muscle weakness, and arm or leg pain, called sciatica or radiculopathy.

  3. Critical Injuries
    A critical injury refers to a serious injury that places life in jeopardy, and involves a patient that has been rendered unconscious, experienced a significant loss of blood, an acute fracture or amputation of a leg or arm, burns over a major portion of the body, loss of sight or other significant losses that require immediate medical attention in a hospital or by a qualified medical practitioner.

    A critical injury may be fatal if not dealt with as urgent as possible. The patient should be given immediate medical emergency assistance or first aid and taken to the nearest hospital without delay. Response times are vital in cases of critical injury. The scene of a critical injury, especially when work related, should be secured for:
    1. Investigation by appropriate authorities such as police or an OSHA inspector.
    2. No admittance to the scene of the accident except for the purposes of life saving or relieving human suffering. Should ensure public utility, service or transport system, preventing damage to equipment and property.
    3. No one should disturb, destroy, alter or remove any evidence from the scene of the accident.

      Reports of accidents are to be made to the appropriate authorities immediately. An investigation report of a critical injury should be made immediately to preserve evidence.

  4. Brain Injuries
    Each year in America, one million people are seen by medical doctors due to a blow to the head. Of that number, 50,000 to 100,000 or more have prolonged problems that will affect their ability to work and/or affect their daily lives. It is important to note that you do not have to be traveling at a high rate of speed to get a head injury. Nor do you have to hit your head on an object (steering wheel, windshield) to injure the brain. Even at moderate rates of speed, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can and do occur. An accident can cause bruising, bleeding, swelling and tearing of the brain. These can all be severe medical issues.

  5. Leg Injuries
    Most leg and knee injuries in car accidents are impact or crush injuries caused by smashing into part of the car. This can result in wounds that range from bruises to a fracture or multiple fractures. Knees are susceptible to tearing of the cartilage if they are abruptly twisted or turned.

  6. Paralysis
    When the spinal cord suffers more severe damage, it may result in paralysis. Simply put, paralysis is the loss of function of a muscle or group of muscles. Typically, the victim of paralysis loses feeling and sensation in the affected areas as well. Partial paralysis or numbness is described as paresthesias. Paralysis caused by a car accident usually happens when a nerve in the spinal cord is severely damaged. The nerves inside the spinal column control the muscles found throughout the body. The nerves in the cervical spine control functions in the upper half of the body, while the nerves in the lumbar spine control the lower body. If you suffer a severe injury to the nerves in the lumbar spine, you may suffer lower body paralysis, while an injury to the cervical spine is more likely to cause paralysis in the upper portion of the body or to both the upper and lower body. Paralysis injuries can be categorized as follows:
    1. Monoplegia– where one limb is paralyzed.
    2. Hemiplegia– where the arm and leg on one side of the body are paralyzed.
    3. Paraplegia– where both legs and sometimes the pelvis and some of the lower body are paralyzed.
    4. Tetraplegia – where both the arms and legs are paralyzed (also known as quadriplegia).

      According to the CDC, there are 200,000 people living with spinal cord injuries in the United States. Each year, about 12,000 to 20,000 new cases of spinal cord injuries occur in the U.S. The majority of spinal cord injuries are suffered by younger people. An estimated 50 to 70 percent of all new spinal cord injuries are in people in the 15- to 35-year-old age group.

  7. Whiplash
    Muscles and ligaments are stretched due to sudden movements imposed on the head and neck in a traffic collision. These same mechanisms and forces can cause soft tissue injuries in other areas of the body such as the back. Car accidents often cause mid-back and low-back muscle sprains. Sometimes they cause more serious back injuries because of the impact force against the spine.

  8. Spinal Cord Injuries
    An injury to the spinal cord can occur for a variety of reasons, but car accidents are among the most common causes of spinal cord injuries. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traffic accidents are responsible for 46 percent of all spinal cord injuries each year in the United States. A car accident may cause the spine to flex beyond its normal range of motion. This event alone can cause severe damage to the spinal cord. In addition, if an occupant’s head impacts something in the vehicle or if the victim is thrown from the vehicle and suffers a head injury, that can cause the spinal column to compress, resulting in serious injury. One common type of spinal injury suffered by car accident victims is an injury to the spongy discs that are found between the bones of the spine. The discs serve as a sort of buffer between the vertebrae to cushion the movement when the spine flexes. A traumatic event, such as a car accident, can cause damage to one or more discs. Severs disc injuries are described as various names such as a “bulging disc,” “slipped disc,” “ruptured disc” and “herniated disc,” a disc injury can cause serious problems. The disc itself has a hard outer layer. If the other layer is damaged in an accident, the spongy inner tissue can bulge out. If the disc bulges out, it may press on a surrounding nerve, causing pain and other symptoms to the area of the body served by the nerve. Herniated discs are most common in the lumbar region of the spine, though a herniated disc can occur anywhere in the spine, especially at the junctures of C5-6, L4-5, and L5-S1.

  9. Muscle and Soft Tissue Injuries
    A muscle or soft tissue injury is damage to the body’s connective tissue, which can also mean injury of ligaments and tendons. This is the most common type of injury resulting from a car, truck or motorcycle accident. Soft tissue injuries can take many forms and can cause major discomfort and pain.

  10. Broken Bones and Fractures
    Although the bones in the body are extremely strong given their size they can crack or break. Bones tend to weaken with age so that can be a factor as well. A car accident is one of the most common causes of a fracture in a victim’s arms or legs, although a break in any of the 206 bones in the body can occur in a car accident. The severity of a fracture can vary. Car accident victims should have a thorough medical examination immediately following the collision. Some fractures are obvious, while others are not as immediately apparent. A skull fracture is rarely diagnosed without a complete examination by a physician, yet this type of fracture could be life-threatening if left untreated. Even a simple fracture left untreated may not heal properly. It is important to seek the proper medical treatment. When a fracture fails to heal properly, it could lead to permanent disfigurement and infection.

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