After a severe car crash, the last thing you’d want is to live the rest of your life with a constant reminder of your crash and injuries. Serious injuries, including scars that are left behind on your arms, legs, face, neck, or other areas are not only there every time you look in the mirror, but they also may affect your employment, companionship, and enjoyment of life. The pain and discomfort you’re going through is beyond just physical – it’s emotional.
FACIAL SCARRING IN CAR ACCIDENT
When an auto accident leads to a facial injury, you may be facing scarring to the face. This can result in not only the physical trauma of treating the facial injury, but the emotional trauma of having facial scars as well. Some injuries to the face are trivial and with proper care, will eventually heal. But, one may have injuries that are more severe in nature and result in permanent changes, such as severe scarring to the face. Such injuries can be overwhelming to victims and result in their lives being negatively affected. Some of the most common types of facial injuries include:
- fractures (jaw, cheekbone)
- nerve damage
- damaged teeth
- injuries to the eyes or nose
If a negligent conduct of another party (s) caused an injury to your person in an automobile accident, you may be able to file a California personal injury claim against those who are responsible. A Glendale auto accident attorney at Aratta Law can evaluate the details of your case to determine if you have a valid claim.
BRUISING AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT
Forceful auto crashes often lead to serious external and internal injuries. One of the most common symptoms people experience after an auto collision is bruising. A bruise occurs when blood vessels beneath the skin are crushed and break open. As the blood is trapped under the skin, the leakage appears as dark red or purple marks. Swelling and tenderness is common after such injuries. Victims of car accidents or other sudden traumatic injuries may experience bruises on their skin, muscles, organs, breasts, bones, and even brain. Some minor bruises last about 2-3 weeks. But more severe bruises can take months to resolve or even be permanent.
INTERNAL BRUISING IN CAR ACCIDENT
Often times when we think of bruises, it’s surface-level injuries. But contusions can also develop deep inside the body. Internal bruising is often seen in the muscles of the legs and back. If the abdomen was crushed or struck, organs and tissues such as the liver and spleen can sustain damage.
Some of the symptoms of internal bruising include:
- Pain and tenderness
- Bruising under the skin
- Limited range of motion in the joints (muscle bruise)
- Blood pooling around the injured site (hematoma)
- Blood in the urine (kidney bruise, bladder bruise)
After a car crash, it is crucial to seek medical help so that injuries you’ve sustained are properly diagnosed and documented – your health and well-being depends on it.
BRAIN BRUISING AFTER CAR ACCIDENT – COUP INJURY vs. CONTRECOUP INJURY
A blow to the head and or a whiplash can cause brain bleed or skull fracture. Contrecoup injuries typically occur when the moving head (brain) strikes a stationary object; whereas, a coup injury is associated with a moving object impacting a stationary head. In rollover auto crashes or collisions where there are multiple hits, this can happen more than once and result in severe injuries to the brain.
A hematoma can develop between the skull and the brain along the three protective membranes that shield the brain as well as inside the brain itself. These are known as intracranial hematomas. An epidural hematoma develops between the skull and dura mater, a subdural hematoma is located between the dura mater and the arachnoid mater, and a subarachnoid hematoma develops between the arachnoid mater and the pia mater. An intracerebral hematoma means the bleeding is located inside the brain.
BONE BRUISING IN A CAR ACCIDENT
A bone bruise is a traumatic injury to a bone that can occur after a car crash. Bone bruises are fairly common. They can happen to people of all ages. Any type of bone in your body can get a bone bruise. Other injuries often happen along with a bone bruise, such as damage to nearby ligaments. Some of the symptoms of a bone bruising include:
- Pain and tenderness in the injured area
- Swelling in the area and soft tissues around it
- Hard lump in the area
- Change in color of the injured area
- Swelling of an injured joint
- Stiffness of an injured joint
Bone bruising is less severe than a bone fracture. You might think of a black and blue mark on your skin when you hear the word bruise, but bruises can also happen in muscle and bone. The term bone bruise is fairly new. This is because healthcare providers only started diagnosing the injury when the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) became more common in recent years. A bone bruise doesn’t show up on an X-ray. Your doctor will tell you how long you should not put weight on your bone. Most bone bruises slowly heal over 1 to 2 months. A larger bone bruise may take longer to heal.
After your injury, it is crucial to take photographs every week to document your healing process. This information will be used by our attorney during the claims process, pre-trial litigation or even during trial.
CHEST BRUISING IN CAR ACCIDENT
A chest contusion or bruising is typically caused by a fall or direct blow to the chest. Car crashes, falls, getting punched, and injury from bicycle handlebars are common causes of chest contusions. A very forceful blow to the chest can injure the heart or blood vessels in the chest, the lungs. Many people with chest pain describe feeling like their sternum is bruised. The sternum is more generally called the breastbone.
One of the most common chest injuries is fractured ribs. These are caused by a strong blunt force, such as a fall from a height or a motor vehicle crash. In older people, who are susceptible to injury only a slight amount of force, such as a minor fall, can fracture a rib. Chest injuries that interfere with breathing or circulation can be serious or life threatening.
SEATBELT BRUISING IN CAR ACCIDENT
Seat belts can save your life, but there’s no guarantee that you’ll be injury free after an auto collision. Seat belts are made to keep you in your seat so you don’t get ejected during a car accident. As a result, the firm strength of the belt restraining you in the car may cause injuries on its own. That force saves your life, but can leave you with bruises, scrapes and fractures that will need to be treated right away. Some of the most common seat belt injuries sustained after a car crash are:
Injuries to ribs
Injuries to Chest and Sternum
Abdomen soft tissue injuries
Abrasions and lacerations
Lap and shoulder type seatbelts usually increase the chances of seatbelt injury. The use of lap belts can cause trauma to the back or spine (more particularly the lumbar spine, or lower back), which can lead to other injuries and symptoms in various areas of the body. Shoulder injuries are also common to passengers of cars wearing shoulder strap style seatbelts. Chest pain is more serious because it may be sign of fractured sternum or broken ribs. Seek medical help immediately after an accident to get proper diagnosis of your injuries.
ABDOMINAL INJURIES IN AUTO ACCIDENT
The pressure from the accident may also affect your abdominal region and surrounding organs. Even though you may not feel pain right after an auto accident, you may have abdominal pain later. Organ damage, like internal bleeding, can go undetected and then present itself as growing pain over a period of time. Without proper treatment, an organ could even fail, which in turn, could lead to the failure of other organs and bodily functions. The most common car accident-related organ injuries include:
Bowel obstruction resulting from blunt force trauma to the small intestine;
Peritonitis, which occurs when the silk-like membrane that surrounds the abdominal wall and protects a person’s organs becomes inflamed;
Liver damage, including a ruptured or lacerated liver or bile ducts;
Tears in the abdominal muscles;
A ruptured spleen;
Traumatic appendicitis caused by the compression of the abdomen; and
Do not ignore the symptoms you’re experiencing after an accident. By getting proper evaluation and treatment immediately after a car crash, you prevent further damage or injuries to your body and organs weeks or months after the accident.
WHY CHOOSE ARATTA LAW FIRM?
At our firm, every injured client will be in direct contact with an attorney. Many large corporate law firms end up transferring you to a case manager – you never speak to an attorney directly and your case becomes part of the mill.
At our firm, we do things different. We pay close attention to every individual case, from the inception and throughout the process of the claim / lawsuit. Our diligence and attention to detail result in consistent higher settlements, which adds up to a higher compensation for you, the client.
ATTORNEY’S ABILITY TO NEGOTIATE
Even though you may have a solid personal injury claim, the skill and the attentiveness of your attorney can also considerably impact how much compensation you will receive for your injuries. If your injury claim is negotiated by a case manager, assigned to your file at a firm, and not an attorney, your claim may end up settling for a lesser amount. This is because adjusters know who they’re dealing with and how aggressive the firm is when settling injury cases. Insurance adjuster also know who they can bully into accepting lower settlements.
An attorney’s ability to negotiate a settlement is, in many ways, the most important skill an attorney possesses. Lawyers who are effective negotiators know the importance of timing, preparation and strategy. That being said, our firm recognizes the importance of precision, timing and subsequent results, which is the foundation of Aratta Law. At our firm, nothing happens by luck but by great preparation and good strategy.