Car accidents are an unfortunate reality of modern life, and can cause serious injury and may even be fatal. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of death in the United States, and resulted in more than 2.3 million adults visiting emergency departments due to injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents in 2009 alone. Car accident injuries can range from minor cuts and scrapes to more serious injuries that require long term medical care that can impose a significant financial burden on victims or victims' families. As a result, it is important for anyone who has been involved in a motor vehicle accident to contact one of our experienced Wisconsin car accident lawyers. Injuries sustained in a car accident may entitle you to compensation for property damage, medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages, among other damages.
Common Injuries Sustained in Wisconsin Car Accidents
Car accidents can range from minor fender benders to catastrophic crashes resulting in significant injury and damage to property. The injuries that people can sustain in motor vehicle accidents can vary just as much as the severity of collisions, but there are certain kinds of injuries that occur more often than others.
- • Lacerations - lacerations or cuts can occur in even minor car accidents. Some lacerations heal on their own while others may require surgery or stitches. In addition, lacerations may leave scars, which can be particularly troublesome when they occur on the face or head.
- • Broken bones - fractures are common injuries that can be sustained in car accidents. Fractures can be of many different types, and can occur when a part of the body hits against a part of the vehicle or interior of the vehicle in an accident.
- • Concussions - concussions are a mild form of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). TBIs occur when the brain shakes around in the head in a way that disrupts normal brain function. Depending on the severity of the concussion, a person may have to miss work or school and have other complications that may become long term.
- • Spinal or neck injuries - spinal or neck injuries are common in car accidents, and can occur when the head jerks suddenly around on the neck or if an object hits the back. Spinal or neck injuries can be very serious and may result in significant complications that could become permanent.
If your car accident was caused by someone else's negligence you may be entitled to significant compensation for your injuries. Car accident claims are governed by a strict statute of limitations, meaning that you should act quickly in order to ensure that you do inadvertently waive your legal rights.
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