Types of Personal Injuries
Accident victims can suffer from many different types of injuries. These injuries are not only painful, they can impact the rest of an accident victim’s life. In addition to leaving a victim with large medical bills, accidents can render a person unable to work. The financial burdens can quickly become overwhelming as a person struggles to heal and make ends meet.
When these injuries occur, it’s important that accident victims understand there are steps they can take to claim compensation for the damages they have suffered. If the accident was the fault of someone else, the other party or their insurance company can be held liable for paying that compensation.
Our powerful team of Texas personal injury attorneys can help accident victims hold at-fault parties accountable and demand the full compensation they deserve. Please contact Ketterman Rowland & Westlund today to learn how we can make a difference for you.
Types of Personal Injuries We Handle
Whether you were hurt in a car accident, a fall on dangerous property, or another type of preventable accident, our team is here to help you pursue the compensation you need to recover from your injuries. Some of the most common injuries our clients experience are:
- Whiplash: This is a neck injury that is caused when the head moves back and forth in rapid succession. These injuries most commonly occur after a rear-end car accident but can also result from other traumatic accidents.
- Amputation: This is the partial or full removal of a body part. Traumatic amputation may occur at the accident site, or it may happen in surgery later when the limb cannot be saved.
- Traumatic brain injuries: These typically result from a blow or external force to the head. They are also caused by penetration injuries, such as when a sharp piece of glass from a windshield penetrates the skull or brain.
- Knee injuries: The knee is very complex and made up of many bones, tendons, and ligaments. These can become bruised, torn, or otherwise damaged in the event of an accident.
- Shoulder injuries: These injuries can involve the shoulder joints or any of the surrounding muscles, ligaments, and tendons.
- Neck injuries: Any part of the neck including muscles, bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, or nerves can become injured. This type of injury most often occurs during slip and fall accidents and motor vehicle accidents.
- Back injuries: Back pain can be debilitating and leave people unable to work. Lower back pain is the most common type and may result from a herniated disc caused by an accident. Spinal cord injuries may leave a person fully or partially paralyzed.
- Nerve damage: Nerves can easily become crushed, cut, or damaged in an accident. When the nerve is completely severed, it is difficult to treat and accident victims may never fully recover from it.
- Broken bones: Also known as fractures, a break changes the shape of the bone. Most of these fractures are caused by physical trauma, such as a fall or a car accident.
- Severe soft-tissue trauma: This is damage to the body’s ligaments, tendons, and muscles. The damage may develop over time, such as when it is due to repetitive use at work, or it can result from an accident, in which the trauma happens instantly.
- Damage to vision or hearing: Loss of vision and hearing are often considered catastrophic injuries. These injuries permanently change the life of the accident victim, and those injured must find new ways of communicating.
- Damage to vital organs: These are also typically considered catastrophic injuries due to the vital role organs play in body functions. Internal organ injuries are most commonly caused by accidents, although a surgery or other medical error can also cause damage to vital organs.
- Emotional or psychiatric injuries, such as post-traumatic stress disorder: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is when a person has experienced trauma and now finds it difficult to move past it mentally. Those suffering from PTSD may relive the experience, have severe nightmares, and have trouble coping. They may also avoid the activity that caused the traumatic event, such as driving a vehicle after a car accident.
- Electrocution or electrical shock: This is a reaction caused in the body after an electrical current has passed through it. Even minor shock injuries are difficult to recover from. When the accident results in death, it’s typically called electrocution.
- Severe burns: These occur when something such as a flame or chemicals cause skin damage so severe that the affected skin cells actually die. Burn victims face a long road to recovery and may struggle to cope with scarring and disfigurement.
- Paralysis: This is the loss of voluntary movement, typically in the limbs although it can also affect the chest, neck, and other body parts.
- Damage to the joints: Joints allow a person’s bones to move freely and without grinding against each other. When they become damaged, it can reduce a person’s mobility and leave them in extreme pain.
These are just a few types of personal injuries that our legal team can help with. No matter what type of injury you have suffered, if you believe someone else is to blame, you should learn about your right to pursue compensation.
Compensation Available for a Personal Injury
Under Texas law, accident victims can seek compensation for their injuries through a personal injury lawsuit. The most common types of damages include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Loss of income and future earning capacity
- Loss of household services
- Rehabilitative costs
- Cost of renovations made to a home, such as installing additional bars in bathtubs
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Current and past mental anguish
- Physical impairment
- Loss of consortium, or loss of relationship
Not all of these damages are awarded in every personal injury lawsuit. Additionally, there are other types of compensation that may not be listed here, due to the extensive amount of losses a person can suffer after an accident. Our knowledgeable personal injury attorneys can help those hurt understand exactly what they can claim in a lawsuit.
What to Do If You’ve Been Hurt in an Accident
Any type of accident, whether it’s a slip and fall or an auto accident, is traumatic. The moments immediately after can be confusing, and many times, accident victims aren’t sure what to do next. However, taking the following steps is critical to not only a personal injury claim, but more importantly, to the injured person’s health.
- Get treatment for your injuries: You should seek emergency medical attention right away. Do not wait to see if you feel better after an accident, as there are many injuries that may get worse if left untreated. Take care of yourself, and save all receipts and paperwork related to your medical treatment.
- Report the accident: Who you report an accident to will depend on what type of accident it was and where it occurred. If it was a car accident, call law enforcement. If it happened on someone else’s property, report the accident to the property owner, or a manager or supervisor if it was in a store or other type of business. Ask for a copy of the accident report.
- Document the accident scene: Make sure you take pictures of everything involved in the accident, including spills on the floor or other vehicles. Take pictures of all property damage and personal injury. These photos may be used as evidence in personal injury cases. Also, be sure to get the names and contact information for any witnesses to the accident.
- Hire a skilled personal injury attorney. Even when it seems cut and dry as to who was to blame for your accident, insurance companies will try to minimize or deny your claim for compensation. They may even contact you soon after the accident, in the hopes of getting you to take a low-ball settlement offer. In order to hold them accountable, you need to speak to an attorney who knows their tricks and will aggressively fight for full compensation for your losses.
How Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Help Me After an Accident?
There are so many ways our Texas personal injury lawyers help accident victims who are coping with serious injuries due to someone else’s negligence. You can trust our dedicated team of legal professionals to:
- Level the playing field, as we have the manpower and the resources to take on large insurers
- Thoroughly investigate the accident to determine who was really at fault and all potential sources of compensation
- Help you navigate the settlement process and the court system to ensure you understand how your case is moving forward
- Document your injuries and losses so we can demand the full amount of compensation you are entitled to receive
If you’ve been hurt in an accident that was the fault of someone else, call the powerful personal injury lawyers of Ketterman Rowland & Westlund today. We will provide a free consultation to review the details of your case and explain your options for moving forward. There is no charge for our services unless we recover compensation for you.