While any vehicle accident has the potential to cause severe to catastrophic injuries, truck accident victims are often left with life-threatening and life-altering injuries. These injuries not only leave victims physically and emotionally devastated, but financially devastated, as well. A skilled Virginia truck accident attorney can help a victim and their family pursue damages against a truck driver and other liable parties in order to obtain the financial compensation for ongoing medical treatments and other financial support needed to provide the victim with quality of life care.
The following are some of the more common catastrophic injuries truck accident victims often suffer:
- Severe Head Trauma: Brain injuries are one of the most common injuries that truck accident victims sustain. They are also ones that can be easily overlooked because there is no open wound or other marks to indicate an injury. In fact, there does not have to be a blow to the head to injure a person’s brain as just the shaking of the brain from the head being jerked that can occur when there an impact of vehicles can cause the injury. Symptoms of a brain injury include loss of consciousness, confusion, chronic headaches, and other cognitive issues. There is also the potential of a skull fracture or the victims sustaining a penetrating head wound in a crash, which can be fatal.
- Penetrating Body Injury: Any penetration to the body, such as the abdomen or chest, can be life-threatening. These are the areas where the heart, kidneys, lungs, liver, and bowels are located, as well as major blood vessels that surround these organs. These internal injuries usually require emergency surgery and victims can be left with long-term or permanent damage to the organ.
- Fractured Bones: While you may not think of a bone fracture as an injury that can be fatal, a fractured bone that pierces or puncture an organ – such as a rib puncturing a lung – can kill a victim. Even non-life-threatening fractures can require months of medical treatments, surgeries, and recovery and the victim may be left with permanent damage and disability.
Victims who suffer catastrophic injuries caused by the negligence of another party or parties are entitled to all past and future medical expenses, loss of present and future income, compensation for pain and suffering, scarring, disfigurement, loss of quality of life, and more.
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If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury as a result of another party’s negligent or reckless actions, contact a Virginia truck accident attorney from Shapiro, Appleton & Washburn. Our firm has aggressively advocated for victims and their families for more than three decades and will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
It is critical to remember that Virginia has placed a statute of limitations for how long victims have to file a claim for damages against those responsible for their injuries, so do not delay. Failure to file before that legal deadline could mean you lose any chance of ever filing your claim or getting justice against the person responsible for your or your loved one’s injuries.