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Types of Car Accident Injuries

A car accident can turn an automobile into a missile or a battering ram.  Given the fragility of the human body, many different types of injuries are possible when a person is involved in a serious crash.  After suffering from devastating harm, it may be necessary to file a personal injury lawsuit in order to recover compensation to pay the bills, replace lost wages, and for the pain and suffering that you endured.  In a personal injury case, the nature of the injury that you suffered is likely to determine the type and amount of damages that a court is willing to award you.  Some common injuries suffered after a car accident include:

Soft Tissue Injuries

Soft tissues include muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Typical injuries after a car accident involving soft tissues include “whiplash” injuries and back injuries. One difficulty of this type of injury is that it can be difficult to prove the amount of pain that you are suffering based on direct medical evidence alone.

Head Injuries

Head injuries can cause lacerations, traumatic brain injuries, and damage to the skull and spinal column – these injuries may lead to comas and fatalities after a car accident.  Many times, these injuries result from impact with a window, the steering wheel, or the asphalt (if you were thrown clear of the car). Serious head injuries can be particularly debilitating and may lead to permanent harm, giving rise to huge medical bills. It is particularly important in such cases to look ahead to anticipate future medical bills when determining how much to claim in damages.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Serious spinal cord injuries can result in complete paralysis of the body below the point of the injury.  Less serious spinal cord injuries can still give rise to a loss of sensation, coordination, and normal motor function. Victims of serious spinal cord injuries often are unable to continue working, which should result in a large claim of damages to compensate for lost income.

Psychological Injuries

Colorado courts recognize the following types of psychological injuries, among others:

  • Pain and suffering: Since pain is a psychological phenomenon, this type of damages compensates for physical pain arising from the injury as well as the treatment.
  • Mental anguish: More traditional psychological symptoms, such as depression, anxiety, and panic attacks.
  • Physical impairment: Psychological pain caused by the loss of ability to fully participate in day-to-day activities enjoyed by healthy people, such as exercising, cooking, and sexual relations, may form the basis for part of a damages claim.
  • Loss of consortium: Loss of consortium can only be claimed by the injured party’s spouse. It recognizes the loss of companionship, sexual relations, love, emotional support, and other intangible benefits of married life. These may be completely lost if, for example, the accident victim is comatose.

Psychological damages fall into the category of non-economic damages under Colorado law.  However, there is a separate damages award if a person has suffered from physical impairment or disfigurement.

Zinda Law Group Advocates for Those Injured in Car Accidents

If you are considering suing someone in the Denver area over a car accident, you need to contact an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible.  Zinda Law Group is one of the most respected car accident law firms in Denver. Our team of car accident attorneys are dedicated to obtaining justice for their clients.  We will leave no stone unturned to make sure that you are fairly compensated for your injuries. Do not hesitate to call 303-800-1501 for a free initial consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys.

 



 

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