When a pedestrian is hit by a car the injuries can be catastrophic. These injuries can be physical, mental, or emotional. Sometimes they will manifest in the moment and other times they will take days, weeks, or years to become apparent. What are some of these injuries and what should you do if you or a loved one has been injured?
On this page we will answer those questions and provide you with the information you need to protect your rights. Here at Spivak and Sakellariou we specialize in helping personal injury victims. Contact us today so we can fight for what you deserve.
What are Common Accident Injuries?
Injuries from a pedestrian accident can often be serious, life threatening, and life altering. Sometimes they can seem minor and later manifest as something more serious. But what are these injuries?
Common pedestrian accident injuries include:
Broken or Fractured Bones
A fractured, or broken, bone is when a bone is bent and broken. This can break a bone into two or more pieces. These injuries can vary in severity and depend upon the force of impact.
Common fractures include:
A stable fracture is when there is a singular break in the bones and the two pieces are barely out of place.
Open or Compound Fracture
An open, or compound, fracture occurs when a bone pierces the skin. Bone may or may not show in the wound.
A comminuted fracture occurs when a bone is broken into three or more pieces. These fractures can be very serious.
In any case, a broken or fractured bone is extremely serious and in some cases amputation may be required. Immediate medical attention is imperative if you believe you may have an injury of this nature.
Soft Tissue Damage
The trauma of impact may also cause soft tissue damage. This damage includes lacerations, sprains, tears, and strains. Soft tissue damage can often be easier to recover from but can still cause significant damage. Soft tissue damage can leave physical scars along with the mental scars from the trauma of an accident.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can also occur from pedestrian accidents. The spinal cord is a part of the nervous system and begins at the beginning of the brain stem. Spinal cord injuries can be extremely dangerous and result in death or serious injury. Spinal cord injuries often require long term care.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries can be common in pedestrian accidents. Head and brain injuries are extremely serious and potentially can lead to life-long injury. A hard blow to the head can be enough to cause a traumatic brain injury or concussion.
What are the Symptoms of a Concussion?
Symptoms of a concussion include, but are not limited to: dizziness, vomiting, loss of consciousness, memory loss before and after the blow, confusion, mood changes, feeling sluggish, and depression (concussions can cause the brain to dump a significant amount of serotonin).
The symptoms of a TBI or concussion may not be apparent right away. Seeking medical attention quickly is extremely important.
What Should You Do If You Have an Injury?
If you or a loved one suffers from an injury due to a pedestrian injury, seek medical attention right away. Even if an injury doesn’t seem severe, your body may be in shock from the accident and injuries may not be apparent right away. Having a medical record will also help you with any future legal actions you may wish to pursue.
When Should You Seek Legal Help For a Pedestrian Injury?
When an injury is severe enough to cause you significant physical, mental, financial, or emotional strain it is a good idea to seek legal help. Here at Spivak and Sakellariou we have decades of experience helping victims of accidents. As personal injury attorneys we are here to fight for what you deserve in the wake of your accident.
Contact us today so we can get started on fighting for you and your case. We offer a free consultation and it will cost you absolutely nothing up front to partner with us. We will only ever take a fee if we win your case.
There is no risk to partnering with us, call us today so we can fight for what you deserve.