Physical Injuries after a Pedestrian Car Accident
Physical injuries result in pain, medical expenses, and extensive recovery. Several factors can contribute to more severe physical injuries, including:
- The speed of the vehicle
- The angle of the impact of the vehicle on the pedestrian
- The center of gravity of the pedestrian
- The part of the body that first comes into contact with the vehicle
- The part of the vehicle that strikes the pedestrian first
- The design of the vehicle.
The most common injuries include head and traumatic brain injuries, back and neck injuries, bone fractures, spinal cord injuries, chronic pain, disfigurement, amputation, and death.
Traumatic brain injury refers to damage or destruction of brain tissue resulting from a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. This type of injury can be debilitating and life-threatening and requires extensive and immediate medical care.
Collisions can also tear, sprain, or strain ligaments, muscles, and tendons in the neck and back. Immediate symptoms of back and neck injuries include:
- Intense pain in the neck, back, or head
- Immobility of fingers or toes
- Tingling, burning sensations, or numbness in parts of the body
- Inability to walk or loss of balance
- Inability to control bowels or bladder
- Difficulty breathing.
A pedestrian’s bones can break during a collision, and they can take weeks or months to heal. The broken bone sometimes appears deformed or exposed. Broken bones cannot bear weight. Redness, swelling and tenderness, or bruising and discoloration can appear at the injured site.
The spinal cord is a vital part of our body, and spinal cord injuries can permanently disable you. Partial or total paralysis can result in loss of strength, sensation, and function below the site of the injury. Spinal cord injuries can lead to bowel and bladder dysfunctions, chronic pain, low blood pressure, reduced body temperature control, or inability to sweat below the level of injury.
Chronic pain can persist for victims of pedestrian accidents even with long-term treatment. Chronic pain can cause significant lifestyle limitations and emotional distress. Talk to a pedestrian accident attorney now if you experience chronic pain after a pedestrian accident to fight for the compensation you deserve.
Car accidents can also leave scars and other permanent marks. Common disfigurement injuries include facial injuries from burns or deep scarring, loss of limbs or bodily functions, or deep cuts or lacerations.
Car accidents are the leading cause of trauma-related amputations. Amputations require lifelong rehabilitation. During the collision, the impact of a vehicle colliding with the victim can break a victim’s hands, feet, legs, toes, fingers, or arms. Doctors must amputate when they cannot repair damaged limbs or body parts.
Fatalities are another possible result of pedestrian accidents. With a pedestrian accident lawyer, a family member may bring a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the deceased against the driver whose negligence or recklessness caused the death of their loved one.
At Patino Law Firm, we understand the pain and suffering of losing a loved one. We have compassionate pedestrian accident attorneys who can help you get justice and financial compensation for what happened.