Knee and Leg Injuries From Car Accident Attorneys
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FIGHTING FOR NEW JERSEY KNEE OR LEG ACCIDENT VICTIMS
You know that car accidents can cause serious injuries. Some of the most common ones that may come to mind are head and neck injuries like whiplash and concussions, but the lower part of your body is just as susceptible.
Our legs play a vital part in our everyday lives, from basic movement and transportation to performing work duties. That means that an injury to the lower part of your body can have a lifelong impact on your quality of life going forward beyond the crushing expenses associated with medical care and therapies.
When you work with a personal injury lawyer after an accident, they’ll look at the effect the injury had on your life as well as your expenses when fighting to get you fair compensation from those responsible.
WHAT ARE COMMON KNEE AND LEG INJURIES FROM CAR ACCIDENTS?
Legs take up a large portion of your body and the different parts can all be injured in different ways. Here are some common leg injuries that people suffer as a result of an accident.
Car accidents are one of the most common causes of broken bones; this is because of the intense forces that occur during a crash. When a lot of force impacts the leg, the bones can’t handle the load and break. There are three main areas the leg will break depending on where the main impact is; the femur (thigh bone), tibia (shin bone), and fibula (calf bone). Femur breaks are especially problematic and potentially life-threatening because they’re so large that the healing process takes months. Bones in the ankle and feet can break as well.
Knee Damage & Bursitis
Crashes can cause a lot of twisting and jarring motions that often lead to knee damage as the ligaments and cartilage twist and tear. The immediate symptoms are instability in the knee, weakness in the knee, swelling, soreness, and stiffness. However, if not surgically repaired the knee won’t function the same way again, and even with surgery, it may not ever feel completely right.
Another common injury is knee bursitis. This type of injury occurs when the cushioning sacs inside the knee, called bursae, that provide padding for the bones and tendons get damaged. While less serious than ligament tears, it can cause pain, inflammation, swelling, and a limited range of motion.
Depending on the force of the crash, sometimes legs can be severed and must be removed in order to prevent further damage or death. These incidents are life-changing.
The loss of a leg impacts everything from the victim’s navigation to their enjoyment of activities they enjoy. While not every amputation means the loss of the ability to walk, they often do. That loss is also accompanied by lifelong pain, intensive treatment, and physical therapy.
Leg Injury Lawyers
While a leg injury you suffer may not seem serious at the time of the accident, it’s important to seek treatment for it right away. There are a number of reasons for this. The first is that many injuries resulting from a car accident take time to develop, meaning that you may not realize the extent of your injury until days or weeks later when more symptoms begin to show. This is especially true of leg injuries that worsen over the course of years as they’re used more and you age. The second reason to get immediate medical care after a car accident is to create a documented record tying the injuries to the time of the crash.
Having records to use as evidence is an important part of proving your case, but personal injury claims can be complicated depending on the incident. If you suffer a leg injury in a car crash personal injury laws exist to get you compensation for your pain and expenses, but in order to benefit from them you have to prove that another party was responsible for your injury and expenses. That’s why you should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to make sure your legal interests are being protected.
Richard Hollawell and his knowledgeable team have handled thousands of personal injury claims and will fight with tenacity to get you what you deserve. Contact us at 1-800-681-3550 or use the contact form for a free review of your case today.