Knoxville Common Injuries in Car Accidents
Motor Vehicle Crash Lawyers Serving Knoxville
Not all common injuries in car accidents are treated equally. A bruise on the thigh will not lead to as many functional limitations as a fractured spinal cord, for instance. Slight scratches on the arm pale in comparison to the severity of multiple concussions or traumatic brain injury. Just like a fingerprint, each car accident and the injuries its victims sustain are unique, and juries value them all differently to some degree based on numerous factors. From over 30 years of experience representing auto collision victims, the Knoxville car accident lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz understand how juries may value these common injuries and can discuss the potential value of your case, depending on the specific circumstances surrounding it. On behalf of those we have represented, our firm has recovered more than $1.5 billion in damages through verdicts, settlements, and judgments. With 30 attorneys and over 120 staff members, we are the largest personal injury law firm based in Tennessee.
Common Injuries in Car Accidents
Negligence is the cause of most common injuries sustained by victims in auto accidents. You will likely need to establish the other driver’s negligence if you are pursuing damages, which essentially means that you will have to prove that the defendant did not drive safely and that failure to drive safely resulted in your injuries. The damages you may be able to recover depend on your injuries and losses. You may be able to recover economic damages for monetary losses such as past and future medical bills, lost wages, and loss of earning capacity. Non-economic damages may be awarded for intangible losses, including loss of enjoyment of life, disfigurement, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium.
Common injuries in car accidents include injuries to the head, the neck, the back, and the chest. A head-on collision, for example, could cause your head and neck to jerk from one direction to another, resulting in whiplash. Being hit from the side while driving on I-75 could cause your head to crash against your window, resulting in traumatic brain injuries. Head injuries can also cause skull fractures, memory loss, hearing loss, vision impairment, and even blindness. Depending on the severity of the injury, back injuries may result in paralysis when there is partial or complete trauma to the spinal cord. Other injuries that can arise from car accidents include fractured legs, fractured arms, broken ribs, internal bleeding, lacerations, and collapsed lungs.
Regardless of whether or not you think your injury is minor and nothing to be concerned about, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible after an auto collision. What you may think is a harmless bruise on your forehead after an accident may actually be indicative of internal bleeding. Just because an injury does not hurt at the moment or is not visibly distressing does not guarantee that it will not worsen over time. Delays in seeking medical treatment could result in causation issues. In Tennessee, the injured plaintiff bears the burden of proving that his or her injuries were caused by the collision.
Talk to a Skilled Auto Accident Attorney in the Knoxville Area
Car accidents can leave victims with injuries that can permanently hinder the way they once lived. If you were injured in a car accident caused by someone else in Knoxville or somewhere else nearby in Tennessee, our firm will take the time to discuss your case in detail and see if we are able to help you in any way. We represent clients throughout the South in Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Arkansas, including in Knoxville, Caruthersville, Hayti, Oxford, Starkville, Grenada, Columbus, Tupelo, Meridian, Jackson, Little Rock, Jonesboro, Chattanooga, Memphis, and Nashville. Please call our office at 1-800-529-4004 or complete our online form to set up a free appointment with a motor vehicle collision lawyer. Allow us to show you why NST is the way to go.