Even though car crashes are an everyday occurrence throughout Bowling Green and Ohio – there were approximately 112,000 injuries in 2016 (according to Public Safety Ohio), or about 300 injury incidents every day in the Buckeye State – the injuries and impact of these collisions can never be considered “routine.” While you may escape a car crash with barely a scrape, your loved one may not be so lucky: serious, catastrophic, and even fatal injuries may be inflicted on your loved one and other car crash victims in Ohio. “Recovering” from these sometimes-serious events when they are caused by the careless actions of another involves not only healing from the physical and mental injuries sustained but also obtaining full and fair compensation so that you are not left to bear the financial burden of your injuries yourself.
COMMON TYPES OF CAR ACCIDENT INJURIES IN OHIO
No two car crashes are exactly the same, even though the cause(s) and circumstance(s) of each may be similar. Similarly, the injuries that you and others might sustain in a car wreck can vary even when you and they are involved in the same crash. Some of the more serious injuries that can result from a car collision include:
- Traumatic brain injuries that can be characterized by periods of unconsciousness, dizziness, loss of memory, and other symptoms and can result in temporary or permanent loss of functioning;
- Spine and neck injuries resulting from a “whiplash” motion of your head – especially after being struck from behind or struck head-on. Injuries to the spinal cord can cause excruciating and long-lasting pain; however, if the spinal cord is severely damaged, there may be no sensation at all below the site of the injury;
- Broken bones, which generally heal over time but may cause a reduction in your mobility and/or independence until they do. This may result in you incurring other expenses such as assistance with activities of daily living until your injuries heal.
- Internal injuries to organs caused by the forces at work in any car accident. There may be few immediate signs of these injuries, but they can be fatal if not promptly identified and treated.
Other injuries that can result from an Ohio car wreck include cuts and lacerations, bruising, amputation, as well as mental and emotional trauma and pain. Even after these injuries begin to heal, you may never truly be free of the physical and/or mental impact of your car crash injuries.
WHAT TO DO AFTER SUFFERING CAR CRASH INJURIES FROM A WRECK
When you have been injured in an Ohio car crash, one of the most important things you could have done after the crash occurred was summon emergency medical assistance to your location if you believed you may have been injured in any manner. Even if you “feel fine,” you should still seek medical attention as soon as possible to ensure you have not suffered any injuries that simply have not manifested any symptoms or signs at the time of the crash. Failing to do so can jeopardize your physical health and legal rights.
If you are able to do so safely and without causing additional pain or injury to yourself, you should move yourself to a safe location that is out of the way of traffic. If you have a smartphone or camera phone, take photographs of your injuries to document their appearance and extent as close as possible to the time of the injury (the appearance of your injuries can change dramatically in a short period of time).
While you do not need to submit to experimental or unconventional treatments or expend large sums of money, you should follow all reasonable directions and instructions of your doctor. This includes taking any medications as prescribed and keeping all follow-up visits with your doctor. You should accurately report your pain and sensations to your doctor so he or she can appropriately monitor and treat your injuries.
WHEN SHOULD I CONTACT AN OHIO CAR CRASH LAWYER?
If you have been involved in an Ohio car wreck that was brought about because another driver was not paying attention to the road or engaging in other careless conduct, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses. In order to exercise your legal rights and obtain compensation to which you may be entitled, contact your Ohio car wreck attorneys at Groth & Associates as soon as possible. We will work diligently to help you to recover full and fair compensation for your injuries. Call us at 419-491-3370 or contact us online for help.