Motor vehicle safety has increased in recent decades due to the
National Highway Traffic Safety Act, seat belt laws, air bag regulations, crash testing, crumple zones, anti
lock brakes, crash avoidance systems, and countless other design improvements.
With that said,
experienced Kingston car accident attorneys know that the human body is fragile and nothing can completely prevent
personal injury when a car accident occurs. Even the slightest motor vehicle
crash can cause head and
traumatic brain injury. Damage to the neck, spinal cord, and other areas of the back are very
common, as are fractures to the face and dental harm. Organ damage is
common as well and frequently occurs when punctured by a broken bone.
In fact, broken bones can cause a multitude of other harms and sometimes
take the longest to heal as compared to other injuries.
Car accidents that lead to broken bones pose unique damages for victims. Their harm
is not limited to the fracture itself. Victims will need a cast and therefore
suffer mobility impairment. They may not be able to drive until healed.
Muscle atrophy can occur while in a cast. Once the cast is removed, there
may be a need for physical rehabilitation. The most serious bone fractures
will lead to a permanent degradation of physical ability. In short, the
victim’s lifestyle will at least be altered in the short term, but
in some instances the injury is permanently life changing.
Luckily, these injuries are easy to prove during the course of a car accident
lawsuit. Medical records will clearly show a break and standard medical
protocols will help explain a patient’s need for continued medical care.
Spinal Injury and Surgery:
One of the most life-altering
car accident injuries are those affecting the victim’s back. Long after the fracture appears
healed, the victim may continue to suffer in pain. Physical therapy can
sometimes help, and medication can help dull the pain. But there comes
a point in which the patient and doctors realize that physical therapy
and pain management cannot continue forever. Simply put, more radical
or extreme measures must be taken to alleviate the patient’s pain
Spinal surgery in general and spinal fusion surgery specifically, are the
aggressive remedial measures. Since back pain can persist due to vertebrae
movement, surgeons will fuse vertebrae together. This will restrict movement
and thereby eliminate the pain that movement causes. The pain will go
away, but so too will the patient’s normal range of mobility.
Tibia and fibula (Tib-Fib) fractures can be equally devastating because
this area of the body supports most of a person’s weight and control
The tibia and fibula are bones located between a person’s knee and
ankle, and this part of the body is
especially vulnerable in car accidents. Additionally, these bones are unique in that their repair is difficult.
This is because a cast alone may not cure the injury; surgical repair
might first be required so that plates and screws can reinforce the damaged bones.
Patients may first be confined to a wheel chair before graduating to a
walking cast. Time spent in the wheel chair may lead to atrophy too. Therefore,
extensive physical therapy will commence once the patient is allowed to
put weight on the damaged limb.
A common misconception is that broken ribs aren’t serious. But experience
Kingston car accident attorneys know that nothing can be further from
the truth. Although a patient may not suffer the limitations as do back
and leg injury victims, the pain is not any slighter. Broken ribs can
be just as painful and limit a victim’s range of mobility. At the
most serious level, a broken rib can puncture organs. This is when they
are the most dangerous. It doesn’t take much imagination to understand
the consequences of a punctured lung, heart, stomach, bowels, spleen,
or any other organ.