Head and Brain Injuries
Car accidents are one of the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). In a car accident, the victim's brain is exposed to a tremendous amount of force. Even if the victim does not strike his or her head on the steering wheel or windshield, a traumatic brain injury can still occur. When a person's head snaps forward and backward quickly, the brain can crash into the skull, causing bruising or bleeding resulting in a brain injury. In other cases, debris from the car accident will pierce a person's head, causing a brain injury.
Neck and Spine Injuries
Neck and spine injuries are also common in serious car accidents. The force of a car accident can cause damage to the nerves surrounding the spinal cord, a herniated disc, or a complete severing of the spinal cord. Serious damage to a person’s spinal cord can result in partial or complete paralysis below the area of the spine that becomes injured. Many neck and spinal cord injury victims require ongoing medical care, and some need to live in an assisted living facility for the rest of their lives.
Broken and Shattered Bones
Car accidents can cause a wide variety of broken bones and sprained ligaments. Broken ankles, wrists, arms, ribs, and legs are all common in car accidents. Some car accident victims may even suffer a fractured hip or pelvis, which can be challenging to heal and require significant physical therapy. Broken bones range in seriousness from simple brakes to compound fractures that may require multiple surgeries to repair.
Scarring and Disfigurement
The broken glass and debris involved in a car accident can cause serious facial injuries. Shattered glass can cut and scar a person's face, or their face could be injured by colliding with the steering wheel, dashboard, airbag, or windshield. Facial injuries can result in nerve damage and require surgical correction. Car accident victims may need to endure painful and noticeable facial scarring.
In addition to physical injuries, car accidents can also leave victims with lasting psychological injuries. Not all car accident injuries are physical nature. Victims may suffer from emotional and mental distress due to a serious car accident. Some car accident victims develop post-traumatic stress disorder, which requires ongoing medical care. Things that used to be easy for car accident victims could become difficult or even impossible.
Damages Available in New York Car Accident Cases
If you have suffered a severe injury in a New York car accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation for injuries. Under New York law, car accident victims have a right to bring a personal injury lawsuit against the person or people responsible for the car accident. As the plaintiff in a personal injury lawsuit, you can request compensation for the economic and non-economic damages you have incurred due to your injuries.
New York courts allow successful plaintiffs to recover compensatory and punitive damages. Compensatory damages are available to compensate victims for past and future economic losses. Successful plaintiffs can recover compensatory damages for their past and future medical expenses.
Recovering Compensation for Your Medical Expenses
Be sure to keep records of all of the medical costs related to your car accident. You can recover compensation for your doctor's visits, treatments, surgeries, prescriptions, hospital stays, and durable medical equipment. At Stanley Law Offices, we work with a team of experts to accurately calculate future medical costs related to your car accident injuries. If your car accident injuries require long-term care, we can help you obtain the full amount of compensation you deserve to provide for yourself and your family and the future.
Compensatory damages also include compensation for becoming permanently disabled. Some New York courts have even held that the plaintiff can recover compensation for permanent disability is objectively defined by doctors and disabilities that the plaintiff perceives subjectively. In some cases, courts will award special damages for other types of monetary losses. You will need to prove that you suffered additional financial losses due to the car accident that caused your injuries.
Recovering Compensation for Your Lost Wages
Many of our clients cannot return to work due to the serious personal injuries they have experienced in a car accident. We advise our clients to keep a detailed record of the time they have had to take off work and any missed career opportunities. As a plaintiff, you can request compensation for the money you would have earned had the car accident not occurred. We will help you calculate your past, present, and future lost wages.
On the other hand, punitive damages are only awarded in egregious cases to punish the defendant for his or her extreme lack of care. Courts require descendants who acted egregiously to pay punitive damages as a way to deter recidivism. Punitive damages are available when the defendant used excessive speed, was driving while intoxicated, or engaging in other types of reckless or intentionally dangerous behavior.
Compensation for Pain and Suffering and Loss of Consortium
Car accident victims who suffered severe injuries often experience significant pain and suffering. Courts will award damages based on how severe your injury is and how long your injury’s effects are projected to last. We can help you provide the court with expert medical testimony about how your injuries will continue to cause pain and suffering in the future. We advocate for our clients to recover compensation for all of the emotional, physical, and psychological damage they have experienced from the car accident.
Successful plaintiffs can also obtain compensation for the loss of enjoyment of life. Whether you are a parent who can no longer play with your children outside, or you are a biker or jogger who can no longer engage in exercise, we can help you obtain compensation for the loss of your daily enjoyment. The court’s goal in personal injury lawsuits is to attempt to place the plaintiff in the position he or she was before the car accident.