A 27-year-old man’s life was changed forever in a crash that involved at least five cars on the 101 Freeway. There were six people in all that were injured, including the young man that lost his leg. The accident happened Friday night, June 7, 2019, near Coldwater Canyon.
According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, three of those injured declined further treatment and three others were hospitalized. At this time, the cause of the crash is unknown, and it’s too early to tell if anyone will be charged in connection with the incident.
Auto accident injuries can sometimes be what’s considered traumatic which means that injury had a sudden onset and requires immediate treatment to save the person’s life or limb. Around 2.5 million people each year go to the emergency room for the treatment of a traumatic injury stemming from an auto accident.
Out of those 2.5 million, around 10 percent required an extended stay in the hospital to treat injuries. In some cases, the trauma lasts a short time as a person is resuscitated or recovers from systematic shock and no further hospital stay is required. In other cases, the victim stays at the hospital for both immediate and longer-term treatment to ensure that they have the best chance of a full recovery.
Types of Traumatic Injuries from Auto Accidents
There are many different types of traumatic injuries that victims can incur from an auto accident. The majority form from some form of blunt force trauma while a significant amount stem from deep or severe puncture or lacerations. Some of the different types of traumatic injuries from auto accidents are:
- Brain Injuries: These can be from a severe concussion to a more serious brain injury that happens when someone suffers blunt force trauma to the head.
- Spinal Cord Injuries: A crushed or severed spinal cord can happen in an automobile accident, and time is of the essence to preserve any chance of full functionality after the injury.
- Loss of Limb: Limbs are often lost during the impact of an injury, and others are crushed and have to be removed surgically.
- Eye Injuries: Injuries to the eyes can be from the loss or reduction of the use of one or both eyes to the removal of either eye through the impact or subsequent surgery.
- Facial Injury: Often times blunt force trauma to the facial area can result in a traumatic injury that might require extensive medical treatment for reconstruction.
- Burns: Burns can range from minor to severe, and the more severe, the greater the need for immediate treatment.
- Systematic Shock: Many types of injuries can result in a traumatic shock that can lead to death if not treated immediately. The risk of shock often extends beyond the time the person is taken to the hospital.
What to do If You’ve Suffered a Traumatic Injury
If you’ve been in an accident and suffered a traumatic injury, the first thing obviously is to get medical treatment and focus on both short-term and long-term recovery. In the meantime, do not speak to anyone from the insurance company as they can use anything you tell them against you later when the time comes to consider compensation.
The next thing to do is to talk to an attorney who knows the law and is experienced in all types of traumatic injuries. At Steers and Associates, they have attorneys with the knowledge, skill and experience to help you with your claim and to stand up to the insurance company whose job it is to pay you as little as possible.
Don’t go it alone. Call the Law Offices of Steers & Associates at 800 824 5416 or click here to contact them online. A consultation costs you nothing and you can have the peace of mind that someone is standing behind you. They have attorneys with years of experience dealing with every type of motor vehicle accident, and get results against the insurance companies and their highly-paid lawyers. Call them now to even the playing field and get the compensation you deserve.