What is a Traumatic Injury?
Here are some specific types of traumatic injuries:
- Cervical Disk Herniation
- Chest Trauma
- Femur Fractures
- Foot Fractures
- Neck Trauma
- Rotator Cuff Injuries
- Skull Fractures
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Wrist Fractures
Common Causes of Traumatic Injuries:
Just about all traumatic injuries are the result of blunt force, penetration or burn injuries. In the context of personal injury law, some common causes include motor vehicle crashes, slip-and-falls, trip-and-falls, aviation, train or bus crashes, boating accidents, injuries at work, sports injuries or criminal attacks.
Many types of traumatic injuries can be treated in emergency rooms. Severe and multiple traumatic injury victims might be transported to trauma centers that are categorized at different levels. Here are just a few examples of some serious traumatic injuries that a Louisville personal injury lawyer might encounter:
- Traumatic brain injuries that are often caused by motor vehicle accidents, falls and criminal acts. About 1.4 million people suffer these injuries every year. About 50,000 victims die and another 235,000 are admitted to hospitals.
- Spinal cord injuries that can be partial or complete. Partial tears cause paraplegia, and complete tears cause quadriplegia.
- Spinal fractures causing disc and nerve damage. Some spinal fractures also cause paralysis.
- Traumatic amputations as opposed to surgical amputations. Sometimes the amputated body part can be reattached. Excessive bleeding, shock and infection are all concerns with traumatic amputations.
- Burns that result from heat, electricity, radiation or chemicals.
Damages for Traumatic Injuries:
If a traumatic injury claim or lawsuit is successful, damages can be awarded for purposes of trying to make the injured person whole again. Some of the damages that might be awarded follow:
- Past medical bills in connection with the accident and medical bills reasonably expected to be incurred in the future.
- Past lost earnings and earnings reasonably expected to be lost in the future.
- Any permanent disfigurement.
- Any permanent disability.
- Pain and suffering.
- Diminished quality of life.