Car Accident Injuries
I've been injured in a car accident in Virgina. What now?
Injuries caused by auto accidents can often be very severe. In an instant, you or a loved one can sustain an injury that can instantly change your lives forever. With so much at stake, it’s critical you have someone on your side who understands the law and knows how to investigate such accidents.
At Davis, Davis, Davis & Davis, PC, of Roanoke and Rocky Mount, our attorneys have years of experience handling such complicated cases. We’re familiar with the common causes of accidents. We know how to identify various types of accidents. We know what questions to ask, what evidence to look for and how to compile that information into a compelling legal case.
Even if your injury does not result in a permanent disability, the impact can be far reaching – physically, financially and emotionally. You might be unable to work for weeks or months. You could lose your house due to financial hardship. It could take years to get back to where you were before your accident.
What types of auto accident injuries are common in Virginia?
Car accident injuries cover a broad range. From serious to minor injuries, permanent to temporary disabilities, the list of injuries due to motor vehicle accidents is extensive. Some of the most common injuries include:
A sudden, sharp blow to the head caused by a car accident can have serious consequences. Depending on how fast the vehicle was traveling and the force of the accident, head injuries (also called traumatic brain injuries or TBIs) can cover a wide range.
Head injuries are divided into two main categories – closed-head injuries and open-head injuries. A closed-head injury refers to injuries in which the skull was not broken. Open-head injuries refer to those involving an object that penetrated the skill. Both types of injuries can be serious. Some of the most common head injuries include:
- Concussions – Trauma to brain caused by a sudden blow or sudden movement. Can range from mild to severe concussions.
- Contusion – Bleeding or bruise on brain caused by direct impact to the head.
- Penetrating injury – Injuries that occur when an object forces fragments into the brain.
The severity of a brain injury can also cover a wide range, from mild, temporary damage to severe, permanent brain damage. Whatever type of head injury you’re dealing with, contact us.
Thousands of people sustain spinal cord injuries in car accidents every year. These injuries are often caused by a blow to the spine that breaks, crushes, dislocates or compresses one or more bones in the spine known as vertebrae.
Sometimes, surgery can repair such damage to the spine. But in certain severe cases, spinal cord injuries can result in serious, permanent damage to the spine. Such injuries can result in either:
- Paralysis – Damage to spinal cord which prevents people from moving certain body parts or feeling sensation in them.
- Paraplegia – Paralysis from the waist down. Injury victims often cannot move legs.
Quadriplegia – Paralysis from the neck or shoulders down. Injury victims often cannot move arms or legs.
Like head injuries, back injuries can cover a wide range, from mild to severe. And like spinal cord injuries, these injuries can dramatically change a person’s life depending on where the injury occurred on a person’s back. Injuries may involve the mid-back, lumbar or lower back region. Common terms used to describe injuries to the cartilage that cushions the spaces between the vertebrae include ruptured discs, bulging discs and herniated discs.
So how do you know if you have a back injury? Here are common symptoms of a back injury:
- Tightening sensation around chest
- Pain radiating down your legs
- Tingling in your hands or fingers
If you experience any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention. Then contact us. We can help you get the compensation you rightfully deserve for your back injury.
Whiplash is one of the most common types of neck injuries caused by car accidents. This type of injury occurs when someone’s neck and head violently moves backward and forward. Whiplash injuries might seem mild at first. But they can become quite serious and dramatically affect a person’s quality of life.
In addition to whiplash, there are many other types of neck injuries caused by auto accidents. These include:
- Neck sprain
- Neck strain
- Herniated disc
- Bruised neck vertebrae
- Broken neck bones
Whatever type of neck injury you or your loved one sustained, seek immediate medical attention and professional legal advice. We can aggressively investigate your case and make sure you receive the compensation you deserve for medical expenses, lost income and more.
Car accidents are one of the leading causes of broken bones or fractures, according to research conducted by the Mayo Clinic. Fractures or broken bones can occur throughout a person’s body due to an accident. Some of the most common places these injuries occur include the back, neck, spine, arms and legs.
There are many different types of fractures. The two main categories include closed fracture (the bone does not pierce the skin) and open fracture (bone pierces the skin). There are also many other types of broken bones, including:
- Incomplete fractures (bone cracks but doesn’t break)
- Complete fractures (bone makes clean break)
- Comminuted fractures (bone breaks in several places)
Whatever type of broken bone injury you’re dealing with, we can help you get the medical attention you rightfully deserve and the time needed to fully recover. Fighting for the rights of injury victims drives us to work hard every day.
After an accident, you might feel fine and not seek medical treatment. Don’t be so sure you’re healthy. You might have a serious, life-threatening internal injury. That’s why it’s critical to have an emergency medical technician (EMT) or doctor examine as soon as possible.
Internal injuries may be caused by blunt trauma (when blood vessels in the body are damaged by the force of an object striking the body) or penetrating trauma (when an object punctures the skin and tears a hole in one or more blood vessels).
Some of the most common internal injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents include:
- Internal bleeding or hemorrhaging
- Broken ribs or torso damage
- Punctured lungs (pneumothorax)
- Injuries to internal organs (liver, spleen, heart, etc.)
Don’t take chances with your health. Take action. Visit a hospital or your doctor immediately. Then contact us. We can help with all the paperwork, red tape and other hassles often associated with serious injuries.
Insurance companies often downplay the psychological impact of a serious motor vehicle accident. We know the truth. In many cases, these accidents can traumatize injury victims and leave them unable to sleep, work or perform other normal daily functions.
Whether you were hurt or you lost a loved one in an accident, the pain and suffering you feel are real. We know because we have worked with numerous people struggling to deal with the psychological trauma of a serious accident. Children who lose parents in accidents often struggle with psychological issues for their rest of their lives.
Insurance companies should not be the ones deciding whether you receive treatment for psychological scars caused by your accident. You should be able to receive help and advice from a licensed therapist or psychologist. Contact us. We want to help you get your life back on track.
The loss of a loved one in an accident is one of the most difficult events people will face in their lives. Knowing what to do afterward can be overwhelming and confusing. That’s why we work so hard on these difficult cases. We want to help you deal with the legal side of your case so you can focus on what really matters – grieving the loss of a loved one.
It’s important to take legal action soon after an accident. Over time, evidence can disappear. Witnesses’ memories fade or change. The other driver who caused the accident might even deny responsibility. That’s why it’s critical to contact us.
As your wrongful death attorney, we can thoroughly investigate your accident and make sure your family receives the compensation you rightfully deserve. If necessary, we can even help you file a wrongful death lawsuit in Virginia or wherever your accident occurred.
We have a strong track record of success with fatal auto accidents. In one recent case, we obtained a $300,000 settlement for the widow of a car accident victim. This money serves a vital purpose. It allows families to pay funeral costs, medical bills and make up for lost income and future earnings. All of these expenses need to be taken into account. Allow us to put our knowledge and expertise to work for you. Your case truly matters here.
Whatever type of injury you or your family is dealing with, make sure you take your case seriously right from the start. Contact our firm and find out what we can do for you.
Put your trust in us. Contact Davis, Davis, Davis & Davis, PC. We can help.
Many law firms talk about what they can do for clients. We believe actions speak louder than words. That’s why we work so hard on every case. We understand that a sizable settlement or verdict can help injury victims pay their bills and live their lives with dignity.
DISCLAIMER: The settlements and verdicts listed here represent a sampling of the case results pursued and won by Davis, Davis, Davis & Davis, PC. Please note that every case is different and these verdicts and settlements, while accurate, do not represent what we may obtain for you in your case. Nor does it mean that we win all of our cases - we don't.
Some of our recent case results for car accident victims include a $300,000 settlement, a $240,000 settlement and a $222,500 settlement.
Experience matters when it comes to complicated car accidents. Attorney William P. Davis has been practicing law in Virginia since 1999 and has worked on many motor vehicle injury cases. Attorney George “Tripp” Hunt has spent decades working on similar cases throughout the state. There’s no substitute for working on actual cases.