Car accidents are one of the main reasons causing chronic pain. Abrasions and cuts will eventually heal, but there are some injuries that will result in significant chronic pain that will impact a victim's life for a long time. There have been estimates that around 100 million people in the United States suffer from some type of chronic pain, which is generally defined as pain that lasts longer than six months. Chronic pain can vary from mild to severe, on occasion to continuous, or from somewhat inconvenient to incapacitation.
There are a wide variety of chronic pain symptoms. These include shooting aching pain that is often combined with a feeling of tightness, soreness, stiffness, or just a general discomfort over the entire body. Most of these injuries are connected to chronic pain are the result of an injury, or trauma to the nervous system. Chronic pain is typically related to other daily life problems, such as mood changes, depression, anger, and anxiety. Every year, there are more than 2 million people injured in motor vehicle collisions.
While the car accident itself is over quickly, the physical pain caused from the accident can linger for many years. It has been estimated that over 75% of individuals who sought treatment in an emergency room after a car accident still have pain 4 weeks later. The most common lingering pain after an auto collision in Los Angeles County includes the neck and back area, along with sore muscles. However, in spite of a victim's lingering pain, only a small percentage of people actually contact a car accident lawyer. Serious car accidents will often cause permanent and very painful injuries that will require routine medical treatments and long-term care. The injuries and chronic pain sustained after a serious auto collision has the potential to last for many years, or even a lifetime.
If you or a family member has sustained serious and painful injuries in a car accident in Los Angeles County, you will need experienced legal counsel on your side representing you in every step of the process. The Los Angeles car accident lawyers at Injury Justice Law Firm LLP have a track record of success representing victims of negligence or wrongful conduct causing an auto collision. Our car accident injury attorneys will closely evaluate the facts and circumstances of your car accident case, aggressively negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf, and assist you in obtaining the monetary compensation for your pain and injuries.
Types and Causes of Los Angeles Car Accidents
In Los Angeles County, drivers often cause serious auto accidents through negligence, wrongful conduct, recklessness, or distracted driving. Often, rear-end car accidents happen at intersections when drivers are simply not paying attention to the traffic in front of them. There are other common types of car accidents in LA County, including side-impact and head-on collisions. Regardless of the type of auto collision, many can result in very serious injuries, and in some cases, permanent injuries. The most common causes of car accidents in Los Angeles County include:
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
- Failure to yield right-of-way
- Abrupt lane changes
- Texting or using cell phone
- Running a red light
- Failing to use turn signals
- Driving while fatigued
- Not adjusting driving to weather conditions
In order for an injured car accident victim to prove another driver's negligence was the cause of the auto accident, they have to be able to show the at-fault driver violated a duty of reasonable care. This means they were not driving in a reasonable manner under the circumstances, and their violation was the cause of the car accident. Additionally, the victim has to be able to show the car accident caused their injury, pain, and other damages.
Soft Tissue Injuries in a Car Accident
Soft tissue injuries are normally sprains or strains to the neck or back that don't require surgery. However, these types of injuries will often cause serious chronic pain that could require long-term physical therapy and pain management. In many cases, an insurance company of the at-fault driver will downplay the significance of a soft tissue injury and will attempt to deny it's a serious injury with a lingering impact. Our lawyers have seen cases where an insurance adjuster will accuse a victim or receiving unnecessary treatment. At our law firm, a Los Angeles car accident attorney will aggressively negotiate with the insurance company and will hire medical experts to challenge the insurance company's allegation and help our client's obtain the maximum amount of compensation they are entitled.
Catastrophic Injuries in a Car Accident
Very serious catastrophic injuries are frequently caused from head-on collisions and high speed side-impacts at an intersection. There are many types of common catastrophic injuries sustained in auto accident. These include:
- Spinal cord injury
- Broken bones and fractures
- Traumatic brain injury
- Permanent scarring
Typically, catastrophic injuries will result in a long stay in a hospital, lengthily physical therapy, medical treatment, surgeries, and long-term rehabilitative care. Under California law, victims can seek compensation for their injuries and other damages.
Pursuing a Lawsuit for Chronic Pain
In order to recover from chronic pain, it will normally require that your pursue compensation for the pain and suffering that you have endured as a Los Angeles car accident victim. One of the main issues with chronic pain is that although it is the main reason for lost time at work, many doctors can't connect the pain to the causes, or even prove they exist. Getting a medical professional to classify your chronic pain as a long-term permanent injury is the first step in obtaining compensation. Getting chronic pain compensation is different from other types of personal injury claims because there is not a documented cost from medical expenses, lost wages from work, and other out-of-pocket expenses. However, there will certainly be future damages, including the emotional distress the car accident caused. The main factor in a successful lawsuit for chronic pain is to retain a Los Angeles car accident lawyer who has the skills to identify the chronic pain and be able to link it to the car accident.
Call a Los Angeles Car Accident Injury Lawyer
Car accidents can cause long-term injuries and chronic pain and suffering. The Los Angeles car accident injury attorneys at Injury Justice Law Firm LLP have the experience to successfully advocate on your behalf to obtain fair compensation for your injuries. If you have been injured in a car accident due to negligence of another party, contact our lawyers to evaluate the details of your accident. Call our injury law firm at 310-734-7974.