The North Carolina Department of Transportation reported 213,553 auto accidents in 2010. Of these 1,224 were fatal (.57%) and 69,138 involved injuries (32.4%). While many car crash injuries heal within days or even weeks, and the individual is soon back to 100%, those with more severe injuries may have their lives changed forever.
For many individuals with severe injuries, an initial surgery is just the beginning. Some patients require multiple surgeries, extensive physical and/or vocational rehabilitation, or pain management therapies for the rest of their lives. Some will end up in wheelchairs or require prosthetic devices. Patients with severe burns or lacerations may be disfigured and be uncomfortable going out in public. Some individuals may eventually be able to return to work, while others are permanently disabled. When injuries are severe, the injured party’s quality of life is directly impacted.
While quality of life is a vague term (some groups differentiate “health related quality of life” from the general phrase), it encompasses the person’s physical, mental and emotional health. Any injury, but especially severe injuries, can result not only in physical challenges but can also cause changes in the individual’s interactions with family and friends, and change how they see themselves (for example, they may feel devalued because they can no longer work to provide for their family). The injured person may become depressed, further impacting their quality of life. Then, add financial burdens to this list and the person may feel overwhelmed.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident caused by another driver, it is important to know that help is available. In most cases, the at-fault driver will have insurance or other assets that may be available to pay your claim. It is important that you speak with an attorney immediately to learn your rights. This is especially true if you suffered severe injuries that may require ongoing or future medical treatments. Call and speak with an auto accident attorney at Merritt Webb today.