Lafayette Auto Accident Lawyer
An ordinary drive to school, work, or the grocery store can turn into a life-changing catastrophe in a split second. Before you entered that vehicle, you had no idea your life would be forever changed. Now, with medical bills mounting and time away from work leaving your family financially strained, you’re not sure where to turn for help.
A serious vehicle accident can often cause debilitating injuries. After an accident injury, you and your family should be focused on healing. Unfortunately, the opposite is what often happens. After an accident, many families are weighed down by the stresses of dealing with insurance companies, medical bills, and trying to account for any loss of income due to the injury.
If another driver is responsible for the accident that caused these injuries, you might be wondering how to prove fault or if you deserve compensation for your injuries. The at-fault party’s insurance company might be contacting you, trying to convince you to admit to fault or agree to a quick settlement for your injuries. These issues can be overwhelming and confusing, especially on top of everything else you’re dealing with after an accident.
That’s where we come in.
The experienced personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Matt & Allen understand the physical, emotional, and financial stress you’re under as a result of your vehicular accident—whether that’s a car crash, 18-wheeler accident, motorcycle crash, or other type of auto accident.
With over 50 years of combined experience serving southern Louisiana, our Lafayette attorneys will fight for the compensation you deserve. You should never have to suffer because of someone else’s negligence; in fact, the only thing you should be focusing on is healing.
The range of injuries that can be caused by an accident is broad. Injuries can be physical or mental. An accident injury might heal in months, or it could affect you for the rest of your life. Every accident injury is unique to the accident and to the injured person’s body. Some of the most common car accident injuries are the most debilitating.
Brain and Head Injuries
Drivers and passengers who are involved in car accidents most often suffer from closed head injuries. These injuries can range from a mild concussion to a traumatic brain injury (TBI). In many cases, these types of injuries have no physical indication on the surface. The brain is at risk of being jostled inside the skull because of the impact of a car crash, regardless of whether cuts, bruises, or other physical trauma is visible.
The effects of a brain or head injury can be hard to detect or might seem minor. A concussion can have serious effects on your life for weeks after an accident. Even if you don’t have any pain after an accident, it’s important to talk to a doctor about the nature of your accident and any possible head injuries.
A traumatic brain injury is a serious injury that often changes a person’s life permanently. Speech and cognition can be affected. Mobility and memory can be ruined temporarily or permanently. If you or a loved one have been affected by a traumatic brain injury in an accident caused by another driver, contacting a lawyer as soon as possible is in your best interest. If your quality of life has been affected by such an injury, you likely deserve substantial compensation from whoever is responsible.
Neck injuries are another common car accident injury that can go unnoticed for some time after an accident. Pain and loss of range of motion from a neck injury may not set in until a week or more after an accident, depending on the nature of the injury. Some of the most frequent neck injuries are whiplash and neck strain from the impact of an accident. However, there are also more serious injuries such as disc injury and cervical radiculopathy — both of these injuries can result in limited mobility and numbness of limbs.
Even if you don’t feel significant pain in your neck after an accident, it’s a good idea to have a doctor examine your neck for injuries that could affect you later down the road. The longer you wait to diagnose and treat an injury after an accident, the more difficult it becomes to link that injury back to the accident and the person who caused it.
Injury to the face can be caused by almost anything in a car accident. Your face might have banged in to the steering wheel or the dashboard. The airbag might have blown up in your face, or shattered glass from the windows might have cut you. Face injuries range in severity from scrapes and bruises to lacerations and fractures. Sometimes serious jaw or dental injuries can occur.
The pain and scarring that result from face injuries could sideline you for weeks. If you need to have surgery in order fix the issues caused by a facial injury, your medical bills go through the roof. If you’re suffering from the consequences of a facial injury, don’t hesitate to contact a personal injury attorney.
Car accident injuries are not limited to physical injuries. After serious car accidents involving severe injuries, or even death, drivers and passengers may suffer short or long termpsychological affects that can be just as debilitating as any physical injury. Emotional conditions that might develop after an accident can be from posttraumatic stress disorder, something that can impact almost every aspect of someone’s life.
Contact our Lafayette office if you have been in an accident related to one of the following forms of transportation:
- Car Accidents
- Eighteen Wheelers
- Highway and Traffic Control Defects
- Railroad Crossings
The personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Matt & Allen will put our time and resources to work for your claim. Reach out today for the help you and your family need.
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