Car accidents can be extremely dangerous and badly injure anyone involved. The chance of getting injured dramatically increases when one of the people involved does not have a car, van, truck, or other motor vehicle to protect them from some of the impact forces. If you were in a pedestrian accident, you could suffer serious injuries that could alter your life and need to pay for costly medical treatments.
The good news is that we can help. If you were in an accident around Sandy Springs, our lawyers are ready to assist you with your case. We are experienced attorneys who can analyze the facts of your unique situation, interview witnesses, collect evidence, and argue on your behalf in court to get you justice for your injuries.
Reach out to Howe Law at (844) 876-4357 for a free case review with our pedestrian accident lawyers.
Injuries From Pedestrian Accidents in Sandy Springs, AL
It is no secret that pedestrians get injured most of the time when they are hit by motor vehicles. The impact of even a slow-moving car, bus, or truck can result in severe damage to a person. No matter how small your accident may seem, speak to our lawyers about it so that you can get compensation for your injuries.
Blunt trauma injuries are the result of forceful impacts to the body. Getting hit by a car could result in bruising or internal bleeding that needs immediate medical attention. Additionally, blunt trauma could crush internal body parts, making it difficult to breathe or move.
Broken bones are common in all kinds of car accidents but are even more likely to happen when a car hits a pedestrian. The pelvis and femur are some of the most commonly broken bones when a pedestrian gets hit by a car because they are near the center of a person’s body – the location most likely to be hit by an oncoming vehicle.
Some more serious variations of broken bones, like a compound fracture where the bone pierces through the skin and is broken at multiple points, may require multiple surgeries to recover from. All fractures will require time in a cast as well as physical training to regain strength and dexterity of the broken limb or area around the broken bone.
Traumatic Brain Injury
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the result of a hard blow to the head that damages the brain. A common form of mild TBI is a concussion. Concussions can result in dizziness, sensitivity to loud noises, or uncharacteristic mood swings.
More serious traumatic brain injuries can have grave consequences. You could lose short-term memory, the ability to speak, or the use of basic motor functions like walking or manipulating objects. Severe TBIs can result in a significant loss of cognitive function.
Damages You Can Recover in a Sandy Springs, AL Pedestrian Accident Lawsuit
If you are successful in your pedestrian accident lawsuit, you will be awarded damages by the court. Those damages will be based on your injuries and experiences unique to your personal accident. You will need to specify to the court what injuries you are requesting compensation for. Below are some of the things you could list as items you are seeking damages for in a pedestrian accident lawsuit.
Bills for hospital stays, surgeries, physical therapy, and other medical treatments can easily balloon out of control. Medical expenses are a common item to seek compensation for in personal injury lawsuits. You will likely need to present evidence of medical treatment and hospital stays to convince the judge and jury that you are entitled to damages for your medical bills.
Lost Wages and Future Income
You could be compensated by the court if you missed work while recovering from your injuries. Similarly, if you had to take a less lucrative position because of your injuries – or had to quit working entirely – the court could award you damages based on the difference between your jobs or your projected income had you not been injured.
The point of damages in a personal injury lawsuit is to “make the plaintiff whole” again. That means placing the plaintiff in as close a position as possible to where they were before they were injured. So damages based on pay from missed work or work that can no longer be done helps to facilitate that goal.
Physical Pain and Mental Anguish
Pain and suffering is another common thing to request damages for in court. Since plaintiffs will experience pain or distress differently, these damages will be unique to each plaintiff. Unlike medical bills or lost income, abstract things like “pain” or “anguish” do not have a set dollar value. For that reason, you and our lawyers will have to argue their worth before the court.
One way to determine the value of pain and suffering is to use a multiple of your medical expenses. The idea is that the pain is worse than the bills for treatment, so the value should be more. This also has the benefit of basing your more esoteric damages on items with less disputable damages amounts. Another way is to come up with a dollar value for the pain you experienced each day you were injured and then ask for an amount based on how long your injuries are expected to persist.
Punitive damages are different from other kinds of damages because they are not designed to make the plaintiff whole again. Instead, punitive damages are meant to punish defendants for especially bad actions. Courts rarely award punitive damages, as they are reserved for only the most deserving defendants.
Call Our Sandy Springs, AL Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Today
Talk to our pedestrian accident lawyers from Howe Law about your case at (844) 876-4357.