Pedestrian accidents could cause a wide array of injuries, many of which can be permanently disabling. Pedestrians in Bensalem who suffer such injuries may hold a negligent driver liable for the long-term effects of their injuries.
Types of Disabling Injuries
Some of the most common pedestrian accident injuries involve the legs. Broken tibia and femur bones can take many months to heal, especially if it’s a compound break. Broken bones that press through the skin also have a high chance of infection which can further complicate the healing process.
Legs are not the only commonly disabled area from a pedestrian accident. Pelvic injuries are also not uncommon. For some, these injuries can lead to permanent complications with walking and performing other daily activities around the house.
Head and spinal injuries can also occur in pedestrian accidents as well.
An accident victim can be permanently disabled by:
- skull fractures;
- vertebrae fractures; and
- nerve compression injuries.
Paralysis is possible, and even if the patient retains feeling, they may be limited in their movement which can affect daily living.
Head injuries can result in traumatic brain injury (TBI) that causes changes in:
- depression; and
- sleeping patterns.
Patients might experience job difficulty and other life-changing disabilities when dealing with a TBI.
What are the costs of these disabling injuries?
Immediately after a serious accident, the pedestrian likely needs emergency medical care. This can cost thousands of dollars for hospital stays and ongoing treatment while the pedestrian initially heals from the accident.
After the condition stabilizes, there are a variety of costs that a pedestrian accident victim may incur like therapy for:
- the body;
- the occupation; and
The victim’s home may require modification to accommodate the disability, and home care may be necessary. More than the costs of ongoing medical treatment, the victim most likely will miss time from work. He or she may also lose the ability to perform job functions adequately or the capacity for promotion may suffer, which results in a loss of earning capacity. This is especially prevalent with TBI but can happen with other injuries.
There can be psychological or mental damages related to the injury as well. Victims may experience depression or other psychological problems as they adjust to the injury and rely on others to provide care. There are also intangible costs, like pain and suffering and mental anguish that may come with the injuries.
How can I obtain fair compensation for my accident injuries?
Pedestrians injured in accidents in Bensalem can file tort claims against a negligent driver. This allows the victim to recover compensation for damages, but requires that the claimant or plaintiff establish the driver’s liability for the accident. Pedestrians may also be able to recover no-fault personal injury protection (PIP) from his or her own policy.aile & Saile is prepared to help you obtain compensation for long-term injuries after a pedestrian accident. Contact our office at 215-642-2335 or use our contact form to schedule a free consultation with an attorney.