Pedestrian accidents are alarmingly common, both nationally and in New York. According to the New York State Department of Health, 312 pedestrians die, and over 3,027 are hospitalized yearly due to vehicle-related accidents.
Knowing the types of injuries commonly sustained can help victims better navigate their medical and legal options. At The Law Offices of Joseph J. Perrini, III, we understand the impact that a pedestrian accident can have. Our injury attorneys can help you recover the full compensation you deserve. The first step is to contact our office to schedule a free consultation.
Cuts and Abrasions
Cuts and abrasions are skin injuries that are commonly seen in pedestrian accidents. They are usually caused by the impact of the collision or by scraping against the road or vehicle.
Immediate first-aid steps include cleaning the wound with water or a saline solution, applying an antiseptic, and covering it with a sterile bandage. If the cuts are deep or severe, seek medical attention for proper treatment and to rule out any underlying complications.
Broken bones are common in pedestrian accidents and often involve the limbs, ribs, or collarbone. When a vehicle strikes a pedestrian, the impact is usually enough to cause serious fractures. Immediate medical action is crucial.
Call for emergency assistance or visit the nearest emergency room for X-rays and proper diagnosis. Treatment may involve casting, surgery, or other interventions depending on the severity of the break.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries result from damage to the vertebrae, ligaments, or spinal column disks. These injuries can lead to partial or complete paralysis, affecting mobility and quality of life.
Immediate medical attention is critical if you suspect spinal cord injuries. Call an ambulance or visit an emergency room as quickly as possible for accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment. Failure to do so could lead to irreversible damage.
Head Injuries and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injuries)
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a severe head injury caused by a sudden blow to the head or a penetrating injury. It commonly occurs in pedestrian accidents when the victim’s head strikes the vehicle or pavement.
If you sustain a head injury, immediate medical care is needed to help reduce the likelihood of long-term damage.
Internal injuries include damage to organs such as the lungs, liver, and spleen. These injuries can be deceptive because symptoms might not appear immediately. Seeking medical attention immediately is recommended. It could become life-threatening if you sustain an internal injury and don’t seek treatment.
Treatments vary depending on the severity and may include surgery, hospitalization, and long-term care. From a legal standpoint, internal injuries can result in high medical expenses and possibly life-long complications.
Psychological injuries like PTSD and anxiety can occur after a pedestrian accident. These mental health conditions can have lasting impacts on your daily life.
Immediate psychological evaluation is essential for diagnosis and treatment. Legally, you can claim compensation for emotional distress, including the cost of therapy and medication, by consulting a personal injury attorney.
Soft Tissue Injuries
These include sprains, strains, whiplash and bruises. They are not as severe as the others on this list but still require medical attention. Treatments often involve rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE).
What is the time limit for filing a personal injury claim in New York?
The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York is generally three years from the accident date. Consult a lawyer as soon as possible to ensure you don’t miss the deadline.
Can I still claim compensation if I was partially at fault?
Yes, New York follows a “comparative negligence” rule, allowing you to claim compensation even if you were partially at fault. While true, your compensation is reduced by your percentage of fault.
What kind of damages can I claim in a pedestrian accident?
You can claim economic damages like medical bills and lost wages and non-economic damages like pain, suffering, and emotional distress.
How can a lawyer help me with my pedestrian accident case?
A lawyer can assist in gathering evidence, negotiating with insurance companies, and representing you in court. They can help maximize the compensation you receive.
Do I have to go to court to get compensation?
Not all personal injury cases proceed to court. It may be possible to negotiate a fair settlement. However, going to court might be necessary if a fair settlement isn’t reached.
What should I do immediately after a pedestrian accident?
Seek medical attention right away, even if you feel fine. Then, gather evidence, including photographs and witness statements, and consult a personal injury attorney for legal advice.
Understanding Common Injuries in Pedestrian Accidents
Understanding common injuries in pedestrian accidents helps you take informed medical and legal steps. Compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and emotional distress are within reach if you consult with our personal injury lawyers at The Law Offices of Joseph J. Perrini, III.
If you or a loved one is a pedestrian accident victim in New York, don’t hesitate to seek legal guidance. We are here to help you get the compensation you deserve.