According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 6.5 million motor vehicle accidents occur on the nation’s streets, roads, and highways each year. Fortunately, the majority of those crashes do not lead to injury or death. Yet, almost two million crashes lead to injuries, and more than 30,000 lead to fatalities.
Motor vehicle accidents are traumatic events, and injuries and death only compound the situation. Some accident victims choose to deal with insurance companies on their own. However, this decision can lead to missing out on receiving the full recovery someone deserves after another party caused their accident and injuries.
Experienced motor vehicle accident lawyers understand insurance company tactics and know-how to negotiate to achieve the best outcome for their clients. Also, insurance companies want to avoid expensive litigation, so they often take claims more seriously when a motor vehicle accident lawyer is involved. If you have sustained injuries in a motor vehicle accident, you should not have to shoulder the financial burden of medical bills and lost wages. You should not have to face the pain and suffering that comes with serious accident injuries.
The experienced motor vehicle accident attorneys at Ochs Law Firm understand the challenges you face in the coming weeks and months, and for some, the rest of your lives, and we are here to help you seek the justice you deserve after another party’s negligence harmed you. Contact us online or call (307) 739-3959 for a free case evaluation to discuss the details of your motor vehicle accident, your injuries, and the best course of action for your circumstances.
Ochs Law Firm Fights for Those Injured in Motor Vehicle Accidents
The skilled motor vehicle accident lawyers at Ochs Law Firm have represented numerous clients who have suffered injuries in motor vehicle accidents caused by negligence. The firm’s dedication to professional excellence and client service has led to the recovery of millions of dollars in damages for their clients. We cannot guarantee a specific financial outcome for your case because each motor vehicle accident claim has underlying facts that increase or decrease its potential value. However, you can count on the fact that the motor vehicle accident lawyers at Ochs Law Firm will diligently pursue the best possible outcome for your claim. Hiring our firm to represent you includes the following:
- A thorough investigation of all the facts and details of your motor vehicle accident.
- A well-devised strategic plan of action for litigation when settlement is not an option.
- Professional advice on potential outcomes for your motor vehicle accident claim.
- A committed legal team by your side until justice is served.
If you have suffered injuries in a motor vehicle accident, Ochs Law Firm is here to handle the details of your case and aggressively advocate for you while you focus on healing and rehabilitation.
Reasons to Take Legal Action After a Motor Vehicle Accident
Money does not undo the harm you have suffered in a motor vehicle accident. Knowing you did not cause your injuries likely leaves you feeling angry or frustrated. Filing an injury claim is typically the only direct action an accident victim can take to seek justice against an at-fault driver. If you receive compensation for damages from an insurance settlement or personal injury lawsuit, it can help you in many ways, including:
- Providing the money you need to pay for medical treatment costs related to your injuries.
- Replacing lost income from missing work, so you have the funds you need for day-to-day living.
- Providing a sense of closure after suffering serious injuries.
- Preventing future harm to others by holding an at-fault party accountable for their negligence.
- Providing a feeling that justice has been served, especially when a driver’s gross negligence led to a motor vehicle accident.
Types of Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries
If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, you might wonder how bad your injuries need to be to contact a motor vehicle accident attorney. It’s typically easy to know the answer to this when you consider the extremes. Minor injuries that don’t require you to miss more than a day or two of work and fully heal do not usually require legal counsel; conversely, the most severe accidents typically require representation to obtain the best outcomes.
The area that lies between the extremes can be confusing. A good rule of thumb is that if you wonder whether you should consult with an attorney, you should. A consultation is free, strings are never attached, and it gives one of our experienced motor vehicle accident lawyers the chance to evaluate your case and determine if you have a viable claim. Some types of motor vehicle accident injuries lead to personal injury claims and lawsuits more often than not. They include:
Head traumas from motor vehicle accidents sometimes lead to serious, life-threatening injuries that cause permanent damage, such as skull fractures and traumatic brain injuries. Those who suffer permanent brain damage face a lifetime of potential issues related to memory, cognition, motor skills, and behavior. Additionally, head injuries can cause lifetime chronic pain and residual headaches. The worst head injuries lead to severe brain damage that sometimes leaves motor vehicle accident victims in a coma or a permanent vegetative state (PVS).
The impact from a motor vehicle accident causes the neck to whip back and forth, sometimes leading to severe neck injuries. Even mild cases of whiplash at low speeds can cause lifelong problems. Minor neck injuries are typically sprains or strains that heal fully, but severe neck injuries can require surgery. A broken neck or torn ligaments or tendons create massive pain and come with a lengthy recovery. If the spinal cord in the neck suffers damages, temporary paralysis is almost certain, and there is a high likelihood of permanent paralysis from the neck down.
Back injuries frequently occur during motor vehicle accidents from the same motion that causes neck injuries. The impact of a crash causes bodies to contort in a range of unnatural positions. Those who suffer back injuries often have trouble finding relief from pain and discomfort, whether standing, sitting, or lying down. Injuries often include herniated discs or fractured vertebrae. When pain management techniques do not work, the solution is often corrective surgery. Yet, chronic issues typically remain, even after surgery.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries in the back often occur when a piece of bone breaks off a vertebra and gets lodged in the spinal cord or wounds it. Spinal cord cells do not regenerate like other cells in the body, so these injuries are often permanent. Permanent damage from a spinal cord injury typically relegates accident victims to some level of permanent functional loss. The lower the site of the injury on the spinal column, the lower amount of loss someone faces.
The force of a motor vehicle accident can lead to various internal injuries, of which many are life-threatening. For example, broken ribs can puncture the lungs and cause other organ damage. However, you do not need to break a rib to suffer organ damage from a severe car crash. Some organs regenerate cells, and you only need one kidney to survive. Unfortunately, damage to the heart or lungs leads to lifelong problems if an accident victim lives through the ordeal.
Depending on the exact type of motor vehicle accident and the speed at which it occurs, some accident victims suffer from having a shoulder or hip dislocated. This painful injury requires a doctor to put the joint back together and leads to a higher likelihood of suffering a future dislocation. Dislocations accompanied by torn muscles or other soft tissues typically require costly surgery and extensive time to recover.
Front seat passengers risk amputation in motor vehicle accidents when their legs get crushed under the steering column or dashboard. Doctors try to save crushed limbs by restoring blood flow, but sometimes it does not work. Amputation is a last resort to save someone’s life, so the infection from the dead limb does not spread through their body. The permanency of an amputation requires a motor vehicle accident lawyer to help get the most compensation possible for this costly injury.
If a motor vehicle accident results in a fire or explosion, those involved risk suffering severe burns. For some, this means spending weeks or months in a burn unit and undergoing one or more reconstructive surgeries, which typically include skin grafts. A burn is not only painful but when they are in visible places, the scars are a source of emotional pain and embarrassment.
Seeking Compensation for Your Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries
When another party causes a car accident, truck accident, motorcycle accident, or another type of motor vehicle accident, and it leads to your injuries, you have the right to seek compensation for damages. If your attorney negotiates an agreeable settlement or a jury rules in your favor and awards damages, you could receive compensation for the following losses related to your injuries:
- Medical expenses including ambulance and emergency services, hospitalization, diagnostic tests, surgery, aftercare, follow-up doctor visits, and prescription medications
- Estimated future medical treatment costs when a motor vehicle accident causes a permanent injury or condition that requires more surgeries or ongoing care
- Specialized treatment costs for rehabilitation typically including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and mental health services
- Lost wages from missing work due to an accident, injuries, hospitalization, and recovery
- Estimated future lost earnings when a motor vehicle accident leads to a permanent injury or condition that prevents someone from going back to work or seeking future employment
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
- Loss of consortium with a spouse, if applicable
- Scarring and disfigurement, especially common when a motor vehicle accident causes an amputation or severe burns
Your motor vehicle accident lawyer can review the circumstances of your accident and your injuries to advise you on which damages apply to your specific situation.
Contact a Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyer from Ochs Law Firm
At Ochs Law Firm, we understand the challenges you face in the aftermath of a motor vehicle accident. The financial pressure that comes with medical bills and missing work makes the experience worse. You must focus on your health and recovery, but you also need to take action to ensure you get the full recovery entitled to you under the law for the accident and your injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident due to someone else’s negligence, our law firm wants to hear your story to help you obtain a full recovery under the law. Get your most urgent questions answered about your injury case, and Wyoming law, with a free consultation. Contact Ochs Law Firm today online or at (307) 739-3959 to share your story and determine the best course of action for your circumstances.