Types of Personal Injuries
Personal injuries can occur in a wide variety of ways and often leave families and individuals with debilitating and crippling outcomes which are not only physical and emotional but financially devastating.
Car accidents kill tens of thousands of motorists each year. Millions more sustain serious and life-changing injuries. Some of the most catastrophic accidents occur on our nation’s interstate highways and freeways.
These collisions, which often occur at high speeds and with large commercial vehicles, can be especially devastating. Common outcomes are traumatic brain injury, damage to the spinal cord, paralysis, amputation, and death.
In an attempt to curb these deadly accidents among commercial trucks and buses, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed a first-ever federal safety standard requiring electronic stability control systems for large commercial vehicles. NHTSA has already instituted similar regulations for SUVs, pickup trucks and other passenger vehicles, which went into effect in 2012. NHTSA believes those regulations have proven effective for passenger vehicles.
NHTSA estimates the new regulations could reduce rollover crashes involving large commercial vehicles by 56% each year. NHTSA also estimates a 14% reduction in loss-of-control crashes. These reductions could prevent up to 2,329 crashes, 858 injuries, and 60 fatalities each year.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) occur each year, 75% of which are concussions. Seventeen percent of TBIs are found to have been caused by car accidents and 31% of patients with this diagnosis die from their injuries.
Concussions and TBIs are a serious personal injury: a person’s entire life can be affected. Most often this means the injured person will lose the ability to work, require a lifetime of additional medical care, and see a dramatic change in their way and quality of life. The impact of this injury is not isolated to the victim, but shared with their family as well. Their loved ones must often adapt to a new life as caretaker and one without the person they knew before the injury.
Motor vehicle accidents can be equally devastating for those not operating a vehicle, such as when a pedestrian or bicyclist is struck by a vehicle.
Pedestrian accident and bicycle accident victims are completely unprotected when struck by a motor vehicle, and are therefore especially vulnerable to:
- Head and brain injury
- Back and spinal cord injury
- Neck injury
- Knee injury
- Shoulder injury
- Internal bleeding
While physical outcomes are often permanent and emotional trauma may improve with time, injured parties do have rights to compensation for their financial hardships when injuries are caused by the negligence, carelessness, or recklessness of others.
Victims of car accidents can seek appropriate compensation from the party at fault in a court of law. If you are the victim of a car accident, it is important to talk to an experienced personal injury attorney to understand your options. The experienced attorneys for the Mercaldo Law Firm will be there for you when you need help the most.
Treatment in Personal Injury Cases
Treatment often constitutes one of the largest expenses accident victims will face. The treatment for a TBI or concussion can vary, depending on the severity of the injury. When a serious injury is suffered through a blow to the head, a person may need surgery in order to relieve a contusion (blood clot), repair a crack in the skull, or alleviate a hemorrhage. This treatment is often expensive and long-term.
A catastrophic injury or brain injury is a life-changing event. Its ramifications are sweeping. It can mean years or a lifetime of around-the-clock medical care, expensive and grueling long-term therapy, and financial and emotional drain on a victim’s family. Victims and families should not have to pay for the negligence that causes this kind of anguish; they have suffered enough. The negligent party and his or her insurance company should bear the full financial burden of the victim’s sacrifice and injury.
When Should I Contact A Personal Injury Attorney?
Any time you are dealing with an accident, whether it is one involving large commercial vehicles or standard passenger vehicles; you should contact an experienced, knowledgeable attorney who will protect your rights. People who have been in a rollover accident should contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss the possibility of compensation for lost wages and medical expenses. If a loved one has died in a rollover crash, the family of the deceased may also receive compensation for their tragic loss.
To be sure, any time you are dealing with a serious injury or wrongful death, you should contact an attorney. Serious injuries from a bicycle accident cause financial difficulties and severe pain and suffering. If you suffered a serious injury when struck by a motor vehicle while in a crosswalk, walking, jogging or riding a bicycle, you are dealing with a number of long-term setbacks: lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering, amongst other damages. A bicyclist injured by a distracted motorist should contact a personal injury attorney with experience in pedestrian accidents. The attorney can make sure the negligent driver is held responsible and obtain all available compensation for the injured person.
Traumatic brain injuries create especially sensitive cases. When negligence by a motorist, doctor, property owner, or product manufacturer results in brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, or catastrophic injury for an accident victim, precious rights must be protected — and justice must be sought. There are very specific time limits for bringing a lawsuit in these cases, and you must make sure all of your rights are protected and preserved.
Statutes of limitation, the laws governing when a claim must be made, apply to all personal injury cases, including medical malpractice claims. If a case is not filed within the prescribed timeline, which varies depending on the type of case, those involved and its location, you will lose your legal right to bring the lawsuit altogether. The time can be as short as 180 days. Therefore, if you believe you or a loved one may have a claim it is important to obtain legal advice without any delay. It is imperative that you contact a qualified attorney as soon as is reasonably possible.
Is The Mercaldo Law Firm Qualified to Represent My Personal Injury Case?
The Mercaldo Law Firm was established in 1978 with the expressed purpose of representing people who have suffered catastrophic injuries and the surviving families of victims of wrongful death. We have obtained more than $150 million on behalf of clients, with over $35 million resulting from personal injury cases. We work with experienced investigators who reconstruct accidents, carefully examine police reports, and do whatever is necessary to identify the negligent party responsible for the injury. We bring the solid facts of your case to the responsible motorist’s insurance company, and if necessary, to a judge and jury in personal injury litigation.
In case after case, the attorneys with the Mercaldo Law Firm excel at thorough case preparation, extensive investigation of accidents, and negotiations with major insurers. From start to finish of the legal process, the negligent party who has seriously injured you will be held accountable for his or her carelessness, recklessness, distracted driving, or drunk driving.
For instance, the Mercaldo Law Firm obtained one settlement of over $6 million for a young man seriously injured while riding his bicycle; and in another case we obtained a $40 million jury verdict on behalf of the family of a young boy killed in a tragic bicycle accident.
In yet another case, we obtained a $9.2 million verdict on behalf of a 17-year-old high school student, who suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was struck in a crosswalk that was negligently designed and maintained by Pima County. The verdict apportioned fault between the driver of the vehicle and the county.
Often the effects of brain injury are subtle, yet just as devastating as more obvious mental defects. Through our decades of experience with these types of complex cases, we have developed the ability to articulate the debilitating effects of these injuries in a way in which a jury or insurance company can understand and empathize. This creativity has helped clients earn numerous million-dollar settlements and jury awards.
At the Mercaldo Law Firm, we understand that handling a catastrophic loss case is quite different than one involving more minor injuries. We have found liability with street-light manufacturers, bicycle and reflector manufacturers, cities, and drivers to make sure our clients receive the compensation and justice they deserve.
So that you can fully focus on overcoming severe injuries and trauma associated with your accident, we deliver our quality legal services on a contingency fee basis. You owe no attorney fee unless we win your case at trial or in pretrial negotiation, and collect a damage settlement award that you approve.
If your life has been changed forever because of serious, catastrophic injuries you’ve suffered as a result of a car accident, you can and should depend on The Mercaldo Law Firm to work hard for the maximum financial compensation you deserve. Call today for a free consultation on your case.