Lexington, KY Serious Injury Lawyer
As an experienced Lexington, KY personal injury lawyer who frequently works with victims of car, truck, and motorcycle accidents in and around Lexington, Todd W. Burris knows the kinds of serious injuries these collisions can cause. Serious injuries– whether they are caused by auto accidents or any other type of accident– often require a great deal of intensive care and rehabilitation in the days and months following the crash, as well as additional care and expenses long into the future, often for a lifetime. The Law Office of Todd Burris helps victims of serious injuries get all the care and compensation they need to recover from their injuries as much as possible and live as fulfilling, meaningful and independent life as their disability will allow.
Although Kentucky’s no-fault insurance law is designed to limit the right of injured persons to sue a negligent driver, even drivers who have accepted no-fault Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance can sue for pain and suffering and additional expenses when they have been severely injured, such as with a head or neck injury, burn injury, or serious fracture.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is not uncommon in a serious car, truck, or motorcycle accident. Occupants who strike the dashboard, windshield, or seat back, or who are thrown from the vehicle, may suffer a serious head injury. In addition, TBI can also be caused by any severe shaking or rapid movement of the head, where the brain impacts on the inside of the skull. These injuries, often referred to as whiplash, can occur in a head-on or rear-end collision when the vehicle is suddenly and forcefully brought to a stop.
TBI victims may need a variety of therapies to help them regain as much function and independent living as possible, including occupational therapy, speech therapy, and psychological counseling. A person with TBI may spend many months or a year or more in a specialty hospital or rehabilitation facility, and some patients may not recover enough function to live outside of a nursing home or assisted living facility. Brain injuries are often permanent and require much more than $1,000 in medical expenses, so individuals with these injuries may sue the at-fault driver even if they have no-fault PIP insurance.
Spinal Cord Injury
The spinal cord is the main pathway connecting the brain with all of the body’s sensory and motor nerves, as well as the autonomic nervous system controlling our organs. If the spinal cord is cut or damaged in any way, all of the nerves below the damaged area will be affected. These effects can range from tingling and numbness to complete loss of feeling and paralysis, depending upon the severity of the injury.
Injuries which occur higher on the spinal column affect more nerves; an injury to the spinal cord in the lower back region may cause paraplegia while a higher injury can cause quadriplegia. A spinal cord injury in the neck area may cause a person to need mechanical assistance in breathing and swallowing, or it may cause death. Whiplash in a car or truck collision may cause this type of neck of injury.
Persons living with paralysis require extra assistance with daily functions and adaptations in every area of their lives. A victim of spinal cord injury is generally able to sue for damages above and beyond PIP benefits, since the injury is generally permanent, results in the loss of a body function, and consumes more than $1,000 in medical expenses.
Serious car and truck accidents may cause burn injuries when the car catches fire. Fuel-fed fires and explosions create very intense heat that cause major damage, including third degree burns. Such injuries are severe and can damage all types of body tissues and bones and cause permanent nerve damage. Burn injury victims often must undergo lengthy and intensive wound care therapy and often require multiple surgeries and skin grafts. Severe burns also pose the threat of other damage and complications, including infection, scarring, dehydration, hypothermia, organ damage, nerve damage, and emotional and psychological injury/trauma.
Burns that cause permanent disfigurement would enable an injury victim to sue rather than be limited to no-fault benefits.
A broken bone or fracture can be a very serious injury. Some fractures are very painful and take a long time to heal, while some never heal completely and leave the victim with a permanent disability. It is important to treat a fracture immediately to enhance the opportunity for the bone to heal properly and avoid serious complications that could occur, including blood vessel damage, nerve damage, and a bone infection known as osteomyelitis. Skull and vertebral fractures may of course cause other serious injuries, such as TBI and spinal cord injury.
Certain types of fractures act as a criteria for being able to sue for damages above basic PIP benefits. These are compound, comminuted, compressed, or displaced fractures of any bone, or any type of fracture (even a simple fracture) of a weight-bearing bone.
Get Help from an Experienced Lexington, KY Serious Injury Lawyer
If you have suffered a serious injury in a car or truck accident because of the negligence of another, it is likely that your expenses and damages will be greater than what basic PIP benefits cover. In the world of personal injury law, you and your loved ones have a right to file a lawsuit against the negligent party if someone besides you was, in fact, at fault for the accident and did not face criminal charges. Personal injury lawsuits let citizens like us fight back against parties who commit wrongful acts or drive recklessly.
For help in recovering additional compensation from an accident in Lexington or the surrounding communities in Fayette County, contact the Law Office of Todd Burris for a free consultation or to learn more.