The forces in a car accident or the impact could also cause other injuries such as joint dislocation, bone fractures and tendon tears. The knee and ankle are particularly vulnerable parts of the legs that are susceptible to injuries that could require several weeks of recovery time. Fractures, while not life threatening, could also result in the need for extensive treatment and rehabilitation.
If you have suffered leg injuries in a car accident, it is important that you contact an experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyer who will remain on your side, fight for your rights and help ensure that your legal rights and best interests are protected.
Car Accident Leg Injuries
When a crash occurs – particularly if it is a frontal collision – your legs may be crushed or squeezed as a result of the impact. Here are some of the common leg injuries suffered in such situations:
Lacerations: This includes cuts or punctures of the skin, tissue and bone.
Ligament injuries: The muscles, tendons or nerves in your legs could get torn causing injuries.
Soft tissue injuries: Torn tissue or muscles could cause significant pain.
Nerve damage: Any type of damage to the nerves of the legs could also become extremely painful.
Amputations: In some violent car crashes, the legs could become partially or completely severed, which could require the amputation of a leg.
These types of injuries while severe and painful are not life threatening. But they could keep you off work for weeks if not months. You may be unable to work for an extended period of time. Some injuries such as amputations may be catastrophic, which means you may never be able to return to your previous job.
Leg fractures are some of the most painful and serious types of injuries. The tibia is the most commonly broken bone in the leg because of a person's position in the vehicle. Symptoms of a tibial fracture include severe pain, difficulty walking, deformity of the foot and numbness in the foot. While broken bones are typically obvious, they may not be apparent sometimes. It is important to get medical attention if you experience symptoms such as a deep, intense pain, deformed bones, bruising, dizziness, stiffness, swelling, weakness, etc.
Broken Femur in a Car Accident
A broken femur or thighbone is one of the most common injuries in car accidents. The femur is one of the largest bones in the human body. While some cracks or breaks in the femur may be fixed with a cast, when the femoral shaft breaks, surgery is almost always required. You may lose blood if your fracture pierces the skin. You may also break your hip if you injure the upper part of your femur. In some cases, you may damage your knee if the part of the femur just above the knee breaks.
Bruises or Contusions
These types of injuries occur when blood vessels under the skin rupture. The blood leaks into the surrounding tissue appearing blue and black. It could change color as it heals. Bruising in the leg could cause symptoms such as limited range of motion, pain and swelling.
Blood Clot or Pulmonary Embolism
When there is trauma to the leg, bones or surrounding tissues could cause the leg to swell or become inflamed. Blood clots could form and break away, traveling through the body all the way to the lungs. This can become life threatening. You need immediate medical attention if you experience symptoms such as chest pain, coughing blood, breathing issues, fainting, dizziness and shortness of breath.
What to Do If You've Suffered a Leg Injury in a Car Accident
If you have suffered leg injuries in a car accident, you know that these types of injuries could result in conditions such as chronic pain as well as disabilities that could affect your ability to work and affect your quality of life. Our Los Angeles car accident lawyers have handled leg injury settlement cases and have helped injured victims move on with their recovery.
In the aftermath of a car accident, it is important that you file a police report, collect as much evidence as possible from the scene of the crash, secure prompt medical attention, treatment and care and contact an experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyer who can help protect your legal rights every step of the way.
The knowledgeable leg injury lawyers at the Vaziri Law Group Personal Injury Attorneys can help guide you through the injury claim process, alert you to the pitfalls as well as strategies the insurance company may deploy to minimize your claim. Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means you won't have to pay anything unless we recover compensation for you. Call us today at 877-812-1085 for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.