Many car accident injuries require only rehabilitation, pain management, and compression. This is particularly true of mild soft-tissue injuries such as sprains and strains. However, other car accident injuries require surgery to give the motorist the best chance of making a full recovery.
Surgery brings its own complications, which accident victims must be aware of. In very bad situations, a victim could develop serious problems from surgery, which also require more medical treatment and extended breaks from work. In addition surgeries almost always involve increased medical costs, which sometimes can be extremely high. Many auto accident victims may not have the means to pay for these costs or don’t know how to arrange for payment of such costs and expenses.
Below, our car accident lawyers identify some injuries that might require surgery.
When bones break, they must be aligned so that they can fuse back together properly. With some fractures, surgery is required to install a pin, screw, or plate to hold everything in place.
Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord runs through the vertebrae up the spinal column. Any traumatic accident can damage the spinal column, often causing injury to the intervertebral discs that separate the bony vertebrae and that when herniated can impinge on adjacent spinal nerves. In some instances the damaged discs and nerves may be so severe as to require surgery.
Bleeding in the Brain
Swelling in the brain can be deadly, if not treated quickly. The skull provides protection but also limits the ability of the brain to expand. Swelling can threaten to cut off the blood supply, and in some circumstances could require surgery.
Knee And Shoulder Injuries
Whether by striking the dashboard of the car or being impacted by a seat belt, auto collisions can often result in serious injuries to knees and shoulders that could require surgery. Muscles, ligaments, and tendons must all work properly for shoulders and knees to work as intended. If you have suffered a shoulder or knee injury, then surgery might be necessary to reattach ligaments or perform other necessary surgical procedures.
Surgery, depending on the type, can be extremely expensive. Many accident victims often do not have any or sufficient insurance to pay for necessary surgeries. There are a number of options available however that an experienced car accident lawyer can help you with in order to obtain needed surgical procedures.
Contact Us Today for Help
Car accident victims who need surgery have high expenses and often must miss work. Meet with an attorney at McCormick & Murphy, P.C. to discuss your chances of bringing a lawsuit or insurance claim against the at-fault driver.