At the New Mexico office of Keller & Keller, we see every car and truck accident case we get as unique. The circumstances surrounding the crash, the insurance coverage of the at-fault driver, and the injuries our client sustained all combine to make each new case a challenge we welcome. However, due to the nature of vehicle crashes, there are several kinds of injuries that we see more often than others. Because of this, we can offer this general information about how these injuries occur, what medical treatment is required, and how we will fight for the compensation you deserve when you sustain one of these injuries.
Injuries Typically Sustained in New Mexico Vehicle Crashes
No matter what kind of car you are driving, whether you are wearing a seat belt or not, and how the accident occurred, you are likely to suffer one of the following kinds of injuries when you are in a motor vehicle collision:
- Whiplash. Common even in minor collisions, whiplash can be debilitating, but is often disputed by insurance companies because the injury does not show up in x-rays or MRI scans. Whiplash occurs when the head is jerked back and forth rapidly, stretching and straining the muscles and tendons in the neck. Victims experience a stiff neck, loss of range of motion, and chronic pain. Treatment may include pain relievers, ice packs, physical therapy, and massage.
- Traumatic brain injury. The brain can be bruised in a car crash by either a direct blow to the head, such as against the steering wheel or windshield or by being knocked against the inside of the skull when the neck is jerked back and forth. Concussion or traumatic brain injury can cause permanent cognitive and motor skill damage, requiring costly rehabilitation and life-long assistance with personal needs.
- Broken bones. In rear-end crashes, the driver is at great risk of breaking arms, wrists, and fingers due to their position on the steering wheel. Legs and ankles can also be broken when the front of the vehicle is crumpled in a head-on collision. Recovering from a broken pelvis can be particularly difficult. Broken bones can be fairly minor, requiring short-term casting, or can be very serious, with compound fractures requiring surgery and metal rods. Sometimes, victims must endure rehabilitation and physical therapy to regain full use of broken limbs and joints.
- Musculoskeletal injuries. Some personal injury attorneys will not accept cases involving soft tissue injuries because, like whiplash, they are hard to document and prove. However, we do not shy away from these kinds of injuries. We understand that torn, strained, or sprained muscles, tendons, and ligaments can be extremely painful and difficult to recover from.
- Emotional injuries. Known as “pain and suffering,” the psychological damage you suffer as a result of the trauma of the accident, the pain of your injuries, and the losses you have experienced require as much attention as the physical damages you have suffered. These damages can be difficult to quantify, but our attorneys will make sure you get what you deserve.
These injuries all require expensive medical treatment, and when the crash was not your fault, you should not have to pay for it.
How Our Albuquerque Attorneys Will Fight for the Compensation You Deserve
In order to be fully compensated by the at-fault party’s insurance company, your attorneys will need to prove liability and demonstrate the seriousness of your injuries. We accomplish these goals by doing the following:
- Proving the other driver’s liability by gathering evidence from the scene and interviewing witnesses.
- Gathering medical evidence of the seriousness of your injuries and projected cost of treatment.
- Negotiating with your insurers (such as health, disability, or workers’ compensation) to potentially reduce the amount you owe them.
- Negotiating a reasonable settlement with the insurance adjuster or defense attorney, or going to court for a fair judgment.
Call the Albuquerque office of Keller and Keller to schedule your free consultation today. We will review your case, make sure you are getting the medical care you need, and fight to get you the compensation you deserve.