A car accident can turn your life upside down. One moment you are driving home after a fruitful day at work and the next, you are fighting for dear life en route to the ER. If you sustain injuries in a car crash that is attributed to another person’s negligence, you need to file a personal injury claim against the liable party per Colorado car accident laws.
To file an effective claim and maximize the compensation you deserve, however, you need to understand the nature of the injuries you have sustained. Here are three common, yet catastrophic, injuries that you can sustain during a car crash:
1. Brain and spinal cord injuries
The spinal cord and the brain (jointly known as the central nervous system) are, perhaps, the most delicate parts of the body. Your brain, for instance, controls just about every function of the body. Your spinal cord, on the other hand, gives your body the structure and support it needs to move about with flexibility. Damage to either the brain or the spinal cord can not only reduce your mobility but leave you permanently disabled.
2. Injury to internal organs
Most of the body’s sensitive organs (lungs, liver and the heart) are closely aligned within the abdomen. If these organs are violently hit or pierced during the crash, you will sustain devastating injuries. Left undetected, these injuries can lead to internal bleeding that can be life-threatening.
3. Amputations and disfigurements
A violent car crash might result in limb loss. This can also be necessary if the damaged limbs develop infections. Still, catastrophic accidents can lead to disfigurements, especially if the crash causes an explosion.
Catastrophic car injuries can impact your life in multiple ways. If you or a loved one is severely hurt as a result of another party’s negligence, understanding Colorado’s negligence laws can be a great starting point in your pursuit of justice.