DC Pedestrian Accident Injuries

There are a wide variety of injuries that can occur due to pedestrian accidents. With this in mind, the following is how these injuries can impact your injury claim. To learn more call and schedule a consultation with a DC pedestrian injury lawyer today.

Types of Pedestrian Accident Injuries

There are a variety of injuries that may take place as the result of a pedestrian accident, among the most common are:

  • Broken bones,
  • Soft tissue injuries,
  • Lacerations
  • Head injuries

All of which can be very serious and lead to an extensive amount of damage.

Impact of Pedestrian Injuries

When people are involved in motor vehicle accidents and they suffer an injury, oftentimes it can have a devastating effect on their daily life. It can also affect their ability to recover from their injuries. For example, if a person has a broken arm or a hand, then they may not be able to bath regularly or in the manner in which they are used to. They can also have trouble doing basic things such as dressing themselves, eating or taking care of young children.

The other thing that can happen is that if you have multiple injuries, a broken bone may hamper your ability to recover from your other injuries. For example, if you have an arm or a hand injury and a lower leg injury, your ability to do physical therapy or recover from your lower leg injury could be severely affected by your broken arm or hand.

Cases Involving Broken Bones

In cases involving broken bones, the evaluation is done on a case-by-case basis. A person may have a small hairline fracture to a critical part of their body such as a hand or foot that they would typically use every day of their life. This could have a more significant impact on their everyday activities rather than a person who had a fracture or a break of his/her ribcage. Rib fractures can be very painful but often people are not as incapacitated due to that type of injury.

Relationship Between Injuries and Disability

The relationship between injuries and disability can be devastating to the person affected and they can have a relatively long and complicated recovery. The other issue is that when someone has a broken bone, he/she may not fully recover from the injuries.

Another thing to consider if a person involved in a motor vehicle accident as a pedestrian and gets injured, is that that person may be forced to miss time from work, which can affect the person’s income and one’s ability to maintain a household, while at the same time paying unexpected medical bills. Broken bones can be very devastating and a complicated issue to deal with properly.

How Is Unemployment Related To Those Injuries?

When a person is involved in a motor vehicle accident, they are often forced to miss time from work due to their injuries. As an unfortunate consequence, employers may not be so patient as to allow employees to miss extended periods of time from work due to their injuries. Sometimes, an injured person is put in the unfortunate situation of deciding whether the follow a doctor’s treatment instructions or an employer’s instructions to return to work.

Impact of Medical Bills

Medical bills can have a significant financial impact on the person’s day-to-day living and the person’s living expenses. The majority of people do not anticipate incurring significant medical bills as a result of an accident, and some assume that if the accident is not their fault someone else is going to pay their medical bills. This is simply not the case. Often times, an injured person has to pay his/her medical bills out of savings or some other source that they may have been planning to use for something else, such as a family vacation or tuition. If a person does not have the means to pay for the medical expenses, this, obviously, can cause a more severe impact on his/her finances.

Where the finances are concerned, there can be a ripple effect on a person’s finances through that can take years to recover from.

It is important to keep in mind that these types of significant financial issues could have long term effects, for instance if the medical bills go unpaid, the injured person could have creditors calling them or initiating collection efforts. These types of issues may not be at the forefront of a person’s thinking while they are trying to recover from their injuries. However, it is something that they need to be cognizant of to avoid problems down the road.