Injuries from Colorado Car Accidents
Whether you are experiencing physical pain or emotional effects from your Colorado car accident, know that we understand how you are feeling. While everyone experiences injuries and pain differently, we spend a great deal of time learning about you, what makes you unique, and how we can best serve you moving forward.
The type of injuries a driver or passenger can receive will vary based on a variety of factors. The majority of car collisions occur when the front of the vehicle hits the driver. The determining factor in the severity of injuries often turns on how high the bumper is on the vehicle and the speed.
Factors Determining the Severity of Injuries
- Vehicle speed
- The direction of the impact
- Center of gravity of the vehicles
- Location of impact on your vehicle
- Design of the vehicle
Most Common Injuries
Injuries resulting from car accidents in Colorado are wide-ranging and sometimes unique. The way you are sitting in the car, the direction you are hit, the speeds of the vehicles involved, and whether you were wearing your seatbelt will determine the type and seriousness of your injuries.
While injuries are usually severe in catastrophic accidents, they can also be serious in low-speed collisions. Regardless of what type of accident you are involved in, you should go to a qualified pain management doctor and receive a full evaluation.
State legislatures, the court systems, and the federal government have established legal remedies for those hurt in Colorado car accidents. These laws protect the general public when they are injured by another person’s negligence.
The most common injuries caused by car accidents include the following:
- Back and neck injuries
- Burn injuries
- Crush injuries
- Loss of limbs
- Permanent impairments
- Shoulder injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injury
If you have suffered any of the above injuries, and countless other types of injuries, you are able to seek compensation from the at-fault driver through their insurance company.
Will the Insurance Company Know About Prior Claims and Injuries?
Insurance companies use very sophisticated software programs and databases to store massive amounts of data. This includes prior car accidents you have been involved in, insurance claims you have made, and whether you suffered injuries in those claims. The insurance will not know about that time you hurt yourself at home and went to the doctor. They will only know if you made an insurance claim in connection with that injury.
This is why it is important to tell the truth in all aspects of your case. If you lie about having had a prior injury to the same body part that you injured in the car accident, they will significantly lower the value of the settlement they are willing to agree to.
Your TrueCounsel car accident attorney will ask you about the different types of claims you have made and the injuries you sustained. The insurance companies will also have access to your medical records, and they could check to see if you ever told the doctor about prior injuries.
The majority of the time it is completely irrelevant that you have made prior claims or sustained injuries before. It only becomes an issue when you injure the same body part again in this accident. If you had not completely healed or were still treating for that prior injury, the insurance company is going to attempt to argue that they should pay for the full value of your injury because some of it can be attributed to some other incident.
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Monitor Your Injuries After an Accident
There are many types of damages you can recover after being involved in a Colorado Springs car accident or other personal injury accident. In addition to lost wages and your medical bills, you are entitled to receive compensation for the physical pain and suffering that you have experienced, as well as emotional distress.
In the traumatic aftermath of a personal injury accident, the victim, and their families may feel overwhelmed as they come to grips with the recovery process. During this very stressful time, it may be difficult to monitor your injuries and gauge your suffering. If you can document and keep track of the losses related to the accident, the more money your Colorado Springs personal injury claim will be worth.
Document Your Injuries
Immediately after your accident, the most important thing you can do is seek medical attention for your injuries. The medical records are the only way that you can prove that you are injured, and more specifically, what injuries you have. They also will show you were diligent in seeking treatment and how your prognosis improved over time. You should also keep track of your doctor visits, any medical devices you had to buy, as well as any out of pocket expenses you have.
Keep a Journal of Your Experiences
A journal is a great way to articulate how the injuries and pain are affecting your life. A journal can help your attorney paint an important picture of the devastating effects the car accident has caused you. A journal will also help you recall things if a lawsuit has to be filed later down the road. You should write down:
- If your sleep patterns are affected;
- Are your injuries affecting you at work;
- Any struggles you are having;
- The pain and suffering you are experiencing;
- Any physical activities you’re not able to do;
- Tasks you’re not able to do around the house;
- And fun things you are missing out on.
Take Photos of Physical Injuries
After a Colorado Springs personal injury accident, you should take photos of your injuries. This helps to document the injuries you have, but there is not a better way to illustrate how severe an accident than pictures. The chances of a doctor or nurse taking pictures are slim to none, so this responsibility falls on you and your family and friends.
You should take pictures of not just severe injuries, but also the small ones. Bumps and bruises are great evidence to put into a settlement demand or show a jury.
Do not smile when you take pictures that your face is in. You do not want to appear like you are in good spirits and enjoying life. Keep a neutral face.
Do not wear jewelry or makeup and wear a plain outfit. Keep it casual, but not too casual. Dress comfortably.
Close up shots are good but take a few of your entire body. This will help show injuries such as broken bones, the size of swelling and bruising, and your overall condition.
Be aware of your surroundings when you take the pictures. The last thing you want is something embarrassing in the background of the photo.
Always take a lot of pictures. With the ease of taking pictures with your smartphone these days, you would rather take too many than not enough.
If you have a cast or braces, make sure to take pictures of them.
If you have had surgery, take photos of the surgical site and sutures.
Don’t be afraid to zoom in for close-ups. This includes bruising, swelling, scars, etc. Take pictures from different angles and lighting as well.
Always save the pictures to a CD or SD card, or on Dropbox.com. You don’t want to lose them!
If you have difficulty performing basic tasks, have someone video it. Your attorney will meet with you at your home to learn about these difficulties and will likely video you as well. This is the best evidence to support your case!