Surgery After a Car Accident: What You Need to Know

If you have been injured in a car accident, depending on the nature and extent of injuries you have sustained, you may need surgery to repair broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, back injuries or internal organ damage. In some cases, surgery may not even fully fix the problem. However, it can be a necessary step in order to save a life or stabilize the patient so other treatments can commence.

Common Types of Surgery After a Car Accident

After a car accident, some victims may require emergency surgery. For others, doctors may recommend different types of treatments first before opting for surgery. Here are some of the common types of surgical procedures that are done after a car accident:

Brain surgery: Traumatic brain injuries are among the most common types of injuries suffered in a car accident. In such situations, surgery may be required to repair a skull fracture, stop bleeding in the brain or relieve pressure that is building in your skull. This is, of course, a serious procedure and one where the recovery and rehabilitation time is lengthy as well.

Back surgery: Car accidents can cause an array of back injuries including broken or dislocated vertebrae, herniated discs and damaged soft tissue. You may need surgery to repair one or several injuries. Some of the common procedures after a car crash include discectomy where doctors remove a portion of a herniated disc to relieve pressure or nerve compression and spinal fusion where doctors fuse two or more vertebrae to provide better stability and pain management.

Surgeries to repair broken bones: While some bone fractures can be treated by just immobilizing the affected area with a cast, more serious cases may require surgery. This is particular true if a bone has been crushed or has broken into several pieces because of the severity of the impact. In such cases, doctors will use pins, rods, screws and plates to hold the bones in place while they heal.

Surgical procedures may also be required to fix torn muscles or tendons around the fractured bone. Some people who have suffered joint fractures may even need joint replacement surgery. These types of surgeries are also followed by extensive rehabilitation, which may last several months.

Surgery for internal injuries: Car accidents also often result in internal injuries or internal bleeding, which may become life threatening. The surgery for internal injuries may vary depending on the extent of the damage. It may range from minimally invasive surgery to extensive repair.

Plastic surgery: Car crashes also often lead to lacerations, burn injuries, scarring and other types of disfigurement that can cause significant physical pain, discomfort and mental agony. Therefore, victims may need plastic surgery to minimize the scarring or damage.

Contacting an Experienced Lawyer

Injured victims of speeding or reckless drivers can seek compensation from at-fault parties for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, past and future pain and suffering, etc. Families that have lost loved ones in car accidents can seek compensation for damages such as lost future income, medical and funeral costs, pain and suffering, etc.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident or pedestrian accident, or if you have lost a loved one in an auto accident caused by a negligent (careless) driver, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options, and also fight hard to recover just compensation for you.

For 50 years, our skilled accident attorneys have established a proven track record of helping injured victims get fair compensation for their losses. Our law firm recently recovered $5,600,000 for a bicyclist who was hit by a van, and $2,550,000 for another victim of a truck accident, and $3,000,000 for a pedestrian who was hit by a car, and the full $1,000,000 insurance policy for a pedestrian who was hit by a truck, and $4,625,000 for a driver who was in a car and was hit by a van, and $2,500,000 for a man who fell through an improperly secured hole. Also, one of our clients obtained a verdict for $43,940,000 and another of our clients got a verdict for $23,500,000, both in medical malpractice cases.

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