Stephen Hasner | Car Accidents | June 30, 2017
Car accidents are usually associated with a few specific injuries, including broken bones, concussions, and whiplash.
While these kinds of injuries do pose a risk to car accident victims and can be painful and difficult to treat, some of the most dangerous and disfiguring injuries are those caused by broken glass.
Lacerations caused by windshields or windows that shatter on impact can require multiple surgeries and months of painful rehabilitation. Unfortunately, even after treatment, some victims suffer from restricted mobility, chronic pain, and disfiguring scars. With serious injuries of this nature, it is especially critical for accident victims to contact an experienced Atlanta car accident attorney who can help them seek compensation for their losses.
Types of Broken Glass Injuries
How severe a person’s broken glass depends on a number of factors, including whether the injured party’s vehicle was equipped with a shatter-proof windshield. Manufacturers of almost all new cars install shatterproof windshields in an effort to reduce the risk of lacerations to occupants in the event of an accident. While this step has prevented thousands of injuries, the windshields are not and in especially severe impacts can crack or even shatter.
For this reason, the speed at which the vehicle was traveling prior to the collision can also impact the severity of broken glass-related injuries, as the faster a car is going prior to the accident, the more severe the impact will be. Finally, the more impacts a vehicle sustains, the more likely the glass is to shatter. This is why those involved in multi-vehicle pile-ups are especially at risk of sustaining the following types of injuries:
Surface level cuts, which aside from abrasions are the most minor type of broken glass injury. These types of cuts only penetrate the injured party’s skin, leaving the underlying tissue and muscles intact. As a result, surface level cuts usually only require minimum treatment.
Deep level lacerations, on the other hand, have much more serious consequences as they involve not only damage to a person’s skin, but also his or her tissue and muscles. Lacerations of this severity require sutures, stitches, and in many cases, surgery to repair the damage. Even after surgery, many victims must undergo physical therapy in order to regain movement and mobility and still run the risk of permanent disfigurement.
Severed limbs are the most serious type of broken glass injury and occur when a large piece of shattered glass penetrates a person’s muscle and bone. In some cases, surgeons are able to reattach the limb, but unfortunately, this is not always possible. Severe blood loss and risk of infection are also serious concerns for victims who sustain injuries of this severity.
All but the most minor lacerations usually require either stitches or and while this may help reduce the severity of a scar or muscle damage, victims may still suffer from infection and other complications. Fortunately, those who sustain these types of injuries as a result of someone else’s negligent or reckless conduct may be eligible to collect compensation that covers both past and future medical expenses.
Contact an Experienced Atlanta Auto Accident Attorney Today
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