Leg injuries are common among car accident victims, especially when the impact of the crash is intense, or the person involved isn’t properly restrained. A person’s legs, like all other areas of their body, are susceptible to suffering an injury in a collision that can range from mild to severe and can affect their ability to handle their normal day-to-day tasks.
What are some examples of leg injuries car crash victims suffer?
A car crash victim might suffer an “acute (traumatic) injury” as these are common when a person experiences a “direct blow” to one or more areas of their leg. Examples of an acute leg injury include:
- Bruises (i.e. contusions)
A bruise may form “when the small vessels under the skin tear or rupture.” When the blood leaks into the tissues under the skin, it can cause it to turn a “black-and-blue color” [Source: University of Michigan Health System].
When a person injures the ligaments that connect bone to bone, this may be classified as a sprain, which is another type of acute injury.
A broken bone is a common type of acute injury that is suffered in a car crash. The leg can fracture in three areas, the femur (the thighbone), the tibia, and the fibula both of which are located in the lower leg, according to Harvard Medical School. A femur fracture can sometimes be serious and lead to “life-threatening complications” as a person could experience a substantial amount of bleeding inside the thigh. The source also says a femur fracture can cause blood clots which could potentially become lodged in the lungs.
A tibia fracture, which is when the shinbone breaks, is often the result of “high-impact trauma” such as a vehicular accident. Generally, when the tibia fractures, the fibula is more likely to break as well, according to Harvard Medical School. However, if the fibula is the only leg bone to break, “it usually does not cause long-term complications.”
If a muscle pulls, it can cause a strain, which can lead to pain, swelling, and limited muscle movement.
How much is a leg injury claim worth?
When a car accident victim in Nashville suffers a leg injury, they may be entitled to recover compensation for the following:
- Medical expenses associated with the injury
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Sometimes, a victim might be entitled to recover compensation by filing an auto insurance claim, and other times, they may be able to bring a claim against the other party involved if their negligent actions contributed to the accident. If a car crash victim in Nashville, TN would like to find out how much they might be entitled to collect for the leg injuries they suffered, they should speak with a Nashville car accident attorney. The Law Office of George R. Fusner Jr. provides legal help to those who have been involved in a wreck and would be happy to assess an individual’s case to determine what it is worth.
You can reach the Law Office of George R. Fusner Jr. at
7104 Peach Court
Brentwood, TN 37027