Pedestrian Hit by Car Accident Injuries
Why Pedestrians Should Always Assess Their Injuries After Being Hit by a Car
It is not uncommon for a victim of a pedestrian accident to feel perfectly fine after being struck by a car. Just because you don’t feel hurt after a collision does not necessarily mean that you are fully okay. The moments following a crash are filled with emotions and the body releases hormones that can numb you to pain. Once these hormones wear off, the pain from any wounds may start to manifest itself in severe ways.
Below, our experienced pedestrian accident attorneys will discuss crucial information regarding injuries after a crash. If you or a loved one were injured in a pedestrian accident in Los Angeles, our attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers are always here to help. We will recover all of the compensation you are entitled to so that you can focus on your recovery and on the ones you care most about.
What Do I Do Immediately After a Pedestrian Accident?
If you were injured in a pedestrian accident, you should get checked out right away. Your health must always be your first priority. It is possible that you may feel fine immediately after being knocked down. However, even serious injuries may not show any adverse symptoms until the next day, week, or month. Therefore, it is highly recommended to seek medical treatment as soon as possible, whether you believe you are seriously hurt or not.
A medical professional is qualified to determine the severity of your wounds. They are also aware of what symptoms may be indicative of injuries and what to watch out for. Delaying an appointment with a physician can increase the chances of your injury getting progressively worse overtime. Furthermore, if you are not assessed right away, the insurance companies will argue that you did not suffer any serious injuries after the accident. This can severely limit your ability to file a claim and receive damages.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Let’s discuss a category of injuries that may not always manifest immediately, but are still serious.
Soft tissue injuries affect delicate areas of the body, such as the tendons, muscles, and ligaments. Being struck by a car, even at low speed, can cause serious damage to these areas.
Whiplash is the most common type of soft tissue injury that can be triggered by an accident. Most soft tissue injuries cause swelling, pain, and impaired mobility. Adverse symptoms will not necessarily manifest themselves right after an injury. In fact, it can take up to days or weeks for any pain to present itself. Therefore, it is possible for a victim of a pedestrian accident to feel okay after being hit by a vehicle. As mentioned, it is always best to get examined by a medical professional to rule out chances of having severe injuries.
A concussion is a serious injury that can be very subtle. Unfortunately, the victim of a pedestrian accident may not feel symptoms right away. To indicate whether or not you may be suffering from a concussion, we have created a list of common symptoms below:
- Memory Issues
- Severe Headache
- Blurred Vision
- Abnormal Sleeping Patterns
Do NOT Settle
We highly recommend waiting until you have been evaluated by a doctor before making any decisions to release a statement or sign documents given by your insurance company. An insurance adjuster’s job is to make sure you settle for less money than you actually deserve. If you do not follow these tips, then chances are you may not be able to file a claim for damages owed to you.
Accidents happen. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Below is a brief explanation of damages. Damages are a type of monetary award that is determined by a court of law to help compensate an aggrieved individual for any losses or injuries sustained as a result of someone’s negligence.
Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for losses that a dollar amount can readily be attached to. Economic damages are calculated by determining the amount of out-of-pocket losses an aggrieved individual has or will expect to incur as a result of their injuries.
A few examples of economic losses include:
- Loss of Earning Capacity
- Medical Bills
- Lost Wages
Non-economic damages are essentially intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective and will not necessarily cover out-of-pocket losses. Non-economic damages may include compensation for:
- Emotional Distress
- Pain and Suffering
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
The third type of damages a California court may award are known as punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended as punishment and are only awarded when a defendant’s behavior is especially harmful. Punitive damages are relatively rare and in fact are only incorporated in about 5 percent of all verdicts.
Furthermore, there is no real set standard for calculating and awarding punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded at the court’s discretion and will vary depending on the specific circumstances of a case.
Call West Coast Trial Lawyers for a Free Consultation
If you or a loved one were involved in a pedestrian accident in the city of Los Angeles, an experienced personal injury attorney at West Coast Trial Lawyers will help you get the compensation you deserve for losses you have suffered, which includes medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call us today at (213) 927-3700 or email [email protected] to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with our knowledgeable, caring, and compassionate legal team.