Seemingly minor collisions can result in arm and elbow pain afterward. That’s because:
- You may outstretch your arm to cushion the impact.
- Your arm might get stuck in the steering wheel during the collision.
- Glass, metal, and other debris can cause deep cuts and lacerations.
- Your arm or elbow might strike against the car’s interior during the crash.
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Symptoms of Arm and Elbow Injuries After Collisions
It’s important to recognize the symptoms of arm and elbow injuries so you can seek health care accordingly. Aside from pain, you may experience:
- Numbness or tingling sensations
- The inability to bend or use your arm
- A limited range of motion
- Visible deformities
You may first try over-the-counter medications to treat your initial symptoms. However, if your condition doesn’t subside, seek a doctor’s opinion.
Examples of Arm and Elbow Injuries After Car Accidents
Per Mayo Clinic, examples of arm and elbow-related injuries include:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Torn ligaments
- Nerve damage
Pre-existing conditions, like osteoporosis and arthritis, can make these conditions worse.
The Long-Term Effects of an Arm or Elbow Injury on Your Life
Your condition causes more than pain and inconvenience; it may also:
- Limit your working and driving abilities
- Prevent you from playing with your children
- Impede your ability to complete day-to-day tasks, like washing dishes
- Negatively impact your mental health
- Cause long-lasting disfigurement
Each of these hardships is compensable through legal action.
Seeking Medical Attention Is Crucial to Your Case’s Success
The Journal of General Internal Medicine reports that delaying medical care can negatively impact your health. We recommend seeing your primary care doctor or going to an urgent care center after getting hurt. They may recommend:
- Assistive devices, like slings and arm braces
- Physical therapy
- Bone setting
If you’re concerned about healthcare costs, don’t be. Your injury claim or lawsuit can yield compensation for your treatment-related expenses.
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We Can Recover Compensation For Your Injury-Related Losses
Compensation should account for your past, present, and future damages. Most collisions resolve through insurance settlements. Here, you can recover damages up to the liable policy’s limits.
However, you can also file a lawsuit against the negligent party if an insurance settlement isn’t feasible.
Examples of Recoverable Losses
Your case’s value depends on your accident, economic damages, and prognosis. Examples of compensable damages include:
- Lost wages, tips, bonuses, and commissions
- Medical bills, including medications and doctors’ visits
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished future earning capacity
- Physical therapy and assistive devices
You may recover other damages, depending on your situation. For instance, if you can no longer work at your current job, compensation could account for vocational training.
How We Can Secure Financial Recovery For Your Losses
Our lawyers must prove negligence to resolve your case. This involves reviewing the police report, interviewing witnesses, and consulting accident reconstruction specialists.
With the evidence we find, we will establish:
- The other party had an obligation to keep road users safe. For example, all motorists must drive safely to ensure others’ safety. All government entities have an obligation to maintain safe roadways.
- The other party violated their duty of care, either through their actions or omission. For instance, a motorist breaches their duty of care when they speed or drive drunk.
- The other party caused your accident. Both Georgia and South Carolina have laws saying that even if you were partially responsible, you can still seek damages.
- You suffered injuries and financial losses.
We are required to show these principles. If successful, you may receive compensation for your injury-related losses.
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Do I Have to Work with a Lawyer After a Car Accident?
While you can represent yourself pro se, doing so may not work to your benefit. After all, building a successful injury case isn’t easy. It involves:
- Gathering evidence
- Interviewing witnesses
- Calculating your damages
- Understanding your legal rights
- Communicating with the involved parties
- Protecting yourself against insurance companies
- Reviewing the liable insurance policy
This list of obligations goes on and on. Now’s the time to focus on your recovery period and personal wellbeing. Our Columbia, SC car accident lawyers will take care of everything else. Once we understand your case and gathered all the facts and necessary documents, we will start negotiating with the insurance company on your behalf, striving towards the best possible settlement. Rest assured, we are always prepared to take your case to court and help you seek the damages you need to get your life back on track.
Connect with George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers About Your Case’s Potential
During his two tours in Vietnam, Attorney George Sink, Sr. saw firsthand how arm and elbow injuries can affect one’s life. Since 1977, his team has helped more than 40,000 claimants recover compensation for their hardships, some recovering multi-million-dollar settlements.
If you or a loved one suffered harm in an accident, we’re ready to recover compensation for your injury-related losses. We offer free case reviews to those interested in exploring their options. Dial (888) 612-7001 to speak with a team member. We can talk about anything regarding your case.
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