Vehicle and Car Accident Injuries in California

Vehicle Accident Injuries

If you were injured in a vehicle accident, here is some helpful information about what to do next. Before you think about an injury lawsuit, always talk to a doctor. Your health and recovery are the most important step in getting back to your life.

Seek Medical Attention

Medical expenses represent a large portion of the damages owed for a personal injury claim. In most cases, treatment should be completed before a settlement is made. Doctors are critical in determining what will be a fair economic recovery. The Scranton Law Firm can help make sure you get the proper doctors and medical specialists to diagnose your injury.

Injuries & Insurance Claims

Serious injuries can be difficult to detect for drivers and passengers for some time after an auto accident. Depending on the type of injury, you may be faced with long term complications that may not be readily apparent. When it comes to determining the value of your claim, understanding injuries is very important.

Claim Valuation

The severity of your injury and recovery time are two factors that insurance companies use to determine your settlement amount. These are some common accident injuries, and some information about their severity.


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Back & Spinal Cord Injuries

The vertebrae of the spine are cushioned by spongy disks which act like little shock absorbers and keep the spine flexible. If one of these discs becomes damaged after an accident, it can bulge or break through its hard outer layer. This is called a herniated disc.

Brain Trauma and Head Injuries

Head and brain injuries caused by hitting the steering wheel or other parts of the car can be extremely dangerous. Any trauma to the head or neck region should be examined right away by a doctor. Head injuries are generally divided into two main categories: external and internal.

Broken Bones / Fractures

Injuries resulting in broken bones and fractures are serious. They can cause severe discomfort in mild cases and chronic pain or permanent damage in more extreme cases. Fractured or broken ribs can cause potential lung damage. Elderly people are more likely to experience serious medical consequences as a result of broken bones and fractures.

Burn and Fire Injuries

Burn injuries are often extremely painful and can require extensive medical and surgical treatment. Burn injuries are normally classified by degree, i.e. first, second and third-degree burns. A first-degree burn can be very painful, but it only affects the outer skin. Generally, first degree burns require little or no medical treatment.

Catastrophic Injuries

Catastrophic personal injuries from car crashes include things such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputations, internal organ damage, paralysis, severe burns, multiple fractures, and death. All of these injuries can have life altering effects and may result in permanent damage or death.

Eye Injuries

Eye injuries can have devastating life-long effects and should always be taken seriously. These injuries can have substantial economic effects in addition to pain and suffering, and loss of sight. Any time an injury to the eye happens an eye specialist should be seen as soon as possible.

Heart & Lungs Injury

Injuries to the heart or lungs are very serious, generally requiring long-term medical treatment. The heart can be damaged by puncture or by trauma, which is a common occurrence in many different Accident Types.

Internal Bleeding

Internal bleeding’s symptoms can be hard to detect because they don’t usually have exterior signs. Internal bleeding is dangerous because you may not even realize it is happening until it becomes serious in the future. Blood is critical to how internal organs and the body work so when this bleeding begins to disrupt circulation it will eventually cause severe symptoms throughout the body.

Muscle/Ligament Injury

Muscular injuries are often caused by trauma resulting in the release of blood inside the muscle. In mild cases, this simply results in slight soft tissue damage or bruising. Mild soft tissue injuries and bruising will generally heal over time. In more serious cases, the muscle can be permanently damaged leading to reduced mobility and may require surgery to fix.


Paralysis is generally defined as the complete loss of voluntary movement in an affected limb or muscle group. There are two major types of paralysis that come from severe spinal cord injuries after vehicle accidents. Paraplegia is the loss of use of both legs and the trunk. Quadriplegia is the loss of use of all four limbs and the trunk.


If a person loses consciousness during an accident or other injury, time is of the essence. An accident victim who loses consciousness and stops breathing is at risk of death or serious brain damage. Therefore, CPR or other breathing assistance should be given immediately and they should receive urgent medical attention.

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