If you are suffering arm and elbow pain after a car accident, the pain may be a symptom of a serious injury. You should seek medical treatment as soon as possible, so your symptoms do not get worse. If left untreated, your injuries might leave you with permanent disabilities.
Seeking medical treatment also allows you to document your injuries before they get any worse. If you attempt to bring a legal case against the individual who caused your car accident, they may cast doubt on your injuries if you did not seek medical advice promptly.
What Should You Expect from an Arm Injury Settlement?
Your award value will depend on the severity of your arm injury. In most cases, the majority of your settlement will be designated for paying back your medical expenses. As such, the more medical treatment you require during the recovery process, the more money you should seek during the settlement negotiation process.
Further, your injury may have left you unable to work for extended periods. If your injury has left you with permanent disabilities, you may not even be able to return to the job you had before your accident. You can seek compensation to help you make up the difference between your current wages and your pre-injury wages, among many other forms of lost income.
You Could Pursue Various Damages through Your Claim
In total, there are many types of damages you can seek to help you rebuild your life after an arm injury, including:
- Loss of quality of life
- Medical bills, including the cost of long-term treatment and mobility devices
- Property damage
- Loss of income
- Disability aid
- Making up for your permanent physical disfigurements
- General pain and suffering
- Mental suffering, including psychological ailments like anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Damaged personal relationships
- Vocational rehabilitation programs
- And more
If you have any further questions about specific losses you want to factor into your case value, your personal injury lawyer can help you understand your options. Above all else, your attorney wants to help you take full advantage of the law so you can get the justice you deserve.
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How Our Attorneys Can Help You Fight for Justice
Our attorneys want to make personal injury law easier to understand for the average person. We know you have a lot on your plate after an injury like this. Together, we can work to find the best possible solution for you and your loved ones.
Most importantly, we can take the lead on your case while you sit back and focus on healing from your physical and mental wounds. If you feel like taking a more hands-on approach during your fight for justice, you can be as involved as you want throughout the entire proceedings.
We are here to help. Some of our many legal services include:
- Civil litigation
- Gathering evidence
- Negotiating settlements
- Assigning case values
- Assisting with insurance claims
- Offering legal counsel
- And more
Do Not Ignore the Statute of Limitations in Georgia
In Georgia, OCGA §9-3-33 gives you a two-year window to file your case, starting on the day your injuries occurred. If you think an employee of the local or state government caused your arm or elbow injury, your case may be subject to an even shorter statute of limitations.
Thankfully, your car accident attorney can help you learn more about what timelines will affect your specific claim.
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Contributory Negligence in Georgia
The court could determine that your actions contributed to your injuries. OCGA §51-12-33 states that the insurance company or the court could reduce your financial award based on your percentage of responsibility.
For example, suppose you did not receive medical treatment for a broken arm and are left unable to work. At this point, the court may determine that your actions contributed to 25% of your current diagnosis.
- You are awarded $20,000 in damages.
- Your settlement will be reduced by 25%.
- You walk away with $15,000 in damages for your losses.
If you retain a Georgia car accident lawyer, your attorney can help you gather information about your accident and defend your rights in civil court.
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Symptoms of Arm and Elbow Injuries
Research from the Mayo Clinic shows that a variety of issues can cause arm pain, including:
- Nerve damage
- Joint injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Neck injuries
Additionally, your arm pain may be a sign of a heart-related issue that may have been exacerbated by your car accident.
Seek Medical Attention After Your Accident
Ultimately, the symptoms of your arm and elbow pain may signify that only a medical examination can identify your potentially numerous injuries. If you have any of the following symptoms, you should seek medical advice as soon as possible:
- Trouble making a fist
- Pain that spreads throughout the arm and chest
- Sharp pains that get worse when you move the affected area
- Bruising and discoloration
- Deformities, which may make your arm or elbow bend at an awkward angle
- Difficulty turning your arm in certain directions
- Inability to lift light objects
Medical Treatment Creates Evidence of Your Injuries
It is important to keep track of your symptoms and any relevant medical expenses related to your treatments. If you retain the services of a car accident lawyer, your attorney can help you establish a link between your accident and your current diagnosis. Further, your attorney can use this information to help you prove liability.
Consider our Firm for Your Car Accident Case
Here at Kaine Law, we have worked with many victims who have experienced arm and elbow pain after a car accident. After we learn more about your case, we can advise you about protecting your rights moving forward. In some cases, a simple insurance claim will help you recover from your ailments, while other cases may warrant a lawsuit.
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Lastly, our attorneys work on a contingency-fee-basis. That means you do not owe us any money upfront for our services. Also, you do not owe us anything if we cannot secure an award for you.
For more information about seeking compensation after an arm or elbow injury, contact a representative at Kaine Law today to receive your free consultation.