Marlton, NJ (PRWEB) October 11, 2012
Injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents can lead to a host of complications, especially in those requiring hospitalization. These aggravating conditions can have large implications for personal injury claims when victims attempt to seek compensation for their injuries. Kaitlin Hunter knows all too well how a serious car accident can send a staggering number of dominos falling when it comes to health and wellbeing. In June 2011, Hunter suffered a lacerated liver and colon, broke 10 toes and fractured her lower spine in an accident that required a 30-day hospital day, according to CNN*. While in the hospital, doctors prescribed a routine round of antibiotic treatment, which allowed a strain of aggressive bacteria to grow in her colon and threaten her life. Her doctors, CNN* stated, employed a seldom-used treatment harvesting fecal matter from her mother and inserting it directly into her colon. The procedure ultimately saved her life. Deptford personal injury attorney Richard P. Console Jr. sees Hunter’s ordeal as a direct cause of her original motor vehicle accident.
“Approximate cause refers to injuries a person suffers that can be directly related to the original tort or harm,” said Console. “We say, ‘but for the accident’ a given person wouldn’t be in the hospital and exposed to additional risk factors that could lead to further injury. The party responsible for that original event may be liable for the subsequent injuries. Victims may not realize that.”
Unintentional injuries, including those caused in auto accidents, are costing Americans thousands of dollars annually. The National Safety Council** estimated that the annual economic cost of a nonfatal, disabling injury in a motor vehicle accident was $70,200 in 2010. The economic cost of a non-incapacitating injury, the kind where a victim might still be able to work, was $22,300. Console and his firm of Gloucester Township personal injury attorneys see these figures play out in the escalating costs their clients face as they attempt to recover.
“An injury from a car accident is never usually as simple as a broken bone,” remarked Console, a Brick car accident lawyer for nearly 20 years. “Nerve damage from the crash can impact a person’s ability to move without pain. A surgery to correct the original injury can add weeks or months to a recovery time. Every procedure adds to the cost an accident victim would seek to obtain from a personal injury settlement. Without that money, they’re facing a life-changing amount of medical debt.”
AAA*** estimated in 2011 that the total annual cost of car crashes had ballooned to $299.5 billion. That figure equates to a yearly cost of $1,522 for every man, woman and child in the United States.
Console & Hollawell P.C. is a personal injury firm serving car accident victims in New Jersey since 1994. The firm has helped more than 5,000 clients obtain compensation for their injuries since that time.