If you were injured in a Nashville crash, here's how a car accident lawyer can protect your rights and help you navigate the legal process.
It's not unusual to see broken glass at the scene of a car accident in Nashville or anywhere in Middle Tennessee. Unfortunately, this broken glass can also cause severe injuries for the drivers and passengers involved in the crash – injuries that affect their lives for months, years, or in some cases, for the rest of their lives.
How people are injured by broken glass in a car accident
Broken glass injuries can happen in different ways, including:
- During a high-speed crash, the force of impact can shatter the windshield or car windows. Shards of glass can be sent flying through the air and easily penetrate the skin or become embedded in the head, face, or eye.
- If a seatbelt wasn't used – or a seatbelt was defective or damaged – a person can be ejected from the vehicle during a serious car accident. In addition, they can suffer broken glass injuries from being thrown through the windshield or side window.
- Just after the crash, victims can be cut by shards of glass inside a broken window or on the ground as they try to get out of the damaged vehicle.
Types of broken glass injuries
Injuries caused by broken glass can be very painful, sometimes resulting in blood loss and possibly disfigurement or permanent impairment. There is also the possibility of infection. Some people may need to get a tetanus shot. Victims may suffer:
- Splinters – Multiple tiny splinters of glass can become embedded in the skin during a crash. While the body may expel some of these splinters naturally, a doctor may need to remove others during one or more surgical procedures.
- Cuts – Broken glass can result in lacerations anywhere on the body. Deeper cuts can damage muscles, ligaments, tendons, or nerves. This can result in partial disability. Even cuts that aren't as deep can be disfiguring, and cosmetic surgery may be needed.
- Catastrophic injury – Large pieces of glass can cause deep cuts that puncture or sever arteries. This can cause rapid blood loss, and emergency surgery is often needed. In addition, pieces of glass that enter the bloodstream can reach vital organs and cause inflammation. In some cases, arterial damage in a limb may result in amputation.
Let the Law Office of Eric Beasley fight for the compensation you deserve.
Medical expenses for broken glass injuries can be significant. These include the costs of emergency room treatment, imaging tests, lab tests, surgery, medication, hospitalization, physical and occupational therapy, and follow-up appointments with doctors. In addition, victims may be forced to miss time from work, resulting in a loss of income and causing financial stress.
If a negligent driver causes a crash that leaves you or someone you love with broken glass injuries, you have the right to seek financial compensation for your losses. But the claims process can be complicated. Negligent drivers may deny responsibility, even if they were speeding, texting, or operating recklessly. Likewise, the insurance company often disputes the seriousness of injuries so they can pay as little as possible. Remember, the insurance company is a business. As such, they are always trying to maximize profits by minimizing payouts.
That's why it's important to get legal advice as soon as possible following a serious crash. An experienced Nashville car accident lawyer can determine the total damages you suffered, build a strong case to prove negligence, and fight the insurance company to recover the financial compensation you need and deserve.
The Law Office of Eric Beasley fights for the rights of the injured in Nashville and Middle Tennessee. We can review the details of your case and go over your potential legal options. You can also get honest answers to any questions you have. To find out more about how we can help you, contact us today to schedule a free consultation.