Los Angeles Car Accident Seatbelt Injury Attorneys
You Should Be Compensated by the At-Fault Driver
Before we’re even old enough to drive, the importance of wearing a seatbelt is hammered into our brains. "Buckle Up!" every parent says before starting the car. It’s something that we do without thinking, but as we become adults and get more comfortable with driving, we tend to slowly become more relaxed with that rule.
But in the event that you get into an accident, your seatbelt will save you from being ejected from the vehicle and sustaining severe damage. However, they do not 100% protect you from sustaining injuries in a crash. Sometimes, they can be the cause of your injuries.
If another driver caused your crash, then he or she should also be held responsible for the trauma you suffered due to your seatbelt. At Novik & Stanley, A Professional Corporation, our Los Angeles car accident lawyers know how to best handle these cases, and we offer a free consultation at (818) 305-6041. If we take your case, you pay no upfront fees or retainers, and we only get paid if we win you the compensation you deserve.
Common Injuries Due to Seatbelts
"Seatbelt syndrome" is a collection of injuries associated with being restrained by a seatbelt in a violent crash. The body bends around the belt, and is snapped back afterward. It tends to include:
- Abdominal injuries: The abdominal wall and linings, liver, spleen, intestines, and other organs in the cavity may be ruptured by the force of impact. When the lap belt restrains the body, it may bruise or cut into this area.
- Neck/shoulder injuries: Victims may suffer injury to the spinal cord, specifically when the body arches and snaps back against the seat. Whiplash is a possibility, but so is spinal cord fracture and nerve damage. Children are at increased risk of seatbelt-related injury, especially if they aren’t in a well-fitted booster seat.
After a crash, look for the "classic seatbelt sign": redness, scraping, or bruising of the neck, chest and abdomen. These things indicate a high chance of an internal injury. If you have stomach pain, difficulty going to the bathroom, lightheadedness, or nausea, seek medical help immediately. Another danger is internal bleeding, which can deprive your organs of oxygen and cause them to shut down, and infection, which can spread toxins around your body and possibly put you into septic shock. When in doubt, go to the doctor.
Who Pays for Seatbelt-Related Injuries?
Car safety restraints do save thousands of lives just around Los Angeles every year, and we can’t go without them. Still, if you were injured by your seatbelt in a car accident, you should file an insurance claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance. These are real and dangerous injuries, and they deserve to be treated quickly and thoroughly.
At Novik & Stanley, A Professional Corporation, we will work tirelessly to ensure that your medical expenses are covered. You should not be financially obligated to pay for an injury that was caused by a negligent driver. Give our office a call at (818) 305-6041 for a free consultation.
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