Broken Glass Injury Lawyers
After an Tulsa car accident occurs, there are several dangers and risks for all those involved. One of the most commonly overlooked risks is broken glass. Broken glass not only poses a threat to passengers inside the vehicles in the crash, but flying shards of glass can be dangerous to innocent bystanders outside of the vehicle. In the worst case scenario, broken glass flying through the air at high speeds can injure and kill a bystander in an instant.
If you or a loved one has sustained a broken glass injury in an accident through no fault of your own, you may be able to file a claim to recover damages from the crash.
Our Tulsa personal injury lawyers are committed to helping injured victims throughout Oklahoma, to begin exploring your legal options, we urge you to contact our broken glass injury attorneys today by calling 1-800-304-9246.
Typical Broken Glass Injuries
The force that's generated, even when two vehicles collide at relatively slow speeds, can be massive. Newer cars are designed with windshields especially equipped to avoid shattering; however, these designs are not always 100 percent effective in a high-velocity crash. Most side and rear windows are not built out of this same material and may not be able to withstand the force of impact. Broken shards of glass from side and rear windows can be sent flying in every direction in the event of an accident.
Those who are inside a vehicle are completely vulnerable and defenseless to broken glass injuries. Some of these types of injuries can inflict extreme pain to the car accident victim. Different types of injuries can result, depending on the circumstances of the collision. Some of the most common types of broken glass injuries include surface-level cuts, deep-level lacerations, severed limbs, shock and fatality from excessive bleeding.
Arguably the least severe broken glass injuries are surface-level cuts. In these types of injuries, the skin is simply cut or torn and the deeper body tissue is not penetrated. Surface-level cuts usually require minimal treatment, which may include cleaning the wound and possible stitches to stop the bleeding.
Deep-level lacerations can result when sharp pieces of glass penetrate deep inside the skin. Cuts and wounds that penetrate through the skin, the underlying skin tissue and muscle fibers, all the way to the bone are considered deep-level lacerations. These types of injuries are very dangerous for a number of reasons, including permanent disfigurement and the possibility of amputation due to infection.
If a shard of broken glass is large or sharp enough to penetrate the body almost all the way through, a severed limb can result. A victim can suffer from a severed artery if even one shard of glass penetrates the body at a particularly vulnerable location. This may require that the affected limb be amputated.
It is not uncommon for car accident victims to undergo some psychological trauma after being involved in a serious crash. When a victim realizes that they are bleeding profusely from a broken glass injury, managing this trauma only becomes more difficult. An emotional reaction to this type of injury can develop into shock. If not handled immediately, shock can be fatal.
Bleeding to Death
If a shard of broken glass hits the arteries in the neck or any other part of the body that is especially vulnerable, an injury victim can bleed to death in a matter of minutes if medical help does not arrive quickly.
Contact a Knowledgeable Broken Glass Injury Lawyer Today
An Oklahoma car accident can bring unwanted chaos into your life. A collision only takes a second to occur, but the effects, especially from serious injuries, can be long-lasting. Instead of worrying about how you will be able to afford the treatment of your broken glass injuries, let our attorneys fight to ensure your financial security by holding the liable parties responsible for your condition while you focus on recuperating from your injuries.
If you believe that you have sustained a broken glass injury, it is crucial that you seek medical attention right away. Seeing a doctor will provide the necessary documentation needed to quantify your losses in your injury lawsuit.
After receiving medical care, we encourage you to contact a skilled car accident lawyer at The Edwards Law Firm as soon as possible. Oklahoma has a strict statute of limitations for filing an injury claim, and the sooner you begin the legal process, the better your chances of recovering fair compensation for your losses.
For more information on the legal rights which may be available to broken glass injury victims and their families or to schedule a confidential, no-obligation consultation with a member of our legal team, call us today at 1-800-304-9246.