Seat Belt Trauma Injury Compensation
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 32,000 people were killed in traffic crashes in 2010. Every year, seat belts prevent the deaths of thousands of vehicle occupants that are involved in auto accidents. While seat belts save lives on an everyday basis, they can also cause injuries to passengers when they are involved in a collision.
If you or a loved one sustained an injury in a car accident, you may have grounds for legal action. Contact a Tulsa car accident lawyer today to explore your legal options.
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Signs of Seat Belt Trauma
Seat belt trauma may not be apparent right after a motor vehicle collision. It sometimes takes a few days before the symptoms of seat belt trauma to appear.
Pressure from a seat belt can cause the internal organs to be compressed, resulting in damage to the bladder or urinary tract. An individual may have bladder or urinary tract damage if they have blood in their urine or stools. According to the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, seat belt injuries can cause endometriosis and colon obstruction. Symptoms of these health conditions include bleeding and constipation. Accident victims should seek medical attention if they experience any of the symptoms listed above.
Another sign of seat belt trauma is weakness; this can be caused by damage to the abdomen or lower back. Accident victims may experience weakness in their legs. Also, general weakness may be a sign of internal damage caused by seat belt trauma.
The force of the seat belt in a car accident can cause vehicle occupants to sustain chest damage. Accidents victims may have difficulty breathing if they have suffered damage to the lungs, chest or heart.
Stiffness to the Neck
One of the most common types of seat belt injuries is whiplash. Whiplash can cause individuals to have neck stiffness. Accident victims should contact their healthcare professional, if they are having issues with their neck, this can be a sign of a spinal cord injury.
Occasionally, restraints can cause damage to the kidneys in a car crash. Pain between the hips and ribs may be an indicator of kidney damage. Accident victims should see a medical professional immediately if they suspect that they have kidney damage. Left untreated, kidney damage can cause delayed bleeding, organ failure and infections.
Seat Belt Injuries
While lap belts are meant to restrain vehicle occupants in the event of a crash; however, they sometimes can contribute to the severity of a seat belt injury. Listed below are some common seat belt injuries:
- Head Injuries
- Bone fractures
- Spinal cord injuries
Need Help With A Claim? Contact Our Lawyers Today
If you or a loved one has suffered from seat belt trauma due to another drivers negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, property damage and other losses. Contact a Tulsa car accident lawyer today for a free case evaluation. A seasoned attorney can determine if you're eligible to file a lawsuit regarding your seat belt trauma.
The Edwards Law Firm is available to assist accident victims in Tulsa, McAlester and the surrounding municipalities. Their car accident attorneys have helped numerous injury victims receive the compensation that they deserve.
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