Category: Car Accidents

6 Common Surgeries After a Car Accident

Posted by: Kemmy Law Firm

When you or a loved one are injured in a car accident, you should see a doctor as soon as you can. You might feel fine at first, but your body is protecting you. In the hours and days after the wreck, you might start to feel more pain or signs of serious injuries. In some cases, you’ll even need surgery to repair the damage.

You’re probably and rightly worried about the cost if you need surgery after a car accident. We recommend talking with us about how to handle the medical bills and pursue compensation from the at-fault driver. Our family of trial lawyers has over 50 years of combined legal experience and a history for recovering millions in personal injury compensation. We’ll fight for you to receive a fair settlement or court award.

Contact Kemmy Law Firm online or call (210) 735-2233 to schedule your free, no-risk initial consultation.

Don’t Wait to See a Doctor after a Car Accident

This delay in symptoms that we’ve touched on is one reason why people delay in seeking medical attention after a car accident. But it’s best to see a doctor as soon as possible. They’ll know to look for all types of injuries after a car crash, and they’ll run tests like X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI. These can show injuries you might not have expected.

6 Common Surgeries After Car Accidents

Whether or not you need surgery after a car crash depends on the type and severity of your injuries. Some car accidents require immediate emergency surgery. For others, doctors might recommend other treatments first.

Surgery is an invasive process that comes with risks. A doctor won’t suggest you go through surgery if your body can heal with less invasive treatment.

1. Surgery to Stabilize Bone Fractures

Some broken bones can be treated with a cast or another form of immobilization. But more serious fractures might require surgery, particularly if the bone broke into several pieces. Under these circumstances, doctors use pins, screws, rods, and plates to keep the bones in the proper place while they heal.

Surgery also might be necessary to repair torn muscles or tendons around the broken bone. In the case of a severe hip or knee fracture, you might require a partial or total joint replacement. After going through surgery for a broken bone, you might require months or years on physical therapy.

2. Brain Surgery

If you or a loved one suffered a TBI in car crash, surgery might be required to repair a skull fracture, remove a clot, stop bleeding in the brain, or relieve pressure building inside your skull.

When you go through surgery following a serious TBI, expect there to be significant recovery time. You might need to relearn some activities depending on the area of the brain affected.

3. Back Surgery

Collisions can cause serious back injuries, including broken vertebra, dislocated vertebra, herniated discs, and torn soft tissue. You might need surgery to repair one or multiple injuries.

Common back surgeries are:

  • Discectomy: Doctors remove a portion of a herniated disc to relieve pressure, irritation, or compression on your nerves.
  • Laminectomy: Doctors remove the back portion of a vertebra, the lamina, to relieve pressure.
  • Vertebroplasty: Doctors inject acrylic bone cement into the cracks and spaces of a broken vertebra, like an internal cast.
  • Spinal Fusions: Doctors fuse two or more vertebra following a broken vertebra or herniated disc to provide better stability and pain management.

4. Surgery for Internal Injuries and Bleeding

During a serious crash, one or more of your internal organs could be crushed or punctured, leading to internal bleeding. The surgery necessary for internal damage varies depending on the circumstances. You might need a minimally invasive procedure, or you might need extensive surgical repair.

5. Surgery to Repair Torn Soft Tissue

Most soft tissue injuries heal with time, rest, pain management, and physical therapy. But if you suffered a torn muscle, tendon, or ligament in the crash, or have reoccurring problems with a stretched or partially torn tissue, then you might need surgery. Your doctors might recommend other treatments first.

6. Plastic Surgery

Car crashes can lead to scarring, burns, and other disfigurements. You might benefit from working with a plastic surgeon to address potential scarring, particularly on your face, neck, arms, and hands. For instance, many car crash victims experience lacerations from broken glass. A plastic surgeon can help repair deep and uneven cuts to reduce the damage to your appearance following a car crash.

Worried About Surgical Bills After a Car Accident?

If you’re unsure of how you’ll pay all of the medical bills from surgery, call Kemmy Law Firm today. We know what it takes to get the compensation you need. Because when another driver is responsible for the crash, their insurer should pay your surgical bills.

To schedule your free consultation, reach out online or call (210) 735-2233. There is no-risk because we don’t charge fees up-front, and are only paid when you recover compensation.

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