Understanding Personal Injury Claims in Washington, DC: Types of Injuries

Personal injuries for which you or your family may be entitled to compensation come in many different varieties. Some are immediate and life-threatening. Others take time to appear. Some result in acute pain that heals over time. Others cause a disability that lasts a lifetime.

When you’ve been injured through no fault of your own, in a car accident, for example, or at work, or on the operating table, recovering from your injuries can seem like an overwhelming task all on its own. Forget about also trying to figure out how you can manage your job, pay your bills, and deal with insurance companies. When a personal injury has disrupted your life, it also takes over.

At The Abelson Law Firm, we understand what going through a personal injury is all about. We have counseled hundreds of clients dealing with injuries of all kinds caused by accidents of all kinds. Our firm helps Washington, D.C.-area clients navigate the legal and financial challenges of life after an injury, with the goal of seeking the compensation and the justice they deserve.

Types of Personal Injuries We’ve Handled

A web page listing every possible type of personal injury we’ve seen would run on forever. But, there are specific kinds of injuries we are particularly proud of helping our clients overcome, and receive compensation for, so that they can resume living their fullest lives.

Wrongful Death

The most serious injuries we’ve handled are those that result in the death of the victim. In these cases, our clients are the victim’s survivors (usually family members) who must endure not just the emotional pain of an untimely death, but also the loss of that loved one’s income and support. We understand, of course, that money can never bring someone back or ease the pain of an unexpected loss. But it can help carry a family through a difficult time, ensure that vulnerable family members like children are well cared-for, and ensure that the parties responsible for death do not cause anyone else the same pain.

Traumatic Brain Injury

A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, commonly results from harm done to the brain by a blow to the head, a penetrating head injury, the restriction of blood flow, and any number of medical conditions that induce swelling or other damage in the brain. Victims of a TBI may end up permanently unconscious, or may lose a wide range of physical and cognitive abilities. Recovery from a TBI, when it’s possible, can be a long and frustrating process for the victim and the victim’s family, and result in large expenses and loss of income.

Spinal Cord Injury

A spinal cord injury, often caused by a blow to the spine (such as in a violent fall) or a penetrating injury (such as a gunshot wound) can cause total or permanent paralysis of some parts of the body. Learning to live with a spinal cord injury can be an enormous undertaking. Victims of these injuries often need to adopt new life routines and require special equipment to accommodate disabilities caused by the injury.

Crushing Injuries and Amputations

These injuries frequently occur on construction sites and in motor vehicle-related accidents. They often involve the victim’s limbs being pinned or severed by a heavy object, such as construction machinery or a car that’s rolled over. When they’re not fatal, crushing injuries and amputations typically result in the loss of the limb and, with it, of major life activities. Like spinal cord injuries, these injuries require the victim and the victim’s family to adopt new ways of living and getting around.

Burns and Permanent Disfigurement

Severe burns and other external injuries that leave victims permanently scarred or disfigured happen in all sorts of accidents, from car accidents in which a vehicle catches fire to on-the-job accidents involving chemical burns. Victims of these injuries who survive often face months of painful physical healing and an even longer path of emotional recovery. While everyone likes to think that looks shouldn’t be so important, life after a disfiguring accident can be very difficult for victims who must come to grips with how the world sometimes reacts differently to them.

Chronic Illness and Disability

Sometimes the injuries a person suffers in an accident leave them with long-lasting medical conditions, such as breathing problems or permanent arthritis. While these injuries might not seem as severe on the surface as the ones described above, they can massively reduce a victim’s quality of life. Not only do chronic conditions frequently require ongoing medical care, the emotional pain of a chronic condition can feel overwhelming and affect not just the victim but everyone around them.

Your Legal Options After a Personal Injury

The injuries described above represent only a fraction of the types of injuries that can alter a victim’s life and entitle them to compensation. Which is why, when a personal injury disrupts an innocent person’s life, having an experienced personal injury by their side can be an important part of the healing process.

A knowledgeable personal injury attorney can help ensure victims and their families:

  • Receive the immediate and ongoing medical care they need.
  • Receive the financial compensation they deserve for their expenses, loss of income, and pain and suffering, among others.
  • Feel protected from aggressive demands of insurance adjusters and lawyers for responsible parties.
  • See justice done.

Call The Abelson Law Firm Today

At The Abelson Law Firm, we understand the stress and uncertainty a debilitating injury can cause. To help ease that stress, we offer free consultations for victims and their families to help evaluate their legal options. In appropriate cases, we may also agree to represent a client on a “contingent fee” basis in which the client pays little or nothing up front and our fees are paid only out of a final settlement or judgment.

If you or a loved one have been injured because of someone else’s negligence or wrongful conduct, The Abelson Law Firm may be able to help. We have years of experience representing clients who need guidance and support while recovering from injuries that have disrupted their lives. Contact The Abelson Law Firm online or at (202) 331-0600 for a free consultation.

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If you find that you are in need of a personal injury lawyer, I HIGHLY recommend Attorney Michael Abelson. I suffered a permanent disabling injury in a car accident. Mr. Abelson worked hard on my case and prepared carefully for trial. He guided me every step along the way. His diligent preparation led to a settlement agreement that greatly exceeded my expectation. Date published: 09/07/2018
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