Norfolk Police are investigating a car accident that occurred on September 30 at Shore Driver and Pretty Lake Ave. Norfolk Fire Department reported that two battalions responded to the crash. The crash occurred at about 11:40 a.m. in the 8100 block of Shore Drive. When emergency crews arrived at the crash, they found one of the vehicles had gone over the guardrail and landed in a marshy area below. Both drivers, however, were able to self-extricate and were taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Car Accident Injuries and the Ability to Work
While it sounds as if both drivers involved in this crash will be okay, they both suffered some type of injuries that required them being transported to the hospital. In many car crashes, victims who suffer injuries are unable to work while they recover from those injuries. This can have a significant impact to their financial security and ability to support themselves and their families. A Norfolk, VA car accident attorney can help determine what type of financial compensation a victim may be entitled to for those lost wages.
Some of the more common types of injuries that can have an impact on a victim’s income include:
- Eye injury: A victim can suffer injuries to the eye or head that can cause vision issues or blindness. This can also have a significant impact on their ability to perform work duties.
- Fractured or lost limbs: A severe fracture of the bone can take months and months to heal. In some cases, it may never heal correctly and the victim’s ability to move the limb can be hampered. In some cases, the limb is lost or needs to be amputated.
- Spinal cord injury: A spinal cord injury can cause a victim to suffer paralysis, either partially or fully, from the neck or waist down.
- Traumatic brain injury: Brain traumas, such as concussions, can affect a victim’s ability to focus on things, think clearly, and remember critical information. Brain injuries can also hinder a victim’s ability to communicate clearly, their speech, and even manage their emotions.
Compensation for Lost Wages and Lost Earning Capacity
If a victim is injured in a crash that was caused by another party, the victim can file a car accident lawsuit to recover the losses their injuries have caused. These damages can include the amount of lost wages the victim suffered, as well as lost earning capacity if the victim’s injuries leave them with a long-term or permanent disability that prevents them from doing the type of work they did before the accident. In order to ensure full compensation, victims should do the following:
- Retain the services of a Norfolk car accident attorney right away. The attorney will help with the collection of evidence. Some of this evidence can include police reports, witness testimony, photos, videos, and any other information that will help show the other driver’s fault.
- Keep records of all medical treatment received, as well as a record of injuries and how those injuries are affecting them (i.e. days where there is pain, etc.)
- Keep records of all time missed from work. Also, keep documentation from doctors stating that they are unable to work while recovering and any limitations when/if they return to work.
Contact a Virginia Accident Attorney
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by another driver, contact a Virginia car accident attorney to discuss what type of damages you may be entitled to. At Shapiro, Appleton & Washburn, we have successfully obtained compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses our clients have suffered. Call us today to find out how we can help you.