Pedestrian accidents are an unfortunate reality in New Jersey, with busy streets and dense urban areas contributing to a higher incidence of such incidents. Pedestrians are particularly vulnerable on the roads, and accidents can lead to severe and life-altering injuries.  Understanding the common types of injuries sustained in pedestrian accidents can help victims and their families better navigate the aftermath. This article explores the typical injuries from pedestrian accidents in New Jersey and how The Epstein Law Firm can provide essential legal assistance.

Head and Brain Injuries: Causes and Consequences

Head and brain injuries are among the most severe outcomes of pedestrian accidents. These injuries can range from mild concussions to traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). A sudden impact with a vehicle or the ground can cause significant damage to the brain, leading to symptoms such as:
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Loss of consciousness
  Long-term consequences of TBIs may include:
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Memory loss
  • Personality changes
  • Physical disabilities
  Recognizing the signs of head injuries early and seeking immediate medical attention is crucial for recovery.

Spinal Cord Injuries: Impact and Rehabilitation

Spinal cord injuries are another catastrophic result of pedestrian accidents. The force of an impact can cause:
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Compression of the vertebrae
  The potential outcome is partial or complete paralysis. The rehabilitation often involves:
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Surgery (in some cases)
  Early intervention and specialized medical care are critical to improving outcomes for spinal cord injury patients.

Fractures and Broken Bones: Common Types and Treatments

Fractures and broken bones are common in pedestrian accidents due to direct impact with vehicles or the ground. Common fractures include:
  • Legs
  • Arms
  • Ribs
  • Pelvises
  Severe fractures:
  • Compound fractures (bone pierces the skin)
  • Comminuted fractures (bone shatters into multiple pieces)
  • Immobilization with casts or braces
  • Surgical intervention (in severe cases)
  • Physical therapy for strength and mobility recovery

Soft Tissue Injuries: Sprains, Strains, and Bruises

Soft tissue injuries affect muscles, ligaments, and tendons, resulting from the body's sudden, forceful movements during an accident. These injuries include:
  • Sprains (overstretching or tearing of ligaments)
  • Strains (injuries to muscles or tendons)
  • Bruises (discoloration and pain from broken blood vessels)
  Initial treatments:
  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation (RICE)
  Severe cases may require physical therapy.

Internal Injuries: Identifying and Treating Hidden Damage

Internal injuries are particularly dangerous because they are not always immediately apparent. The force of an accident can cause:
  • Internal bleeding
  • Organ rupture
  • Life-threatening conditions
  Common internal injuries include damage to:
  • Liver
  • Spleen
  • Kidneys
  • Lungs
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Visible bruising on the torso
  Immediate medical evaluation is crucial, as untreated internal injuries can rapidly become fatal.

Psychological Impact: Coping with Trauma and Anxiety

The psychological impact of pedestrian accidents should not be overlooked. Victims may experience significant emotional distress, including:
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  Coping strategies:
  • Therapy
  • Counseling
  • Support groups
  Addressing psychological injuries is as important as treating physical ones, ensuring a holistic approach to recovery.

How The Epstein Law Firm Can Help Pedestrian Accident Victims

Navigating the legal complexities following a pedestrian accident can be overwhelming. The Epstein Law Firm specializes in representing victims of pedestrian accidents in New Jersey, offering expert legal guidance to ensure they receive the compensation they deserve.   The Epstein Law Firm can assist with:
  • Filing Claims: Helping victims file timely and accurate insurance claims
  • Gathering Evidence: Collecting crucial evidence, such as medical records, accident reports, and witness statements, to build a strong case
  • Negotiating Settlements: Engaging in negotiations with insurance companies to secure fair settlements
  • Litigation: Representing victims in court if a fair settlement cannot be reached
  The experienced attorneys at The Epstein Law Firm are dedicated to advocating for the rights of pedestrian accident victims, providing compassionate and personalized legal support throughout the recovery process.

Contact The Epstein Law Firm Today

Pedestrian accidents in New Jersey can lead to a wide range of severe and life-altering injuries. Understanding these common injuries and their implications is crucial for victims seeking recovery and justice. The Epstein Law Firm stands ready to assist pedestrian accident victims, offering expert legal guidance to help them navigate the complex aftermath and secure the compensation they need to rebuild their lives. Contact us today at 201-231-7847 or schedule a consultation online to learn more.