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Collecting Compensation for Broken Glass Injuries

Posted on October 16, 2017

While many people associate car accidents with broken bones, whiplash, and concussions, some of the most common injuries are caused by broken glass. Although many vehicle manufacturers now install shatterproof windshields, lacerations from flying glass still can and do occur, leaving victims to struggle through a painful recovery and pay thousands of dollars in medical bills. Because these types of injuries take such a physical and financial toll on accident victims, it is especially critical for those who sustain serious lacerations in a car crash, to speak with an experienced Tulsa car accident lawyer who can aggressively seek compensation on their behalf.

Types of Broken Glass Injuries

The severity of a broken glass injury depends on a number of factors, including the speed at which the cars were traveling when the crash occurred, the age and health of the victim, and even the type of glass involved. There are, however, certain types of broken glass injuries that are especially common amongst those involved in car crashes, including:

  • Surface level cuts, which do not penetrate the tissues underlying the skin and usually only require minimal treatment;
  • Deep level lacerations, which damage the skin, as well as the underlying tissue and muscles and often require surgical intervention and treatment for infections; and
  • Severed limbs, which occur in cases where extremely large pieces of glass penetrate to a person’s bone or hit an artery, resulting in severe blood loss.

Even after these kinds of injuries have healed, victims may suffer from disfiguring scars and muscle weakness.

Demonstrating Negligence

Those who sustain lacerations or other injuries in a car crash may be able to collect compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and property damage from the responsible party by filing a personal injury lawsuit. However, an injured party can only recover damages if he or she is able to establish that:

  • The defendant owed a duty of reasonable care to the plaintiff;
  • The defendant breached that duty; and
  • The defendant’s breach caused the plaintiff to suffer an injury.

Even when injured parties contribute to their own accident, they may still be able to collect compensation from the at-fault party. This is because Oklahoma is a comparative negligence state, which means that as long as an injured party’s percentage of fault was not greater than the defendant’s, he or she can still collect damages, although the amount will be reduced in proportion to the plaintiff’s level of fault.

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Please contact Charles Bryan Alred, PC at 918-745-9960 to learn more about collecting compensation for your own car accident-related injuries. We are eager to help you today.