Seattle residents hear about car accidents on an almost daily basis and the regularity of accident reports can make it easy to forget that the impact of a crash can affect injured victims long after media reports have become yesterday’s news. The story of one Everett woman serves as a vivid reminder of the extent of physical pain and suffering that may result from a serious car accident.
More than two and a half months ago, the 51-year-old fell victim to the recklessness of a driver suspected of operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs. The 27-year-old suspect crashed head on into the woman’s Toyota after crossing over the center line on a residential roadway in Lowell. The injured woman remembers only a blur in the moments before the accident, but her days since then have been memorable for the physical pain, emotional wounds and daily challenges she has had to endure since suffering her serious injuries.
The violent collision left the woman with two broken ribs, broken bones in her leg and pelvis and shattered bones in her heels. Her swollen feet alternate between sensations of burning and icy cold. Her muscles are gradually deteriorating as she remains confined to a wheelchair and dependent on others to bathe her. It will be more than a month before she has any indication from doctors as to when she may be able to walk again.
In addition to physical pain and suffering, injuries as extensive as those inflicted upon this accident victim can lead to staggering medical expenses, lost wages and the possibility of permanent disability. Insurance disputes and denials of fault can leave victims struggling to make ends meet even as they face the most critical stage of recovery. An experienced personal injury attorney can help Washington accident victims obtain timely and fair compensation for injuries caused by a reckless driver.
Source: The Seattle Times, “Pain from crash continues for Everett woman,” Eric Stevick, Jan. 24, 2013