Many car accident victims in the Chicago area suffer extensive injury from broken glass. In fact, broken glass can produce a significant threat to passengers, and even innocent bystanders who are not in the vehicle when an accident occurs. Flying broken glass at high speeds is known to kill or injure bystanders in an instant.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represents people with auto window and windshield glass injuries from Chicago car accidents. Talk to one of our attorneys without cost or obligation to learn how we can help you recover compensation for these injuries without any out-of-pocket expenses.
A Typical Broken Glass Injury
Injury from broken glass is usually the result of the forces generated by the car crash. Two vehicles colliding at slow speeds can create a catastrophic problem involving the glass. Even though new car designs by automotive manufacturers include windshields that are equipped not to shatter, the design is not always effective during high-velocity crashes.
In addition, rear and side windows are not crafted with the same material as the windshield and typically cannot withstand high impact forces. Broken glass pieces from the rear and side windows can fly in nearly every direction during the impact of the crash. Victims suffering broken glass injuries are generally defenseless and completely vulnerable when sitting inside the vehicle at the time of the collision.
Some of the injuries involved include deep level laceration, skin cuts, shock, severed limb, and fatality caused by excessive bleeding. Each one specifically includes:
- Deep Level Laceration – These types of lacerations are often the result of the penetration of glass into the skin. The sharp glass pieces create wounds and cuts in muscle fibers and underlying skin tissue, and at times can cut all the way to the bone. These types of lacerations can be extremely dangerous for numerous reasons including the potential of amputation caused by infection and/or permanent disfigurement.
- Skin Cuts – Less severe injuries caused by broken glass are often referred to as surface-level skin cuts. Surface cuts happen when the skin is torn or cut without penetrating into the deeper body tissue. These types of injuries typically require minimal treatment, which might involve wound cleaning, stitches or other methods for stopping the bleeding.
- Shock – It is highly common for a victim of a car accident to experience psychological trauma after the collision. This is especially true when victims become aware that some part of their body is bleeding profusely as a result of broken glass injuries. A victim in shock can have a trauma condition that is difficult to control. Car crash victims experiencing shock can easily die if the condition is not handled immediately and properly.
- Severed Limb – Broken glass shards are usually sharp and large enough to penetrate through tissue and bone, completely severing the limb of the victim involved in a car accident. Individuals suffering severed arteries are particularly vulnerable to various medical conditions that might require the limb to be amputated.
- Fatality – Victims often bleed profusely when broken glass pieces cut arteries in the leg or neck. Death by bleeding can happen in moments if medical attention arrives too late.
After Healing From Initial Cuts Left From Broken Glass: Scarring & Pain
Many victims who suffer injury from broken glass deal with other health problems after the healing process is complete. Broken glass can easily deform or scar the body leaving noticeable reminders that the accident left a mark on the face, neck, hands and other parts of the victim’s body. When scar tissue is not allowed to heal correctly, the injured party can suffer lifelong debilitating pain.
In addition, any time glass penetrates the skin, there is a potential of an increased risk of infection. Victims can suffer staph infections and boils in areas where glass remains in the body. Injured car accident victims also have the potential increased risk of developing staph infections in open wounds, which can be fatal if not properly managed.
Legal Options For People Who Have Been Injured By Broken Windshields or Windows in Chicago Auto Accidents
Car accident victims suffering injuries that have arisen from broken glass caused by the negligent actions of others can file a legal claim or lawsuit against the responsible parties. Individuals and entities that could be at fault include auto manufacturers due to defective designs, or other drivers that caused the collision.
Experienced Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC help their clients achieve financial compensation to cover ongoing medical care, missed work, lost potential future earnings, pain, and suffering. Contact our law office at (888) 424-5757 to receive a free confidential case evaluation and legal counsel on how to best proceed with a claim for financial compensation after an injury due to broken auto glass.