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Surgery After A Car Accident

Victims of car accidents in Indianapolis often require surgery. This is a difficult situation that can impact you in many ways. If someone else's careless driving caused your injuries, the car accident lawyers at Emerson Divorce and Accident Injury Attorneys will work hard to get you the money you need to cover your medical expenses.

Going through surgery can be really tough, and there can be complications. After the surgery, it takes a while to get better. You might have to stay in the hospital for a bit and get some more treatment. You might also need to take medicine and do some physical and occupational therapy.

What Car Accident Injuries Require Surgery?

The question of whether you'll need surgery after a car accident is a common worry for people involved in car crashes. Unfortunatley, the answer depends on the specific details of the accident and the injuries sustained. The severity of the injuries can be impacted by a number of factors, including:

  • Did the airbags deploy?
  • Were seat belts in use?
  • Where did the accident occur?
  • How many vechicles were involved?
  • What angle was the car hit?
  • Where on the vicitims car was the crash?
  • What type of vehicles were involved?
  • What was the victim's position in the car when the accident occured?
  • How old is the victim?
  • Does the vicitim have any health issues?

After your doctor has thoroughly checked and understood the seriousness of your injuries, they will suggest a plan for your treatment. Usually, doctors will offer different treatment options that can be tried before considering surgery. Surgery is a more serious medical procedure than other treatments like a splint, massage, or physical therapy. Your doctor will only recommend surgery if it's really necessary for your condition.

What Car Wreck Injuries Require Surgery?

Head, Brain, and Neck Injuries

After a car accident, injuries to the head, skull, neck, and brain can have serious and long-lasting effects. Untreated brain damage can permanently change a person's personality and ability to function. While the idea of brain surgery is frightening, it can sometimes be life-saving. Head injuries can worsen quickly, so it's crucial to see a doctor as soon as possible.

Surgery for a traumatic brain injury (TBI) might involve removing blood clots, repairing skull fractures, and performing procedures to stop bleeding and reduce pressure in the brain. Neck surgery after a car accident might involve fusions, plates, implants, or bone grafts. If the car crash gave you a concussion or whiplash, or if you are having headaches or confusion, you need to be looking for any additional signs of more serious injuries and see a doctor immediately.

Broken Bones and Compound Fractures

When someone breaks their bones really badly in a car crash, they might need surgery to fix them. A cast or splint can help the bones heal for less serious breaks. But for really bad breaks, doctors might need to use rods, plates, or pins to help the bones heal properly. Sometimes, they even have to use artificial joints to help the person use their injured arms or legs again.

Soft Tissue Injuries

Soft tissue injuries most often involve damage to ligaments, muscles, and tendons. Minor injuries like sprains, swelling, and bruising can heal on their own over time. However, doctors need to monitor these injuries, as untreated damage can become permanent. In some cases, such as when tendons and ligaments are affected by broken bones, surgery and physical therapy may be needed for repair. Recovery from soft tissue injuries can take a long time, and not all injuries require surgery. For those that do, a significant recovery period is usually necessary.


After a car accident, some people may suffer serious injuries like burns, cuts, and scars, especially on the hands, arms, neck, chest, and face. Reconstructive plastic surgery might be needed to help fix these permanent injuries. For example, doctors might use skin from another part of the body to cover burned areas or perform facial surgery to help improve breathing. These surgeries can help people heal, manage pain and infections, and move forward without a constant reminder of the accident.

Dental Surgery

If someone gets hurt in an car crash and injures their teeth, mouth, or gums, they might need to have surgery to fix the damage. For example, if their head hits the steering wheel during the accident and their teeth get loose or knocked out, a special kind of doctor called an oral surgeon might need to help. Sometimes, the oral surgeon can fix the person's own teeth, but other times, they might need to replace the damaged teeth with dental implants.

Internal Organ Injuries

Serious injuries to your internal organs can lead to emergency surgery right away. If your kidneys, liver, lungs, spleen, heart, stomach, or other organs are hurt, it could be deadly if not treated within a few hours, or even minutes, after the accident. Internal bleeding is a big deal, and some people who've been in a car crash don't realize how bad their internal injuries are until it's too late. If you or someone you know got hurt in a car accident, keep an eye out for don't of hidden injuries.

Back and Spinal Cord Injuries

After a car accident, it's not unusual for someone to need back surgery, especially if they have serious injuries like torn tissue, herniated discs, or broken vertebrae. These types of injuries are really dangerous and usually require surgery. It's important to have a skilled surgeon, especially one with extensive experience in spinal cord injuries, to take care of these kinds of injuries. Your regular doctor can help you find the right surgeon for your back or spinal surgery after a car accident.

How Can I Afford Surgery After a Car Accident?

Surgery can be really expensive, and most people can't afford to pay for it out of their own pockets, especially after an accident. On top of the surgery costs, there are also other expenses for additional medical care that you might need. This could include bills for:

  • Hospital stays
  • Doctor's visits
  • Transportation to and from appointments
  • Diagnostic tests and exams
  • Anesthesia
  • Prescription medications
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • WheelchairsDoctor'ses, or other medical equipment
  • Professional home care

If you're dealing with a stack of medical bills and have lost wages because you couldn't work, you might be wondering how to pay for everything. That's where car accident lawyers can help. They work to make sure that if someone else caused your injuries, they take responsibility for it so you don't have to bear the financial burden alone.

Won't the Insurance Compnay Pay for my Surgery?

Insurance companies may try to pay you less after your surgery by questioning the seriousness of your injuries, claiming that the surgery wasn't necessary, or arguing that your injuries were pre-existing. They might also make a low settlement offer that doesn't cover all of your medical expenses.

How Long Will It Take to Recover from the Surgery?

Recovering from surgery can take a long time, sometimes weeks, months, or even longer. In some cases, you might be left with a lasting disability. While you're getting better, you might not be able to work and could lose income. It can be a challenging time, especially financially.

Getting Help with Your Surgery Bills

It's important to have a skilled car accident lawyer on your side who will fight for your rights. Our law firm has been assisting injured individuals in Indianapoliwon'tce 2012. We understand how challenging it can be to recover from car accident injuries. Our goal is to help you receive the maximum compensation for your suffering.

We thoroughly investigating the details of your accident. Our attorneys know where to look for evidence of fault. We will carefully examine accident reports and medical records, speak with witnesses, and, if necessary, consult with experts to recoWe'rect the accident and assess your medical needs.

If you've been injured in an accident and are concerned about the financial impact, please reach out to us for a free consultation. No one should have to worry about affording medical treatment.

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