It is important to understand that not all car accident injuries look the same. While many are obvious, there are many injuries that could be hidden after a sudden impact. At the Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg, our qualified Los Angeles pedestrian accident team wants to discuss the importance of seeking medical attention after an impact with a vehicle. We are here to help those injured by the careless or negligent actions of other drivers.
What happened in this tragic incident?
Earlier this month, Timoteo Martinez Ildefonso, 43, was walking to work at Whole Foods in Venice when he was struck by a vehicle. The incident happened near the intersection of Lincoln Boulevard and Rose Avenue.
After he was struck, the driver who hit him got out and talked to Ildefonso, who made the choice to return to work. His head was bloody when he got to work, and a coworker bought him an ice pack. His supervisor had someone drive him home.
What Ildefonso did not know was that he was severely injured. His spleen had been ruptured by the impact.
Ildefonso’s wife, Martha Eve Jimenez, says that “I just keep wondering if somebody called an ambulance right away, would he have been able to pull through.”
She says she does not understand why nobody called the police or an ambulance after the incident. She thinks that her husband was in shock and was not thinking clearly.
The LAPD says that this is not a hit-and-run case because the driver stopped. They do, however, want to talk to the driver.
Delayed injuries can be deadly
When someone is involved in a pedestrian accident, there is a high probability they will be injured. A passenger vehicle weighs nearly 4,000 pounds and can cause severe injuries, including:
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord injuries
- Whiplash injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
Many of the signs and symptoms, particularly of internal injuries, do not begin to appear until hours or even days after a crash occurs. The incident discussed above highlights the importance of calling 911 and seeking medical attention after any pedestrian accident. You need to let a doctor determine the full extent of your injuries.
Let us work to secure the compensation you deserve
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a pedestrian crash caused by another person, seek legal assistance today. At the Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg, we are ready to get to work on your behalf. We will work to secure the compensation you are entitled to, including:
- Compensation for all medical expenses related to the crash
- Lost wages if you are unable to work while you recover
- General household expenses
- Possible physical therapy expenses
- Pain and suffering damages
- Possible punitive damages against the negligent driver