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If you or a loved one have been injured or harmed in any type of accident, contact Montlick & Associates, Injury Attorneys, today for your free consultation. Contact us Nationwide, 24/7 at1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333), or by simply dialing #WIN (#946) from your cellphone. You may also visit us at Montlick.com and contact us through our Free Case Evaluation Form or Free 24-hour live chat.**
The abdomen protects vital organs from injuries that are potentially life-threatening. When abdominal injuries happen, vital organs may not be fully protected, exposing an injured person to multiple medical problems. An especially severe injury is one involving “blunt abdominal trauma (BAT),” which happens when any object, makes traumatic contact with a person’s abdomen. When a person sustains a BAT injury, their stomach, kidneys, pancreas, spleen, lower lungs, and liver are vulnerable to permanent damage. If the damage is bad enough, a person may have internal bleeding and could be at risk of death.
While BAT injuries can be sustained in a variety of situations that involve intentional and often criminal conduct, most BAT injuries are sustained in auto accidents. For example, a person may be thrown from a vehicle and land on their stomach, causing injuries to the abdomen and potentially even internal organs. Examples of accidents that may lead to BAT injuries include the following:
The faster vehicles are traveling at the time of an accident, the more significant BAT injuries may be. Motorcyclists, bicyclists, ATV riders, and pedestrians are especially vulnerable to sustaining BAT injuries, as they are not shielded by a vehicle which can absorb impact in the event of an accident. Without the protection of a vehicle, BAT injuries may be more severe and even deadly. Regardless of how a person sustains a BAT injury, the consequences can be equally devastating and long-lasting.
Every person’s BAT injury will be different as every person’s body and health history are different. Some BAT injuries are more severe than others, but any sign or symptom of a BAT injury is cause for concern and is something that should be addressed with a doctor or other medical professional. Common symptoms and signs associated with BAT injuries include the following:
If a person sustains a BAT injury in a car accident, he or she may have bruising across the abdomen that shows signs the person was wearing a seatbelt. The force of the seatbelt has the potential to cause serious BAT injuries even though the seatbelt may also be saving a person’s life.
If left untreated, BAT injuries can continue to damage a person’s internal organs, and such damage may be permanent and deadly without prompt medical intervention. As such, seeing a doctor to discuss BAT symptoms is critical to ensuring a BAT injury is being adequately addressed and treated to prevent additional damage.
Many BAT injuries cause extreme physical pain and suffering. However, the physical pain is only one consequence of a BAT injury. If the injury is permanent, a person may require lifelong medical treatment and monitoring. Additionally, a BAT injury may end a person’s career, making it challenging to earn an adequate income to meet life’s daily needs and keep up with bills. Getting a new job may prove to be even more difficult, and the medical expenses associated with BAT injuries can be staggering. Given a person’s health and livelihood are on the line following a BAT injury, it is prudent to consult with an attorney if you believe your BAT injury was caused by another person’s negligent conduct.
WARNING: Failing to comply with a statute of limitations will permanently bar your right to a recovery, an there are also exceptions that can shorten or even lengthen the deadline!
By way of example only, certain types of claims, such as claims against governmental entities, can have much shorter deadlines than a given state’s applicable statute of limitation. In some cases, a combination of different types of legal claims may exist that involve different time frames, which may be due to multiple defendants and/or even the laws of more than one jurisdiction. Statutes of limitations also vary by state as well as by the types of claims being asserted. For example, a given state may have a different statute of limitations for claims involving personal injury than, say, breach of contract claims.
In addition to legal deadlines, there are other reasons not to delay. For example, in auto accident claims, most auto insurance policies contain their own contractual notification deadlines that, if allowed to lapse, can result in a denial of important coverage, such as Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist insurance. Additionally, witnesses can eventually forget what happened, and important evidence, such as items at the scene or video footage, can also disappear.
Our personal injury and accident attorneys can examine the facts and circumstances relevant to your case to determine which statutes of limitations (deadlines) apply. We take the required actions to preserve all-important legal deadlines on behalf of our clients.
1. Treat your case as if it were our own. We'll treat you the same way we would want to be treated – as if it were our own case, or the case of a close friend or family member.
2. Protect you from powerful insurance companies. One of the first things the insurance adjuster will typically say is that you do not need an attorney. That's because the insurance company's goal is to pay you as little money as possible. And they know that injured people get substantially more money with an attorney representing them. With over 37 years of experience dealing with insurance companies, we can help you navigate through the insurance company minefields and avoid any traps.
3. Analyze your case at no charge to you. We'll evaluate your situation and advise you how to best protect your rights, at no charge to you. We invite you to call us 24 hours a day, including weekends and holidays to request a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers. Or use our 24/7 online chat right here on our website.
4. Vigorously fight on your behalf in order to obtain all the compensation and benefits you deserve. There's always a lot at stake after a serious injury, and when our clients rely on us for help, we never take that situation lightly. We work extremely hard, and we will always do the right thing when it comes to our clients.
5. Give your case our personal attention. We tell our clients: "We want you to concentrate on getting well. We want to hear from you if you have any questions or concerns. We work for you, not the other way around."
6. Promptly return phone calls and keep you informed. We are sure you've heard about professionals who do not return phone calls. Or, perhaps you have spoken to people using other law firms who never knew what was going on with their case. That won't happen with us. We keep our clients well informed of important developments and routinely send copies of correspondence regarding their case.
7. Be there for you when you need us most. When our clients first call us after a serious injury, they're understandably really worried. And we say to them, "You don't have to do this alone." We'll take on the insurance company for you and help you get the money you deserve for your medical treatments, lost wages, car repairs and pain and suffering. That's the kind of help we've been giving for over 37 years.
8. Always treat you with dignity and respect. Our promise is to operate at all times with honesty, integrity, high moral character and unquestionable ethics. And we'll treat you with kindness and give you and your family the dignity and respect that you deserve.
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