Victims of car accidents may be under the impression that they need to use a car insurance claim to get the compensation they need after being injured. In some cases involving property damage alone, a car accident claim may be the quickest and simplest way to get your vehicle damage covered. However, if you faced injuries and required medical care for your injuries, you may need to file a personal injury lawsuit to get full compensation.
The Frederick, Maryland car accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Randolph Rice may be able to take your claim and fight to get you the compensation you need for your injuries. If you need help with your case, call our law offices today to learn more about your options and what your case might be worth. Our phone number is (410) 694-7291.
Common Car Accident Injuries
The results of a car accident can vary greatly from case to case. In some accidents, victims may walk away from the crash with no injuries. In others, moderate injuries may affect them for a few weeks or months, and permanent injuries and disabilities may affect them for the rest of their lives. Our Frederick car accident lawyers discuss some of these common injuries:
Back and Neck Injuries
Injuries to the back and spine are common in many car accident cases. Whiplash is one of the injuries most closely associated with car accidents and occurs commonly in rear-end collisions. Even low-speed crashes can be enough to cause your head to snap back and forth and put undue strain on the neck, resulting in whiplash. Back injuries are also incredibly common, especially in rear-end collisions. Sudden force and pressure on your back can misalign your spine and put pressure on the soft tissue in your back. More severe injuries can put undue pressure on your spinal cord itself, potentially resulting in paralysis or permanent discomfort, motor control issues, and loss of sensation.
Head and Brain Injuries
In accidents where your head strikes against the interior of the car or against debris, you could face serious head and brain injuries. Concussions are common injuries that victims may recover from, but these injuries are still a mild form of traumatic brain injury. Repeated concussions could cause substantial injuries later in life, such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). More severe traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can result in permanent loss of function, including motor functions, memory issues, and cognitive issues.
Broken bones typically heal, but they can take increased medical care and attention to get better. Some fractures break the bone into more than 2 pieces, which typically requires surgery or medical implants to get the bones set back into position. Breaks in weight-bearing bones could require additional implants or screws to keep the bone from splitting or splintering when weight is put on it. More severe breaks may also push through the skin, requiring surgery to close the wound and align the bones. Broken ribs and breaks in the collar bone, spine, skull, or hip could require additional treatment as well.
Cuts, Scrapes, and Lacerations
These injuries are often minor in most accidents. If broken glass or sharp debris hits you, it may cause minor scrapes, cuts, or lacerations that require stitches or bandages. Deeper, more severe cuts could require intensive medical intervention, especially if you lost a lot of blood or the cut is in an obvious location like the face. Cuts that leave visible scars may increase the pain and suffering because of the outward reminder of the accident.
Bruises and Blunt Force Trauma
While bruises may be one of the most common injuries sustained in a car crash, these injuries are not particularly serious. However, serious blunt force trauma could cause internal bruising and bleeding, which could be fatal if left untreated. It is vital to always seek medical care after an accident to make sure you have no internal wounds that you cannot see. Many internal injuries may be masked by adrenaline, so it is vital to have an EMT or emergency room staff member check you for injuries.
Suing for Car Crashes in Maryland
As mentioned, many car accidents allow not only insurance claims but also car accident lawsuits. When you take the driver who hit you to court instead of suing through insurance, you may open your case to additional damages that you can claim. For instance, insurance typically pays for medical bills and pain and suffering at only a percentage of their total cost. In a lawsuit, you may instead be able to claim 100% of these damages as well as pain and suffering damages. To get this compensation, you must prove that the other driver was at fault.
Fault in a car crash can be proven by pointing to traffic laws that the other driver violated to cause the accident. Many accidents are caused by drivers who run red lights, drive over the speed limit, fail to signal, or commit other seemingly minor traffic violations. More severe accidents are commonly caused by high speeds, drunk driving, distracted driving (e.g., texting while driving), and other more serious examples of carelessness or recklessness. Talk to a lawyer about building your case and presenting it in court.
Call Our Frederick, Maryland Car Accident Attorneys for a Free Case Consultation
After a car crash, you should speak with a lawyer about what your case might be worth. Accepting an insurance payout or settlement offer from the at-fault driver may make it impossible to claim additional damage, and you should never accept money for an injury before understanding what the case should be worth. For a free consultation on your case, call our Frederick car accident lawyers today at the Law Offices of Randolph Rice. Our phone number is (410) 694-7291.