If you suffer injuries during an auto accident, be sure you know the laws of the state, province or country. In many states the laws let you file a personal injury suit to be reimbursed for your pain and suffering. There is a statute of limitations on personal injury insurance claims. Be sure to file in time.
Immediately contact the police and your auto insurance company if an accident occurs. If you are filing a personal injury lawsuit, contact a law office that specializes in personal injury cases.
If you live in a no-fault state or province or country, you might still be able to sue for reimbursement of:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of work time
- Car repair or replacement or rental bills not covered by your insurance company
Your attorney will contact the other driver or his attorney and file a notice of lawsuit. There is a statute of limitations on the time the defendant has to respond to personal injury lawsuits. It varies with the state, province or country where the lawsuit is filed.
The case may be settled out of court if the defendant and/or his insurance company is willing to do this to save time and court costs and a possibly larger claim.
Personal injury cases involving car accidents might be filed under the following categories:
Brain and Head Injuries
Acquired brain injury caused by the head being hit or hitting an object violently is called a traumatic brain injury. This is a common reason for personal injury suits resulting from car accidents. The brain may have been rattled around inside the skull causing bruising, bleeding or swelling of the brain.
This is another very common injury from a car accident. It could be as severe as whiplash or as temporary as neck strain. Cervical dislocation or disc injury could result in prolonged pain.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries occur when bone fragments, cartilage, or ligaments tear into spinal cord tissue, bruising or destroying nerve cells. Spinal cord damage often causes a loss of function or feeling.
In car accidents lower back injuries, including sprains and strains, herniated discs and fractured vertebrae may occur causing pain and potentially limiting mobility and leaving long-lasting discomfort.These injuries do not always show immediately up after an accident. That is why it isoften hard to establish a cause-effect link to the accident.
Facial injuries in car accidents are common because of contact with the steering wheel, dashboard, airbag, windshield, side window, car seats or shattered glass. They can be as mild as scratches and bruises or as severe as requiring facial reconstruction.
Motor vehicle accidents can cause internal injuries to intestines, kidneys, the spleen, liver, lungs, or heart. Fractured ribs can puncture lungs and other internal organs.
Short or long-term emotional distress, posttraumatic stress disorder, persistent anxiety and depression can result from car accidents.