Personal Injury

Car Accidents:

Yes, Car Accident Claims are About Money

 

            The entire purpose of bringing a claim is to get money for the harm that was done to you.   You have a legal right to seek monetary compensation from the at-fault motorist.

Neck and Back Injuries After a Car Accident

            Car accidents can cause chronic pain requiring long-term medical treatment. Back and neck injuries are some of the most common injuries sustained in accidents, and unfortunately, they can also be some of the most expensive injuries.  If you have been injured in a car accident, an attorney can help you pursue compensation for your injuries.

            The force of a car accident jolts the spine and causes serious injury to your neck or back. An injury to the spine is always something that requires serious attention. If you suspect a back or neck injury, do not hesitate to seek immediate medical care. Some of the most common neck and back injuries include:

Strains and sprains 

            A sprain is a ligament injury. Your ligaments connect your bones, usually at the joints. A sprain occurs when the ligaments are torn or stretched too much. A strain is like a sprain, except a strain affects the muscles and tendons rather than the ligaments. Neck strains are often referred to as whiplash. Most strains and sprains heal on their own with minimal treatment.

 

Herniated or bulging discs

            The discs in your spine act as a cushion to each of your vertebrae. A bulging disc occurs when the fluid inside the disc begins to push against the outside of the disc. Bulging discs occur naturally because of aging or trauma. In many cases, bulging discs do not cause pain and a person may not even know they have a bulging disc until an event like a car accident requires medical imaging.

            A herniated disc, on the other hand, is almost always the result of trauma. A herniated disc is also known as a ruptured disc. When the disc ruptures, the fluid seeps out of the disc. This may put pressure on the surrounding nerves, which can cause severe pain.

Cervical fracture

            One of the major concerns after a cervical fracture is damage to the spinal cord. A serious fracture can damage the spinal cord and cause paralysis or death. Minor fractures may not require surgery but will likely cause extensive pain.

Spinal cord injuries

            Spinal cord injuries are the most serious type of back injury. A spinal cord injury occurs because of a blow or penetrating wound to the spinal cord.   Motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of spinal cord injuries. A spinal cord injury can cause paralysis, which in many cases is permanent.  The average lifetime cost for a spinal cord injury can range from $1 million to $2.5 million, depending on the age of the victim and the severity of the injury.

 

ECONOMIC DAMAGES 

Medical expenses

            Medical expenses are one of the largest costs associated with an accident.  These expenses include doctor visits, surgical treatments, medications (prescription and over the counter), medical devices, physical therapy, and chiropractic care.

Lost wages

            It may be difficult or impossible to return to work. Lost wages cover income lost because of the accident, including any recovery time. If you are unable to return to work at all, we would also seek compensation for future lost wages.

Home modifications

            Injuries can make it difficult to get around, move, or reach items around the house.  Therefore, home modifications will likely be needed to help make the transition home easier.

 

Non-Economic Damages

            Non-economic damages are costs that do not have a clear dollar value. Common non-economic damages include:

Pain and suffering

            Pain and suffering damages cover both physical pain and emotional pain. Back and neck injuries often result in lifelong, chronic pain. While other injuries may heal, this pain may never go away. It is not uncommon to experience anxiety or depression after an accident.

 

 

 

Loss of Enjoyment

            An injury can make doing things you once loved painful or impossible. This may include simple, everyday tasks, like cooking and taking care of the children, or recreational activities.

Loss of companionship

            This covers the emotional effect an injury or death has on the loved one. Loss of companionship is applicable if the victim is unable to talk, emotionally connect, or have a sexual relationship.

Your recovery

            Your ability to recover from an accident is one of the most important variables when negotiating a personal injury settlement. If you are unable to return to work or have a permanent disability because of the accident, you should receive compensation for this loss.

The other driver’s negligence

            What was the other driver doing at the time of the accident? Was he or she drunk driving? On the phone? Speeding? These are all variables that may lead to a higher settlement award for you.

Do you have to pay and How much?

        Most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means that the attorney will not get paid unless and until you do. Generally, you and your attorney will agree on a set percentage that the attorney will receive out of the final settlement. At the end of your case, your attorney will do a final accounting and take care of any remaining medical bills, as well as attorney fees and costs, before issuing a check for your recovery.

If you have been injured call my office at 202-802-6551

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