Neck Injury From Car Accident
By Mary Ann Pekara
If you've recently suffered a neck, back or spine injury from a car accident, the most important step is to first seek medical attention. This may seem obvious, but many accident victims wait too long to see a doctor after an accident, and this delay in treatment may cause more harm to the injured area.
In addition, prompt medical treatment helps create a trail of credible evidence should you decide to pursue a car accident lawsuit. Many people who suffered neck injuries during a car accident have filed successful claims to seek compensation from the guilty party.This compensation may pay for medical bills and lost wages that were caused by your injury.
To learn whether you can seek compensation for your neck injury, simply fill out the form below for a free case evaluation with a personal injury attorney near you.
Compensation for Neck Injury in a Car Accident
If you decide to file a personal injury lawsuit after your neck injury from a car accident, there are several different types of damages for which you may be able to receive compensation.
Damages that are potentially recoverable from a car accident include:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Damage to your vehicle
- Loss of future earning ability
- Reduced "enjoyment of life"
In addition, your spouse or other close relatives may also be eligible to receive some damages, depending on the severity and nature of your neck injury.
Of course, this type of compensation can also be available for other types of injuries stemming from a car accident, including leg, shoulder, head, and brain injury.
Eligibility to File a Car Accident Lawsuit
If you have suffered an injury in a car crash caused by someone else's negligent actions, you may be eligible to file a claim, particularly if you suffered harm, such as a neck injury, from the car accident.
If your injury resulted from any of the following negligent actions, you may have a valid personal injury claim:
- Hazardous railroad crossings
- Poorly designed automobiles
- Drivers operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Defective tires, brakes or accelerators
- Poorly maintained roads
- Drivers who operate their vehicle in a reckless fashion
These are just a few of the many types of dangerous driving conditions that lead to personal injury claims.
Again, the success of car accident claims will turn on your ability to prove that someone else was at fault, and that you suffered an actual injury caused by the guilty party. As a result, you and your lawyer will need to gather enough proof to establish these elements of a personal injury claim.
Due to the legal complexities of a car accident case, you may want to make sure that you know your legal options before committing to a lawsuit.
If you'd like to learn more about your particular neck injury from a car accident, what your case may be worth and how to take action, complete the free form on this page for a free case evaluation with a local injury attorney.