A seemingly ordinary day can quickly turn into an unforgettably traumatic one if you are involved in a motor vehicle crash. Sadly, these types of car accidents are often the result of another driver's carelessness.
If you suffer serious injuries due to another person's negligence behind the wheel, you have the right to seek compensation for many of the associated costs along with your pain and suffering. Here are a few types of motor vehicle accident injuries for which you may have the right to pursue damages.
Injuries to the back are particularly common in car crashes. Damage to your spinal cord may cause serious nerve issues, which might result in you experiencing reduced sensation and reduced control over your extremities -- for example, your feet, arms, legs and hands. If your injuries are significant enough, you may even end up paralyzed.
A herniated disk is yet another type of back injury that often stems from a car crash. Herniated disks usually are not as severe as spinal damage; however, they may still result in severe problems that can interfere with your ability to return to work for both the short and long term.
Injuries to the chest
Other common injuries associated with car accidents are chest injuries. Specifically, blunt force trauma might cause you to suffer collapsed lungs or broken ribs. In addition, if you already have a heart problem, an accident might result in you going into cardiac arrest. Another relatively common chest-area problem following a crash is internal bleeding.
Other types of injuries suffered by victims
Especially if you are involved in a pedestrian crash, you may end up suffering injuries to your legs, feet, hands and arms. Motorcycle accidents have a high potential of leading to a torn anterior cruciate ligament, severed limbs or broken bones. Furthermore, you may suffer from emotional distress both in the immediate aftermath of your accident and especially during the grueling recovery period. Treatment for psychological issues, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, may be required as part of your rehabilitation process.
Your rights in the aftermath of an injury-causing crash
If somebody else's carelessness has caused you to suffer serious injuries, you may file a personal injury claim against this party. If you are successful in your claim, you could receive a judicial award of monetary damages, which can help you to address your hospital bills and other losses related to the unfortunately incident. The monetary compensation cannot undo the events leading to your accident; however, it may help you to experience a sense of justice and provide you with much-needed peace of mind during this trying time.