Auto accidents happen across the country every day. Hundreds of thousands of people suffer injuries in crashes annually. One of the more common – and more devastating auto accident injuries – involves back injuries. Auto accidents can lead to extensive injuries and mounting financial damages.
Most crashes could have been prevented but were caused by the negligence or wrong-doing of another driver. A personal injury claim can help the accident victim recoup their losses.
A Back Injury Could Have Lasting Effects
Back injuries can be very serious in nature and have a lasting impact on the accident victim’s life. Broken vertebrae, spinal injuries, pinched nerves, herniated discs, and soft tissue injuries are just a few of the examples of back injuries that might result from a car crash.
Some of these injuries will require extensive physical therapy and rehabilitation while others might require surgical intervention.
Back injuries are the leading cause of work absences, so lost wages because of missed work is expected. Mounting medical bills and the future need for medical care is also expected with back injuries.
Someone with a back injury might suffer loss of enjoyment of life and won’t be able to participate in hobbies and other enjoyable activities. Sometimes help might be needed with daily activities.
Determining The Other Driver’s Liability For The Crash That Caused Back Injuries
To have a successful personal injury claim, you will need to show that the other driver was negligent and liable for the damages. There are four elements of negligence that must be proven for a successful personal injury claim.
The first element is to show that the other driver owed you a duty or a responsibility. When a driver is operating a vehicle, he or she must adhere to traffic laws and drive safely to prevent crashes.
If the driver was speeding or ran a stop sign, then it is obvious that he or she breached that duty.
You will then prove that breach of duty is the cause of the crash. Then that crash is what caused your damages and injuries.
You will need to show proof of your damages, such as medical bills, proof of lost wages, and proof of the need for more medical care and more time away from work. Also copies of repair estimates and photos of injuries and damages.
Consult With A Personal Injury Attorney
If you have been in an auto accident that caused back injuries, you should consult with a personal injury attorney.
Accident injury claims are challenging, so you need experienced legal representation to help you build your case, gather documentation and evidence, and negotiate a fair settlement.
You have nothing to lose because personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis. Your attorney will not be compensated until you get a judgment or settlement to cover your damages.
There is a strict statute of limitations, so you must act in a timely manner. Complete the Free Case Evaluation Form to have an attorney in your area review your claim details.