Being the victim of a car accident can leave injured parties struggling with disability, pain, and a sense of helplessness. Unfortunately, in addition to these trials, car accident victims may also find themselves attempting, but failing, to stay on top of mounting medical expenses. Although accident victims who were injured as a result of someone else’s negligent conduct can collect compensation for their losses in court, many do not know what is required to file a claim. In these situations, having the support and guidance of an experienced auto accident attorney can make all the difference in the outcome of a case. To learn more about your legal options, please contact the experienced auto accident attorneys at Lafferty, Gallagher & Scott, LLC today.
The type and severity of an injury sustained by a car accident victim depends on a few specific factors, including:
However, the severity of an injury also depends on the type of car accident in which the occupants were involved. The most common types include:
Although all of these kinds of car crashes pose a serious risk to any occupants, certain types of accidents are more likely to result in specific injuries. For instance, passengers who are rear ended are more likely to suffer from whiplash and spinal cord damage than are victims of side impact collisions, who are more likely to sustain shoulder injuries and hearing loss. Regardless of the type of accident, many injured parties also suffer from emotional trauma after a crash and require therapy or prescription medications.
Treating accident-related injuries can quickly drive a family into debt, especially if the injured party is unable to work. Fortunately, injured parties who can establish that another person’s negligence caused or contributed to their accident can collect compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and property damage. To establish someone else’s negligence, the injured party must provide evidence that:
Ohio is a comparative negligence state, which means that even when plaintiffs contribute to their own accident, they can still collect compensation for their losses as long as they were not more than 50 percent at fault. However, the amount that they are able to recover will be reduced by their percentage of fault.
Please contact Lafferty, Gallagher & Scott, LLC at 419-241-5500 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced auto accident attorney who can evaluate your case and explain your legal options.
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