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Possible Legal Implications of a Car Accident

Your life can change dramatically the instant that you’re in a car accident. Along with the physical damage to your body, you’re likely to suffer monetary damages too. Those legal implications are part of the law of personal injury. Consider these factors.

Hospitalization and Medical Bills

A night at the emergency room, a surgery and physical therapy can easily go beyond the minimum liability car insurance policy limits of any state. Whether or not you have uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage can make a huge legal difference. There’s a large population segment on the road out there that drives with minimum insurance or no insurance coverage at all.

Your Lost Earnings

Even if you have quality auto and health insurance, the bills keep coming in. The law allows you to seek damages for your medical bills, pain and suffering and lost earnings. Exercise that right. If medical creditors send you to collection agencies, tell your lawyers right away. The collection agencies will be happy to know that there’s a law firm behind you. They know that they’ll eventually get paid, and they won’t be bothering you again anytime soon.

Catastrophic Injuries

A large truck like a tractor-trailer moving freight down the highway is more than 60 feet long and can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. For instance, an LA truck accident attorney realizes that more weight means a higher chance of injury. When a passenger car is crashed into by a gigantic piece of machinery like that, there’s a much higher risk of catastrophic injuries. In cases involving catastrophic injuries, future medical care and lost earnings are allowed to be considered on the damages issue. Permanent disability and permanent disfigurement are also allowed to be considered.

Wrongful Death

A wrongful death case is a civil action for damages that is allowed to be brought by family members when a person died as a result of the negligence of somebody else. Every state has its own wrongful death statute that governs who can bring the action and what damages might be sought. These types of actions are often seen when a fatality results from a car accident. If the person who died survived the accident and died a short time later, another count can be added to the lawsuit under a state’s survival statute.

Personal injury law involves other complex litigation issues that should only be dealt with by a knowledgeable and experienced personal injury lawyer. You’ll only prejudice your case if you try to represent yourself. Contact a respected and skilled personal injury lawyer after any accident.

Author’s Information: Bio: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Bob Kraft

I am a Dallas, Texas lawyer who has had the privilege of helping thousands of clients since 1971 in the areas of Personal Injury law and Social Security Disability.

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