Though car accidents only take a second, the pain you’re left with may last a lifetime. Many people have been in an auto accident, and some car accident victims have suffered injuries that have left them in pain for months, years, or even decades. Chronic pain following a vehicle collision is unfortunately quite common, and if you find yourself facing a long road of medical procedures, prescriptions, physical rehabilitation, and the bills that accompany those things, you may need some help.
If someone’s negligence caused a car accident that resulted in chronic pain for you, you may have a valid personal injury claim.
Why should you have to not only suffer physically and emotionally but also financially because of something that happened to you through no fault of your own?
If the pain you now suffer with is due to a speeding or distracted driver, you may be able to receive compensation to cover the high medical bills and other costs associated with the post-accident pain you’re now living with on a daily basis.
Types of Car Accident Injuries
There are different types of injuries that may lead to chronic pain following a car accident. Soft tissue injuries (sprains and strains to the neck or back) often result in the need for long-term medical care. From the moment you’re taken to the hospital following the accident or from the time of your first doctor’s appointment if the accident was less serious, you will rack up bills associated with your soft tissue injury.
While these types of car accident injuries don’t involve broken bones, the pain from soft tissue injuries can be debilitating, and these injuries may require lengthy periods of physical or occupational therapy, cortisone or other types of injections, and pain management with prescriptions. With soft tissue injuries, insurance companies may try to minimize the seriousness of your injury to reduce or completely avoid payment, and some insurance companies will claim that the treatments you’ve undergone were not necessary.
An experienced personal injury attorney has medical experts on hand to prove your soft tissue injuries are real and that the treatment plan developed by your physician is necessary to improve your quality of life, return to work, and return to normal functioning, if that is even possible.
Some car accidents result in much more serious injuries like:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Scarring from burns
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Broken and fractured bones
- Loss of limb
If someone you love died in a car accident, and another driver was negligent, you will very likely have a wrongful death case. An experienced personal injury attorney will explain what’s involved with a wrongful death claim and will explain the different types of damages usually awarded in these types of cases.
Proving Pain and Suffering Damages
Insurance adjusters will almost always try to find ways to downplay the seriousness of a car accident victim’s injuries to avoid paying out a lot of money. But an experienced personal injury lawyer knows how to deal with insurance companies and will work hard to get you monetary compensation for:
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Out-of-pocket expenses
If you’ve been in a car accident in Southern California and are now suffering chronic pain, please contact the vehicle accident attorneys at Sheridan & Rund, PC, to schedule a no cost, no obligation consultation.