Too many people walk away from a motor vehicle accident thinking “I will just let the insurance company get my car fixed and pay for my doctor”. Even a seemingly minor fender bender can have unforeseen consequences that may affect your health and wellbeing in the future. Soft tissue damage can not show up for weeks, months or even years. What might seem like a small accident could cause spinal cord, back and neck injuries that have devastating affects if you are not given the correct treatment. Even with treatment you may never really be back to 100%.
More serious motor vehicle accident can cause catastrophic injuries including severe spinal and neck injuries, broken bones, paralysis, brain damage and emotional trauma. You may be facing a lifetime of medical expenses and care. You may be out of work temporarily or forever. You may have mental issues for the rest of your life. Your family may be injured as seriously as you.
As an injured party or family member the law allows you to not only cover all your current medical and non-medical expenses but also loss of wages, emotional distress, future medical expenses, loss of consortium (the companionship of a loved one), and pain and suffering.
You need an attorney who will start working for you as soon as the accident occurs. It is imperative to have pictures of all the vehicles involved and pictures of the accident scene. It may be a situation where witnesses have to be interviewed. If you are seriously injured it is not enough that you just go to a doctor and get treated. You may need extensive medical reports and an qualified expert to testify about your injuries. The person who caused the accident will have medical experts at trial to say that your injuries are not as bad as you say they are.
An experienced attorney will look at all the possible avenues of fault and recovery including product liability claims for problems that caused a vehicle to function incorrectly and problems with the roadway and drainage of water, sewage and garbage.
Do not fight a Motor Vehicle Accident alone. Do not allow an insurance company, even your own, to allow you to settle for less than what you really deserve. Call The Law Offices of Lee M. Herman, Esquire.