Rear-End Collision Injury
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What Are Some Common Rear-End Collision Injuries?
Rear-end collision accidents often result in some very specific types of car accident injuries. In a rear-end accident, one car may be striking the other from behind at very high speeds. Additionally, the car being struck is often stationary or is moving at slower speeds. Neither driver usually has time to react or adjust to these types of situations,especially when they involve multiple cars in a chain reaction car accident. This can cause very serious injuries for both parties, including:
- Whiplash injuries and other neck injuries (especially the car being struck)
- Back injuries, especially lower back injuries
- Head injuries such as trauma and concussion
- Spinal cord injuries
- Shoulder and collar bone injuries (from the seatbelts)
How Are Rear-End Collision Injuries Compensated For?
Some types of injuries, such as whiplash, can take a long time to heal and may require additional rehabilitative therapy. These costs may sometimes be factored into the monetary damages award issued as a result of a lawsuit. The party that is found to be liable for the accident may have to pay for the victim’s medical expenses, hospital bills, and other costs.
Thus, rear-end collision lawsuits can sometimes take a while to process and complete, especially if there are compound injuries or if there are many parties involved.
What Is a Pre-Existing Injury?
Pre-existing injuries can sometimes affect the issuing of a damages award. A pre-existing injury is an injury that the victim had before the rear-end accident. Sometimes, a car accident will aggravate a pre-existing injury. If this is the case, the damages award may be reduced or altogether withheld according to the severity of the pre-existing injury.
For instance, suppose that the plaintiff had a neck injury which they sustained at work. If they were rear ended in a car accident, and the accident injured the existing neck injury, courts will consider this when formulating a damages award. Proving a pre-existing injury can be quite complex and may require the input of an expert medical witness.
Do I Need to Hire a Lawyer for Rear-End Collision Claims?
Rear-end collision injuries can sometimes be very serious, and can cost the victim a great deal of time and resources. You may need to hire a qualified lawyer for help if you have been involved in a rear-end accident. Your attorney can assess the damages and help determine what type of legal recourse is available for you.
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Last Modified: 09-29-2015 10:37 AM PDT
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