You drive to work just as you do on any other typical Monday morning. However, your morning ends very differently when a distracted motorist on the highway crashes into the side of your car.
Following the accident, you now have car damage and serious injuries. Fortunately, you have the right to seek compensation for the injuries you have suffered in such a situation. Here is a glimpse at the various kinds of injuries you could suffer in an accident, as well as how to seek damages for these injuries in Montana.
Injuries to the back and head
Injuries to your back are relatively common in car crashes. Unfortunately, if you suffer damage to your spinal cord, this may cause major nerve damage. You can tell that you have suffered a back injury if you begin to lose control over your feet, hands, legs and arms. In more serious cases, patients are permanently paralyzed.
Injuries to your head are also common in motor vehicle wrecks and can be among the most severe types of injuries. You may sustain a head injury if your head hits the steering wheel, window or dashboard in your car during an accident. Your head injury could range from a mild concussion to a coma and permanent cognitive issues. In many situations involving head injuries, long-term care is necessary.
Injuries to the chest and neck
Among the most common types of crash injuries is whiplash, which is especially common in rear-end accidents. Whiplash happens when your head moves back and forth quickly, which can lead to damage to your muscles and ligaments. Symptoms of whiplash include swelling and pain in your neck area, or even paralysis of your vocal cord.
In addition, an accident may cause damage to your chest area, which may lead to collapsed lungs or broken ribs. Damage to your abdomen or pelvis is also possible in a serious car crash.
Your rights following an injury-causing motor vehicle accident
If a negligent driver has caused you serious injuries in a car collision, you have the right to file a personal injury claim against the driver, seeking the reimbursement of financial damages. If you are successful, you might receive a monetary damage award that may help you to cover your medical bills and other losses caused by your car accident.