What legal options do I have after a car accident injury?

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a negligent driver, this can have a significant and frightening impact on your life. While nothing can change what has happened, you do have legal options that can help to make your life less stressful. In cases of personal injury, you can file for damages and ensure you or your family member is financially protected.

What damages can I file for?

In addition to expensive medical bills, your family’s livelihood may also be impacted. Under personal injury law, there are two different types of damages, special and general. Special damages take into account direct expenses as a result of the accident, such as medical bills, motor vehicle damage and lost wages. General damages is a broader category and include:

  • Pain and suffering – Physical injuries that were a direct result of the car accident, and includes present and potential future suffering.
  • Emotional distress – Emotional suffering as a result of someone else’s negligence, and can include conditions such as anxiety, insomnia, fear or PTSD.
  • Loss of Consortium – When a loved one, usually a spouse or child, is hurt badly enough where it affects the ability to have a relationship with him or her.
  • Each personal injury case is unique. We can look over your specific circumstances and help you to determine which types of damages you are eligible to file for in a lawsuit.

What information do I need to prove my case?

Required documentation may vary in a personal injury case, but normally you’ll want to provide invoices for vehicle damage, hospital and doctor bills, including any evaluations associated with physical injury and mental health. With certain kinds of injuries, the long-term impact may not immediately be known. If work has been missed due to injury, you’ll want records of this as well. The more complete your records, the stronger it’ll support your case.

What is the statute of limitations after an accident?

How long you have to file a claim after an accident will depend upon which state you live. On average, the time to file starts on the day of the accident and claimants have anywhere from two to six years. Generally, it’s best to file a claim as soon as possible, we can advise you how your case is impacted by your state’s statute of limitations.

According to U.S. statistics, more than 37,000 people are killed in car crashes each year and 2.5 million are injured or become disabled. It’s always a good idea to contact a personal injury attorney following a motor vehicle accident so he or she can protect your rights. To learn more, contact us for a consultation.