What are the most common car accident injuries?
Depending on the specifics of the accident, there are many types of injuries that a person can sustain in a car crash. Some of the most common types of injuries reported after car accidents in Michigan include:
- Neck Injuries (whiplash)
- Back Injuries
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Nerve injuries
- Head and facial injuries
- Internal injuries and bleeding
In severe cases, outcomes include brain injuries (known as traumatic brain injuries or TBIs), paralysis, and death.
When do I need to call a lawyer?
There are times when a car accident occurs, and you may not need a lawyer. If the accident results in little to no property damage and if there are no injuries involved in the crash, you may be able to handle the insurance process on your own. However, if the car accident results in any type of bodily injury, either to yourself or others, it is critical that you secure the legal representation of an experienced Michigan car accident attorney as soon as possible.
A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will protect your interests against the insurance companies and others involved in the case. You can expect insurance companies to do everything they can to limit what they must pay. This may include taking a recorded statement of you or interviewing crash witnesses to try to find some fault on your part, even if another driver caused the crash. Usually, by the time a person realizes what the insurance company is doing, their work is done. An experienced Michigan personal injury lawyer, such as the lawyers at Conybeare Law Office, can educate you on the things insurance companies typically do to try to decrease the value of your claims. With information, you can be in control, not the insurance company. Also, if the insurance companies refuse to settle for the full and fair value of your case, a lawyer can take your claims to court.
What kinds of payments can I get for my car accident injuries?
Michigan is a no-fault state when it comes to car accident cases, meaning you often turn to your own insurance to pay your crash-related medical bills and wage loss, even if the other driver was at-fault for the crash. However, in serious accidents, where death, serious disfigurement, or serious impairment of body function occurs, the victim of the crash can seek additional payments from the driver at fault for the accident. These payments include economic costs not covered by your insurance, including medical expenses, lost wages, and loss of future income and benefits. Noneconomic damages are also covered, which include payment for pain and suffering, emotional distress, disability, disfigurement, and loss of enjoyment of life. Think of these as quality-of-life losses. They don’t total quickly on a spreadsheet, but they deeply affect you and your family. Don’t let these harms go unrecognized. You and your family deserve to have someone tell your story.
If a person is killed in a car accident and someone else was at fault for the crash, the family of the victim has a wrongful death claim. Damages for wrongful death can include payment for medical bills, funeral and burial costs, fright and shock of the deceased, and for the family’s loss of love, companionship, guidance, and support from the victim. To learn more about your legal options, talk to our office today.
Call or contact Conybeare Law Office now to speak with an experienced Michigan car accident lawyer
A car accident is a scary, painful, and traumatic experience. It can be difficult to know who to talk to after a crash, but having an experienced Michigan car accident attorney can help alleviate much of the stress and uncertainty that comes after an accident. The knowledgeable car accident lawyers at Conybeare Law Office will help you understand your rights so you feel like you are in control, and they will fight to protect your rights. To learn more about the wide range of legal services offered to our Michigan car accident clients, talk to our office today. Conybeare Law Office has offices in Saint Joseph and Kalamazoo, Michigan, and proudly serves all of southwest Michigan and beyond. Call or contact us for a free consultation. Remember, if it’s not fair, call the bear.
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