The Lassen Law Firm is called several times a week from injured victims wanting to switch lawyers due to our low contingency fees and reputation for regular communication with clients and our great results. Even though victims may have signed up with another lawyer, they are allowed to change lawyers at any time. All that is needed is for you to send a termination letter to your attorney. We will get the file from the lawyer, and we will pay the lawyer's costs to date out of our small portion of the recovery.
What Every Auto Accident Victim Should Know Before Filing a Lawsuit
Nearly 2,500,000 people annually and 6500 daily--according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that's how many people were injured in automobile accidents in 2012.
What's even worse is that many of these individuals suffered serious injuries due to the irresponsible actions of negligent drivers or automakers that failed to properly inspect faulty vehicles. Fortunately, we live in a just society that permits personal injury victims to sue for damages incurred as a result of another person's dangerous disregard for the safety of others.
Victims injured in an automobile crash who need medical intervention may receive financial compensation for past medical bills and any medical treatment needed in the future. Mental anguish, loss of wages and pain and suffering are all considered compensatory damages.
Auto accident victims may be awarded punitive damages if the court finds the defendant was exercising actions that exceed basic negligence. Reckless, malicious, willful and vindictive behavior are considered grounds for this type of award. An example of "reckless" or "willful" action includes driving while intoxicated, knowingly driving an unsafe vehicle or causing an accident due to texting while driving.
Other factors that frequently give courts cause to award punitive damages in automobile accidents are:
- Drivers texting while driving
- Drivers operating their vehicles at excessive speeds
- Drivers who speed through a school zone
- Legally impaired drivers
Injuries Common to Auto Accidents
When a car is struck from behind, the force of the impact causes the car to move forward suddenly and forcefully, causing the occupants of the car to be propelled forward. Because the head and neck is not expecting this to occur, both are caught in an unsupported position. Being struck from behind while sitting in a car frequently results in tearing of the neck tissues and nerve damage, a condition called whiplash.
If someone suffers whiplash, they may not experience pain immediately after the accident. Instead, pain may come later in the form of stiffness, headache, dizziness and a burning sensation around the neck area. In addition to physical pain, the whiplash sufferer may also experience:
- memory problems
- sore throat
- difficulty concentrating
- muscle spasms
Back and Spinal Cord Injuries
The amount of monetary damages awarded to a permanent back injury victim is based on consequences suffered by the victim from the time the accident occurred. A personal injury lawyer bases his compensation request on these items, including amount of pain and suffering. Some of these items considered by a court when awarding compensation are:
- chronic pain/suffering
- depression/anxiety cause by a lifelong disability
- loss of mobility
- loss of independence and financial stability
- medical costs
- rehabilitation/home care expenses
- psychological counseling
Personal injury lawyers handle cases involving injuries resulting from the negligence of another. If you sustained injuries in an automobile accident, a personal injury lawyer can provide the representation you need so that you receive the compensation you rightly deserve.