A car accident can be one of the most traumatic things a person experiences in their life. Even when crashes are not particularly severe, they can leave you with long-lasting injuries and a hesitation to get back behind the wheel. In worse crashes, people never walk away.
Certainly, after any auto accident, you should seek medical care immediately. After that, you might want to consider seeking legal care as well. Because car accidents can be so severe, injury is a real possibility and can leave you suffering from not only physical pain, but also financial pain. If you are out of work because of your injuries, you may be wondering where the money will come from to support your family and take care of your medical bills.
The lawyers of Bennett and Heyman, P.A., have been helping car accident victims recover for decades. Some of our attorneys have nearly 50 years of experience helping clients get financial compensation for their car accident injuries, and helping them move on with their lives. If you or a loved one has suffered injury in a car accident in Baltimore, contact our law firm today to start putting your case together and getting on the road to financial recovery.
Car Accident Injuries Can be Severe
Driving a car is often the most dangerous thing a person does day-to-day – and maybe in their entire life. Car manufacturers have done their best to improve safety over the past few decades. Cars have crumple zones intended to absorb impact, side curtain airbags help pad the impact for drivers and passengers, and new braking technologies try to prevent crashes a driver might not be able to react to in time. Oh course, seatbelts are also one of the biggest safety measures in modern cars.
Even so, Maryland sees over 100,000 car crashes every year, tens of thousands of which cause injury – and hundreds of which cause death.
One of the most iconic car accident injuries is whiplash, damage to the tendons and muscles in your neck caused by the whipping motion of your head during an accident. Even collisions as low as 15 miles per hour (or lower) can cause whiplash. Whiplash usually requires medical treatment and, despite the apparent simplicity of the injury, can actually leave victims with pain and discomfort for the rest of their lives.
Worse injuries to the neck, back, or head can leave devastating effects for victims. Any injury to the neck or back risks damage to the spinal cord. Since the spinal cord relays all signals between the brain and your body, any damage to these nerves can leave you with pain and discomfort in your limbs, loss of feeling, pins-and-needles sensations, and even complete paralysis. The higher up the back the injury occurs, the greater the affected area of your body.
The brain is the control center of your entire body, and is responsible for all of your thoughts and feelings. Injury to the brain can cause devastating and surprising effects. Concussions can lead to nausea, light sensitivity, and confusion. Worse forms of traumatic brain injury can leave you with more severe concussion effects, loss of motor function, inability to control your bowels or bladder, changes in personality, memory problems, and even trouble recognizing people or objects.
Some of these effects may go unnoticed or might not become obvious until hours, or even days after, a car accident. You should always get examined by a doctor after a car crash and continue to follow-up regarding any changes in your condition.
Hiring A Car Accident Attorney is Important for Your Case
Maryland is a “fault” state for car accident liability. That means that the insurance company for the party who is at fault for the accident pays for the injuries and damage. In many cases, though, insurance companies might be more concerned with their profits than actually helping the injured. Americans pay thousands every year to insurance companies with the expectation that the money will be there when they are injured, but it does not always turn out that way.
Insurance companies may not cover all of your injuries and financial needs. While they often will cover medical bills that are necessary for your recovery, they might have policy limits that prevent recovery for all of these injuries and other financial burdens. If you are unable to work because of your injuries, insurance companies might not cover your lost wages, or the wages you will lose in the future. Your pain and suffering might also go uncompensated.
If you hire a lawyer and sue the at-fault driver and their insurance company, a court can order that they pay for all of these injuries.
Maryland has complicated rules regarding fault in a lawsuit. If the injured party is partially responsible for the crash, they cannot recover for their injuries. This means that it is essential to any case of injury that you talk to an attorney. Protecting injured parties from claims that they contributed to the accident is one of the most important things a Maryland personal injury attorney can help a client with.
On top of this, courts and juries need to hear your story to give you your compensation. The personal injury attorneys of Bennett and Heyman are exceptional at getting juries to hear your story, and know exactly how to tell it to get you the best recovery and protect you from claims of contributory negligence.
Deadlines for Car Accident Cases Might Prevent Recovery
In any Maryland car accident, you only have a limited time to get your claims to the insurance company or the court. Starting as soon as you are well enough to do so is important to guaranteeing your maximum recovery.
Contact Bennett and Heyman, P.A., today to get experienced car accident attorneys on your case. Our attorneys have been practicing personal injury law in Baltimore and fighting for our clients’ right to recovery for decades. Call today at (410) 727-2168 for a free, no obligations consultation on your case.