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Can I file a lawsuit based on my car accident injuries?

Many people are injured in Virginia car accidents every year, and their injuries can be debilitating and even fatal. Fortunately, car accident victims may have legal recourse in the form of a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent or distracted driver who causes an accident. It can be helpful for Virginians to be aware of some of the many different types of accident injuries for which they may be able to recover compensation.

One of the most serious injuries that may result from an auto accident is a head injury. A person can suffer from something as common as a concussion to a life-altering traumatic brain injury when involved in a car wreck. Head injuries, particularly traumatic brain injuries, can require extensive, and expensive, medical care.

Another injury that arises frequently from car collisions is a back injury. Following a high-speed impact in a car crash, a person may suffer spinal cord damage that can reduce a victim's sensation in his or her limbs or other body parts. Additionally, severe spinal damage can result in permanent paralysis.

Blunt force trauma from a car accident may also result in a person experiencing collapsed lungs or broken ribs, as well as internal bleeding. Neck injuries such as whiplash may also result following a sudden impact in an accident. Additionally, a person involved in a car accident might suffer from broken bones or torn ligaments, as well as emotional distress due to the trauma of an accident.

The aforementioned injuries are only some of the more common injuries suffered in car accidents. Victims who face these injuries may be able to obtain financial damages to help them pay for their medical expenses, as well as to compensate them for pain and suffering experienced and lost wages. Those who are interested in learning more about their legal rights regarding personal injury claims and how best to act on them might want to speak with a legal professional of their choosing.

Source: FindLaw, "Types of Car Accident Injuries," accessed July 29, 2016

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