Auto accidents can harm you in more ways than one

On Behalf of | Nov 17, 2017 | blog, Firm News

As you drive to the store one day, you may be mulling over the other errands you plan to complete as well. However, a relatively ordinary trip may quickly turn into a life-changing one if you encounter another driver who is careless behind the wheel and ends up colliding with your motor vehicle.

A car accident in South Dakota can have a wide range of negative consequences for you, including physical pain and financial difficulties. Fortunately, if you have suffered injuries as a victim in an auto accident, you have the right to seek justice.

Medical costs

In a motor vehicle accident, you may end up suffering extremely serious injuries, such as paralysis or another permanent disability. In addition, some injuries do not generate symptoms initially but might require extra medical attention in the long run. For this reason, completing a comprehensive medical exam following your accident is paramount if you believe you might have suffered an injury.

Your medical costs stemming from car accidents might include the following:

  • In-home care services
  • Disfigurement
  • Heat pads, crutches and other accessories
  • Medical professional consultations
  • Ambulance costs
  • Cognitive or physical therapy

Lost wages

Following a crash, you might also lose your ability to earn money at your job. This might include not being able to work because you have mobility issues, you have to be in the hospital for an extended period of time or you have to complete physical therapy. If these injuries have diminished or impaired your income-earning ability, and if your accident was caused by another driver’s reckless or negligent actions, you have the right to file a personal injury civil claim.

Loss of affection

If you have a spouse, your injury may prevent you from being able to show affection toward him or her. In this situation, just as it is within your rights to seek damages for your injuries, your spouse has the right to seek monetary compensation for the loss of affection, also known as the loss of consortium.

Emotional impact

A severe auto accident can easily cause you to suffer emotional damage or mental distress. For instance, following your accident, perhaps you are now battling high levels of stress and anxiety. Unfortunately, these issues can negatively impact your quality of life and harm your overall well-being long term. Fortunately, even though monetary compensation awarded from a successfully litigated civil claim cannot undo the events leading to your accident, it may help you to more easily move forward from your tragic collision.


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