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A "Fender-Bender Can Be Serious"

A “FENDER-BENDER” CAN BE SERIOUS

Rear-end collisions frequently happen at slow speeds, and they get the nickname “fender-benders” due to the relatively minor property damage that sometimes results. However, not all so-called fender-benders are minor crashes, as vehicle occupants can still suffer serious injuries. Do not let common misconceptions about lower speed rear-end accidents prevent you from seeking the medical treatment and compensation you deserve.

Before it is too late, you should consider reaching out to a trusted attorney. The Los Angeles personal injury lawyers at Fair Cases Law Group offer a free consultation to discuss your claim.

COMMON INJURIES

Just because there is not extensive property damage in a rear-end crash does not mean that the impact did not cause injuries. When someone hits the back of your car, you might not know the impact is coming, and it can send a jolt through your body. We have also seen situations where our clients anticipated the collision, tensing up prior to impact, causing injuries. In many cases, the airbag might deploy, or you might even then be sent crashing into the vehicle in front of you. All of this can cause a range of injuries, and the following are common in rear-end crashes.

Whiplash – Whiplash occurs when a sudden jolt of your head – forward and back – stretches the soft tissue in your neck. This can result in strains, sprains, or tears that can be extremely painful. Whiplash injuries can cause a restricted range of motion of your head and pain in your shoulders and arms, as well as in the neck itself. Whiplash should be properly diagnosed and generally requires a course of physical therapy to heal.

Concussion – A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), and it can be caused by either direct trauma to the head or a jolt of the head that effectively “rattles” your brain. In a rear-end accident, you might hit your head on the steering wheel, the back of your seat, or other interior parts of the car. The impact itself can also jolt you hard enough to result in a concussion. Concussions have a variety of symptoms, such as:

  1. Brief unconsciousness
  2. Headaches
  3. Sleep problems
  4. Fatigue
  5. Confusion
  6. Problems with cognitive processing
  7. Irritability

Often, many people mistake concussion symptoms for “normal” shock or disorientation after an accident. If you are feeling out of the ordinary after a crash, you should always get checked out by a medical professional in case you have a concussion. Concussions often require a period of physical and mental rest while they heal, which means you might need to miss work.

Back injuries – The impact of a rear-end collision can also affect your back and spine. Many people sustain soft tissue injuries or disc injuries that can lead to long-term problems. A healthy back is essential to conducting everyday tasks and movement, and back injuries can keep you out of work while you finish your physical therapy.

Contusions, abrasions, and lacerations – When you are hit from behind, the safety features of your vehicle might actually cause you harm. Seatbelts often dig into a person’s chest or neck, causing serious bruising or lacerations. The deployment of an airbag is forceful, and can cause injuries to your arms, neck, and face. These injuries should not be discounted.

If you have been in an accident contact Fair Cases Law Group for a free consultation. A free consultation means you can get a better idea of what your claim might be worth without any cost to you.

To learn more about how we can help as your attorney, please call us at (833) 324-7111 and request a free consultation.

RECOVERING FOR YOUR LOSSES

Injuries can result in many losses, including medical bills, lost income from missed work, pain and suffering, and more. After a fender-bender, can you recover for these losses? The answer depends on what caused the crash to occur. If another driver caused the accident, you can file a claim with their insurance to seek compensation for your losses.

The rear driver is generally presumed to be at fault in this type of crash. The law requires drivers to follow at a safe distance that will allow them to stop in time to prevent a collision. When a driver cannot stop, they are presumed to have been following too closely. If another factor or driver caused the crash, the rear driver will need to provide proof of that cause.

If you were the front driver – or another driver caused you to hit a car – you should speak to an experienced Los Angeles car accident attorney right away.

Don’t Make the Mistake That Could Cost You Thousands

Make sure you understand what is at stake before accepting the insurance company’s offer or sign away your rights in a settlement. The insurance company is a business, and they may not have your best interests at heart. With that said, you may end up making all kinds of mistakes on your own, for example:
  • Accidently admit fault for the accident
  • Assume your injuries are too minor to justify a claim
  • Forget you deserve compensation for lost pay and lost earning power
  • Neglect to include your future medical costs in your demand for compensation
  • Accept an inadequate settlement offer because you don’t realize what you deserve or you are too tired of fighting on your own

When you hire Fair Cases Law Group as your attorney, you can rest assured we can help you maximize your compensation.

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We will also help you see the right doctors, repair or replace your vehicle, gather documentation for your injuries and losses, and arrive at a full and fair figure for compensation.

CONTACT FAIR CASES LAW GROUP

Fair Cases Law Group is dedicated to protecting the interests of accident victims. If you hire our attorneys, we are prepared to deal with the insurance company on your behalf. We are familiar with the tactics that insurance adjusters use to devalue claims.

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