A car crash injury can change a person’s life forever. Some injuries can be permanent, but that doesn’t mean the victim has to pay for medical treatment all of their life. In Michigan, anyone who gets an injury in a crash has the right to ask the driver at fault for compensation, especially when the injury is severe. That way, the victim can make the driver pay for their long-term care and all of their present and future medical expenses.
It is not rare for people to get injuries in car crashes. In 2020, 834 crashes in Saginaw County resulted in injuries to the passengers and drivers. In the worst crashes, people can get injuries that can significantly impact their lives. Some of the most severe injuries that car crashes can cause are:
· Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
These injuries occur when the spinal cord or the nerves at the end of the spinal canal are damaged in the crash. Car rollovers are the most common type of car accident that causes damages to the spine. The symptoms of these injuries include loss of feeling and movement of the legs and pelvis or the whole body in some cases.
· Traumatic brain injuries
A person can get a traumatic brain injury (TBI) if they hit their head or if something penetrates their skull during the crash. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most common way a person can get a TBI is by being involved in a crash. Brain damage affects memory, attention, executive functions like moving and talking and behavioral control.
· Loss of limbs and amputation
A limb can suffer severe damage if it is cut by a sharp metal or crushed in a crash. In some cases, doctors can reconstruct and reattach the victim’s limb to their body, but this is not possible when the limb is severely damaged. In this case, the doctor has to perform an amputation to prevent infections and profuse bleeding.
These injuries can have harsh effects on a person’s life, as they can cause the patient to change the way they work, socialize and move around. However, every person who gets a severe injury in a car crash has the right to sue the driver at fault for compensation.
No one deserves to pay for another’s mistake. Because of this, victims in Michigan can ask the driver at fault for compensation for their current and future medical expenses, lost wages and even their pain and suffering. Victims deserve this, and they can fight for it in court.