When filing a lawsuit after a car accident, it is critical to understand the terms defined by the legislature. Words with one meaning to the general public may not have the same meaning under the law or insurance companies.
Michigan defines a “serious injury” as an injury that causes death, severe bodily impairment or permanent disfigurement. Believe it or not, this definition is vague, and there has been extensive litigation to define further what these additional terms mean.
A serious injury in a car accident is:
- An injury that severely impacts the victim’s life.
- The victim’s injuries cause difficulty performing activities of day-to-day life.
- The person can no longer live on their own or care for themselves.
What do I do if I am involved in a serious car accident?
If you are involved in a serious car accident, you must seek medical attention immediately. Call 911 and if you can do so, communicate your injuries to the first responders that come to your aid, and report all symptoms and injuries you have or think you have to the staff once you reach the hospital.
After you are released from the hospital, continue communicating any physical pain or symptoms to your doctors. Many serious injuries are discovered after the accident, sometimes months later.
What are common serious injuries in car accidents?
Common serious injuries in car accidents include:
- Skull fractures
- Bone fractures
- Spinal cord damage
- Neck and back injuries
- Arm or shoulder injuries
- Leg or feet injuries
- Psychological injuries (PTSD)
This list is not exclusive, and many other injuries could fall under the category of serious injury.
It is critical to stay on top of your health after a serious car accident and if you notice any changes in your body or your health, report it to your physician or hospital staff.