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Auto accidents can result in spinal cord injuries

Automobile accidents can result in a variety of problems including neck and back injuries. In many cases, accident victims feel back or neck discomfort immediately. However, the full extent of those injuries may not be apparent immediately following the accident.

An Ohio woman recently won a lawsuit stemming from injuries that she suffered in a car accident. Among other symptoms, the woman experienced chronic back pain since the time of the accident. Accordingly, she has been getting ongoing medical treatment, but that has only afforded her temporary relief from the pain.

The driver that caused the accident did not have sufficient insurance coverage to pay for the injured woman's claims. Therefore, she filed a claim on her own policy, which included coverage for damages caused by underinsured motorists. When the insurance company offered the victim only $4,000, she continued to trial with her lawsuit against the company. The trial resulted in a $200,000 verdict in her favor.

While this case occurred just outside of the state, West Virginia's laws are similar when it comes to compensating victims for accident injuries. Anytime a person's negligence leads to another person's injuries, the victim has legal rights against the negligent party. In addition, the injured parties must always understand the severity of their injuries and how much future treatment they may require.

The woman in this case may suffer some degree of permanent disability from the accident. In other car accidents, victims can be left with severe spinal cord injuries that result in paralysis or other problems. These kinds of injuries result in hefty medical expenses and other injury-related damages. Thus, victims should be aware of how they can get monetary compensation.

Source: West Virginia Record, "Bordas & Bordas lands $200,000 verdict for Ohio client," Chris Dickerson, March 28, 2014

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