Las Vegas Assemblyman Paul Anderson was waiting for members of his family to arrive in Carson City when he learned they had been in a car accident that resulted in his wife being airlifted to an area hospital, according to recent reports. The Anderson children, ages 11, 14, 16 and 18, as well as April Anderson, Paul’s wife, were injured when an SUV pulled in front of their vehicle near Reno as they traveled to the opening session of the Nevada Legislature.
Anderson said that his family had sustained “bumps and bruises” but all were expected to recover.
Car Accidents Cause Injury
Every year, nearly six million people are involved in car accidents across the United States, and about half of these people sustain injuries as a result of these crashes. Car accident injuries range from minor cuts, scrapes, bruises and other physical trauma to very serious injuries such as paralysis. In addition, about 31,000 people die each year in car crashes.
In most cases, there is an at-fault party in any car accident. In some cases, the driver of a vehicle causes his or her own accident and injuries, but in other cases another driver causes the accident and is responsible for the injuries. This means that the responsible driver must pay damages to the victims.
What Damages Can Accident Victims Claim?
In many cases, car accident victims can claim a variety of damages as a result of their injuries, including:
- Medical bills, including hospital, doctor, emergency room and surgery bills
- Costs of ongoing medication
- Costs of therapy or rehabilitative treatment
- Loss of wages resulting from inability to work
- Loss of benefits from job
- Pain, suffering and emotional trauma related to the crash
The best way to determine how much money you are entitled to collect for your car accident injuries is to speak to a personal injury attorney.
Why Do I Need A Personal Injury Attorney?
If the other driver’s insurance company is offering to pay your medical bills as well as give you a substantial amount of cash, do you really need a personal injury attorney? The answer is often “yes.”
Insurance companies make settlement offers because they believe they can save money. If you are being offered a settlement, it is almost certainly less than what your case is worth.
Talk to the experienced personal injury attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson to learn more about how to value your personal injury case.