Your trip to work starts out relatively ordinary: You are sipping coffee while listening to your favorite satellite radio station. However, not far from your workplace, another motorist who is apparently in a rush crashes into your car. Now, your morning is anything but ordinary.
Sometimes, car accidents happen simply because other motorists were careless behind the wheel. For example, they may have been speeding or driving while distracted. Unfortunately, this can leave you with major injuries. The good news is that you have the right to seek compensation for your car crash injuries in South Dakota.
Seeking compensation for medical costs following an injury-causing crash
If you suffer injuries in a motor vehicle accident that was not your fault, you may end up accruing significant health care bills. In the worst-case scenario, you might become permanently disabled due to paralysis, for example. As you seek medical treatment, it is critical that you keep track of all of your medical care costs, including the following:
- Ambulance costs
- Cognitive therapy (in the event that you suffer a traumatic brain injury)
- Physical therapy
- Medical care provider consultations
- Crutches and other accessories
- In-home medical care service
If your doctors believe that you will require extra care in the future, then they can estimate for you how much this care will cost you down the road as well. You can present this information in court as you seek compensation for your injuries.
Your legal rights following an injury accident
If another person’s carelessness causes you to suffer injuries in a motor vehicle crash, you have the right to file a personal injury claim against that driver, seeking the reimbursement of financial damages. You must establish liability before the court hearing the case before a judge will determine claims for monetary damages. If you are successful, you may receive a judicial award of damages.
A monetary damage award may help you to cover your medical costs, including any ongoing health care costs you may have. In addition, it might help you to address pain/suffering caused by your accident. No amount of compensation that you receive following an injury accident can undo the events that led to your injuries. However, it may help you to more easily move forward from this type of ordeal.