I Got a Back Injury from a Car Accident—Can I Sue?

May 6, 2021

A back injury can leave you hurt and suffering for some time after the accident. But you may be unsure about your options following the accident. Are you eligible to sue, for example?

Here’s the good news—you’ve got options to seek out compensation and get the guidance you need for a claim. Here’s how a lawyer can help.

Who’s Responsible for a Back Injury in a Car Crash?

When you’re hurt in an Orange County car accident, one of your first steps to recovery is to identify the at-fault party. They’re responsible for your injuries and may be held accountable for the injuries and suffering you experienced.

But who’s liable? Here are a few people who may be at fault:

  • Distracted, drunk, or drowsy drivers
  • Employers of driving workers
  • Government agencies responsible for road maintenance
  • Rideshare drivers
  • Manufacturers

If you’re not sure who caused your injuries, don’t worry—your lawyer can help you determine fault. Bring your evidence to your lawyer when you’re seeking answers.

Compensation for Your Back Injury

When you’ve suffered a serious back injury, you may need compensation to overcome your suffering. But what compensation are you due?

Typically, injury victims are due both economic damages and non-economic damages. These are the costs and suffering you incurred because of the car accident.

For example, your back injury may have left you in the hospital and unable to work—your bills and lost wages are economic damages. But what about the pain and suffering you experienced, or the loss of enjoyment of life you suffered because your back injury leaves you in pain? These are non-economic damages and require special tools to count. Speak with your lawyer for help calculating these damages.

Protect Your Claim’s Value

When you’ve suffered a back injury, you may also need to defend your compensation as the at-fault party tries to avoid paying for the damage they caused. For example, the at-fault party may claim you were partly at fault for the accident. If you don’t dispute this, you may lose a portion of your compensation, leaving you to pay out of your own pocket.

You may be facing time limits as well. California has a two-year time limit on personal injury claims. If you don’t act in time, you may be barred from suing. Speak with your lawyer about your remaining time and how to get your compensation.

Need Help Suing? Talk to a Car Accident Lawyer

A serious car accident can lead to a back injury that may, at best, leave you unable to work and in pain for weeks or months. In other cases, they can leave you paralyzed and unable to live independently as you once did.

When a back injury has impacted your life, you may need help from your lawyer at Kohan & Bablove Injury Attorneys. Your car accident lawyer can help you get compensated for a California car accident claim, giving you the closure and financial aid you need. We can even begin with a free consultation, where you can learn more about your claim. Start by calling 1-844-404-2400 or by completing the online contact form below.