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Variety of damages available in car accident cases

There is never a "right time" for Baltimore residents to be involved in a car accident. From the shock of the accident itself to dealing with insurance companies afterward, the situation is certainly not seen as a positive event for most.

Of course, the most important thing in any accident is the safety of those involved. Car accident injuries can vary widely depending on the circumstances of each particular accident. In turn, a personal injury lawsuit based on the car accident may vary widely in the amount of damages available for victims.

Take, for example, a recent motor vehicle accident occurring in Maryland. While details are still emerging regarding the crash, emergency crews were dispatched to the scene to rescue one or two individuals who were trapped in the wreckage. Fortunately, it appears the injuries in this case were minor.

This is not always the case, however. In particular, when individuals are trapped in the wreck, the injuries can escalate rapidly.

The entrapment might also be an example of a case where an award of damages is justified for pain and suffering. While state laws vary, a judge or jury may award damages if an individual consciously suffered pain while being trapped in a vehicle. Any award is likely contingent on the nature of the injury, its duration and its severity.

A person trapped in a vehicle may also require medical expenses, such as medical bills for visits to the doctor and emergency room treatment. If the plaintiff can show these medical expenses are related to the injuries sustained in the car accident, the plaintiff can recover damages for the expenses.

Source: Baltimore Sun, "Accident closes Route 1 north of Bel Air," Oct. 12, 2012

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