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Many Baltimore residents who have been in a car accident know of the hassle that can be involved. From documenting the accident to dealing with insurance claims, even simple accidents can turn into prolonged events.

However, the annoyances involved in paperwork and the like are trivial when someone is injured in an auto accident. In those instances, the health of the person becomes paramount.

A great example of this was provided by an unfortunate accident that recently occurred in a small Maryland community. A former Towson newspaper editor and lifelong Towson resident sustained serious injuries in the accident, which occurred when the man's vehicle collided with another vehicle. Since the accident, an outpouring of community support has been expressed for the man, who remains in critical condition.

To date, there has been no finding of fault in this serious car accident or any indication of what caused the accident. When a car accident occurs, however, a personal injury claim may be warranted if the accident was caused by the negligence of another driver. Typically, when an injured person brings a successful lawsuit to recover compensation for a car accident, the person may obtain damages based on a number of different factors. Often, a crucial aspect of such lawsuits is damages not only for medical expenses but for pain and suffering. Such damages are based on a person's past and future physical pain.

Thus, for the man above, who has been fighting in the hospital to regain his health, an award for pain and suffering may be appropriate. Ultimately, the award of damages will depend on the facts of each case.

Source: The Baltimore Sun, "Towson community pulling for native journalist after car crash," Jon Meoli, Nov. 28, 2012

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