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When Baltimore residents sustain personal injuries at the hands of another person, they want to hold that person accountable. Part of this includes having the negligent party pay compensation to the victim, including any medical expenses incurred as a result of the injury.

Individuals who are injured in an auto accident often think this is a quick, one-step process. This may be particularly true when the liability of the other person may not be much at question, or when the injury was caused by a particularly horrific incident.

For instance, three people recently died in an auto accident that involved eight vehicles. The accident occurred when one vehicle struck another, which led to a chain-reaction of other vehicles crashing. Of the three deceased individuals, one was a 7-year-old child. Six others were also taken to the hospital with injuries.

While cases like the above may be tragic, and the injured person may want compensation immediately, in reality, a personal injury lawsuit may be necessary to force the other person to pay compensation. Moreover, in that personal injury lawsuit, the victim will need to prove that the other person caused his or her injuries.

Even if liability is not at issue, the injured person will need to prove the extent of his or her injuries. Accordingly, it is helpful for those who are injured to document their injuries from the beginning, including writing down their doctors visits and medical expenses, the time they missed from work and the other effects the injuries had on their personal and professional life. While this can take some time and effort, it will be worth it in the end when the injured person holds the negligent person accountable and recovers compensation for their injuries.

Source: CBS 13 Baltimore, "3 killed, several injured after chain-reaction crash in Anne Arundel Co.," Meghan McCorkell, Aug. 27, 2013.

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