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The Wide, Wide World of Personal Injury Attorneys

When you think of personal injury cases, you probably picture two parties standing in front of a judge who decides how much one party has to pay the other. Indeed, this is how some personal injury cases end up being concluded. But many are actually settled out of court. Your attorney files a suit against the defendant, and then the defendant's lawyer presents you with an offer for a certain amount of money if you agree not to go to court. You and your personal injury attorney decide whether or not to accept that offer, which is called a settlement. As you can see, personal injury lawyers do a lot more than just go to court. You can learn more about the many nuances of their jobs on this blog.

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How Your Seat Belt Can Hurt You And Affect Your Claim

Seat belts are meant to keep you safe. However, a seat belt can also lead to you suffering an injury depending on the type of accident you have. If this is the case, you might wonder if you would be able to seek compensation for your injuries such as if you suffer from a contusion. An auto accident attorney is the best professional to ask in this case.

Why Your Seat Belt Injured You

To be effective, a seat belt needs to be tight. However, depending on the force of your accident, the tightness of your seat belt might lead to you becoming injured. In some cases, the injuries might even be life-threatening. 

Compensation for Seat Belt Injuries

If you are injured by your seat belt, you will be entitled to compensation from the auto manufacturer only if they were negligent in designing your car. If they are not negligent, you will need to speak with your attorney about whether the other driver was responsible for your injuries. This will require a thorough investigation in some cases if liability for your accident is not obvious. 

Damages for a Seat Belt Injury

Bruised and fractured ribs are the most likely injuries resulting from a car accident in which your seat belt injures you. If this occurs, you may be entitled to pain and suffering as a result of the medical expenses you may have while you are in the hospital receiving medical treatments. 

You might also suffer from soft tissue injuries in the shoulder and abdomen that might not be immediately obvious. They can cause pain, discomfort, and swelling. Because your injuries might not be immediately apparent, you will not want to immediately claim that you are not injured because this might hurt your case.

Your Medical Treatment

Make sure to do everything that is instructed by your doctor and follow up to describe how you are feeling. You may be simply treating your injuries with rest and ice, but you may later discover that you need casting, a split, or another type of medical intervention. 

You will want to write down your experiences as you recover from your injuries due to the car accident. If your case goes to court, the courts will take into consideration how your injuries impact you so that you can receive adequate compensation. If you were not responsible for the accident, you have every right to have your auto accident attorney seek the maximum compensation for your injuries.