Being involved in an automobile accident is, perhaps, one of the most stressful events that can happen to a person, and when there are serious injuries, that stress is only compounded. Approximately one-fifth of people involved in automobile collisions experience symptoms involving the head and neck region, and quite often, those symptoms do not appear until days or even weeks after the accident. Although some people recover quickly from the injuries they sustained in an accident, many do not and may develop chronic conditions that result in severe pain and even some kind of permanent disability.

Following automobile accidents, people may experience a range of symptoms including neck and back stiffness and/or pain, headaches, shoulder pain and/or stiffness, pain between the shoulder blades, pain/numbness in the arms or hands, sleep disturbances, and difficulty with memory and concentration. The first thing anyone should do following an automobile accident is be examined by a physician.

Because automobile accidents may involve personal injuries and property damage, knowledge of insurance law is crucial should you have to pursue a claim involving monetary recovery either from your insurance company or that of another driver involved in the collision. An experienced personal injury attorney will advise you on what, if any, valid insurance claim you have against an insurance company.

Deciding negligence in an auto accident means determining who was at fault or who caused the accident. In some situations, however, accidents are not necessarily caused by other drivers. An auto accident can occur due to a manufacturing defect such as a defective tire or steering mechanism. Improper repair to a car may cause an accident; in these cases, the injured party is still eligible for benefits if certain criteria are met.

Following an accident, you should not hesitate to call upon an experienced personal injury attorney to help you sort through the insurance paperwork and claims package.

If you or a loved one has been in an automobile accident in Columbus or anywhere in Ohio, please contact Robert W. Kerpsack, Co., L.P.A. today to schedule your confidential consultation.