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Catastrophic injuries can result from highway collisions

North Carolina residents who have survived crashes with big rigs on the highway may be left with catastrophic injuries that forever alter their lives and the lives of their loved ones. Below are a few of the conditions they may be facing for which they might seek financial compensation.

-- Loss of a limb due to amputation. Horrific accidents can mangle bodies and cause either dismemberment right at the accident scene or necessitate a medical amputation later by a surgeon.

-- Nerve damage from neck or back injuries. When a human spine is compressed during a traumatic accident, people can wind up paralyzed. Still others are left with lifelong pain, tingling and numbness in the arms and legs that hamper mobility.

-- Loss of vision. Both head and eye injuries stemming from serious wrecks can cause blindness that may be temporary, partial or permanent.

All of the above conditions are devastating and reduce the quality of life for the victims. When the primary breadwinner of a family suffers catastrophic injuries in a collision caused by an 18-wheeler or other vehicle, the family can be left with no source of income along with a mountain of hospital bills and rehabilitation expenses.

Injured parties and their families do have some legal recourse afforded them by the North Carolina civil court system. The first step is to seek reparation from the insurance company of the driver responsible for the accident. Victims can be reimbursed for their pain, suffering and lost wages and have their medical expenses covered. Sometimes, even future medical expenses can be calculated and covered by an insurance company payout.

If, however, as is often the case, the insurance company balks at settling the claim for a reasonable amount or denies it entirely, it may be necessary to retain legal counsel and hash it out in court.

Source: ambulancechasing.net, "Other Catastrophic Injuries" accessed Feb. 27, 2015

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