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Cabell County residents should evaluate injuries after car accidents

Knowing what to expect and having injuries thoroughly evaluated following a car accident can sometimes reduce anxiety associated with the accident.

In a recent accident, an SUV and a school bus collided in a head-on collision. The bus versus automobile accident occurred in West Virginia, causing seemingly mild injuries for the middle-school and high-school students on the bus. All six were transported to the hospital for further evaluation. Reports indicate that the SUV crashed into the bus. The bus driver and driver of the SUV were also transported to the hospital.

Even in cases of what may initially seem to be mild injuries, longstanding injury can sometimes result. When someone is injured in an auto accident, it is important to that the individual be evaluated for serious injury. It is also important to, as accurately as possible, determine the extent of those injuries. Some injuries, such as soft tissue injuries, can sometimes be difficult to diagnose, but can have a long-lasting impact on the victim's life.

As with all injuries sustained in a car collision where another party is at fault, compensation for injuries may be available. If the injured person files a lawsuit to recover damages from the party who is at fault, it is important that the plaintiff knows what to expect. Sometimes, an independent medical examination, or "IME," will be required. This examination ensures that the injuries were, in fact, sustained by the victim, that they are as serious as the plaintiff claims, and that the cause of the injuries is not attributable to something else or to another party. The cost of the IME is usually covered by the disputing party and the plaintiff's lawyer is allowed to attend.

Evaluation of injuries can be helpful and is not something to fear. Injuries should be reported honestly to the doctor conducting the examination and it should be treated as any other physical examination. These steps may allow the injured party to better recover the amount owed to them for the injuries.

Source: The Journal, "8 hurt in school bus accident," Edward Marshall, Oct. 3, 2012

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