Three people were also seriously injured after a Sarahsville woman apparently lost control of her vehicle, rolled over, and smacked into a tree.
The crash happened on State Route 146 near Nicholson Road. Investigators state that the 35-year-old driver was taken to Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Cambridge, where she succumbed to her injuries. Two children, a 14-year-old and a 9-year-old, were taken by Med Flight to Akron Children’s Hospital with serious injuries. A third passenger, a 12-year-old child, was taken by ambulance to Southeast Regional Medical Center, and then to Akron Children’s Hospital.
None of the victims were wearing seat belts.
Car Crash Injuries
Sky-high medical bills often start piling up before a victim even reaches a hospital. That’s especially true if a victim requires helicopter medevac. A brief ride in one of these flying hospitals could cost over $40,000.
Likewise, insurance company medical bill disputes start early as well. Frequently, adjusters will only pay for the next lowest transportation level. For example, if an ambulance took a victim to a hospital, an adjuster might say the victim should have called an Uber.
These disputes heat up once victims get to hospitals and doctors evaluate their serious injuries. These wounds usually include:
Internal Injuries: The extreme force of a wreck causes internal organs to grind and bump against each other. This friction may only cause mild abrasions. But since internal organs don’t have protective skin layers, these abrasions bleed badly. Such bleeding is hard to spot and even harder to stop.
Spine Injuries: These wounds are common even in relatively low-speed collisions. The spine is a delicate chain of bones and nerves. Any sudden motion could knock this chain out of alignment. At best, this misalignment causes ruptured discs and other very painful injuries. At worst, it causes permanent paralysis.
Head Injuries: The motion of a wreck, especially a rollover wreck, often causes head injuries as well. This motion causes the brain to repeatedly and violently slam against the insides of the skull. The resulting damage normally causes permanent injuries. At best, doctors and physical therapists can only ease the symptoms.
A Columbus car accident lawyer handles insurance company disputes and works to ensure that victims get the compensation they need to pay these bills and move on with their lives. This compensation usually includes money for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering.
The Seat Belt Defense in Ohio
Almost all states, including the Buckeye State, have a mandatory seat belt law. Ohio’s version of this law requires all child passengers and all front seat occupants to be properly restrained.
The civil implications of these rules, which is also known as the seat belt defense, varies in different states as well. Ohio’s version of the seat belt defense is unusually complex.
In some states, seat belt non-use could torpedo a victim’s claim. But in Ohio, seat belt use or non-use is inadmissible in civil courts for most purposes. The biggest exception involves the aforementioned noneconomic damages. Insurance company lawyers can use seat belt non-use to “reduce compensatory damages awarded for noneconomic losses.”
So, to obtain maximum compensation for pain and suffering, a Columbus personal injury attorney must prove that the tortfeasor’s negligence, as opposed to the failure to wear a seat belt, substantially caused injury.
Attorneys usually use a two-prong approach in these matters. First, a lawyer emphasizes the driver’s negligence. In this case, a multiple rollover probably would’ve caused serious injuries, whether or not the victim was ejected from the vehicle. Second, not all seat belts work properly and not all seat belts are designed for all ages and body types.
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