If you suffer injuries in a car accident in which you were not at fault, you might have cause to file a personal injury case against the at-fault party. If you do so, you can recover compensation for certain damages. Continue reading to learn what types of damages you might be eligible for if you are the victim of this type of car accident.
The Damages You Can Sue for Will Depend on the Severity of Your Accident
It likely comes as no surprise that the more serious the accident is – and the resulting injuries – the more damages a person can sue for. Studies show that the average person will be involved in a car accident every 17 years, and these can range from fender benders to serious injuries.
It is important to visit a medical professional as soon as possible after a car accident for several reasons, including the fact that it will begin an evidence trial for your personal injury case. In many cases, the medical costs make up the bulk of the damages awarded. Medical costs can include physical therapy, co-pays at the doctor, ambulance transportation, continuing treatment, and medical supplies.
If you were unable to work as a result of your injury, whether because the injury prevented you from being able to work or because you had to miss work for regular doctor’s appointments, you should be reimbursed for those costs. If you are unable to work in the future, you should be reimbursed for those costs. Even if you were paid, but that payment came through benefits (such as PTO or sick leave), you should be reimbursed for the loss of those benefits.
It is likely that if you were injured, your car was damaged. You should not be responsible for paying for your own damages if someone else caused the accident. If your vehicle is repairable, then you should receive compensation for the required repairs. If it is beyond repair, then you should receive funds to replace the vehicle.
Pain and Suffering
Car accidents hurt physically, but they are mentally traumatic too. There are many ways a person can suffer after a car accident. Some people are afraid to get in a vehicle again, others have terrible dreams about the accident that keep them from sleeping. While no amount of money can make this go away or make up for it, pain and suffering should be compensated for.
If you have been injured in a car accident, then we welcome your call to The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.