What Damages Can I Collect for a Car Accident?
A car accident is stressful enough. Car accidents are terrifying when they occur, but it is also scary to look at the financial situation they can put you in. The additional stress of medical expenses, a damaged vehicle, and time off work can be overwhelming. However, you could get compensation for each of these. The pain and suffering you experience due to your car accident should also be considered when reviewing your accident.
When you are in a car accident, the expenses can add up extremely quickly. Car repairs, doctor’s appointments, and time off work add up. But how much of these damages should you be compensated for? A car accident lawyer can assist you in valuating your losses. They can help you review your accident to see what damages you can collect for a car accident.
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Medical expenses are usually one of the first things people consider when looking for compensation after a car accident. Medical expenses can be high, due to initial and ongoing treatment. If you lack health insurance, medical expenses are that much more of a stressor for you.
Car accident injuries can vary greatly. Some you might consider minor, but others are life-altering. Car accidents can cause injuries from scratches and bruises to traumatic brain injuries. Others could be:
- Torn ligaments
- Spinal injuries
- Brain injuries
Any of these conditions could result in extensive and costly medical treatment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vehicle accidents were the cause of 20% of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in 2014. Traumatic brain injuries can have severe and long-lasting effects that require reoccurring medical care. Other injuries—such as torn joint ligaments, amputations, and back injuries—often require significant treatment.
In many car accidents, the vehicle sustains damage that requires attention. Repairs may be needed, or a car could even be totaled. Damage to your vehicle may be minor and seem almost insignificant, such as a broken taillight or a few dents. Whether you need to make minor repairs on your vehicle or completely replace it, you may be entitled to compensation for the damage.
A car accident lawyer can help determine if a new vehicle is appropriate or how much compensation is needed to fully repair your damaged vehicle. Car accident lawyers can also assist your claim by contacting the insurance companies involved, to ensure you receive fair compensation.
Car accidents can result in time missed at work. If you suffered injuries due to your car accident, you might have missed a significant amount of time at work. If you lost wages due to your accident and recovery, you could be compensated for the time. You could also be compensated for any vacation time or paid time off you needed to use due to your car accident.
If you lost your job due to your car accident, you could collect compensation for the loss of income. You may work a job that requires physical labor. If the injuries you suffered caused you to be unable to do the same job or career, this is considered a loss of income as well.
Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering is hard to define. It is even harder to put a price on. How much should you be compensated for the pain and suffering you endured due to your car accident? While no money can make up for your pain and suffering, a car accident lawyer can help negotiate fair compensation.
The Legal Information Institute (LII) affirms that pain and suffering is emotional and physical distress resulting from your injury. A car accident lawyer can work with all involved parties to determine fair compensation based on your specific accident. Every car accident is different, as is each person’s pain and suffering. Your lawyer can help you review your car accident to determine what is fair for you.
How to Collect Compensation After Your Accident
Now you know what damages you can collect for a car accident. Pursuing compensation after a car accident is not always a smooth process. There can be many different parties involved, along with their insurance companies.
Your lawyer can help you determine what options you have and what could be available to you. The process can be overwhelming and stressful, but your lawyer can take some of the stress off your shoulders. You pay nothing unless they can get you compensation.
Let the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, help you fight for fair compensation. You should not have to bear the financial burden of a car accident that was not your fault. Call us today for a free consultation at (516) 358-6900.