Damages After a Car Accident
Damages are the expenses, injuries or unforeseen things that caused you physical, emotional or mental trauma. With over two million car accidents occurring each year, according to the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHSTA), there are millions of claims each year. A car accident can be one of the most stressful and life-changing events in your life. Over 100,000 people are severely injured each year. These injuries are cause for a claim involving medical expenses. Medical expense claims are the most common type of damage claimed after a car accident.
After an accident, your injuries could be as minor as a few cuts or bruises, or as serious as needing surgery and having long-term disabilities. Injuries can become more apparent after the accident so make sure to get checked out whether you think anything is wrong or not. A doctor or healthcare professional will conduct a medical examination immediately after the accident. Common medical expenses that arise after a car accident include (but aren’t limited to) any of the following:
- Ambulance bill
- Physician consultations
- Medical accessories: crutches or heat pads
- Permanent disability
- In-home services
- Long term prescriptions
Pain and Suffering:
Pain and suffering can be one of the harder damages to claim because it’s hard to quantify with a test or a chart. It can include mental or physical distress. Damages are based on the severity of an injury, type of injury, pain suffered as well as the future prognosis for your injury.
Some people will have families and those who depend on their income for daily life. Losing wages due to an accident can be extremely stressful for everyone involved. Missing work due to physical therapy, hospital visits, loss of transportation and other factors can prevent you from earning your usual income. To claim lost wages, you must be able to prove that your injuries impaired your ability to earn money in the future, based on past earnings.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident contact Rob Levine & Associates to be your go-to car accident lawyers.