What are Damages in a Car Accident Personal Injury Lawsuit?
Damages are the amount of money a person suing may be awarded in a lawsuit. This compensation is used to pay for loss and injuries. Damages by common law are categorized into compensatory damages and punitive damages. Compensatory damages include special damages which are economic losses and general damages which are non economic losses. After a car accident, you may be able to recover a monetary compensation in a personal injury lawsuit, but determining how much that is worth, is a different story. Below are the types of damages you may claim after a car accident if you sustained injuries.
Depending on how severe your injuries are after your accident, you may have to take time off of work to fully recover which prevents you from earning your usual wages. Inability to work due to problems with mobility, physical therapy sessions and hospital visits are also factors considered as well age, occupation and skill. The most important factor that must be proven is that your injuries prevented you from working and as a result you were unable to earn money.
Injuries can be minor cuts or can be more severe and result in paralysis or sometimes even be internal and not seen immediately. So it is important to see a doctor after an accident to make sure everything is okay. This can also be used as proof in your case. The medical expenses that a settlement will cover, but are not limited to include; ambulance fees, permanent disability, doctor visits and therapy. Surviving family members can also file a claim for wrongful death of the deceased which will cover any medical cost between the accident and time of death.
Pain & Suffering
Pain and Suffering is the mental and emotional stress you may have suffered because of your accident. This type of damage claim is also based on the injuries you sustained and the physical pain you suffered and may suffer in the future. Some juries will let you collect damages for loss of enjoyment of life. The law varies per state of what is considered pain and suffering. So if you have been involved in a car accident, it’s best to contact a car accident attorney who can explain the laws in your particular state.