According to AllLaw, car accidents are the most common kind of personal injury case. When most people think of personal injury, they think mostly of exorbitant medical bills. And while medical expenses are definitely part of what can be compensated in a personal injury case, paying the doctor bills is only part of it. When you’re injured because of someone else’s negligence, the impact extends to many significant areas of your life. Let’s take a look at the three main ways that personal injury causes damage to the victim’s life in the case of a car accident. Of course, each case is different. You and your attorney might discover more areas where you were hurt, but these three main categories should give you a good idea of what you can consider claiming compensation for.
1: Physical Damage
Physical damage covers the actual bodily injuries incurred during a car accident.
You’re often entitled to compensation for loss of function or physical ability due to the accident
Sometimes a loved one might be entitled to receive compensation as well. For example, if a spouse loses the ability to have an intimate physical relationship with his or her partner, he or she can claim compensation.
2: Financial Damage
Financial damage can cover related expenses including but not limited to:
The medical bills required by your bodily injuries, including follow up treatments, ongoing physical therapy, and more.
Any lifelong care or medical attention needed due to the accident
Repair costs for you vehicle and any other property damaged in the accident.
Loss of wages due to you not being able to work
The cost of any plans – such as travel – that needed to be canceled or altered because of the accident.
3. Psychological Damage
Car accidents are traumatizing, especially if any passengers suffered serious injury or death. In serious accidents, the victim is often entitled to compensation for suffering the emotional trauma of the ordeal.
According to AllLaw, often a “pain and suffering” component of compensation can be added by multiplying the actual amount owed through lost wages and medical bills by a number deemed appropriate to cover the stress and inconvenience of a life-altering accident.
Remember that these are just a few examples of types of damage that personal injury cases often deal with. Because every case is different, you might be entitled to much more or much less than the above examples. But the more competent and experienced your personal injury lawyer is, the better chance you have of achieving maximum justice. If you’re been the victim of a personal injury accident, it’s time to take full advantage of every form of compensation that you’re entitled to. Remember that there are often time limitations for filing your case, so get started today by calling our Monroe office at 318-325-7677 (ROSS) (ROSS) or contacting us online. Get serious. Get Ross. Contact us for more information.