Posted by Gary Burger on February 25, 2016 in Personal Injury
Car Accident Damages
Medical Expenses: You have a legal right to seek compensation for all of the medical expenses incurred from the car accident. This includes medical bills and co-pays for emergency transportation, diagnostic testing, surgery, doctor’s office visits, physical therapy, medications, medical devices and anything else medically required for the treatment of your injuries. One important factor that needs to be considered when seeking compensation is the cost of any future medical care. This requires expert testimony to help you substantiate your need for future medical care and to determine the value of the future care.
Lost Earnings: If your accident caused you to miss work, you can seek compensation for wage loss damages. Consider any time missed from work due to an extended hospital stay, doctor’s visits or physical therapy. One important factor that needs to be considered when seeking compensation is whether your injuries have permanently impacted your ability to do your current occupation. You can seek compensation for future wage loss damages, but this will require experts to help determine the value of your diminished earning capacity.
Disability and Disfigurement: If you are not able to fully recover from your accident and have a resulting disability or disfigurement, you can seek to be compensated for this serious impact on your life. A disability is any loss of mobility or psychological ability that can’t be recovered. You will need the help of medical and occupational experts in order to substantiate this claim. The term disfigurement usually refers to any scarring from your injuries. A value for damages related to disfigurement is usually determined by a medical opinion about the cost of removing or repairing the scar. Sometimes the rigidity of scars causes reduced mobility and this should factor into your claim for permanent disability compensation.
Pain and Suffering: You have a legal right to seek compensation for any physical pain and suffering or mental pain and suffering resulting from your accident. It can be difficult to determine the value of this category of damages since it is hard to place a dollar amount on all that you have endured since your accident. You can help substantiate your claim for pain and suffering by documenting your anguish on your own daily, thoroughly describing your pain and how it has affected your life during each of your doctor’s visits and seeking mental health care if you are having any psychological difficulties following the accident. Being persistent with your care and seeking the total care that you need helps substantiate your claim for pain and suffering damages.