When you are in a car accident that results in injury or death, your whole world is turned upside down. You have a long road of recovery ahead of you, and you know that the other driver is responsible for helping pay for that road, but what kinds of damages or payments are you entitled to receive? Here is an overview of the kinds of car accident damages that you can claim, and a little about each kind of compensation.
The first, and most obvious kind of compensation to which you are entitled, is payment of your medical expenses. While your injuries could amount to just a few bruises or cuts, you could also end up with paralyzing or debilitating injuries. In some cases, symptoms may not appear for some time after the accident. The expenses to which you may be entitled include:
- Direct medical bills
- Ambulance fees
- Physical therapy
- Healthcare consultation
- Permanent disability
- In-home rehabilitative services or caregiving
- Cognitive therapy (for brain injuries)
If you lose a loved one in an accident and another driver was at fault, you may be entitled to wrongful death compensation. This can be in addition to medical costs accrued before your loved one passed away, such as if they were hospitalized and in a coma.
Lost Wages and Opportunity
When you are injured in a car accident and it causes you to miss work, you are entitled to compensation for your lost wages. In addition, if the injury costs you opportunity in the future, such as long-term disability or losing out on a potential promotion, you may be able to sue for lost opportunity because of your inability to work.
Loss of Companionship
If you are married, your injury could interfere with your ability to show affection or intimacy with your spouse. In legal terms, this is loss of affection or loss of companionship. If sexual activity is damaged, the term is loss of consortium. This can occur even if your loved one dies in an accident.
Pain and Suffering
Finally, if the injury causes you significant physical and/or mental distress or anguish, you can seek damages for pain and suffering. This can be the hardest to value and prove, but juries generally consider your age, the type and seriousness of the injury, how serious your pain is, and your future prognosis for recovery. Anxiety and stress related to these factors are also considered.
Car Accident Damages
If you suffer a car accident that results in serious injury in North Florida you should immediately get in touch with a qualified and experienced personal injury attorney. Insurance companies and the other driver's lawyers will try to pressure you into settling for less than you deserve, or into signing papers that waive your rights. North Florida can be categorized as including counties such as Columbia County, Florida, Suwannee County, Florida, Levy County, Florida, Madison County, Florida, Baker County, Florida; and cities such as Lake City, Florida, Live Oak, Florida, Macclenny Florida, Madison, Florida
Don't let this happen to you. An expert car accident injury attorney can make sure that your rights are protected and you get the compensation you deserve. For more information, read up about how we can help you, and give us a call for a free consultation today or email us through our contact page.