Car accident victims should have a basic understanding of the different types of damages that may be available to them through a personal injury claim. If a car accident victim was injured by a negligent driver, a claim for damages against the driver may help with the victim’s physical, financial and emotional damages.
The first major category of damages that car accident victims may be able to recover is medical damages. Victims may be able to recover compensation for the costs associated with their medical care and treatment. Personal injury damages can include compensation for medical bills and future medical care costs as the circumstances warrant. Additional damages may be available if the victim has suffered disabling or disfiguring medical injuries.
Damages can also include compensation for lost wages for the time the victim must spend away from work and lost earning capacity if the victim cannot return to the same type of work they performed prior to the accident. Lastly, victims may be able to recover pain and suffering damages, which can include compensation for loss of enjoyment of life and the general emotional trauma of being involved in a car accident.
An unexpected car accident can seriously harm victims who may be hurt when they are least expecting it. As a result, they should be familiar with the legal options available to help them with their medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages. If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, you should contact an attorney to discuss your case.