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What Compensation May I Recover After a Car Accident?

Following an injury-sustaining car accident that someone else caused, it’s critical that you are able to recover your losses. After all, you did nothing wrong, so why should you pay for another’s mistake?

There are specific damages that you may recover after a car accident. Read on to learn what they are.

3 Types of Damages In a Car Accident Lawsuit

There are three types of damages that you can recover after a car accident, including:

  • Compensatory
    • These are the damages intended to compensate you for losses such as:
      • Medical costs
      • Lost wages
      • Repairing or replacing your damaged property
  • General
    • These damages are not easily tied to a dollar amount and typically include:
      • Pain and suffering
      • Shortened life expectancy
      • Mental anguish
  • Punitive
    • These damages are intended to punish the responsible party for his or her wrongdoing.

Recoverable Damages In a Vehicular Collision Case

After a car accident, you may be able to recover the following damages:

  • Property damage
    • This compensation will help you pay for repairing or replacing your property damaged in the crash, such as your vehicle and your cell phone.
  • Medical costs
    • As you know, healthcare in America is astronomically expensive. If you’re hurt in a crash, you’ll need this compensation to pay for the past, current, and future medical expenses associated with your injuries in the collision.
  • Lost wages
    • If you’re unable to work as a result of your injuries from the collision, you may be able to recover damages for your lost wages. If you cannot go back to work, you may also be able to recover your future lost wages.
  • Pain and suffering
    • These damages will pay you for the physical pain you suffered as a result of the collision. This can also include compensation for emotional or psychological suffering, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Loss of consortium
    • These damages are designed to compensate you for the loss of your partner’s physical companionship, including sexual intimacy. If your relationship is impacted by your injuries, you may be able to recover these damages.
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
    • A collision can alter the course of your life in major ways. The harm you’ve endured can make it more challenging or impossible to live your life as you always have. If you’re unable to conduct yourself as you did before the crash, including any hobbies you used to enjoy but no longer can, you may be able to recover these damages.

If you’ve been hurt in a car accident through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation. Let our team see if we can help you recover it.

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