Several types of damages can be claimed when you sustain injuries due to a car accident. You can claim medical expenses, damages for lost wages or diminished employment opportunities, pain and suffering, or loss of a companion. The following are what you can claim as damages in a car accident case:
Payment of medical expenses is a major concern for those who get injured in a car accident. A medical expenses claim may include doctor and hospital charges, the ongoing need for special equipment, pain medication, physical therapy, and any other healthcare expense incurred as the direct result of the accident.
Property damage claims cover the auto repair cost, in addition to the cost of renting a car. In cases where the car is totally damaged, the settlement should include enough money to purchase a new car.
Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering is mental or physical distress for which one may seek damages. Compensation for this type of injury depends on the seriousness of the pain and the prognosis for future pain associated with the injury. This may also include mental or emotional damage from the incident like anxiety or stress.
Car accident injuries may cause loss of earning capacity. The victim may be unable to work due to physical therapy sessions, time spent in the hospital, problems with mobility, or other factors that may prevent him or her from earning the usual wages. The victim must prove that the injuries have impaired or diminished his or her ability to earn money in the future, based largely on past earnings.
Loss of Companionship
If the victim is married, an injury could deprive a spouse the ability to show affection, including sexual activity, known as “loss of consortium.” Unlike other types of damages, these types of damages are claimed by the uninjured spouse. However, it is important to note that these types of damages can’t be recovered unless damages for the injuries are recovered.
In cases where the motorist dies as a result of his or her injuries, the surviving family members can claim loss of society and companionship damages. The jury will take the following into consideration:
- Whether the deceased driver had a loving and harmonious relationship with the plaintiff(s)
- The living arrangements of loved ones
- Impact of the driver’s death on the surviving family members
Car accident lawyers at the Reinken Law Firm
If you have been injured in a car accident, you have the right to claim compensation. Hire the car accident lawyers at The Reinken Law Firm to help you. Call us at 203.541.0090/203.491.4404. We are confident about taking your case to court and recovering compensation.