What Damages Can You Recover After a Car Accident?
Bill Allen | April 1, 2016 | Gainesville Personal Injury Law News
After suffering serious injuries from a car accident, you may be wondering what types of damages you are eligible to recover, besides the obvious medical costs. The damages injury victims are able to recover include ones that aren’t so easily quantifiable, such as pain and suffering and loss of companionship. In this blog, our Gainesville and Ocala car accident lawyer explains the different types of damages that can be recovered in your personal injury case.
Medical expenses can quickly pile up, especially if your injuries are far more severe than a few cuts and bruises. Some injuries may be asymptomatic at first, but then become problematic in the future and will require extensive medical attention, which is why it’s extremely important to undergo a thorough medical examination in the hours following a car accident. Medical costs can include ambulance fees, in-home services and physical or cognitive therapy.
If your injuries are serious, it’s possible you’ll be out of work for an extended period of time. There are some injuries that can keep someone from returning to work indefinitely. If you return to work, there may be follow-up appointments during work hours. All of these instances can amount to lost wages, which are recoverable. Your case must prove that your injuries have directly diminished your ability to earn money in the future, based on your past earnings.
Pain and Suffering
This type of damage encompasses any mental or physical distress caused by your injuries. Pain and suffering damages are based on the type of injury, the amount of pain and any long lasting discomfort the injury is expected to cause in the future. These damages can also include any emotional damage stemming from the accident, including anxiety and stress.
Loss of Companionship
If you’re married, some injuries can deprive you and a spouse the ability to show affection. The legal term for this is “loss of consortium.” This type of damage is unlike the others in that it’s claimed by the uninjured spouse and it cannot be claimed if you don’t recover damages for your injuries.
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