Heading home on I-10 after a day of shopping was the fastest way to get home. Unfortunately, the decision to take that route placed you in the way of a distracted driver. Now, you are suffering because of that driver’s choice to not fully focus on the roadway.
The impact was so sudden that you didn’t have time to brace for it. You suffered injuries and now have to decide if you are going to seek compensation. If you opt to seek compensation, here are four types of damages that you might be able to claim. Learning about these will help you to determine which you might claim in your case.
#1: Lost wages
Many serious injuries mean that you can’t go to work as usual. If you can’t work as scheduled, you might choose to seek compensation for the wages you weren’t able to earn since you couldn’t go to work. In order to do this, you will need to show how much you missed in wages during your time off to heal from your injuries.
#2: Medical expenses
You likely needed medical care after the accident. This might have started with an ambulance ride to the hospital. The emergency room bill, doctor’s office visits and other medical expenses are also damages that you might claim. Make sure that you keep a good record of what you have to pay, as well as what any insurance companies pay for your medical care. Subrogation is a concept that would enable an insurer to seek repayment for covered expenses if you wage a successful personal injury lawsuit. On top of all of this, you also have to think about what medical expenses you might have in the future that are related to the accident.
#3: Pain and suffering
The pain and suffering you have to deal with because of the accident can be included in the damages that you claim. Determining the extent of damages that you will claim depends on the circumstances of the accident and the extent of the injuries that you suffered. While this can be a complex undertaking, it is a vital part of your claim.
#4: Emotional trauma
Post-traumatic stress disorder and other emotional issues are possible after an unexpected event like a traumatic car accident. Not only can you claim therapy expenses and similar costs related to the crash, you might also be able to claim damages for the emotional trauma that you have to suffer through because of the crash.