Common Examples of Car Accident Damages
Car accidents can lead to a wide range of emotional and financial consequences. You could get lost in what your next step should be, which is why we’ve compiled some common examples of car accident damages that you can collect compensation for.
Economic vs. Non-Economic Damages
There are two different types of damages available to you as a car accident victim: economic and non-economic damages.
Economic losses include all out-of-pocket expenses incurred as a result of being injured in a car crash. Economic loss is very straightforward.
Non-economic damages are more difficult to collect, depending on the circumstances, and include pain and suffering or mental anguish caused by the accident itself or its consequences.
Collect All the Car Accident Damages You’re Owed
Car accident injuries can change your life forever, and may lead to long-term pain, disability, or even the death of a loved one. The out-of-pocket expense related to any car accident can lead to financial ruin, so it’s crucial to be compensated fairly to protect your assets and livelihood.
Expense Related to Medical Care
Medical care expenses may include your initial emergency room visit, hospital stays, follow-up doctor visits, prescriptions, and other necessary treatments.
Physical therapy and chiropractic care are also usually covered. For instance, if your back is thrown out of alignment due to the impact of the collision, you may need access to physical therapy, chiropractic, or other medical care for a full recovery.
Of course, when you’re physically recovering from an auto wreck and in severe pain, property damage is probably the last thing on your mind. However, it is typically a major expense, so it is important to do everything in your power to get reimbursed.
Let’s say your car was damaged in a collision with someone else’s vehicle and your mailbox was also destroyed when their vehicle hit it. You would be able to get your car repairs covered and have your mailbox replaced, too.
Or, if you have your bicycle mounted on a rack and someone rear-ends you, you can collect on the damage to your bike.
Fortunately for those who suffer incapacitating injuries, if you were injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence and missed work as a result, you could be entitled to be compensation for lost wages.
This includes both past lost wages, like those incurred before the lawsuit was filed, and future lost wages, which are those that will occur after the lawsuit is resolved. Be sure to gather all documentation from your employer showing how many days you missed work because of your accident injuries.
It’s difficult to think about, but fatal crashes can and do happen. If your loved one died in a car accident, as a survivor, you can include future lost income as part of your insurance claim, as well as extended hospital stays and funeral expenses.
Pain and Suffering
Even if there is no long-term damage from your injuries and there are no monetary losses connected to them, you may still be compensated for pain and suffering caused by the accident.
Pain and suffering comes under the heading of non-economic damages. It can be a difficult claim to prove because it is subjective for each individual person.
However, if your injuries are severe enough to cause emotional distress such as depression or anxiety, this could be grounds for pain and suffering compensation through an auto insurance claim against the driver who’s at fault for your accident.
Get a Lawyer to Negotiate for You
When you suffer serious injuries in a car accident, the bills start piling up. Insurance companies know this, and they will do everything in their power to avoid paying out on claims.
They will hire their own physicians who will minimize all the damages done to your body, even if those are real symptoms caused by the accident. That’s why it’s important to consult an experienced attorney who knows what you can collect so you get every penny you deserve.
Call Greenstein & Milbauer at 1-800-842-8462 or provide your details through our online form. We’ll do a thorough case review of all the common examples of car accident damages that may apply to your claim and help ensure you collect what’s rightfully owed to you.