Types of Car Accident Claims
There are several types of damages involved in car accident claims. Claims for medical expenses are the largest claims filed. However, accident victims can also receive lost wages along with compensation for pain and suffering.
Medical Expense Claim
The most common claim filed is for redemption of medical expenses after a car accident. Some accidents may have a few minor cuts or bruises. However, many could experience paralysis or permanent disabilities.
- Physical therapy
- Cognitive therapy
- Ambulance fees
- Medical consultations
- Needed medical equipment like crutches
- Permanent disability
- In-home needs
Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering are legally defined as mental or physical distress for which one may seek damages in a lawsuit. The damage calculation is based on the seriousness of the injury. This could also be mental anguish causing anxiety or stress. It is important to note that not all states award damages for pain and suffering similarly. Some leave the award to a jury.
Lost wages can happen so quickly after an accident. This includes an inability to work due to physical therapy sessions, time spent in a hospital, problems with mobility, or other factors that prevent you from earning your usual wages. You must be able to prove that the injuries have impaired or diminished your ability to earn money in the future, based largely on past earnings. A jury will consider factors such as age, occupation, skill, experience, and life expectancy.
Loss of Companionship
The injury or death of a spouse or family member could entitle you to loss of consortium or companionship. For this type of claim, the jury considers:
- A harmonist and loving relationship
- Living arrangements prior to passing
- Impact of the motorist’s death on the surviving family members.
It can be shocking after an accident to learn how expensive, time-consuming and frustrating the process can be. For many, pain does not present itself at the scene of the accident, however, the debilitating pain begins a day or two later. This can be difficult for many Americans who do not have health insurance or disability insurance. Therefore, it can be difficult to receive medical attention or income while out of work.
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