I have assisted many people over the years in resolving personal injury claims resulting from car wrecks.  What you may recover as an injured person is referred to as “damages”.  So, just what damages are you entitled to if you’re injured in a car wreck?

An injured party may claim several types of damages if they are injured in a car wreck. Claims for medical bills are first among these, but you may also claim damages for lost wages or reduced employment opportunities, pain and suffering, or loss of affection to a loved one (also called “loss of consortium”). Here’s the run down on the damages that someone injured in a car accident may want to consider seeking:

Medical Expenses

If you are in a car wreck, injuries may be as minor as a few cuts and bruises, or as serious as paralysis, permanent disability or even death. Because many injuries don’t produce symptoms at first, it’s important to undergo a thorough medical exam immediately following a car wreck if you believe you have been injured.

Medical expenses resulting from a car wreck may include some of the following:

  • Hospital bills;
  • Ambulance bills;
  • Doctor bills;
  • Physical therapy bills;
  • Pharmacy and necessary medical supply bills;
  • Disfigurement (such as scarring) compensation;
  • Permanent disability compensation; and
  • Ongoing medical expenses.

Pain and Suffering

Pain and suffering is a term lawyers use to describe physical and emotional distress caused by an injury. These damages are based on the type of injury, the pain level suffered by the injured party, and the prognosis for overcoming the pain in the future. Pain and suffering also may include emotional damages like anxiety or stress.

Lost and Future Wages

A victim of a car wreck may lose wages because they are unable to work. Time spent in the hospital, attending doctors’ visits and at physical therapy may prevent you from earning your usual wages. In addition, injuries that impair your ability to earn a living in the future may be recoverable.

Loss of Affection or Companionship

Loss of consortium is a claim for damages suffered by the spouse or family member of a person who has been injured or killed. This measure of damages allows family members to join in the lawsuit to make the claim. In short, loss of consortium seeks recovery for the impact the injury or death has on survivors.

Get a Free Analysis of Your Legal Damages Today

If you have been a victim in an automobile accident, contact Phil Outhier at 580-234-6300 to discuss your options for recovery of these and possibly other damages.

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