Accounting for Damages in a Car Accident Compensation Claim
It is important to account for all the losses that you have suffered in a car accident compensation claim: loss of income, pain and suffering, loss of ability to enjoy life, and more. Failure to do so will result in an inadequate settlement that does not cover all of your losses.
Medical ExpensesYou are eligible for different types of damages in a car accident compensation claim. Medical expenses will constitute a significant proportion of your claim. The medical costs you can include in your car accident claim can cover the cost of emergency treatment, ambulance costs, doctor fees, costs of medication, physical therapy and rehabilitation, and other damages. You can include any medical accessories like crutches or other aids, as well in-home nursing care in your medical damages. You can also include any additional medical expenses that you are likely to incur in the future as a result of the injuries. It's important to discuss your damages with a lawyer to evaluate all medical costs - including future expenses - that you face.
Loss of IncomeEven if you have suffered moderate injuries, it is likely that you have been absent from work for many days. A hospitalization will require time to recuperate and recover from your injuries at home. Therefore, any lost income listed your car accident claim should include both past and future wages lost. You may include your inability to go to work because of physical therapy and rehab, and limited mobility that impacts your ability to work. You should also add difficulty to earn an income in the future because of a disability.
Pain and SufferingPain and suffering damages compensate an accident victim for the anguish and trauma- physical, mental and emotional- that a person suffers as a result of the injury. That could include anxiety, stress, and sadness at not being able to perform some of the activities that you did before the accident. Pain and suffering are hard to quantify so consult with an accident lawyer to investigate how to address them in your claim.
Other DamagesYour claim can also include other damages such as the loss of ability to enjoy life. For instance, your injuries may have left you unable to enjoy a sport, hobby or activity. You must also include loss of affection and companionship in your claim. The injury may have left you unable to enjoy intimate relations with your spouse or to share an affectionate relationship with him/her. Your spouse can claim those losses as loss of consortium damages.