These are the basic types of damages that someone injured in a car accident may want to consider seeking:
1. Medical Expenses – If you are in a car accident, injuries may be as minor as a few cuts and bruises, or as severe as paralysis or some other permanent disability. Since some injuries may not produce symptoms at first or may need additional medical care in the future, it’s essential to undergo a thorough medical examination immediately following a car accident if you believe you may have been injured.
Medical expenses arising from a car accident may include:
a. Physical and/or cognitive therapy (if a brain injury);
b. Ambulance fees;
c. Consultations with health care professionals;
d. Accessories such as crutches or heat pads;
f. Permanent disability;
g. In-home services (even if non-medical)
2. Pain and Suffering – These damages are based on the type of injury, the seriousness of the pain suffered, and the prognosis for future pain associated with the injury. Pain and suffering may also include mental and/or emotional damage stemming from the incident, such as anxiety or stress.
3. Lost Wages – Injuries may cause you to lose earning capacity; this may also include 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 make money in the future, based mostly on past earnings.
4. Loss of Affection or Companionship – If a motorist dies as a result of his injuries, surviving family members may claim loss of society and companionship damages.