If you suffer injuries in a car accident that was the fault of another, you are then eligible to file an accident claim in order to recover compensation for your damages. While most are familiar with the “traditional” kinds of compensation such as medical reimbursement and property damages, there are numerous other damages that claimants may be able to receive.
Before we discuss these damages in more detail, we must note that an experienced car accident attorney is always the best resource to answer all of your claim-related questions. Van Law Firm has defended accident victims’ rights for nearly ten years now, and we’re ready to help you too. Call our location nearest you now to schedule a free consultation.
Various Damages Available to Claimants
Each accident case is different, as no two sets of injuries and circumstances are the same. That means that the compensation for each claimant will be unique to their claim. Some damages are very broad while others are more specific–here are the most common forms of compensation claimants can recover in an accident claim:
Medical bills are perhaps the most common form of damages, as every case largely centers around them. These typically include everything from ambulance fees to hospital bills and prescription costs.
Anytime your vehicle or personal property was damaged or broken as a result of an accident, you can be compensated for its repair or replacement. You may also be compensated for things like towing and storage charges.
Lost Wages and Benefits (Current and Future)
If your injuries caused you to miss work, or if you are physically unable to return to your previous position, you can be compensated for the wages and other benefits you lost during that time. These damages may also be extended to future costs if the claimant cannot return to work at all.
Whenever you suffer injuries that require extensive ongoing rehab, such as a spinal injury, you can be reimbursed for your therapy costs, which are usually separate from other medical bills.
Non-economic Losses (Pain and Suffering, Loss of Enjoyment, etc.)
Not all damages are tied to financial losses–accidents can be extremely traumatic and stressful experiences, so it stands to reason that claimants may be compensated for emotional and psychological trauma. There are multiple kinds of non-economic losses, including pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment, loss of consortium, and more. The more severe your injuries, the more likely you are to recover non-economic damages.
In some severe cases, punitive damages may also be applicable. Essentially, these are heavy fines that are to punish the defendant for especially negligent or reckless behavior. They are considered separate from other damages, and only about 5 percent of all cases will feature them. Oftentimes the financial standing of the defendant will play a factor, in that wealthier individuals and businesses are more likely to face them.
Burial and Funeral Costs
Last but not least, if the negligence of others caused someone you love to be wrongfully killed, you can be reimbursed for your loved one’s burial expenses. Wrongful death cases can also include damages that were incurred by the deceased, such as their medical bills and lost income.
Questions About Potential Compensation? Call the Experienced Legal Team From Van Law Firm
If you have more questions about what kind of compensation you may be eligible for, or would like to speak to trusted car accident lawyers, simply contact Van Law Firm at your earliest convenience. Our hardworking and experienced staff can recover any and all damages you may be entitled to, but you must act fast–call our office nearest you today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.