Car accidents can be life-changing events. They can leave victims with very serious injuries, financial burden, diminished quality of life, and more. In some unfortunate cases, these circumstances can last lifetimes. After a car accident, you may feel hopeless and extremely stressed by the new expenses. Medical bills, car repair or replacement, lost wages, and other costs all contribute to the financial burden from a car accident.
Our system of law is designed to protect victims of car accidents from added hardship. If someone else’s negligent behavior causes your injuries, you may be entitled to receive compensation from the responsible party. We have a wealth of information on proving negligence, injury, and best procedures to follow following an accident. To learn more about those topics, skip to the end click one of the links.
Compensation from a car accident may take one or multiple forms, depending on the damages to the victim, we’ve compiled this guide to the most common types of car accident compensation:
1. Medical Expenses: If you are physically injured in a car accident and receive medical care, the party responsible for the accident may be required to reimburse you for your immediate and future medical expenses. This includes hospital visits, medication, physical therapy. If your injuries require ongoing care, you may be eligible for compensation to help pay for future medical bills and modifications to your home or vehicle.
2. Lost Income: A car accident can leave victims out of work for days, weeks, or even longer. During your recovery period, you may be losing valuable income by not being at work. However, you may be eligible to receive compensation to mitigate the loss of income. You can also be compensated for loss of future income. For example, a professional athlete who is injured in a car accident may not be able to compete at such a high-paying level ever again. The athlete can sue for the loss of expected future income.
3. Pain and Suffering: You may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, in other words, “going through” the injury. There are several ways this can be calculated, check out our blog on pain and suffering to learn more.
4. Punitive Damages: If the person who caused the accident was particularly irresponsible, the court may order them to pay punitive damages. This is done to discourage further negligent behavior. It is essentially a punishment for their negligence. These damages are rare but not unheard of in auto accidents.
In this case study, a car accident victim was severely and permanently injured because another driver didn’t yield the right of way. This negligence left the victim with severe and permanent injuries, $160,000 in medical expenses, and four months of lost wages. After the Law Firm of Cohen and Cohen represented this case, it was resolved for a total of $295,000.
A car accident attorney can be your best shot at recovering one or more of these damages. At the law firm of Cohen and Cohen, we will team you up with an experienced car accident attorney who will help you recover from the inevitable hardships of a car accident.
Our attorneys have been helping victims of negligence for over 50 years, and are ready to hear your case. Call today for a free consultation and learn how we can help you recover from your car accident.