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What kind of damages can I receive for a car accident?

On Behalf of | Mar 7, 2018 | Car Accidents

When it comes to motor vehicle collisions in the Bossier City area, many people do not realize the pain, suffering and loss that are involved until they experience them. Car accidents can have a significant impact on your life and change it in ways that you may not have thought of. For example, serious injuries could cause you to miss work and fall behind on your household finances, as well as burying you under medical expenses.

You may be able to seek compensation from the negligent party to help cover your damages. Here is a brief overview of the types of compensation motor vehicle crash victims often include in their claims.

Lost wages

If your injuries are so severe that you must take time off from work, you can include that in your claim against the negligent party. Even if you are using benefits such as paid vacation time during your recovery to minimize the number of unexcused work days and the loss of work income, your wages are still compensable because of the circumstances.

Medical care

Expenses from medical treatment can skyrocket quickly, and the longer you are under a doctor’s care, the higher the cost is likely to be. However, you should receive compensation for these, regardless of how long your recovery takes and how much treatment you need.

Pain and suffering

It may seem impossible to attach a monetary amount to the aches and pains you feel, or to the emotional trauma you experienced in the crash. However, these can disrupt your life and your well-being just as surely as the physical impediments you suffer. They can interfere with your ability to sleep, eat and function normally and cause issues with your physical recovery. Although it may not be easy to place a value on pain and suffering, the amount you can claim is contingent on the severity of your physical and emotional trauma and their impact on your life.

There are many factors that can affect the amount of compensation you receive. If you are not sure if your injuries qualify or you have concerns about your claim, you might want to speak with an attorney for guidance.