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What Type of Damages Can Be Pursued After a Car Accident?

Published January 12, 2021 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

If you’ve recently been involved in a car accident, you may be wondering what kind of compensation you could receive for your injuries. Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, has put together this guide to outline some of the things you could be compensated for in a car accident claim.

Medical Expenses

You may be able to pursue compensation for past and future medical expenses you incurred because of the accident. This includes the medical expenses that you incurred immediately after the accident, such as the ambulance ride and emergency room visit charges. It also includes follow-up expenses, such as:

  • Hospital stays
  • Doctors’ visits
  • Diagnostic imaging like X-rays or ultrasounds
  • Prescription drugs
  • Physical therapy
  • Counseling expenses
  • Transportation expenses to attend your medical appointments

Getting compensation for future medical care is especially important if you have long-term injuries.

Lost Wages

One of the most disheartening effects of a car accident is that it can cause you to miss a significant amount of work right when you start accumulating major medical bills. A car accident claim allows you to pursue compensation for these lost wages. A Binghamton car accident attorney can help gather documentation to substantiate this part of your damages claim, such as pay stubs, employer letters, and tax forms. If your future earning capacity is reduced due to injuries that limit your ability to work, you may also pursue compensation for your lost or reduced earning capacity.

Pain and Suffering

If your injury is serious you are allowed to be compensated for the pain and suffering you have endured because of a car crash. In many cases, auto accident victims have a decreased quality of life because the pain from their injuries precludes them from enjoying certain activities they once enjoyed. You deserve compensation if this happens to you, as well as for any emotional trauma resulting from the accident.

Property Damage

A major accident may seriously damage or destroy your car, costing you thousands of dollars to repair or replace it. You can seek compensation to cover these economic losses.

Wrongful Death Damages

Surviving family members can sometimes bring wrongful death claims when their loved one dies in a car crash. These family members can pursue compensation for both the direct and indirect losses resulting from someone’s death. Direct losses include their loved one’s medical bills, lost wages, lost future income, and funeral and burial costs. Indirect costs include the pain and suffering the family member suffered before death and the surviving family member’s loss of the deceased’s companionship and services.

How a Binghamton Car Accident Lawyer Can Help

Your first priority after a car accident should be getting the medical treatment you need to get back to your normal life. While you do that, your Binghamton car accident lawyer can investigate your claim on your behalf and build your case.  An experienced car accident lawyer can also ensure that your claim is filed before the statute of limitations expires. A motor vehicle accident lawyer will fight for your fair compensation while you focus on your recovery. Call Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, today for a free initial consultation or fill out the convenient online form on our contact page.

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