Car accident victims can face a litany of different types of damages when they have been unexpectedly harmed by a negligent driver. It is important for them to be aware of the different kinds of compensation they may be able to recover through a personal injury claim against the negligent driver to help with their damages.
Car accident victims may immediately be faced with two different types of damages that make their everyday lives stressful and challenging. Medical expenses can quickly pile up as victims of car accidents seek the medical care and treatment they need to help them with injuries they have suffered in a car accident. Medical damages can include doctor’s visits, hospital and ambulance costs, expenses associated with medical equipment and other medical expenses as well. In addition, car accident victims may also be able to recover future medical care costs depending on the circumstances.
The second category of car accident damages victims are likely to face right away is lost wages because of their inability to work due to their injuries. In addition to medical expenses, a personal injury claim for damages can also help injured victims recover compensation for lost earnings and lost earning capacity if their injuries prevent them from returning to their normal occupation. Car accident victims also commonly suffer emotional damages associated with the trauma of their experience. As a result, pain and suffering damages may also be available to the victim.
Depending on the nature of the victim’s injuries, compensation for disfigurement, permanent disability and other losses may also be available. It is essential for car accident victims injured by a negligent driver to be familiar with the different legal protections and damages that may be available to them.