Another driver struck your car, causing you damage and injuries. You know you likely have a motor vehicle accident case. Do you know which damages you qualify for?
The NYU Dispatch explains common car accident claim damages. Learn where and how to focus your case to put yourself on the road to financial and physical recovery.
The defendant’s carelessness could qualify you for general damages. These damages cover your injury’s intangible elements, such as mental anguish, pain and suffering, physical disfigurement, loss of quality of life and loss of companionship. Car repairs, lost wages, time off work and other monetary damages come with costs you can easily calculate. Non-economic damage amounts depend on your experiences after the motor vehicle accident.
Common examples of general damages in car accidents include medical bills, loss of items you cannot replace, time off work and lost income. Other than your current medical bills, consider future treatment for serious injuries. Do you expect to return to work in a reduced capacity because of your injuries? If so, you could qualify for economic damages for a loss of earning capacity.
To calculate non-economic damages, consider your injury sensitivities and severity. Pain and suffering and similar damages become unique to individual accident victims.
Because economic damages rely on exact dollar amounts, keep up with all expenses and bills associated with your car accident. You could have trouble determining damages for future medical expenses and future lost wages, so consider working with expert witnesses.
Broadening your understanding of car accident damages helps you get every penny you deserve. You should not pay for another driver’s carelessness.