Auto accidents generate the majority of personal injury lawsuits because victims of severe injuries and property damage often need the civil court to seek compensation.
If you suffered an injury in an accident, including vehicle, truck or motorcycle cases, caused by another person, there are many damages you could potentially recover.
Economic damages include those losses with a definitive monetary value based on tangible evidence. Examples include:
- Expenses for an ambulance ride and emergency medical care
- The cost of medication, medical devices, visits with healthcare professionals, and rehabilitative treatment
- The lost income from missing work during recovery
- The lost income from disability inhibiting you from doing the job you did before
- The estimated costs to repair or replace your damaged property
You can use documents, such as medical bills and work pay stubs, to prove these losses.
Non-economic damages include the psychological changes you underwent as a result of the accident and your injuries. These include:
- Any pain and suffering, such as emotional distress, mental anguish, anxiety or depression
- Loss of enjoyment in life
Medical records can help support some of these claims. However, you may also need statements from people in your life, addressing the changes they see in you.
Wrongful death damages
If you lost a loved one in an auto accident, there are damages specific to wrongful death cases. For example, you can claim loss of inheritance and benefits, loss of the love and nurturing provided by the deceased and loss of companionship.
The value of your claim comes from damages, and more severe cases tend to have significantly more damages.