What Can You Recover After A Car Accident?

Unfortunately, car accidents are incredibly common, and they can lead to severe injury or even death. If you've been involved in an accident, you may want to contact an attorney to ensure you get the full settlement you deserve. If you would like to know more, keep reading to find out what you can recover after a car accident.

Medical Bills 

Naturally, you can recoup any medical bills related to the injury and accident. This may include:

  • Ambulance services
  • Emergency room services
  • Doctor appointments
  • Alternative therapies (ex: chiropractic)
  • Surgeries
  • Physical therapy

If the other driver is found to be responsible, you'll simply need to prove your doctor's notes, benefit statements, and proof of any payments you've made.

Lost Income

Typically, if the other driver caused the accident, you can get reimbursed for any lost income related to the accident. Not only does this include lost income from being unable to work, but it may include lost income from taking time off for medical appointments related to the accident. If the injury is expected to last and affect your ability to work, you may even qualify for loss of future income.

Property Damage

Of course, besides injuries, car accidents can lead to severe automobile damage. In some cases, your car may be beyond repairs. Luckily, you can sue for property damage related to the accident, so you can repair or replace your vehicle.

Other properties may also be included in the lawsuit. For example, if your tablet got smashed in an accident, you may get reimbursed for the current market value or the replacement value.

Pain and Suffering

While medical bills, lost income, and property damage are quite easy to prove, pain and suffering can be harder. Physical pain and suffering include ongoing and future medical treatments, but it may also cover long-term changes, such as limited mobility and nerve pain.

Mental pain and suffering are often harder to prove, but a good attorney can help. Mental pain and suffering may include:

  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of interest in old interests
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages aren't always awarded because they aren't based on your needs. Instead, they are based on the actions of the other driver. If the other driver purposely tried to hurt you or showed that they had little value for human life, the court may want to punish them with punitive damages. You still get punitive damages if they are awarded.

If you've been hurt in a car accident, don't wait a moment longer. An attorney can help you get the settlement you deserve.

Contact a company like Farrar Hennesy & Tanner LLC today to learn more.