DEC 4, 2022
What Types of Damages Can a Car Accident Lawyer Help Me Recover?
By CaseYak

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If you have been involved in an auto accident, you should reach out to a car accident lawyer who can review your case. You might be entitled to damages stemming from the accident. What are a few examples of financial compensation that a car accident lawyer may be able to recover on your behalf?

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Car Accident Repair Expenses

Remember that the goal of a car accident lawsuit is to make you whole again. If the accident was not your fault, you should not be responsible for any of the financial expenses that stem from the accident. This starts with the money required to repair (or replace) your car.

Following a motor vehicle accident for which you are not at fault, the other driver's insurance policy should pay to fix your car. If the other driver does not have car insurance, or if their car insurance policy is not enough to fix your car, then you should be able to pursue compensation to make up for the difference. A car accident lawyer can look at the repair expenses, figure out if the other driver has enough insurance to fix your car, and file a lawsuit to make sure all of your repair expenses are covered.

Depending on the type of car you have, the cost of the repairs, and the insurance status of the other driver, this is one example of damages that a lawyer could recover on your behalf.

Compensation for Medical Bills

Even a relatively minor motor vehicle accident can result in injuries. There is a chance that you may have car insurance or health insurance that can cover your medical expenses. There is also a chance that the other driver has car insurance which can pay for your medical bills.

Even with all of this insurance coverage, your medical bills can still be substantial. Particularly if you require a stay in the ICU, emergency surgery, or extended rehabilitation, the financial burden of your medical bills can be significant. If the accident was not your fault, you should not be responsible for these expenses.

A car accident attorney can pursue damages against the other driver that can compensate you for your medical bills. This could make the recovery process a bit easier.

Financial Damages for Lost Income

If you are hurt and unable to return to work, how are you going to make ends meet? You still have bills to pay, but because of your motor vehicle accident, you might not be able to draw an income, especially if you don't have disability insurance coverage. A car accident lawyer can file a lawsuit against the other driver and seek compensation on your behalf for lost income.

Pain and Suffering Damages

In addition to the hard figures in your medical bills, you are entitled to damages for your pain and suffering. These damages are difficult to quantify, as they represent a more subjective figure. However, they generally bear some relation to the amount of economic damages (i.e. medical expenses and lost income). Many states have caps in place which limit recovery for pain and suffering, so be sure to discuss this with your auto accident attorney.

Punitive Damages

Finally, depending on the circumstances of the accident, the car accident lawyer may be able to seek punitive damages on your behalf as well. Most car accidents will not result in punitive damages. The law surrounding punitive damages fluctuates from state to state. If the circumstances of the accident were particularly egregious, you could be entitled to punitive damages. For example, if the at-fault driver was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Reach Out to a Car Accident Lawyer Who Can Review Your Case

These are just a few examples of the categories of damages that a car accident attorney may be able to recover for you. Being involved in a car accident is a stressful situation, and you deserve to focus your attention on your medical recovery.

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Please be advised that this is provided for general information purposes only. No attorney-client relationship is formed by the provision of this information. The best resource for information about your case is consulting an attorney.

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