In many cases, car accidents can result in serious injuries, such as broken bones, lacerations, internal injuries, and potentially even death in some cases. When a car accident results in an injury that puts financial strain on your family, you may be able to obtain financial compensation to help recover some of your losses through a car accident injury claim.
If you have been injured in a car accident, the first thing you must determine is whether or not the other party is at fault. The other party may be liable for damages if they violated their duty of care toward you, the violation caused you to sustain an injury, and that the injury caused you to sustain losses. Losses in personal injury cases can be both economic and non-economic and include damages such as:
Medical expenses: You can request compensation for any medical expenses that you may have incurred as a result of the car accident. These costs may include emergency care, hospital stays, surgeries, medications, medical devices, rehabilitative care, physical therapy, and other medical costs.
Lost wages and/or future income: If your injury caused you to take time off of work, you may be able to request the amount in wages that you lost out on. You can also request compensation for any income that you will lose out on in the future if you are no longer able to earn the same as you did prior to the accident.
Repairs/vehicle replacement: In severe car accidents, you will likely need to get repairs done on your vehicle if it is salvageable. If not, you may have to get a new vehicle altogether. If this is the case, you may be able to claim the costs of these in a personal injury case.
Pain and suffering: Going through a car accident can cause extremely painful injuries and can even cause mental and emotional anguish. Many survivors of car accidents report developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after the accident.
Disability or disfigurement: If your injuries caused you to become disabled and/or disfigured, you can ask the court to award you money to compensate for it.
Punitive damages: Punitive damages are those that are awarded to a person not out of necessity but as a punishment to the offender. Punitive damages are typically awarded when an accident is particularly heinous, reckless, or gruesome.
If you have been in a car accident, you may be suffering from serious injuries, some of which may have lifelong complications. If you have been severely affected by injuries sustained in a car accident, you should discuss your specific situation with our team of knowledgeable DuPage County car accident injury lawyers. At the Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices LLC, we can help you determine what losses you may be eligible to recover and form a plan to put into action. To schedule a free consultation, call our office today at 630-932-9100.
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