A serious car crash can affect you in obvious and not-so-obvious ways. After being injured in an auto wreck that was somebody else’s fault, you need to know the full extent of the effects you have suffered if you are going to get fair financial compensation. Here are four types of damages you can claim in a personal injury case.
This includes both the cost of medical care you have already received, as well as those you expect to need in the future, such as surgery and physical therapy.
Lost wages and lost future earning capacity
Proving the amount of wages you have lost due to being hurt and unable to work can be fairly straightforward, based on evidence like your most recent pay stubs. You may also be entitled to the value of your lost future earning capacity if your injuries will impact your ability to work. For example, if your job required you to be on your feet most of the day, that may no longer be possible due to a chronic back injury suffered in your crash. Determining the extent of your lost future earning capacity depends on factors like your age, occupation, life expectancy and work experience.
Pain and suffering
This is an example of a type of noneconomic damage: one that does not have a clear price tag attached, but affects your life just as much as lost wages and medical bills. The nature of your injury, the level of pain you are experiencing and how much pain you are expected to feel in the future are among the factors considered.
Besides the physical effects of your injuries, there could be psychological effects. Post-traumatic stress disorder is not uncommon after a terrifying and violent car accident. Symptoms of PTSD can disrupt your ability to care for your family and enjoy life.
There are several more types of personal injury damages. Your attorney will discuss them with you and whether you should pursue them.