After a long work week, you want nothing more than to spend this Saturday having a good time with your family. Checking one last time to make sure that everyone is buckled up, you reverse out of the driveway, and head towards a fun filled day of miniature golf and arcade games.
While driving down Woodruff Road, another vehicle speeds through the intersection at Market Point Drive, and smashes into the front of your car. Sliding across the road, you manage to just narrowly avoid hitting an oncoming vehicle. You stop in the grass alongside the intersection. Frantically turning around to check on your children, you are relieved to discover that they appear to be uninjured by the accident.
Deciding to get out of the car, you reach for the handle, and open the door. The moment you turn to exit the vehicle, a sharp pain emits from your knee. Right where, upon impact, it hit against the side of the car. Unable to bend your leg, you nervously wait for paramedics to arrive.
Has a story like this one either happened to you or a person that you care about?
Recovering from a car accident is a painful, time-consuming endeavor. In addition to your physical, mental, and emotional pain, the injury you’ve sustained causes you to miss work, racks up a huge list of medical expenses as you seek healthcare from specialists for treatment, and the other expenses with the accident. You’re likely wondering what kind of compensation can I receive after a car accident.
After receiving immediate medical attention, you should contact a car accident lawyer. You already have enough to worry about besides paying medical expenses, and providing for your family while out of work. During your initial conversation, we’ll discuss what you can expect from your legal claim. Including the types of compensation is available to pursue.
What Compensation Can I Receive After A Car Accident
- Property damage: Damages to your car and other personal property
- Lost wages: If your injury prevents you from returning to work as you heal, you could be able to receive compensation for lost wages.
- Medical expenses: Depending on the extent of your injury, you may end up with a long list of medical bills from doctors visits and treatment plans.
- Pain and suffering: Not only can a car accident be physically demanding, it may also lead to intense psychological and emotional pain.
- Loss of “consortium”: Consortium is the legal term for the companionship of a husband or wife. If you receive an injury in a car accident you may unable to perform physical intimacy with your spouse. Because of this you may be able to receive compensation for that loss of intimacy (consortium).
- “Punitive” damages: Punitive damages don’t compensate you for anything in particular. They’re meant to discourage behavior in others. Basically a punishment for the person or business that acted intentionally or recklessly.