What Can You be Compensated for After a California Car Accident?
After suffering from a car accident, you have a lot to worry about. You need to seek medical attention if any injuries resulted from your crash. You have to file insurance claims and deal with getting damages to your vehicle fixed (or possibly even shop for a new vehicle if yours was totaled).
There's a lot going on, and it's stressful, especially when the car accident wasn't your fault.
That's why we believe that you should get as much compensation as possible for your accident so that you can get back to living your life without dealing with the stressors of the aftermath.
When you hire an auto accident attorney in the state of California, there are a few different things that you can be compensated for.
1. Medical Expenses
If you've had to go to doctors and hospitals due to your injuries from your car accident, you likely have medical bills on medical bills to deal with. You absolutely have the right to compensation to cover all of those medical bills following your accident.
Some of the medical expenses you may have incurred following your car accident are:
- Ambulance fees
- Physical therapy
- Doctor's appointments
- Crutches or wheelchair
- In-home services
If it appears you may need further medical treatment by the time your case is settled, you may even receive compensation for estimated future medical expenses.
2. Pain & Suffering
Pain and suffering essentially is physical or mental distress you may experience following your accident. These damages are awarded based on the severity of the accident, leading to both physical and mental unstability, the level of pain you're dealing with following the accident, and the lasting effects.
Things like disfigurement and permanent disability may be covered under medical expenses or under pain and suffering. It depends on the case, but pain and suffering damages can be awarded simply for loss of enjoyment of life due to the accident, or for more severe things like long-lasting injuries.
3. Lost Wages
If you weren't able to work due to your injury, that is a huge added stressor. Not only do you have medical bills piling up, you have no way to pay for them.
A personal injury suit can also help you claim compensation for your lost wages, meaning your attorney will add up the number of hours you would have worked and the amount of money you would have made had you been healthy and able to go to work. They'll request that much compensation in lost wages, as well as look to the future of how long you will be out of work due to your injuries.
A car accident doesn't have to be the end of the world. If you're suffering from an injury due to a car accident and you're worried about getting back to work and paying your bills, call The May Firm. We'll work to get you the compensation you deserve.