Damages in a car accident go beyond medical expenses

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Being involved in a car accident creates an upheaval in your life. There are some aspects of that upheaval that are compensable in a personal injury lawsuit. If you have been involved in a car accident, you should be aware of the types of damages that might apply to your case.

Lost wages are one of the possible damages that you can seek when you file your claim. This would be the case if you had to miss work because of your injuries. It could also apply if you had to take off work because of medical appointments, physical therapy and other necessary care. If you think that you might need to seek compensation for lost wages or lost earning capacity, make sure that you hang onto proof of your earnings, as that might positively impact your claim.

In some cases, you might be able to pursue compensation for pain and suffering. This type of damage depends largely on the injury you suffered. Mental anguish and the effects of that distress, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, might also be compensable.

Medical expenses are another type of compensable damage. This is often the primary factor that is used to determine compensation. Medical expenses go far beyond just the doctor bills. You also have to consider therapies, consultation fees, in-home services, medical accessories and ambulance costs.

Determining the full extent of damages to which you are entitled can be difficult because some of the damages, such as future medical care costs, are not easily quantified. A legal professional can calculate present and future costs and help you prepare your case.

Source: FindLaw, "What Kinds of Damages May I Claim for Car Accident Injuries?," accessed July 14, 2016

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