Car crash injuries can lead to financial devastation for injury victims. There are a lot of expenses that can result from a catastrophic injury. Victims shouldn’t be expected to cover these losses when the crash was caused by someone else’s negligence.
If you have recently been injured and you choose to file a claim for compensation, there are certain damages you can claim. These are determined by the ways in which the crash has impacted your life. These are three of the more common types of compensation people may seek after a car accident.
1. Medical bills
Medical bills stemming from treatment of injuries sustained in a car crash can become incredibly costly. Victims can seek damages for expenses related directly to their injuries. You shouldn’t focus only on the bills you’ve already gotten. Instead, you’ll need to be able to determine what bills you’ll face in the future as well. Lawyers can look at cases similar to yours to get an idea of how much your future damages will be. Remember, once you seek compensation, you can’t come back and ask for more later.
2. Missed wages
Missed wages apply whether you’re completely off of work because of the injury or if you’re having to take off for doctor appointments. Even if you’re using paid time off or sick pay, you can seek compensation for those losses, as well as benefits that you weren’t able to receive because of the time you needed to take off of work related to your harm.
3. Pain and suffering
Pain and suffering damages are usually difficult to quantify because of differences in circumstances. What affects one person might not affect the next in the same way. For example, emotional trauma from a crash could lead to challenges that become manageable for some. Others might suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder that completely removes their ability to travel in a vehicle. An attorney can clarify how pain and suffering might be measured in your case.
Anyone who suffers an injury because of someone else’s negligence should determine whether they want to file a claim for compensation or not. There are time limits for getting personal injury cases filed in Arizona, so you must act swiftly if you’ve been injured.