FAQ: What damages can I recover after a car accident?

You or someone you love has been in a car accident. Without warning, your life changes. You should not be left to struggle through life because of another driver’s poor decisions or mistake. When you’ve been injured in an accident, you are entitled to certain damages. Some damages cover the cost of your recovery – medical expenses for your physical recovery and transportation expenses for your damaged vehicle. But that is not all you are owed as the victim or the family member of the victim of a car accident.

The at-fault party, or their insurance company, owes you damages for the harm you suffered. It is a sad reality that many insurance companies resist paying the full value of your case. Amanda Hayden and the Hayden Law Firm believe in your case and care about you. We will help get you the support you need after experiencing an accident. Message us or call (314) 480-3100 to discuss your case with us with no obligation.

Car Accident Damages

When you or a loved one is hurt in a car accident, inevitably, you will have bills. Not only that, but the injuries may leave you unable to work or otherwise alter your normal way of life. You can and should be paid for all of these damages. There are damages you are entitled to as the victim of the accident, and additional damages for your family.

Damages For The Victim

  • Property damages: If your vehicle was damaged in the accident, you are entitled to receive the compensation required to fix or replace the car. You can also claim damages for other property such as possessions that were inside the vehicle or your land if they were affected by the crash.
  • Medical care: The at-fault party must cover all of the medical costs associated with your injuries from the accident. Very often, injuries from car accidents require on-going, long term medical attention. You deserve to receive adequate medical care until you have reached maximum medical improvement. That is, you should have all medical treatment covered until you have recovered as much as is medically possible.
  • Lost wages: When you have significant injuries, it becomes very challenging to function at the level you to which you are accustomed. You may struggle to execute your regular work duties or experience pain while doing them. You should not be forced to work during this time for fear of financial instability. You need and deserve time dedicated to physical and psychological recovery, and you are owed payment for the work you are unable to do because of the accident. For some, the injuries you sustained in the accident will have a lasting effect on your career. If you are a laborer by trade and the car accident leaves you with back problems that limit the amount of weight you can lift or the amount of time you can stay on your feet, your ability to earn a living is significantly altered.
  • Pain and suffering: Becoming the victim of a car accident disrupts your life and leaves you affected internally. Through no fault of your own, your life is suddenly turned upside down. In a best-case scenario, it may just cause stress, frustration, and inconvenience, but in other cases, it can create lasting trauma that permanently changes your daily life and functioning. Though it’s no replacement for peace of mind, the money you deserve for pain and suffering is meant as a consolation for what you endured.

Damages for the Family of the Victim

  • Wrongful death: When the life of a loved one is tragically cut short, a wrongful death claim is a way to get a little support during this inconceivably painful time. Wrongful death damages can cover medical costs and end of life and funeral expenses. An additional sum may be awarded for the pain and suffering your loved one experienced before they passed. The difference between pain and suffering under a wrongful death claim and a personal injury claim is that the claim originates from a living family member of the deceased victim, rather than a living victim filing a claim on their own behalf. According to Missouri statute, the wrongful death claim must be filed by the victim’s spouse, parent, child, or grandchild. If there are no living family members of such relation, then a sibling or the child of a sibling may file.
  • Loss of companionship, affection, or consortium: Being injured in a car accident affects not only the life, condition, and well-being of the victim, but also changes life for the entire family of the victim. The spouse of the injured person is especially impacted and may be eligible for special damages. If the injured victim receives damages for their injury and the injury prevents them from being able to express affection or engage in intimacy with their spouse, the uninjured spouse has a claim.
  • Recover Damages For Your St. Louis Car Accident

    You and your family deserve complete compensation for all the ways in which the car accident has affected your lives. To recover all that you truly owed, you need a legal team like the Hayden Law Firm. With Amada Hayden as your attorney, you have a dedicated, experienced advocate who will passionately demand a fair result for your case. Discuss your case with us for no charge by calling us at (314) 480-3100 or messaging us today.

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