Serious motor vehicle accidents can leave victims with severe injuries, life-long injuries and even fatal injuries. Even though these collisions typically last no more than a few seconds, the ramifications linger on long afterward.
In this time after an accident, victims and their families often struggle with the enormous amount of damage done, physically, mentally and financially. And while you cannot go back in time to stop the accident from occurring, you can pursue compensation from the negligent party to make the aftermath and recovery periods a little easier.
Compensation can be categorized into three types of damages that may be awarded to victims and their families following a serious car accident.
- Economic (or special) damages: Money awarded for economic damages addresses the actual financial losses you have experienced. This includes past, current and future lost wages, medical bills, funeral expenses and household services.
- Non-economic damages: Not all damages can be calculated, but that doesn't mean they are insignificant. Courts can award compensation for damages like emotional distress, loss of affection as well as pain and suffering.
- Punitive damages: These damages are not awarded in every case, as they are reserved for those that involve intentional disregard or indifference for the safety of others. They are in place to serve specifically to punish the negligent party.
Compensation of any kind can prove to be an essential element in your recovery process after an accident. Of course, money can't replace a lost loved one or undo the damage you have suffered, but it can help in other critical ways. Instead of worrying about medical expenses, or how you will pay bills without a job, you can stay focused on coping with your injuries and getting better when you receive financial support.
However, pursuing this compensation can be complicated and frustrating so it is wise to have legal guidance and experience on your side. Working with an attorney to file a personal injury claim after an accident can help you fight for the support your may seriously need and deserve.