You probably know that when you have been hurt in a car accident, due to someone else’s negligence, you can recover compensation for your expenses and losses through an insurance claim. But you may be wondering exactly what type of damages that includes. Does it cover your pain and suffering? What about the medical bills? Can you get paid for the medical expenses you will face ten years from now, as a result of the accident? The answer to both questions is, “yes,” but you’ll need the help of an experienced car accident attorney.
Economic damages are the expenses and losses that can be directly tied to a dollar amount. Medical expenses, lost wages, special equipment, someone to take care of you at home and those sorts of things. Existing economic damages are the easiest to calculate and prove. You already have or can easily get the documentation for the time you’ve missed from work, your medical bills, and other costs. Future economic damages are trickier. And ultimately, more important. If you have been seriously injured, you will face expenses and losses for the rest of your life, and you only got this one chance to demand the money you will need to pay for your lifetime costs.
Non-economic damages are more elusive, and more meaningful to most accident victims and their loved ones. There is no specific dollar amount attached, so your attorney must prove their value by showing how your injuries have affected you and your family. Non-economic damages include:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Diminished quality of life
- Loss of consortium
Every car accident case is different. Learn more about the damages you can receive for your Los Angeles car accident injuries by calling Sheridan & Rund PC at 888-640-6789 or contact us online today.