An auto accident can cause you serious personal injuries. If the accident was no fault of your own and; therefore, you are the victim of the accident, you will want to recover damages for the injuries you have incurred, due to the accident. A personal injury lawyer or a car wreck lawyer will guide you through the process of getting compensation after the accident. Your personal injury lawyer will not only help you receive damages, but he/she will also represent you in your claim against the insurers. Below is a list of damages that you can be compensated for after you have been involved in a car wreck. You should contact your lawyer on more information on how to recover these damages.
Compensatory damages refer to the payment of money received by the injured party to compensate for the injuries sustained. The amount of compensatory damages depends on the extent of your injuries and your will to sue the responsible party in order to receive what you feel is fair. In addition, compensatory damages also depend on who you feel should be held responsible for your injuries and the individual circumstances of your case. Compensation can be attained for both physical and mental pain after you have suffered a car accident. The different types of compensatory damages are as follows:
- Compensation for past and future pain and suffering that has been caused as a result of the auto accident
- Compensation for past and future loss of wages or wage earning capacity
- Permanent disfigurement and scarring on your body
- Physical impairment or disability of your body
- Mental trauma caused as a result of the accident
- Inconvenience caused as a result of the accident
- Loss in the ability to be a part of recreational activities
- Past and future loss of the ability to enjoy life
- Past and future Medicare and other healthcare bills incurred due to the accident
- Past and future loss of companionship, financial dependence, comfort, services, relationship and attention suffered due to the accident
Punitive damages are incurred over and above the usual compensatory damages in the case where the wrong done to the plaintiff has been aggravated by an act of violence, aggression or misconduct on the part of the defendant. Punitive damages are incurred as an additional burden on the defendant to set an example and deter the defendant of repeating the same mistake again in the future.