• Sep
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    Posted by: Jarve Kaplan Granato Starr

    How are Damages Determined After a Car Accident?

    If you’ve been in a car accident, the first thought that goes through your mind has nothing to do with damages or filing a lawsuit: You are shaken, grateful to be alive, and concentrating on your own health and wellbeing. But after the initial shock is over and you’ve had a chance to breathe, you have to face your new reality. Depending on whether the accident was major or minor, you now have to face the aftermath. You may have medical bills that need to be paid, or your vehicle will need to be repaired or replaced. You may have missed work. Worst of all, you may be living with pain or trauma for the foreseeable future. All of these outcomes are calculated as part of the damage that you suffered as a result of the accident, and collectively they are what a car accident attorney will help you to recover.

    Car accident victims have a right to seek compensation for the real and noneconomic damages that they’ve suffered, and a car accident attorney can both help them to determine what those damages should be and represent them as they pursue their claim. The damages that your attorney may include in that calculation include:

    • Property damages – This includes the value of the vehicle or repairs to the vehicle; other property that may have been damaged in the accident, i.e. possessions that were in the vehicle when the car accident occurred. In most cases, these expenses will be addressed through the at-fault driver’s auto insurance company rather than in a lawsuit.
    • Medical expenses – These can include out-of-pocket costs for transportation to the hospital/emergency room; treatment of physical injuries; rehabilitation costs; costs for medication and supplies.
    • Lost wages – If you have to miss work in order to recover, you lose wages. Depending upon how bad your injuries are and much work you have to miss, you may also lose valuable time devoted to advancing in your profession, or even the ability to perform your previous work.
    • Pain and suffering – Car accidents can leave both physical and emotional scars. If your accident’s physical injuries will leave you with chronic pain, or if you suffered emotional trauma, a calculation may be made to quantify that outcome.

    Calculating damages following a car accident requires both legal knowledge and experience. To make sure that you get the compensation that you deserve, contact our car accident attorneys today to set up a time for a consultation.

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