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What damages can I recover after a car accident?

On Behalf of | Dec 14, 2021 | Car Accidents

The losses faced in the aftermath of a car accident can be significant. You might struggle to cope with your physical pain on a daily basis, and the financial realities of your situation might be overwhelming. The emotional toll taken on you can be extensive, too, leaving you stressed about what the future has in store.

While you might know that a personal injury lawsuit is an option to alleviate these concerns, you might be wondering what, exactly, you’re able to recover from one of these claims. Hopefully this post will provide some insight.

Economic damages

To start, a successful personal injury claim should lead to the recovery of economic damages. These losses are those that are financial in nature. While some of them may be easily calculated, such as lost wages and incurred medical expenses, others are more challenging to determine because they are forward looking. This includes your anticipated medical expenses and rehabilitation costs, as well as your expected lost wages and your lost earnings capacity. Here, you may need expert witnesses to help you portray to a judge and jury your prognosis, your need for future treatment, and how your injuries have affected your ability to work.

Noneconomic damages

A winning personal injury lawsuit might also lead to the recovery of noneconomic damages, which are those losses that can’t easily be calculated based on monetary value. Pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life are two commonly sought non-economic damages. To prove these losses, you’ll need to be able to demonstrate how your injuries have affected your daily living. By providing specific examples of the limitations placed on your life by your injuries, you can paint a clearer picture for the judge and jury and maximize our chances of recovering the true value of your losses in this regard.

Building a strong case for your damages

Although you’ll certainly have to prove liability if you want to win your personal injury case, you’ll also need to devote a significant amount of time to proving the extent of your damages. You’ll want to take a holistic approach here, ensuring that your claim is supported by strong evidence that may include your medical and employment records as well as expert testimony. However, by being diligent in the preparation of your case, you may be able to strongly position yourself to achieve the outcome that you need and deserve.

 

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