After a car accident, you may experience a variety of complications. Your serious injuries may cause you to feel immense pain, need medical treatment for some time and cost you hard-earned income due to the cost of treatment. Additionally, you may also suffer other financial challenges due to the damage caused to your vehicle and time away from work.
Though your main focus after such an event should remain on your recovery, you may feel that you do not have that luxury. Instead, you may find yourself trying to determine how you will address the financial problems and other issues resulting from the incident. If someone else’s negligence caused your injury-causing accident, you may have grounds to file a legal claim against him or her in order to seek compensation.
Your personal injury claim may allow you to seek restitution for different types of damages. Specific economic harm involves damages that have tangible amounts applied to them. For instance, your medical bills, lost wages and property damage could fall into the category of special damages. These factors all have specific amounts associated with them for which you could seek recompense during your legal proceedings.
Another category for which you could seek compensation involves the damages that may prove more difficult to apply a specific monetary amount. These damages fall into the category of general, or noneconomic, damages. Specific examples of such hardships could include your pain and suffering, mental anguish, emotional turmoil, loss of companionship, physical impairments, and the possibility of a shortened lifespan. Depending on your situation, you may have other noneconomic damages for which you would like to seek compensation.
As mentioned, economic damages generally have a specific monetary amount associated with them that make it easier to determine the amount of compensation to which you may be entitled. However, it can prove more difficult to place a monetary value on noneconomic damages as they can have varying impacts from person to person. The court may consider some of the following factors when attempting to determine an appropriate amount of monetary awards:
- Injury severity
- Recovery time
- Ongoing consequences of the injuries
- Economic damages awarded
Of course, other aspects may also come into play, such as your personality and the personality of your legal representation.
If you hope to gain compensation for damages resulting from a car accident, the outcome could depend heavily on the specific circumstances of the accident and the presentation of your case. Therefore, you may want to find out more information on your legal options and how to build a meaningful presentation.