Damages after a car accident can be substantial in terms of physical injuries and financial losses. Thankfully, you can pursue compensation for these damages in a car accident claim in Georgia. Financial compensation cannot put many aspects of your life back together after a serious accident, but it can help with medical bills and other expenses.
After a serious accident, medical expenses can be one of the most significant damages in your car accident claim. Ambulance and emergency room fees are expensive, and you may be surprised at how quickly medical care expenses add up. Even routine follow-up care can strain virtually any budget.
You may also require medical care in the future. Predicted future medical expenses can be included in your award for damages, but you may have to hire an expert to provide an opinion on the amount of medical care you will need and an estimated cost.
Medical expenses include costs that you may not typically associate with medical care, including:
- Physical or cognitive therapy
- Medical devices such as heating pads, walkers, or wheelchairs
- In-home services
- Home accommodations for a new disability
After a car accident, you may need to take time off from work to recover. Any time that you miss from work because of your accident should be documented so that you can file a claim for the wages that you would have earned if the accident had not occurred. You can also file a claim for future lost wages.
Damages for lost wages extend beyond simply missing days from work. They also apply to situations in which your entire career must change because of your accident. Factors such as a decrease in salary or an inability to continue a career will influence the amount of damages awarded for your Georgia car accident claim.
You can also recover for any damage to property after a car accident. In most cases, this will include your vehicle and any contents inside of your vehicle that were lost or damaged. They can also include property, such as buildings or other stationary objects, that were damaged in the accident.
Pain and suffering is perhaps the most well-known general damage. It comprises a separate category of damages, but it is often associated with medical expenses. You can be compensated for the physical and mental anguish the injury caused. It is difficult to pinpoint exactly how much pain and suffering is worth, but your Georgia car accident lawyer can help you come up with an estimate that includes future pain and suffering.
Other general damages include losses that are difficult to place a monetary value on, including the following:
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of consortium
- Physical disfigurement
- Reduced quality of life
For example, if your loved one was involved an accident that left him in a vegetative state, you may be able to file a claim for the loss of the companionship, friendship, and love that your spouse or child would have provided to you if the accident had not occurred.
A Georgia personal injury attorney will be able to evaluate your case and explain which damages may be available to you based on your unique situation. Call the Kennesaw Car Accident Attorneys at 833 – LEGALGA for more information and a free consultation.