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What kind of damages can I recover after a car accident?

Has a car accident left you with serious injuries? If so, then you’re probably trying to figure out how to reclaim your normal life as quickly as possible. If your accident was caused by the negligence of another, then you might be able to recover compensation for your losses, which can give you the stability you need as you focus on your recovery.

Types of damages you can recover

Depending on the facts of your case, you might be able to recover extensive damages. Medical expenses that you’ve already incurred, future medical and rehabilitation costs, lost wages, lost earnings capacity, and even pain and suffering can serve as the basis for recovering compensation. In order to successfully do so, though, you need to know the true extent of those damages, which may not be as intuitive as you think.

Calculating damages

Some damages are relatively easy to add up. Your past medical expenses and the wages that you’ve already lost due to your injury, for example, are simple to tally up. Losses that are forward-looking can be more challenging, though. They often require you to present significant evidence, such as your education, the career trajectory you were on before your accident, and your medical prognosis. That might sound simple enough, but to fully present your care you’re likely going to need expert testimony to support your position.

Be wary of settlement offers

It can be tempting to take a quick settlement offer that provides you with an influx of cash during a time of need, but this may not be your best option. After all, those who are making a settlement offer are trying to get out of the mess with as little damage as possible. In other words, they don’t have your interests at heart. So, you need to know the strengths and weaknesses of your case, as well as the likelihood of succeeding at trial before moving forward with a settlement offer. Fortunately, an attorney who is experienced handling these personal injury cases can help you with this assessment. Fortunately, you have the opportunity to discuss your case with an attorney who you feel will fight for you.

 

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