What damages can you recover following a car accident?
Even the most seemingly minor Massachusetts car accidents can result in issues that could impact your life for years to come. In addition to dealing with the physical injuries themselves, many accident victims find that they are struggling financially, as well emotionally. If a negligent driver caused your accident, you may be able to recover a variety of economic and non-economic damages by filing a personal injury lawsuit.
Damages recoverable after a car accident
When we think of a car accident, we often only think of the physical injuries themselves. However, there are many other types of injuries accident victims may experience. Many for the following:
- Long-term medical care expenses – Many car accident victims must undergo medical treatments, surgeries, rehabilitation, and at-home care to recover from the injuries in the accident.
- Emotional and mental trauma – Car accident victims may suffer from anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, fatigue/insomnia, and various other non-physical ailments as a result of the traumatic accident.
- Loss of income and earning capacity – Many accident victims are unable to work for weeks or months after the accident, resulting in a loss of income. In some serious cases, the accident victim suffers permanent injuries that prevent them from ever returning to the work they used to do.
- Pain and suffering – Accident victims can be compensated for the pain and suffering they were forced to endure as a result of the accident.
Damages also available for accident victims’ families
Accident victims are not the only ones who suffer. When an accident victim is unable to properly interact with their loved ones or provide household support, family members, particularly spouses and children of accident victims, can suffer as a result. Family members can recover damages by filing claims for loss of consortium/companionship or loss of household services.
No amount of financial recovery can ever erase the pain and suffering you suffered in your accident. However, the damages you recover can help take care of you and your loved ones during this difficult time. A personal injury attorney in your area can help file your claim for damages.
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