If you were in an automobile accident, you may sue to recover expenses associated with medical costs, property damage, economic damages, as well as emotional and physical pain and suffering. Be aware that this type of litigation can be very complicated. Consulting with an experienced lawyer familiar with motor vehicle accident damages will serve you well as you try and make your case.
What Damages Include
In automobile accident cases, the injured party may recover for a variety of things: medical and rehabilitative expenses, permanent injuries, pain and suffering, lost income, and possibly even future lost income. It’s probably a good idea to keep a daily journal in order to document your injuries and to see how the injury affects you over time.
There’s also another area that many people are not aware of: the accident victim’s spouse may be able to recover for damage to the marital relationship. The claim, called “loss of consortium,” can be either temporary or permanent and is usually brought by both the husband and wife.
Insurance and Recovery Amount
In most cases, an insurance company compensates the victim for damages. Under an uninsured or underinsured motorist law, victims may be able to receive compensation from their own insurance company if the other driver has no or insufficient insurance.
How much you receive from an automobile accident case depends on a number of factors, whether the other party’s fault can be established, the extent of damage to your vehicle, the seriousness and type of the injuries, the kind of medical treatment needed, and the amount of insurance coverage available.
If there’s one thing that can be said, it’s that injuries received in a motor vehicle accident can be life alerting. Even small injuries can result in lost time from work and have a big impact on a family. If you are an automobile accident victim, contact a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer (preferably an auto accident attorney) to assist you.
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- Maryland Auto Accidents – Frequently Asked Questions
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