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What damages can I recover after a car accident?

On Behalf of | Sep 17, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Pain, financial stress, mental anguish. Each of these hardships can arise in the aftermath of a motor vehicle accident. Taken together, these damages can be overwhelming, leaving you unsure of where to turn for help. You shouldn’t despair, though, because the legal system may provide you with the avenue you need to impose liability, find accountability, and recover the compensation you need.

What damages can you recover?

A lot of harm can be caused by a car accident. As a result, you might have the ability to recover compensation for various types of damages.

  • Medical expenses: This includes expenses that you’ve already incurred as well as any medical costs you expect to face in the future that are tied to your accident injuries. Rehabilitation costs can also be factored in here. Don’t overlook how wide-ranging these damages can be.
  • Lost wages: If you’ve missed work, then you can try to recoup your lost wages. But these damages don’t stop there. Your injuries might affect your ability to earn a higher wage in the future or permanently limit you job prospects. If that’s the case, then you can seek to recover your lost earnings capability, too.
  • Pain and suffering: How do you put a price on your agony? It’s hard to do, which is why this is often the most challenged type of damages. Here, a lot of your success boils down to emotional appeal. After all, your life has been upended, maybe even devastated. If you can convey how your injuries have affected your daily living and your ability to enjoy life, then you will have successfully shown the value of your pain and suffering.

Develop the evidence you need to support your claim

To succeed at imposing liability and recovering compensation, you need to have strong evidence. This means gathering witness testimony, perhaps even expert testimony, and documents that you can use to develop arguments that have a sound basis in the law. It can be a more complicated process than it seems, which is why most car accident victims choose to turn to a strong personal injury attorney for assistance.


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Dana Watts is a board certified civil trial lawyer by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization with more than 30 years of litigation experience. He also received an AV* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell.

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