What Damages Can a Car Accident Victim Recover?

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Being involved in a Sacramento auto accident may be harmful to your overall well-being. When many people think of getting into a serious auto accident, they tend to think of physical injuries and the damage they may cause. However, there are often many other damages associated with being involved in an auto accident.

Your finances typically take a hit following an auto accident, and knowing what damages you are eligible to receive compensation for will indefinitely help you on your road to recovery. Working with a skilled personal injury attorney will ensure the compensation you deserve is being pursued.

Financial Damages Victims Can Recover

“Damages” refers to the amount of money the victim receives to pay compensation for expenses directly relating to the accident. Following a car accident, victims who sustain injuries may be eligible to receive compensation for the following damages:

  • Economic: This relates to any finances the victim has or will have lost in the future due to the car accident.

  • Non-economic: This relates to physical and emotional pain.

In certain cases, there is another form of financial compensation which is known as punitive damages. These are rarely awarded, as they are used as a form of punishment for the at-fault party, for excessive recklessness. For example, if you were injured in an auto accident and the other party was going 30+ MPH over the speed limit, you may be eligible to receive punitive damages due to the other party involved acting with utmost negligence.

Economic Damages

As earlier stated, these types of damages relate directly to the expenses related to the accident. These damages include:

  • Medical bills

  • Medical rehabilitation/therapy

  • Medical equipment

  • Lost wages

  • Loss of future earnings

Because injuries often render the victim unable to work, it’s not uncommon for medical bill expenses to pile up. In a world where medical bills remain one of the most common reasons for bankruptcy, it’s important for you to work with a steadfast personal injury attorney to help you seek the full compensation you deserve.

Non-Economic Damages

These types of damages are those that spring up after an accident. These are damages that directly affect the victim’s quality of life. These are damages that may be more than physical. Some examples include:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Permanent disfigurement (common with burn victims and amputees)

  • Permanent disability

These types of damages take into account how the victim’s life will/has change(d) following the accident, and compensate accordingly. Think of it as an attempt to recompense the victim for their diminished quality of life.

If you were injured in an auto accident, you need skilled attorneys on your side to help you pursue the compensation you deserve. Call us today at (916) 476-2399 to schedule your free case evaluation today!