If you have been injured in a car accident, you are entitled to claim several different types of damages. The principal one is for medical expenses. In addition, you may also be eligible to claim loss income or diminished earning capacity, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium.
Injuries sustained in a car accident could be as slight as minor cuts and bruises, or as significant as paralysis or other debilitating condition. Because some serious injuries may not be readily apparent or manifest themselves immediately, it is important to always undergo a complete physical examination after a car accident, even if you believe you are uninjured.
Available medical expenses damages related to a car accident include, but are not limited to the following:
- Ambulance services
- Consultations with healthcare providers
- Physical and/or cognitive therapy
- Medical accessories, i.e. crutches, braces, etc.
- Permanent disability
- Home healthcare services
At the time your claim is settled, if your physician feels you will need further medical treatments or therapy, he or she will work with your attorney to calculate the estimated costs of those treatments.
If a driver is responsible for the death of another person, a wrongful death claim may be filed in addition to medical expenses incurred prior to death.
Pain and Suffering
Damages can be claimed for the mental and physical hardship caused by the injury. Pain and suffering damages are based on the type of injury, the degree of pain endured, and the prognosis for on-going pain associated with the injury. Additionally, pain and suffering damages may include stress and anxiety as a result of the accident, also called “loss of enjoyment of life.”
Car accident injuries may disrupt your ability to work. This could be on a temporary basis such as attending doctor’s appointments and therapy sessions, or on a permanent basis due to lessened mobility or permanent handicap. When awarding damages for lost earning capacity, a jury will consider factors including age, occupation, experience, skill, and life expectancy.
Loss of Affection or Companionship
A car accident could deprive a married person of the ability to show affection to their spouse, including sexual activity. Legally, this is referred to as “loss of consortium.” In contrast to other kinds of damages, loss of affection, companionship, and/or consortium are claimed by the uninjured spouse. Additionally, these damages can only be recovered if a recovery for the injury is made.
Surviving family members can make a claim for loss of society and companionship damages if the victim dies because of their car accident injuries.
Contact Colorado Springs Car Accident Attorneys
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident in Colorado Springs, the experienced car accident attorneys at the Green Law Firm can help. We know how to fight the large insurance companies, so that you receive the maximum compensation to which you are entitled. Contact the experienced Colorado Springs car accident attorneys at the Green Law Firm today to schedule a no-obligation consultation and discuss your case. Call us today at 1-719-694-8515 or contact us through our website at www.greenlawfirmpc.com/contact-us.