3 Types Of Compensation You Can Get After A Car Accident

Posted on: 9 July 2019

After you have been in a car accident, you don't have to accept the consequences of what happened to you without adequate compensation. If you suffered physical injuries, pain, and suffering, you don't have to just deal with it. You can work with an attorney and sue the driver who caused the accident and their insurance provider in order to get the compensation you need to move on with your life.

Compensation #1: Medical

One of the top forms of compensation that you can pursue after a car accident is medical compensation. When you pursue compensation for medical care, you need to make sure you pursue compensation for all your medical care, not just the initial trip to the emergency room. You can pursue compensation for every doctor's appointment you had, every special test that has to be run to help with your recovery, all the physical therapy or occupational therapy you went through, and anything you had to purchase out of your own pocket to help with your recovery process.

If you are still seeing a doctor for your medical needs, don't just accept payment for what you have already paid for; you need to make sure that all your future medical needs will be taken care of as well. Although that can be hard to predict, there are medical professionals who can help write up proposals that show the future cost of your medical care. You need to make sure you have enough money to take care of any life-long ramifications of the injuries you suffered, not just for the care you have gotten so far.

Compensation #2: Loss of Income

Next, losing out on earning potential can be detrimental to your lifestyle. If you had to take paid or unpaid days off work in order to recover from your injury, you should be compensated for all of those days. If you were fired or had to quit your job because of how extensive your injuries were or how long the recovery process has been taking, you should be able to get money for all the earnings you lost out on. In the most severe cases, if you can no longer continue down your desired career path, you should get compensated for everything that you could have earned. Lost income is serious, and you should work with an attorney to really figure out how much you lost and how it can be compensated back to you.

Compensation #3: Pain & Suffering

Pain and suffering can be either easy or hard to quantify. If you had to get counseling after your accident, that can be easier to quantify. If you had to miss out on opportunities, such as needing to skip a vacation, that can be more straightforward to quantify. Other experiences of pain and suffering may be more difficult to put a monetary value on; however, documenting how you feel after the accident and the injuries you went through can help make it easier to figure out a monetary value to assign to the pain and suffering you went through.

After a serious accident, you need to partner with an attorney to make sure you get the compensation you deserve for all the ways the accident impacted your life, from the medical care to the loss of income to the pain and suffering you have had to go through. Contact a personal injury lawyer in order to learn more.