What Types of Damages Can I Claim for Car Crash Injuries?

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What Types of Damages Can I Claim for Car Crash Injuries?

You have been injured in a vehicle crash, and your injuries are costing you money, whether for medical expenses, lost wages, or cancelled trips and other paid-in-advance plans that your injuries prevent you from enjoying. The law acknowledges that you have a right to financial “compensatory damages” to recoup all or part of your expenses. Your first step should be to talk with a lawyer about the crash, the injuries, and their impact on your daily life, which may last well into the future.

 Don’t wait to contact your personal injury attorney; under Texas’ statute of limitations, you must bring your claim within two years from the date of the crash. The purpose of compensatory damages is to return you, as far as possible, to the same conditions of your life before the crash. There are four main categories of compensatory damages:  medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and loss of affection.

 According to findlaw.com, medical expenses may include, but are not limited to: physical and/or cognitive therapy (from a brain injury); doctor visits, medical treatments, ambulance fees, permanent disability, disability equipment, disfigurement, and any necessary In-home services.  Damages for pain and suffering (“mental or physical distress,” in legal terms) are calculated based on how serious your injuries are, future pain from your injuries, distress and anxiety, and mental or emotional problems due to the crash.

Lost wages are exactly that: if you’re not able to work because of your injuries, damages are calculated by looking at your occupation, past earnings, skills, and life expectancy. If you are married, and your injuries deprive you of the ability to show affection, including sexual activity (legally known as “loss of consortium”), the uninjured spouse can claim damages for loss of affection, but only if the injured spouse is awarded damages for the injuries.

In the most serious vehicle crashes, you may be able to claim punitive damages if the injuries were the result of the other driver’s reckless behavior, called “gross negligence, recklessness, or willful or wanton disregard for the safety of others.”

You have been injured in a vehicle crash, and your injuries are costing you money, whether for medical expenses, lost wages, or cancelled trips and other paid-in-advance plans that your injuries prevent you from enjoying. The law acknowledges that you have a right to financial “compensatory damages” to recoup all or part of your expenses. Your first step should be to talk with a lawyer about the crash, the injuries, and their impact on your daily life, which may last well into the future.

 Don’t wait to contact your personal injury attorney; under Texas’ statute of limitations, you must bring your claim within two years from the date of the crash. The purpose of compensatory damages is to return you, as far as possible, to the same conditions of your life before the crash. There are four main categories of compensatory damages:  medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and loss of affection.

 According to findlaw.com, medical expenses may include, but are not limited to: physical and/or cognitive therapy (from a brain injury); doctor visits, medical treatments, ambulance fees, permanent disability, disability equipment, disfigurement, and any necessary In-home services.  Damages for pain and suffering (“mental or physical distress,” in legal terms) are calculated based on how serious your injuries are, future pain from your injuries, distress and anxiety, and mental or emotional problems due to the crash.

Lost wages are exactly that: if you’re not able to work because of your injuries, damages are calculated by looking at your occupation, past earnings, skills, and life expectancy. If you are married, and your injuries deprive you of the ability to show affection, including sexual activity (legally known as “loss of consortium”), the uninjured spouse can claim damages for loss of affection, but only if the injured spouse is awarded damages for the injuries.

In the most serious vehicle crashes, you may be able to claim punitive damages if the injuries were the result of the other driver’s reckless behavior, called “gross negligence, recklessness, or willful or wanton disregard for the safety of others.”

At Hudson Law Firm, we put PERSONAL back into Personal Injury Law. For an injury claim evaluation, call us at (972) 360-9898, or visit our website to chat with an associate. We understand and care about your injury, and look forward to helping you with your accident claim.