If you’re involved in an accident, the physical damage to your car will likely be covered by insurance. But, remember: That is far from the only type of compensation that you may need following a wreck. An auto accident can have a drastic impact on many areas of your life.
If another driver caused your crash, it would be unfair to force you to suffer economically because of someone else’s driving mistakes. Below are a few different areas where compensation may be warranted after a crash, depending on the specifics of the accident and its aftermath.
You may be able to claim compensation for a variety of losses
Every car wreck case is unique, of course, but start by considering things like:
- The cost of emergency medical treatment at the scene and the ambulance ride
- The cost of medical care in the hospital
- The cost of medications you’ll need as you heal
- The cost of durable medical equipment, like canes and walkers
- The wages you lose if you miss any time at work
- The future wages you could lose if your injuries make returning to work impossible
- The pain and suffering you had to endure because of the other driver’s mistake
- The mental anguish you feel; many people have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after a crash
- Any long-term care you may need
- The cost of future appointments and checkups that are related to the injuries you suffered in the crash
Essentially, if the accident costs you in any way, you may be able to get compensation for it.
Figuring out where to start on a car accident claim
Knowing how to value your claim is just one part of obtaining the compensation you need to put your life back together. Know what legal steps you’ll need to take to make an effective claim.