If you’ve just been in a car accident, it may take you some time to pick up the pieces. Not only do you have to deal with the emotional trauma of going through a terrifying experience, but you also have to figure out issues with your car insurance and sometimes find a new means of transportation. And through it all, you may have medical issues that you are dealing with, which may cost you a significant amount of money. However, there’s one way that you can take control of the situation and recover some of what you lost during the accident: by filing an accident lawsuit. Though lawsuits are not always necessary (and, in some cases, they may actually be more trouble than they’re worth), your accidental case recovery may be easier with legal action.
So what can you actually recover by suing the person who caused the accident? Though there is no fixed dollar amount or maximum, the money you stand to gain is determined by the losses you suffered due to the accident. To start, medical treatment expenses are a significant contributor, as you can rack up thousands of dollars in medical bills because of a serious accident. If you have had to miss work in order to recover from the accident, you can claim income loss, especially if the accident caused you to not be able to perform the same type of job you were doing before.
Three less tangible factors that you can claim damages for are pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment and emotional distress. These mean that you experience significant pain during and after the accident (typically due to medical issues), can no longer enjoy some of the activities you did before (as a result of the pain) and suffer from panic and distress. It’s harder to put your finger on how much money you should receive for going through these, but you can claim more or less depending on the severity of the trauma. Even harder is putting a dollar amount on a person — which you can claim through loss of consortium, if a close family member like a spouse was killed in the accident.
It’s much easier to put an exact amount on the property loss that you suffered in the accident, such as the damage done to your car as well as any property that you had inside. And finally, you can even claim punitive damages if the reason you got in the accident was the other person’s reckless driving — which means that you would receive money simply to punish the other person for their problematic behavior in causing the accident.