Most Common Types of Damages In Car Accident Cases
A serious car accident can change your life. It may affect your career and your personal life. For many people, the medical expenses alone can turn their financial situation up-side-down. Thankfully, you can receive compensation for your accident related losses caused by someone else’s wrongdoing. The most common types of damages awarded in an auto accident case include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages and loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
Additional Damages in Car Accident Cases
Damages awarded after a car accident are designed to put you in the same position as you would have been if the crash did not occur. Although some losses are difficult or impossible to quantify, the law still attempts to compensate you through monetary means for those items. You may also have a claim for other out-of-pocket expenses incurred as a result of the accident. Some of these damages must be proven through experts. Experts are used in claims for future medical expenses and loss of earnings capacity. You may also have a property damage claim for diminished value, which is typically limited to newer vehicles.
Your family may have related claims including loss of consortium. Punitive damages can also be available in serious car accidents especially involving DUI cases. On the other hand, Arizona is a pure comparative fault state, meaning if you are found partly at fault for causing an accident, any award for damages you receive will be reduced by the percentage you are deemed to be at fault.
Speak To An Experienced Car Accident Lawyer
You should always speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer to determine specifically what damages you are entitled to as a result of your accident. At Geisheimer Law, PLLC, we understand that moving on after a car accident can be difficult, and we can help. Call 480-467-8800 for more information or to schedule a free case evaluation.