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What damages can be recovered for car accident injuries?

Many car accident victims experience one of the most jarring and unexpected events in their lives. These victims usually receive no warning about neither their impending accident nor the injuries that may result. Dealing with the aftermath of a car accident can be dizzying to think about. It is advised to stay as positive as possible and to focus on the factors that you can control after such a tragic accident.

The good news is that car accident victims may be able to recover compensation for injuries suffered if the accident that resulted in those injuries was caused negligent driver. This must be proven, but putting forth strong evidence could lead to the recovery of much needed compensation. For what damages may a victim recover compensation? Most obviously, money for past and future medical expenses can be sought, so long as they are related to the accident injuries. Another category of damages is pain and suffering. Compensatory awards in this category aim to ease mental and emotional duress suffered as a result of the accident and its injuries.

Lost wages is another large portion of a damages claim. These damages are key, as njuries from a car accident oftentimes result in some amount of absence from work. Sometimes a victim is left permanently disabled and permanently unable to work.

Life can be changed forever after a serious car accident injury. Understanding the short and long-term effects of such an injury is crucial to understanding one's need post-accident. Therefore, victims should not discount or downplay serious injuries. Those who are harmed in an accident caused by the negligence of another should carefully consider their legal options and how best to pursue the compensation to which they may be entitled.

Source: FindLaw, "What kind of damages may I claim for car accident injuries?" accessed Sep. 12, 2016

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