No one wants to deal with a motor vehicle accident and when it does happen, you may be unsure of what your options are. Here at Grimes & Fertitta PC, we help victims of negligent drivers understand the types of compensation that are available. Compensation is a financial payment which is usually designed to reimburse you for damages and problems that are related to an accident.
The most common type of compensation is that for medical bills. This compensation amount is calculated to include your emergency care at the scene of the accident, hospitalizations, medical tests, medications and any future therapy or medical attention you may require. For instance, if you suffer a back injury that will require surgery in the future, you can include that in the compensation claim.
Pain and suffering is also compensable and this is intended to address things such as mental illness, emotional distress and physical pain associated with the accident. In the event that you are involved in a truck accident and the trauma has triggered depression or anxiety, you can ask the negligent driver to pay for your suffering as well as the therapy you may need.
We often see car accidents that result in time lost from work and this too, can be included in your compensation claim. Perhaps you were hospitalized for a week or you are unable to return to your former line of work. This compensation can help you financially support yourself and your family in the event of permanent disability or while you learn new job skills.
Compensation can also provide financial help that lets you replace damaged property. This can include the repairs on your car or the value of your vehicle if it has been totaled, a lost cell phone, a ruined laptop and other items. If the accident is attributed to an automaker’s defect or a trucking company’s failure to follow safety guidelines, you may be awarded punitive damages. This is compensation which is intended to financially punish the other party for their willful disregard of your safety. For more information about compensation, please visit our page on accidents and options.