Any time you’re involved in a serious car crash due to a negligent or reckless driver, it only makes sense that you would want to file a claim. The at-fault driver should be held accountable for the damages that you’re left with.
Fortunately, when you make an auto accident injury claim, there is the opportunity to seek compensation of various kinds. You can seek compensation for:
- Disfigurement, such as if you were burned or lost an arm or leg
- Future medical expenses, such as testing or surgeries
- Household services, like in-home house care
- Loss of consortium, which is the depravation of any benefits you’d have due to married life
- Loss of enjoyment of life, which is sometimes also considered “pain and suffering”
- Lost earning capacity, if you cannot keep the same job or work in the future
- Lost wages from the time you could not work
- Current and past medical expenses related to the collision
- Mental anguish, for the stress of the collision and subsequent medical traumas
- Permanent disability, if you cannot return to work or have an injury that leaves you permanently disabled
- Special damages, for any losses not covered under other categories
It can be hard to know exactly how much your personal injury claim is going to be worth, but when you start to look at all those potential losses, you see how your case’s value can quickly add up.
It’s a good idea to talk to your attorney early on in the situation, so that they can start putting together a claim. They will help you negotiate with the insurance company and prepare your case so that it can go to court if that becomes necessary.
Do you have to go to court over a serious injury collision?
Being the victim of a serious crash and someone with severe injuries is life-changing. Fortunately, your attorney can take over for you and work on negotiating a settlement that is fair. If a settlement cannot be reached, then it’s at this point that your attorney can discuss taking your case to court and what that may involve if you choose to pursue that option.