Most people are aware of the medical expenses associated with car accident injuries. While medical bills are the primary claim in many accidents, there are several other damages that car accident victims can pursue compensation for. These include pain and suffering, lost wages, and loss of consortium.
Not every car accident will leave you with anything more than a few cuts and bruises; however, it’s important to get checked by a medical professional immediately following a vehicular accident. This is so as some injury symptoms don’t manifest right away. You’re more likely to heal sooner and keep your medical expenses low if you allow a medical professional to evaluate you right away. These medical costs are more than just emergency room bills. They can also include:
- Physical therapy
- Cognitive therapy
- Follow-up doctor visits
- Ambulance fees
- Medical equipment
- In-home care
Pain and Suffering
The effects of a car accident injury can linger long after you leave the hospital. Claims for pain and suffering seek to redress any physical or mental distress you experience after the accident. Pain and suffering claims take into account what type of injury you endured, how intense the pain is, and the likelihood of the pain going away. These claims aren’t limited to physical pain as the courts will also award damages for anxiety and stress. These damages are far more open to interpretation than medical expenses given that it’s more difficult to quantify pain levels.
A car accident injury can hurt your wallet as well as your body. Missing work is a reality after a car accident and can include far more than just time you missed from work while at the hospital. A lost wages claim can consist of treatment time, inability to get to work due to limited mobility, or inability to earn your usual wages due to your injury.
Loss of Consortium
Also known as ‘loss of affection,’ loss of consortium involves an injury depriving you of the ability to show physical affection to your spouse. Unlike most claims that must be brought by the injured motorist, only an uninjured spouse can bring a loss of consortium claim. There are also damages known as ‘loss of society’ that are similar. In the case of a motorist dying, any family members may pursue damages for the loss of a loving and harmonious relationship. One must first be able to recover for medical expense claims before they can file such a claim.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, it’s always best to discuss your potential claims with a qualified attorney. An experienced attorney can identify all of the claims that are present in your particular case. Contact Ohio Accident Attorneys for a free consultation to find a lawyer near you.