If you’ve never been in a car accident, you may not believe what a financial burden it can truly be—until the day it happens to you. Suddenly, you are plunged into a world of expenses you weren’t expecting, and if the accident wasn’t your fault, expenses that you shouldn’t have to bear the burden of. Here’s how compensation works after a crash.
Types of Compensation Available for Car Accident Victims
Victims often to ask what kind of compensation they can receive—it is foremost in their minds. A typical car accident insurance claim involves two types of damage awards: economic awards and non-economic awards. Some examples of economic awards that you may be eligible for include:
- Medical costs. This includes emergency medical treatment; surgeries; follow-up care related to the accident; durable medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, or prosthetics; skilled temporary or long-term nursing care assistance; medications; and more.
- Loss of income. If your injuries mean that you have to spend time away from work, you can seek compensation for the value of your time.
- Loss of future income. When your injuries are so serious that you can no longer do your job or if you are completely unable to work, you can pursue additional compensation to make up for the money you would have made if it weren’t for the accident.
Repair or replacement of your vehicle, as well as any personal property lost in the crash, is also considered an economic damage that you can pursue compensation for in court.
You can also seek compensation for non-economic damages, such as the pain and suffering or emotional trauma that you suffered as a result of the crash.
In some cases, punitive damages are another type of damage that may be awarded when the person responsible for the accident is found to have acted with deliberate disregard for safety. Talk to your attorney about whether seeking punitive damages is right for your case.
How the Value of Your Specific Car Accident Case Is Determined
Every serious car accident is a unique tragedy, so there is no “one size fits all” answer regarding exactly how much your case is worth. The actual amount is calculated based on the total economic damages you claim, as well as any non-economic damages, plus a punitive award if applicable. An attorney can help you determine the value of your claim and help you pursue it in a court of law.
How to Get Help After a Car Accident in the Twin Cities
If you have been injured in a car accident in the Twin Cities area and need medical and legal help, call 763-251-PAIN. Our FREE referral service can connect you with the right doctor to see to your injuries as well as an experienced attorney whose qualifications match your legal needs. This is a FREE service, so you have absolutely nothing to lose by reaching out to us today by phone—or use our online contact form, and our local referral team will get back to you in an hour or less.