What Compensation Can I Recover After a Car Accident?
The months after a car accident can be critical for someone who suffers an injury. It’s a time when you must focus on your own physical recovery, as well as deal with the mental and financial hardships that may come from this devastating situation. As such, it’s vital to pursue compensation after a crash to help cover the many expenses you may incur.
Before you move forward, it’s important to recognize what type of compensation you may recover and how they can help you. In car accident lawsuits, you may be able to recover economic and non-economic damages; and in very rare situations, punitive damages may be awarded.
Whenever you hear the term economic damages, know that it refers to any damages you may have suffered that have a direct monetary value for which you can be compensated. Economic damages are quantifiable, and in most situations, you have evidence to show the exact amount of money you lost because of the injury.
Economic damages typically include costs related to your medical care, property damage, medication and physical therapy, and any lost income if you are unable to work. You can show visible proof that you lost a certain amount of money due to the injuries you sustained, and the insurance company or court can determine the exact amount of compensation that may be available to you.
Non-economic damages require you to show that your life has been significantly affected by the injuries and the crash. There are no quantifiable amounts associated with non-economic damages. Instead, the insurance company or court will work to identify the mental trauma, pain and suffering, and other impacts you may have experienced after the crash.
In some rare situations, car accident lawsuits may allow for individuals to pursue punitive damages. This type of compensation, however, is only available should you and your attorney be able to prove that a person’s conduct was outrageous. A person’s conduct is outrageous if the person acted either maliciously or in reckless disregard of your rights.
At The Previant Law Firm, S.C., our Wisconsin car accident attorneys aim to protect your rights through the long and complex process. We prioritize your best interests, working to pursue the compensation you deserve after you suffer severe injuries due to a car crash.