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What Can I Be Compensated for in a Car Accident Case?

By October 4, 2022Car Accidents, Seattle
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No one ever expects to get into a car accident. In addition to physical injuries, many victims suffer car damage and lost income. Suddenly, just paying your regular bills is a struggle, as is moving on from the accident.

At the Khan Injury Law, we work regularly with accident victims like you to get compensation for your accident. Below, we look at some of the damages you can request. Each car accident claim is a little different, so reach out to our car accident lawyer for individualized advice.

Medical Bills

Accident victims can receive compensation for all medical care to treat their injuries. Medical care includes:

  • Doctor visits
  • Specialist appointments
  • Ambulance transportation
  • Diagnostic tests
  • Surgery
  • Medication
  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Occupational therapy
  • Mental health counseling

In short, any necessary treatments should be covered. However, if you used health insurance to pay for your care, then your insurer probably retains a right to payment from your settlement.

If you have long-lasting injuries, you can request compensation for future medical care. Someone with an amputated limb, for example, usually needs stump surgery in the future. Or someone with permanent spinal cord damage might need ongoing rehabilitation.

Property Damage

Your car was probably wrecked in the crash. You should receive compensation to cover repairs or, if the car is totaled, a replacement. Remember, you will only receive as much as the car is worth. If you drive a 2011 Corolla, you won’t be paid to buy a new one.

Lost Wages

Car accident injuries are painful. They are also very disruptive. A bad back injury, for example, could keep you in bed for months. A broken leg could prevent you from going to work if you stand around a lot for your job.

Fortunately, you should receive compensation for lost wages. Anyone who is self-employed can also receive compensation. You’ll need to establish how much you would have made if you weren’t injured.

If you are permanently injured, you might be unable to return to your old job. For example, a surgeon with permanent nerve damage in her hand can’t operate anymore, and a new job will pay less. You can receive compensation for loss of earning capacity.

Pain and Suffering

The losses above are financial in nature. You can prove in dollars and cents how much you lost. Pain and suffering are a little different. These losses are harder to quantify in monetary terms. Nevertheless, you deserve some money for enduring this accident.

Pain and suffering typically cover things like:

  • Physical pain
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Mental anguish
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Inconvenience
  • Immobility or paralysis

Khan Injury Law has negotiated multiple settlements, so we have a solid grasp of how much you can receive for pain and suffering. This is often hotly contested, and insurers try to limit the amount they pay out.

Let’s Get Started

The sooner you contact a lawyer, the better. Our car accident attorneys can help you document your injuries and start the claims process. Contact us today.

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