What Damages Can Be Awarded After a Car Accident?
When a person is involved in a car accident, they usually experience a myriad of losses. Of course, the more serious the car accident is – usually a result of a combination of vehicle positioning and speed – the more serious the losses. Some of the most common damages that car accident victims incur include:
Painful injuries and disability. The injuries that a person sustains in a car accident are often serious, painful, and result in a long-term disability or impairment. Even an injury such as a broken leg – which is far less serious than, for example, a spinal cord injury resulting in paralysis – can take months to heal, and even years for a person to be able to fully return to the things that they were once able to do.
Medical bills. In order to treat injuries, professional medical care is a necessity. However, medical care in Atlanta is expensive; a person may incur hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of medicals bills from hospital stays, medications, doctors’ appointments, surgery, consultations with specialists, physical therapy, and more.
Lost wages. If a person is injured and she cannot return to work, she will have to cope with the fact that she will also be unable to earn a salary. While some people may be able to return to work in a few days time or a few weeks time, other people may miss work for months or years, and some people will be permanently unable to earn an income again.
Psychological injuries. Being in a car accident doesn’t just take a toll on a body physically; it can also cause psychological injuries as well. The emotional anguish associated with injuries, immobility, and the inability to earn an income is very real, and may lead to anxiety, depression, or posttraumatic stress disorder.