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What damages can injured car accident victims claim?

Regrettably, car accidents happen often across the country, including here in Atlanta. This leaves many people suffering from injuries. Their primary focus is to heal, but their secondary focus is on collecting compensation for damages.

If you are injured in a car accident, what damages can you and your attorney pursue?

The first kind of damages involve medical expenses. Those expenses can be wide-ranging. Besides emergency medical treatment and possible hospitalization, they can include physical and/or cognitive therapy and consultations with many different kinds of health care professionals.

Ambulance fees can also be included. So can accessories like heating pads and crutches. You may also be able to collect compensation for in-home services.

What other kinds of damages are there?

Another type of damage is for pain and suffering, defined legally as physical or mental distress suffered due to the accident that you were in. Damages are based on factors like the seriousness of the pain and the prognosis for expected future pain. Each state assesses pain and suffering damages differently based on criteria that your attorney can advise you about.

Are there any other kinds of damages?

Lost wages can be included in damages. This can involve the wages that you lost when you first suffered the injury and had to miss work, and can also involve long-term diminished capacity to do the kind of work that you did before the accident.

How should damages be pursued?

Anyone who suffers an injury in an accident should review all of the facts of their case with their attorney. He or she can help determine what damages can and should be pursued.

Source: FindLaw, "What Kinds of Damages May I Claim for Car Accident Injuries?," accessed May 06, 2016

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