If you are the victim of a major auto accident, you'll have suffered many losses as a result. Not only are you dealing with medical bills, but you'll have property damage to your vehicle to deal with as well. Here are all the ways you can expect to receive compensation when seeking damages from the other driver.
Current Medical Expenses
The easiest total to add up when determining compensation is your current medical bills. This is essentially all of the costs from emergency room and doctor visits that are related to your accident. It may be as simple as holding onto invoices and co-pay receipts so that you can total them all up when determining how much you are going to ask for.
Future Medical Expenses
However, it is not easy to determine what your future medical expenses will be. It will be unclear how long it will take to recover, and what future physical therapy bills will be. That is why you need a lawyer to help estimate what those bills could potentially be, which is based on past experiences with previous clients and doctor recommendations.
Vehicle Repair Costs
If you're vehicle suffered major damage in the crash, you'll need to have it repaired right away. All of the costs related to the repair, as well as a temporary rental vehicle and cabs, can be added to the compensation you are requesting. These are all expenses that you would not have paid if you were not involved in the accident, so they are fair game.
Durable Medical Goods
Don't forget to keep receipts for crutches, bandages, ice packs, or anything else you are buying to help recover from your injury. There are all costs that may not go through insurance, so it is easy to forget about them if they were put on a credit card as small sporadic purchases.
Prescription and over-the-counter medication also need to be factored into your compensation. You may only be paying a small copay, but it all adds up over the cost of your recovery.
If your injury kept you away from work in order to recover, all of those lost wages can be requested in your compensation as well. Even if you are a salaried employee and needed to take paid personal days off, those are vacation days that you lost that would otherwise be used for yourself. You should be compensated fairly for losing them.
For more information, contact your local car accident lawyer.