A car accident caused by someone else’s negligence can wreak havoc on the accident victim’s life. Victims can have suffered serious injuries, ranging from broken bones to spinal injuries, and the medical costs associated with these can cause additional stress in their life. One way to recover these costs can be through a personal injury lawsuit. Many Connecticut residents may be aware that they can recover medical expenses through such a lawsuit, but there are also other damages that can be claimed.
Not all accident injuries manifest initially, which is why undergoing a thorough medical exam soon after a crash is important. A personal injury lawsuit needs to address the possibility that ongoing medical care might be needed. Medical expenses also include:
- Ambulance fees;
- Consultation with medical professionals;
- Accessories such as crutches;
- Physical or cognitive therapy;
- In home services;
- Disfigurement or permanent disability.
Pain and suffering
An accident causes mental and physical distress that might not be obvious to the eye, but just as detrimental to one’s health. Some victims might feel severe anxiety, given the nature of their injuries and the prognosis of future pain. They may even lose their general ability to enjoy life, and all of this can be covered in the pain and suffering damages in a lawsuit.
Depending on the nature of the injuries suffered, a victim may be unable to work temporarily or permanently. In order to claim lost wages, the victim has to show that their injuries lessened or affected their ability to earn money in the future.
Loss of consortium
An accident victim’s injuries may prevent them from showing affection to their spouse,, referred to as loss of consortium in legal terms. Loss of affection and companionship is claimed by the non-injured spouse, unlike the remaining forms of damages.
Serious injuries incurred in a car accident can leave victims struggling both physically and financially. A personal injury lawsuit may be one way to cover the costs associated with the crash caused by someone else’s negligence.