Car accidents are stressful. After a car accident occurs, victims may not know where to turn. Between injuries suffered, emotional distress, damage to personal property, negotiating with other parties medical bills and focusing on healing from an accident, the aftermath of a car accident can begin to feel overwhelming.
When car accident victims suffer serious injuries in the State of Texas, they can be burdened with high costs and bills that accrue from medical bills and potential loss of wages. Below are some of the most common damages that can be recovered after a car accident in Texas.
The cost of healthcare in the United States is by far the most expensive on the planet. Even individuals that possess adequate medical insurance can be burdened and blindsided by the high costs of emergency visits, medical tests and follow up appointments. Medical bills associated with the injury and rehabilitation services after a car accident can quickly surpass tens of thousands of dollars and can leave uninsured, underinsured and insured individuals alike with large medical bills.
In the event that a victim has been burdened with medical bills from an auto accident, a car accident attorney can help ease the stressors by communicating with the appropriate parties including insurance providers.
Loss of Income
After an auto accident occurs, victims may be unable to work for a period of time. In the State of Texas an injured victim can be compensated for the wages lost resulting from an inability to work.
Both previous and future loss of income can be taken into account when establishing the amount of money owed to a victim of a car accident. If a victim has been unable to work for six months resulting from the injuries sustained from an auto accident, that individual should be able to recover damages to help offset the loss of income for their person.
If the damages are so severe that an injured victim can no longer work for the remainder of their lifetime, the victim, and in some cases their family, can be awarded compensation for the future earning capacity of an injured victim. Wrongful death claims commonly occur resulting when the driver at fault was driving under the influence.
If a car accident victim loses his or her life in an accident, the surviving family members including the surviving spouse, parents of the deceased individual and children, can file a wrongful death claim to help recover what was lost.
Pain & Suffering
Pain and suffering damages can be calculated and recovered both for emotional and physical damages sustained by a victim of a car accident.
Emotional Damages – Damages for emotional pain and suffering can be awarded to victims that have suffered serious emotional and mental distress resulting from a car accident. Courts may consider that damages be “fair and reasonable” related to the suffrage of a victim. Emotional damages can be taken into account for psychological effects like anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder that resulted from the accident.
Physical – Physical damages can be easier to calculate than emotional damages. Damages for physical pain can be recovered for victims that have sustained injuries. If the injuries sustained from an accident can last the rest of your life, compensation for damages resulting from physical injuries and loss of enjoyment of life can be awarded to an injured victim.