Types of Compensation You Are Entitled to When Filing a Car Accident Claim
When a negligent driver causes you to suffer injuries in a car accident, you not only have worries about your health, but also stress over the financial losses you are suffering. Fortunately in Washington State, the at-fault driver is responsible for compensating you for your injuries. This can include a number of different types of damages.
What Types of Compensation Can You Receive in Your Car Accident Settlement
It is important to understand the various types of compensation awarded to car accident victims so that you receive all you deserve when settling your claim. You will need the assistance of an experienced car accident attorney to determine the damages you can request and to fight to obtain it from the insurance company. Here are the types of compensation you may be entitled to:
Medical expenses. You are entitled to necessary medical treatments that can include doctor visits, hospitalizations, surgery, medications, diagnostic tests, and physical therapy. If you need additional care due to the severity of your injuries, you may be able to recover the cost of assistive aids like a wheelchair, home modifications, and assistance with your medical and personal needs.
Lost wages. You are also entitled to be reimbursed for your past and future lost wages, vacation time, bonuses, commissions, and other benefits of your job. If you are unable to work or must switch to a lower-paying job because of your injuries, you may be entitled to lost earning capacity damages.
Pain and suffering. When you suffer injuries in a car accident, you can experience physical pain due to your injuries and emotional trauma, anxiety, depression, and other emotional problems. This is referred to as your pain and suffering. While it can be difficult to determine the value of this portion of your claim, it can be substantial. You need the assistance of an experienced attorney to determine what you should receive.
Property damage. Property damage to your vehicle and its contents, car rental fees, and towing expenses are all recoverable property damages that you could receive from the negligent driver.
Wrongful death. If a loved one died in an auto collision, you may have a wrongful death claim as his dependent or surviving spouse. You may be able to recover funeral expenses, your loved one’s medical expenses, and the loss of the financial and emotional support of your family member.
Punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded to punish the negligent driver if his actions were especially egregious.
When you must negotiate a settlement with the negligent driver's insurance company, you need a skilled attorney fighting for your rights. Fill out our online form today to schedule your free consultation to learn more about the compensation you may be able to recover and how we can help.