Types Of Damages In Car Accident Cases

In the United States more than 6 million vehicular accidents take place every year. Even though people tend to suppress bad thoughts and think an accident could never happen to them, the unfortunate reality is that an accident can happen to anyone anytime. The participants hardly ever expect it and they are almost never prepared for the injuries and damages they can incur in them. If an accident does happen to you, you could be eligible to recover compensation for the sustained injuries.

Car accidents can have disastrous effects on the participants. First of all, it’s highly likely they’ll be physically injured, but there could be many more injuries or damages stemming from the physical ones. Their cars could be damaged and they could lose earnings, as well as suffer emotionally and mentally from the effects of the accident.

All of these damages may entitle the victim for financial compensation. The law of the State of California distinguishes between economic and non-economic damages. In some cases, which are rare though, punitive damages are awarded, but that’s not common. Depending on the circumstances of the case, the victim could be eligible to recover compensation from both categories, economic and non-economic.

Economic damages

This category of damages includes those damages that can be monetarily quantified. Some usual instances of economic damages are:

  • medical expenses
  • car property damage
  • lost earnings
  • out-of-pocket expenses

Medical expenses could include both the present medical bills and future medical care (any surgeries or treatment rendered necessary in the future). To be able to recover medical expenses, it’s important you consult a medical professional right after the accident to establish the type and extent of the injuries.

Non-economic damages

Non-economic damages, the other damages category, is much more difficult to determine and measure. This category of damages includes:

  • emotional and mental pain and suffering
  • disability and reduced capacity for work
  • mental anguish and emotional distress
  • physical deformation
  • loss of use
  • loss of companionship or consortium (related to family relationships)
  • any other damages difficult to quantify

Everyone understands that the severity of these damages is very challenging to weigh in monetary terms. They can also be very emotionally controversial in a car accident case. Many attorneys will confirm that assessing the financial value of non-economic damages is often the biggest challenge in their job. The type and severity of physical injuries inflicted on the victim in the accident factor in establishing the value of non-economic damages, but they are just something to start from.

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If you or a person close to you have been involved in a San Diego car accident, the wisest move to make would be to consult an experienced attorney. San Diego Car Accident Lawyer Pros are always available to review your case free of charge and any pressure or obligation. If you decide to retain our services, remember that our aggressive, ethical and experienced attorneys work on a contingency fee. There are no upfront costs and you only pay if and when you get your recovery. Don’t hesitate to call us now and schedule an appointment for a consultation!