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What Will a Car Accident Claim Cover?

If you or someone you love were hurt in a car accident, you’re likely facing astronomical expenses ranging from medical bills and lost wages to vehicle repairs and more. If you bring a car accident claim forward, you may be able to recover some or all of those damages. Here’s what you need to know about what a car accident claim could cover.

Medical Expenses

Medical expenses are one of the easiest things to calculate for a car accident claim because the amount of compensation here is finite. This means the exact cost of medical care is what will be included in the total compensation award.

Vehicle Damage

Vehicle damage, like medical expenses, are also finite. You’ll obtain an estimate of what it would cost for your vehicle to be repaired (and in some cases more than one estimate), and this is the amount that will be included in the settlement.

Lost Wages

Lost wages are a little more difficult to calculate because you have to think about more than just how many hours of work the injured individual missed. For example, you’ll want to include any benefits or bonuses they may have been entitled to if they were working during that period of time and paid time off or vacation pay they would have accrued.

Wrongful Death Expenses

In the event that a loved one died in a car accident, there will be more expenses to cover, including funeral expenses, lost wages and future wages, and loss of consortium. The latter can be more difficult to calculate, since it is hard to say how much someone would have been contributing to the family in the future if they had not passed in the crash.

Pain and Suffering

Pain and suffering can be included in a car accident claim, but is also difficult to calculate. Attorneys use certain formulas to arrive at a number, although it is generally hard to assign a dollar value to how much pain someone has suffered after an accident.

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages can be awarded in cases of extreme negligence and are designed to “punish” the careless person and prevent the behavior from occurring again.

At the Law Offices of Donald J. Matson, we have significant experience working with families after car accidents and can help you get the full and fair compensation you deserve after being injured. Call us today for a consultation at (626) 792-1900.

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