Car Accident Lawyer

As a car accident lawyer knows, car accidents are often unexpected, and when they happen, they can be incredibly overwhelming as they can leave the victim to face emotional trauma, physical injuries, and financial losses. Most people know the usual claims, such as medical expenses and vehicle repairs. However, many need to be informed of additional compensation they may be entitled to. Our team will share ten common legal damages that a victim may be able to seek compensation for after a car accident. 

#1. Diminished Value

After a car accident, the value of a vehicle will decrease after an accident, even if the property is repairable. This is known as “diminished value,” which allows the victim to claim this difference in value from the at-fault driver’s insurance company. 

#2. Rental Car Costs

Victims will need to rent a vehicle without a vehicle to drive while it is being repaired. While the car is being repaired, victims will need to continue their daily routine, and renting a car will be necessary. 

You can claim the rental car expenses from the at-fault driver’s insurance company, provided they are deemed reasonable.

#3. Lost Wages

Car accidents can leave you temporarily or permanently unable to work, resulting in lost wages. You can claim the income you would have earned when you were unable to work due to injuries sustained in the accident.

#4. Loss of Earning Capacity

If the injuries from a car accident result in long-term or permanent disability, a victim’s ability to earn an income may be permanently impacted. In such cases, you can claim for the loss of earning capacity – the difference between what you could have earned before the accident and what you can earn now.

#5. Child Care Costs

After an accident, injuries may require you to seek help with childcare responsibilities. Victims can claim the reasonable costs of childcare services if they cannot perform these duties themselves due to injuries sustained in the accident.

#6. Home Modifications

Car accident injuries may necessitate home modifications, such as ramps, widened doorways, or accessible bathroom facilities. You can claim the costs of these modifications as part of your compensation.

#7. Mobility Equipment

Occasionally, accident victims may need mobility equipment like wheelchairs or walkers to navigate their day-to-day life. Victims can claim the cost of this equipment if it is necessary for their mobility following the accident.

#8. Mental Health Counseling

Car accidents can result in emotional distress, leading to conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression. Mental health therapy may be needed to treat these conditions after an accident, and the expense of the losses can be claimed. 

#9. Out-of-Pocket Expenses

Victims may incur various out-of-pocket expenses due to a car accident, such as over-the-counter medication, transportation to medical appointments, or parking fees at medical facilities. You can claim these expenses as long as they are reasonable and directly related to the accident.

#10. Loss of Consortium

In cases of severe injury or death, the victim’s spouse may claim for loss of consortium – the loss of companionship, emotional support, and intimacy resulting from the accident.

After an accident, managing injuries and dealing with financial losses can be incredibly stressful, and at times, the consequences are far-reaching. Being aware of the lesser-known compensation options can help alleviate some of the financial burdens of recovery. If you’ve been in a car accident, it’s essential to consult with a qualified lawyer to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for your specific circumstances.