Car accident victims may seek compensation for their losses

You were in a car accident here in New Jersey. This was not a minor fender bender, and it was bad enough that you ended up needing medical care. Since the event, you have suffered physically, financially and emotionally. It is all becoming too much for you and your family to bear. Did you know that you may seek compensation for your losses through legal means?

Taking legal action may be the last thing on your mind following a car accident. You probably think that insurance will provide what you need and you do not like the idea of filing a lawsuit. The truth is that insurance does not often offer full and fair compensation for victims’ losses. You may not like the idea of filing a lawsuit, but it may be the only way for you to achieve maximum relief.

Recoverable damages

Following a crash, victims may seek compensation for all documented damages. It does not matter if they are economic or non-economic in nature. Some recoverable damages include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Emotional distress

When it comes to medical expenses, those that are recoverable include consultation fees, therapy, ambulance or other transport fees, in-home services and cost of accessories — among various others. When it comes to lost wages, you may include time for missed work or lost wages resulting from disability. When it comes to emotional distress, this covers non-economic damages related to your pain and suffering.

Spousal claims

If you have a spouse and your injury has put a strain on your marital relationship, your spouse may seek compensation for his or her losses as well. He or she could do this by pursuing a loss of consortium claim along with any personal injury claim that you file. Legal counsel can provide more information about this and let you know if it applies to your case.

Get the compensation you deserve

Following a car accident, it is okay to take the steps necessary to seek the compensation you deserve. Legal counsel can review your case and, if deemed appropriate, assist you in filing and negotiating or litigating the matter. Some personal injury cases will never see a courtroom as they settle before it reaches that point. If settlement negotiations are not working in your favor, an experienced litigator can be at your side when you go to court.