Once it is determined that one party is liable to another party in connection with an auto accident, the liable party will probably have to pay the other party for the damages suffered. What exactly does this mean? What can a car accident victim collect damages for? This blog post will provide some additional information on this topic. We will discuss three commonly awarded kinds of damages; there may be others as well, and Berks County victims are encouraged to seek legal advice for more information pertinent to their situation.
One commonly awarded kind of damages is medical expenses. When a car accident victim suffers injury in an accident, the victim will probably have medical expenses. For example, ambulance fees, hospital bills, doctor's appointments, equipment expenses such as crutches and heat pads, and in-home services. A liable party may be asked to pay these expenses.
Another commonly awarded kind of damages is lost wages. Recuperation can be time-consuming and include things such as hospital stays, physical therapy appointments, ongoing mobility problems and more. These things can potentially bite into a victim's ability to earn money as they had before the accident. Depending on the circumstances, a liable party may be asked to pay all or part of these damages. The pre-accident amount the victim earned is naturally also a factor in the damages awarded.
Loss of affection, loss of companionship and loss of consortium are names for another commonly awarded kind of damages. This kind is claimed by the victim's spouse. This arises from the victim's inability to show affection for the spouse, including sexual affection.