Of course, your compensation after a car accident will depend on the circumstances surrounding the collision, but in general, you are entitled to the following damages in an auto accident which was not your fault:
- You are entitled to medical expenses for injuries you sustained in the accident. This can include hospital bills, doctor bills, prescription drug costs, surgical costs, rehabilitative therapy costs, and any and all future costs you can expect to incur because of your injuries.
- You are entitled to lost wages, if your injuries were severe enough to prevent you from returning to work immediately following the accident.
- If your injuries are particularly severe, preventing you from returning to work for months, years—or forever—then you will be entitled to future lost wages as well, calculated according to your current position, your education, and your likelihood of advancement in your career.
- You will be entitled to damages for your vehicle—the costs of repair, and possibly the cost for a rental car while your car is being repaired.
- You will also be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering. Pain and suffering is a legal term which refers to physical pain as well as emotional and mental injuries, such as grief, worry, fear, insomnia, inconvenience and the loss of enjoyment of your life.
The full extent of your pain and suffering can be documented via personal journals and photographs as well as from friends and family who can tell a jury how the injuries have impacted your life.
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