Individuals injured in a car accident may be eligible for monetary compensation for their auto injuries, medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Each auto accident case is unique, and may involve complex issues including liability (i.e., fault), insurance coverage, and causation of damages. Consulting with an experienced car accident attorney from McKenzie & Snyder will help you gain a clear understanding of your rights.
Types of Damages From a Car Accident
There are a number of types of “damages” incurred when someone is hurt in an car accident. “General” damages, for example, include those things for which an exact dollar amount cannot be calculated. Examples of general damages include: pain and suffering, loss of companionship, permanent impairment or disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life, and compensation for a shortened life expectancy. “Special” damages, on the other hand, include medical bills, lost wages, and car repair costs. Victims of automobile accidents may also recover money for reasonable future medical bills and future lost wages.
A Pre-Existing Injury Exacerbated In a Car Accident
Also, merely because an injured party in an car accident was already suffering from a previous injury, does not necessarily mean he or she is barred from monetary recovery. If the accident aggravated or worsened the existing injury, such aggravation or worsening may be compensable.
Auto Insurance and Car Accidents Involving Driver’s Without Car Insurance
Often times auto accident victims who recover in court or via settlement are paid by the other (i.e. , at fault) driver’s insurance company. However, if the other driver is uninsured or underinsured, the accident victim may recover from his or her own insurance company provided such coverage is contained in his or her policy. Other types of insurance coverage may apply depending on the specifics of the particular case.
A car or motorcycle accident can have serious consequences, both for the victim and the victim’s family. Contact an experienced car accident attorney at McKenzie & Snyder LLP to discuss your legal options. Chris Snyder is a partner at McKenzie & Snyder LLP, 229 Dayton St, Hamilton, OH 45011. Phone: 513-737-5180
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Written by Andrew Tobergte