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What damages are available to a victim of a car accident?

Being involved in a car accident can have a significant impact on your day-to-day life. You might be left with severe injuries that lead to hospitalization; or you might have seemingly minor injuries that cause you pain for months or years afterwards. If your vehicle sustained significant damage, it may be unusable until it is repaired, or it may be totaled. All of these things can bring significant hardship to you and your family in the aftermath of an accident.

If you have been in an accident, it's important to know what types of damages you may be entitled to. Essentially, damages cover your loses, which may include monetary, physically and mentally as a result of the incident

Damages for car accident victims

Compensatory damages are designed to 'make you whole', or compensate for what was lost due to the accident or injury, if at all possible. There are various types of damages that fall under this heading, including:

  • Pain and suffering. You may be able to make a claim not only for discomfort and pain due to the accident, but also for any potential long-term pain issues. This may also include emotional distress related to the accident.
  • Medical treatment. You may have a claim for medical bills directly related to the accident which includes both post-accident treatment and ongoing care.
  • Loss of income. You may have a claim for loss of income due to an accident. This takes into account not only the money you're currently losing due to the accident, but any future income you would make had the accident not occurred.
  • Property damage. If any of your property has been damaged due to the accident, you can make a claim to have those damaged compensated.
  • Loss of enjoyment. If injuries sustained in an accident keep you from activities you once loved, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
  • Loss of consortium. If the accident has significantly affected your relationship with your spouse, they might be entitled to damages due to the loss of companionship.

Ann experienced personal injury attorney can be able to help you determine which damages apply in your case and the value to which you may be entitled.

Punitive damages are designed to punish a defendant for conduct that's seen as especially egregious or reckless. These types of damages may be awarded in cases of gross recklessness or negligence that result in serious injury, death or property damage. These damages are designed to punish the defendant financially, as a deterrent against repeating the negligent behavior. There is a cap on punitive damages in Ohio, so it's best to consult with an attorney regarding your claim.

Personal injury claims can be difficult to wade through by yourself. If you have questions or concerns specific to your motor vehicle accident, contact Jeffries, Kube, Forrest & Monteleone Co. L.P.A. at 216-592-8364. Our knowledgeable personal injury attorneys are available to help you move forward and pursue just compensation for your losses.

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