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What Damages Can I Recover Following My Car Accident?

Being involved in a car accident can completely reshape your life in more ways than one. When people think of being involved in a car accident, it’s common that they think of the physical harm involved. While there are often physical injuries associated with Georgia car accidents, there are many other damages that may come from a crash. “Damages” refers to the amount of money a victim can recover based on their expenses associated with the accident.

Types of Damages Victims Can Recover

After being involved in a car accident, victims who have sustained injuries may be able to receive compensation for the following:

  • Economic: Damages to provide compensation for past, current, and future financial loss due to the accident.
  • Non-Economic: Damages to provide compensation for emotional and physical pain.

In specific situations, the victim can receive punitive damages. These damages are in place to punish the at-fault party when their actions were excessively reckless. Let’s say you were involved in a car accident, and the reason for the accident was that the other party was going 40 MPH over the speed limit. The judge may award you punitive damages as compensation for having to go through an event like that, along with punishing the other party. Punitive damages are in place to help prevent the guilty party from acting recklessly again.

Common Economic Damages

These damages can be anything relating to the accident, financially speaking, which includes:

  • Medical costs
  • Rehabilitation/ physical therapy
  • Medical equipment (wheelchair, home renovations, etc.)
  • Lost wages
  • Lost future earnings

Common Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages are not discussed often. However, they are crucial for proper recovery. They are damages that directly impact the victim’s quality of life, and include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Paralysis
  • Disfigurement (common for burn and amputee victims)

Medical bills contribute to 67% of all bankruptcies, and it’s due to unforeseen circumstances like car accidents that this number is so high. Following an accident where you’ve sustained serious injuries, you should be prepared to experience:

  • Medical bills piling up
  • Time away from work
  • A loss of enjoyment in activities you once enjoyed

If you’ve been injured wrongly in an accident, our team at The Abrego Law Firm would be honored to discuss your situation over a free consultation. For countless years, our team of Atlanta car accident attorneys has been helping injured victims pursue the compensation they need and deserve.

Call us today (404) 334-3324 to speak with our team and learn how we can help you recover properly.