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Can I Claim Damages After A Car Accident?

On behalf of Soloff & Zervanos, P.C.

Getting into a car accident can be scary, and the aftermath of a crash can become complicated. If you or someone you care about has been injured in a car accident, there are several types of compensation you could be entitled to. At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., our Philadelphia car crash attorneys are ready to help you get through this. Today, we want to discuss different types of damages you can claim in the aftermath of a car accident.

Economic damages (special damages)

Economic damages are those that are relatively straightforward to calculate. This can include:

  • Medical expenses: Your medical bills from a car accident injury can become expensive. This can include initial hospital visits, follow-up doctor visits, physical therapy, and rehabilitation.
  • Medical devices: Many car accident victims need medical devices like walkers, wheelchairs, prosthetics, hospital beds, and more. These can be costly.
  • Home and vehicle accommodations: This includes items like wheelchair ramps, construction inside the home to allow ease of access, and vehicles with wheelchair accessibility.
  • Prescription drugs: Many car accident victims need prescription drugs following an accident, and the costs should be covered.
  • Lost income and benefits: If a car accident victim is injured and cannot work while they recover, they should be compensated for their lost income. This can include a loss of future income or future earning capacity.

Non-economic damages (general damages)

Non-economic damages or not as easy to quantify as economic damages. Often referred to as pain and suffering damages, non-economic damages do not come with receipts or bills. Victims of car accidents can often recover compensation for:

  • long-term physical pain
  • emotional and psychological distress
  • loss of enjoyment of life
  • loss of consortium

Punitive damages

Punitive damages are typically reserved for cases in which the car accident was caused by a person’s gross negligence or intentional behavior. These damages are intended to punish the negligent party and prevent them from doing the same thing in the future.

Calculating damages appropriately

Calculating economic damages typically involves gathering documentation of a person’s medical expenses and lost income. Non-economic damages are more subjective and are often left up to the judgment of a jury or judge. Your Philadelphia car accident attorney will use medical and economic experts to help properly calculate your total losses and present that information to insurance carriers or juries. Philadelphia does not place a cap on how much a person can receive in a car accident settlement.

We are here to help secure the compensation you need

If you or somebody you care about has been injured in a car accident that was caused by another person’s negligence, please seek legal assistance immediately. At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., we are dedicated to helping injured clients secure the compensation they deserve. We will thoroughly investigate what happened in your accent and handle all negotiations in your case. When you need a Philadelphia car accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 866-597-8572.