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What damages can I recover in a personal injury lawsuit?       

On Behalf of | Apr 1, 2021 | Personal Injury

When a North Carolina resident is injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, he or she is likely to sustain injuries that affect their lives emotionally, physically and financially. They may struggle with their recovery if they are unable to cover their medical expenses. One way to recover the costs associated with a motor vehicle accident is to file a personal injury lawsuit. The damages that can typically be recovered in a personal injury lawsuit are:

  1. Medical expenses: car crashes may leave accident victims with debilitating injuries that require extensive medical treatment. This can include costs for physical and cognitive therapy, ambulance fees, in-home services, accessories like heat pads, consultations with medical professionals and medicines. Depending on the scope of the injury, these costs may be ongoing and a trained professional may be able to provide estimates of how much medical expenses can amount to.
  2. Pain and suffering: a car accident can leave a victim with emotional and physical distress. Pain and suffering damages may be recovered in a civil lawsuit, depending on the type of injury sustained, the severity of the injury and its prognosis.
  3. Lost wages: an accident victim can be out of a job either temporarily or permanently depending on the type of injury they have suffered. They could also be unable to work because they have to go to therapy sessions or spend time in a hospital.

While it is not possible to quantify the suffering an accident victim goes through, financial compensation can help cover a number of expenses and ease the victim’s journey to recovery.