Getting seriously injured in a car accident may be one of the most frightening experiences you ever have to endure. In addition to being totally shaken, you might even be infuriated because the accident was due to the other driver’s bad driving.
Fortunately, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries and the resulting costs. Here is a look at the various types of damages that may be available to accident victims under Ohio law.
You may seek compensation for the income you lost if your injury prevented you from being able to earn a living during your recovery. Such compensation may also extend to any lost income due to spending time in the hospital, going to physical therapy sessions or struggling with mobility.
If you suffered permanent injuries and can no longer work in the same capacity you did prior to the accident, you should speak with a personal injury lawyer about proving that your injuries diminished your ability to earn a living. Several factors, such as your life expectancy, skill, occupation, experience and age will impact whether you receive damages for future lost wages.
If someone else’s negligence caused your injuries, it is within your rights to seek compensation for your related medical expenses. Although many people believe they have only minor injuries after a crash, in many cases the injuries worsen in the days and weeks that follow. The medical costs you incur after an accident could include:
- Permanent disability/paralysis
- Wheelchairs, crutches and other items used to get around
- Heat pads and other accessories
- Health care consultations
- Cognitive and physical therapy
- Ambulance fees
- In-home services
In addition, if your physician thinks you will end up needing extra therapy or medical treatment in the future, an attorney can calculate these potential costs for you with the help of health care professionals and doctors.
Pain and suffering
This refers to physical and mental distress stemming from the injuries you suffered in an accident that was another driver’s fault. The damages for pain and suffering that you may receive in a successfully fought personal injury claim are based on several factors, including how serious your pain is, your injury type and the prognosis for the pain you will experience in the future. These damages may also include emotional and/or mental distress resulting from your accident — for example, stress, anxiety or Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD).