By: Anthony Burts
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What am I entitled to after a car accident?
You can recover economic damages, non-economic damages and punitive damages to compensate you for your financial losses after a car accident. Here are some types of economic damages that are typically available:
• Medical care costs that arise from hospitalization, treatment, medication and rehabilitation;
• Lost income from missing work due to your injuries; and
• Vehicle damage and repair expenses.
Car accidents can significantly impact your quality of life. Non-economic damages are the intangible losses you suffer because of your injuries, including but not limited to:
• Emotional distress
• Pain and suffering
• Loss of consortium
Depending on the details of the car accident, it may be possible to recover punitive damages in some rare cases. These damages aim to punish the at-fault party for extremely serious misconduct such as drunk driving and deter them from similar reckless behavior in the future. An experienced car accident lawyer will evaluate the value of your car accident claim and determine the damages you may be able to obtain.