In personal injury cases, victims can seek compensation for injuries, property damage, and other losses. This compensation is called “damages.” There are many types of damages you can claim if you have been injured in a car accident in Las Vegas. A Las Vegas injury attorney can help you seek compensatory and punitive damages, depending on your case. Here’s what you should know about damages in a personal injury lawsuit after a car accident. Call us at Christensen Law Offices when you are in good health at (702) 870-1000.
Compensatory damages compensate victims for actual damages due to an injury. The injury does not need to be physical, as financial and emotional damages may also be awarded. Most victims who file personal injury lawsuits in Las Vegas seek damages for medical expenses.
Types of damages common in car accident settlements that are related to financial losses include:
- Medical expenses. You are entitled to compensation for your existing medical bills as well as the estimated cost of future care. Medical expenses that may result from a car accident include physical therapy, ambulance charges, consultation fees, medical devices, and in-home care.
- Property damage, such as vehicle repairs or replacement.
- Lost income. You may be entitled to lost wages from time you needed to miss work or a reduced earning capacity due to your injuries.
- Temporary or total disability. You may be entitled to compensation for a disability as a result of the accident.
There are also non-monetary losses you may be entitled to receive. This may include pain and suffering, fear, anxiety, or distress as a result of the injury or accident. It’s important to work with a Las Vegas car accident attorney to help you recover for non-monetary losses as insurance companies will rarely offer any money for these injuries. Call us when you have time at (702) 870-1000, do this before you talk to the insurance company.
The second type of damages in a personal injury case are punitive damages, which may be available in certain cases. Punitive damages are not tied to the harm or injury suffered. Instead, they are designed to punish the defendant for certain types of behavior, such as very reckless behavior. Drivers who were intoxicated and caused an accident that led to significant harm or death, for example, may be punished with punitive damages. Only a small percentage of personal injury cases result in punitive damages.
If you have been hurt in a car accident, don’t speak to the insurance company without talking to a personal injury attorney first. The insurance adjuster’s job is getting you to accept as little money as possible for your injuries. Contact Christensen Law Offices today for a free consultation with an experienced Las Vegas car accident lawyer who will help you defend your rights. Call us today at (702) 870-1000.