Damages Legally Recoverable from Car Accidents

April 29, 2012 by

Car Accidents are the most common type of personal injury claim in Texas.  When involved in a car accident, most people worry about how much the incident will cost them and who is responsible. Here is a list of expenses generally covered by the responsible party:

  • Medical expenses: Doctors visits, emergency room treatment, hospital expenses, physical therapy, medical devices.
  • Future medical expenses: These are recoverable if the injured person can show that he is likely to need continued medical care as a result of the accident.  This amount may be determined by the opinions of doctors and other medical professionals.
  • Pain and suffering: Pain and suffering damages may be granted for the physical and mental pain resulting from the accident.  The jury will look at the nature of the injury, the severity of the pain, and how long the person is likely to suffer in the future. 
  • Mental anguish: Mental anguish includes apprehension, fright, anxiety, nervousness, worry, humiliation, grief, shock, and/or embarrassment.  If the victim has been disfigured by the accident, mental suffering is almost always recoverable.
  • Lost wages: You may recover the amount of money you would have earned between the time of the injury to the time of a judgment had you not been injured. 
  • Loss of earning capacity:  You may recover damages for loss of earning capacity if you can show that your ability to earn money in the future has been impaired.
  • Loss of consortium: This relates to the loss of the benefits when one spouse is injured or killed.
  • Property damage: Recovery for the value of property that was damaged.

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