Damages are the losses that someone suffers in a case. In a car accident case, Arizona law allows you to seek compensation for economic damages, which can be easily traced to a financial loss, and non-economic damages, which are more difficult to quantify. Entrekin Law Firm can explain the damages that you may be able to recover following a car accident in Arizona.
You have the right to receive payment for the cost to repair or replace your vehicle. If your vehicle is not totaled, you can receive compensation for the amount to repair your vehicle at a shop of your choice. If the cost to repair your vehicle is more than its value, you can recover compensation for the fair market value of your vehicle.
Car accidents can cause serious injuries. You can seek compensation for your accident-related medical expenses in a Phoenix car accident lawsuit, including:
- Emergency room visits
- Physical therapy
- Ongoing medical care
- Prescription medication
- Medical devices
- The cost to travel to receive medical treatment
Along with medical expenses you have already paid for, your award can include compensation for medical care you may require in the future.
Lost Wages and Earning Capacity
You also have the right to recover compensation for the wages you lost and employment benefits you used while recovering. You can also receive compensation if your earning capacity was reduced because of your injuries. For example, you could recover compensation if the accident left you permanently disabled and you are unable to work or have to transfer to a lower paying job.
Pain and Suffering
You can also receive compensation for the physical pain and suffering you experience because of your injuries and follow-up treatment.
Additionally, you can recover compensation for the mental anguish and emotional distress you suffer because of the accident. Car accidents can be traumatizing events that leave lifelong emotional scars. You may seek psychological counseling or other treatment to help you cope with the trauma of the accident. You could potentially recover compensation for these expenses.
Loss of Companionship/Consortium
Arizona personal injury law also allows your loved ones like your spouse or children to recover compensation for the losses they’ve suffered because of your accident. They may be able to recover compensation for:
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of affection
- Loss of consortium
Wrongful Death Damages
If the car accident resulted in the death of your loved one, a wrongful death lawyer in Phoenix may be able to recover compensation for:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical expenses the deceased incurred because of the accident before succumbing to death
- Lost future income
- The decedent’s pain and suffering
- Lost value of household services the victim performed
- Loss of care, companionship, and guidance
- Your pain and suffering
In some car accident cases, the jury may award punitive damages. These are damages that punish the wrongdoer and try to defer similar actions in the future. These damages are reserved for cases that involve blatant disregard for others’ safety and not awarded in every personal injury case.
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If you were injured in a car accident, let Entrekin Law Firm seek compensation for the damages you have suffered. Contact us today for a free case consultation.