April 10th, 2018
What You Are Entitled To As a Victim in an Accident
Author: Crystallis B. Chang
If you or someone you know was injured in an auto collision due to another’s negligence or recklessness, you need to know your rights under the law. When one is involved in a collision, the victim has a right to make a claim for damages against the party at fault. There are two categories of damages: economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages are the costs the victim incurs as a result of medical expenses, lost wages and out of pocket expenses. Non-economic damages are for physical and emotional stress and inconvenience, usually referred to as “pain and suffering.”
If a victim of an accident is injured and seeks medical treatment for the injuries he or she sustained, the victim is entitled to seek compensation for the medical expenses. Medical expenses arising from a collision can include, but are not limited to, ambulance, hospital, physician and physical therapy fees. Additionally, if the collision caused a victim to lose earning capacity, he or she may have a right to compensation for the time missed from work. Victims can also claim damages for pain and suffering if their normal daily activities and work duties were affected due to their injuries.
The damages above can be awarded in addition to any out of pocket expenses caused by the collision. Out of pocket expenses can include, but are not limited to, towing, rental, deductible, and prescriptions fees. While the victim is entitled to claim these damages, they should seek legal counsel in order to obtain legal advice about potential outcomes for their claim. Stein Sperling attorneys work diligently to ensure that our clients receive fair compensation for the economic and non-economic damages the victims have incurred as a result of a collision.