After a car accident, do you have the option to pursue a lawsuit?
After a car accident, you may have the option to pursue a lawsuit against the at-fault driver or in some cases another party, such as the manufacturer or seller of the vehicle. Valuing your claim is an important first step to determining a fair settlement before beginning negotiations.
The damages that may be awarded in your case will typically be based on:
Your Past and Future Medical Expenses
Medical expenses related to a car accident are considered direct expenses, or economic damages. You’ll tally your existing medical expenses and potentially work with a forensic accountant to accurately estimate your future medical costs. This figure is generally the starting value of your claim.
The cost to either repair or replace your vehicle (and any other property damaged in the accident) is also included in the list of economic expenses.
Lost Wages and Benefits
Your lawsuit should also include the cost of being out of work after the accident, either temporarily or permanently depending on the extent of your injuries. If you are disabled and can no longer work as a result of the car accident, your future wages and employment opportunities like cost-of-living raises and promotions should also be calculated.
Pain and Suffering
Car accident lawsuits also usually include non-economic damages, or expenses that are more difficult to calculate because their value is subjective. Your claim should include estimates for your pain and suffering, typically calculated by using a multiplier based on the severity of the accident and subsequent injuries.
If Gross Negligence Was a Factor
If gross negligence was a factor in your car accident, such as in the case of a drunk driver with multiple past DUIs, punitive damages may also be awarded. Punitive damages are designed to penalize the at-fault party, usually because of their carelessness or disregard for others that resulted in the collision was particularly egregious.
Hurt in a Car Accident? A Georgia Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident through no fault of your own, you deserve the maximum compensation possible for the damages you suffered. Don’t hesitate to reach out to an experienced Georgia car accident lawyer to get the legal support you need to hold the other driver responsible for their negligent actions. Call Appalachian Injury Law today to schedule your free case evaluation at (800) 393-8595.