What Can You Sue For In A Car Accident Lawsuit?

Posted on: 1 December 2020

Car accidents are some of the most common causes of injuries. There are so many cars on the road now, the likelihood of an accident occurring has increased over time. If you or a loved one has been in a recent car accident, you might wonder what your options are in getting compensated, especially if the accident wasn't your fault.

There are several categories in which your lawsuit will fall under and each will determine how much compensation you can claim in your lawsuit. It's best to consult an automobile accident attorney before going ahead with any claim as they can guide you further, but here are some items you can sue for in a lawsuit.

Pain And Suffering

The top reason most people will sue after a car accident is due to pain and suffering. In some cases, injuries can be very severe and cause you to lose time at your job or even the ability to enjoy outings with family and friends. You may need to be on certain types of medication for months or even for the rest of your life. You may also have to go through painful rehabilitation to regain the use of your legs or arms. However, pain and suffering can cover these issues. These injuries may not heal for some time, or they may potentially be permanent, so you could be entitled to sue due to pain and suffering. Your automobile accident attorney can help you determine if this category will work for your lawsuit.

Loss Of Income

It's possible that you won't be able to work for some time, or you may never be able to work again, and this means you have a loss of income. You can sue under this category if you will be out of work for at least a few months. If your ability to work has been permanently damaged, you could also sue for the loss of earning ability against any future income you would have earned otherwise. However, this might be harder to prove unless your medical records and doctors can demonstrate the severity of your injuries and that they will prevent you from obtaining any meaningful employment. You can talk to your automobile accident attorney to see what documentation you will need to pursue this course.

Caregiver, Medical Expenses, And Family Member Claims

It's possible that you will need an ongoing caregiver for the rest of your life due to the car accident. Professional caregivers require a lot of funding which you may have troubling paying for due to your inability to work. This means you could sue to recoup any payments you need to make toward hiring a caregiver to help you out.

You also can sue for any medical expenses, including hospital bills, doctor's bills, and rehabilitation costs. If you require any housekeeping or home maintenance, this could also be covered. If a family member will be your primary caregiver or they lost income due to your injuries, they could also be included in a lawsuit.

Contact an auto accident attorney for more information.