Assessing Car Accident Damages | Phillips Law
July 2, 2018
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries and property damage after an auto accident, you may be able to file an accident claim to recover any monetary losses. Every car accident claim is different, and the damages you can recover will depend on several factors.
The Phoenix auto accident attorneys at Phillips Law Group can help identify the damages that you have suffered and can explain how they are assessed after an automobile accident. Schedule a free, no obligation legal consultation today.
Types of Damages
Your attorney can pursue compensation for many types of damages caused by a personal injury, including:
In auto accidents, it is common to have damage to your vehicle. Compensation for property damage may cover the cost to repair or replace a vehicle and other personal property damaged in the accident. You may also be reimbursed for the cost of a car rental. Keep all receipts or bills for repairing or replacing your car and other property damaged in the accident.
Medical bills are often a significant portion of a damages claim. Medical bills may result from the diagnosis, hospitalization and treatment costs. You may also have bills for prescriptions and over-the-counter medications.
You will need to hang onto various documents to get reimbursement for your medical expenses, including:
- Doctor notes
- Diagnosis records
- Bills from treatments
- Prescription bottles and receipts
- Physical therapy session notes and bills
You may be required to stay home from work until you recover from your injury. Providing your lawyer with documentation regarding your regular rate of pay and the number of hours you missed from work can help you pursue the wages you lost from missing work.
Lost Earning Capacity
In some instances, you may sustain a serious injury that causes you to become disabled or unable to return to work. In these instances, you may need an economic expert witness to explain the full extent of your lost earning capacity.
Pain and Suffering
Some forms of damages are not easy to quantify. For example, you may have experienced substantial pain and suffering from the accident. You may require psychological counseling due to the trauma of the accident. You may be able to be reimbursed for these types of damages.
Many cases are resolved through an insurance settlement that is based on the value of damages covered by the insurance policy. However, the insurance company can only pay compensation up to the limits of the policy.
You can obtain more compensation by filing if a settlement is not adequate compensation, you may choose to move forward with a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party. If you file a lawsuit, you will have to show that the accident was caused by the other driver and he or she is responsible for the full extent of your damages.
Contact Our Firm for Help with Your Case
In Arizona, you only have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party. This makes it crucial that you take all the steps necessary to protect your rights as quickly as possible.
An experienced Phoenix personal injury attorney from Phillips Law Group can ensure that you quickly pursue a car accident claim so that if the insurance company does not offer you adequate compensation, you are able to pursue a lawsuit before the deadline passes.
Every car accident claim is unique, and the damages that you may be able to recover compensation for vary on a case-by-case basis. For legal guidance and representation tailored to your specific needs as an automotive accident victim in Arizona, contact us to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Our attorneys can analyze your situation to determine your options and the compensation you may be owed.
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