In less than a second, a car wreck can cause brain damage, bone fractures, paralysis and worse. Victims who are lucky enough to escape with their lives often face weeks or months of rehabilitation. Some never fully recover.
No amount of compensation can undo the physical and emotional hardship of a serious accident. However, a successful injury claim may help you avoid insurmountable debt and bankruptcy.
According to the Alabama Legislature, if you were injured by a negligent driver, then you may be entitled to compensation for economic and noneconomic damages. These include health-care expenses, time off work, emotional trauma, and pain and suffering.
Recovering damages from a negligent driver can be a legally complex process. Some drivers deny liability. Other times, the insurance company offers a settlement that would not cover the victim’s ongoing medical expenses and lost income.
An accident attorney can help you avoid mistakes such as settling for a low offer or unknowingly admitting fault to insurance adjusters. If your crash happened in Alabama, contact Morris Bart & Associates, LLC.
Here are four types of personal injury damages that you may be able to claim in Birmingham:
- Medical Expenses
Accident injuries can cost thousands to treat – particularly if they require long-term rehabilitation. If your accident required medical treatment, then you may be able to recover this expense from the at-fault driver. In addition to your past and present medical costs, you may be entitled to compensation for ongoing health-care bills.
- Lost Wages
If your injury prevented you from returning to work, then you can claim lost wages. This compensation may cover past and present loss of income, as well as future loss of earning capacity.
- Emotional Trauma
Accidents can be emotionally traumatic, which is why victims may be entitled to noneconomic damages. Calculating noneconomic damages can be complicated. Your personal-injury lawyer may multiply your economic damages – which include medical expenses and lost income – by a multiplier between one and five to determine noneconomic damages.
- Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering is another noneconomic damage. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, accident victims may be entitled to compensation for immediate and ongoing pain and suffering. These damages are often available to plaintiffs who suffer severe scarring, disfigurement or a permanent loss of physical ability.
If you were injured by a negligent driver, contact a Birmingham accident attorney from Morris Bart & Associates, LLC. We can evaluate your case, talk to witnesses, and aggressively fight for the maximum compensation. Schedule a consultation today by calling 800-537-8185 or find a location.