If you have ever been involved in a car accident, you understand how stressful and overwhelming things can get. Whether you or a loved one was seriously injured, or your car sustained damages, you undoubtedly are faced with a complicated situation. In the event you were involved in an accident due to the negligence or distraction of another person, you may be able to recover damages. The notion of ‘recovering damages’ is something you may be familiar with, but what, exactly, does this mean? While medical expenses are certainly the most popular, there are numerous other damages you can claim depending on the extent of your injury, and how well it was documented. Other damages include for lost wages as a result of diminished employment opportunities, pain and suffering, or emotional loss. It is important to note that recovering damages – of any kind – after an accident can be an extremely complicated process. This is why it is important to have a personal injury lawyer from Atkins & Markoff by your side. Our lawyers are not only knowledgeable about Oklahoma’s legal system, but we have your best interest in mind and will do everything in our power to ensure no rock is left uncovered, so to speak.
Now, here is a brief overview of the various types of damages that may be recovered after an accident. If you have any questions at all, or would like to learn more about your rights, please contact an Oklahoma personal injury lawyer from Atkins & Markoff today.
As previously mentioned, medical expense are the most common type of damages recovered in the event of an accident. It is no secret that the bills received for medical care following a car accident can be intimidating to say the least. Furthermore, if the victim requires extended physical or occupational therapy, those expenses can be even worse. Medical expenses as a result of an auto accident may include – but are not limited to – the following:
- Physical and/or occupational or cognitive therapy
- Ambulance fees
- Consultations with medical professionals
- Permanent disability costs
- In-home services
With a good personal injury lawyer by your side, you will be able to recover damages for the above medical expenses, as well as many others.
Pain and Suffering
This can be difficult to prove, as you may imagine. However, if you have suffered mental or physical distress after an accident, then you may be able to include this in your damage request. In many cases, pain and suffering is a point of serious contention between plaintiffs and defendants. That being said, different forms of pain and suffering can be factored into the type of loss sustained, which includes mental and emotional suffering, damage to the injured person’s professional and personal reputation, and the possible worsening of those injuries.
Finally, if you have missed work because of your injuries, or you will have to lessen your hours in the future because of your injuries, you may be able to claim lost wages in your personal injury lawsuit. In order to do so, you will need to prove that you cannot make the same amount of money as you used to, and that this is a direct result of the injuries you sustained.
To find out more about what types of damages you may be able to recover after an accident, please contact Atkins & Markoff today.