Types of Damages Awarded in Texas Car Accident Cases

car wreck possible damagesCar accident injuries can be debilitating, frustrating, and costly. In many cases, victims will miss weeks of work as they recover, all while attending numerous doctors’ visits and painful rehabilitation. If the payments victims receive through an auto accident insurance claim are not enough to cover the full costs of the wreck, they may want to consider a lawsuit against the at-fault driver.

Types of Compensation You Could Receive in a Texas Car Accident Case

A personal injury case allows an accident victim to sue a negligent party for compensation, also known as damages. These damages can include reimbursement for expenses the victim has already paid, estimated costs for the future, and even additional funds for unnecessary suffering.

Depending on the specifics of your case, you may be able to collect a variety of damages such as:

  • Medical expenses. Accident cases are typically based on the extent of the injury a person has suffered. Your attorney can help you calculate the total amount you have paid for hospital visits, diagnostic testing, medications, assistive devices, nursing care, and physical therapy. If the accident has caused long-term disability, you may also collect the costs of future medical care.
  • Property damages. If your vehicle was damaged in the crash, you can recoup the costs of repairs or even replacement if the vehicle was a total loss. If additional property was damaged in the accident, such as your cellphone or expensive cargo, it may also be included in your settlement.
  • Lost wages. You may collect the total amount of wages you have lost as a result of the crash, as well as the value of any work-related benefits. Benefits can include bonuses, vacation or sick time, commissions, promotions, and travel opportunities. If you can no longer do your former job, you can also make a claim for loss of future earning capacity.
  • Pain and suffering. These damages compensate victims for the unnecessary trauma caused by the crash, such as mental anguish, severe physical pain, loss of consortium, and compensation for the death of a family member.
  • Punitive damages. Punitive damages may be awarded if the defendant’s actions were extremely negligent or showed a willful disregard for the safety or rights of others.

If you or a family member was injured in a car accident, our experienced legal team can explain your options and help you calculate your losses. To get started on your case review, send us a message through our online contact form today.