What are the Types of Damages in a Houston Car Accident Claim?
Written by Greg on September 24, 2019
When you are hurt in a Houston car accident, the negligent driver can be held responsible for your injuries. When a motorist causes a car accident, that driver is often found to be negligent. As an injured victim, you are entitled to be made whole. That means that you should be in the same economic place as you were before the crash occurred. You are also entitled to other types of compensation, depending on the facts of the case. It is best to consult with an experienced Houston accident attorney to discuss the specific details of your situation.
Economic losses in an accident are damages that have a monetary cost. Your medical expenses are the most significant economic damages in an accident. Economic losses are those that you can calculate. Some of the examples of economic damages include:
- Medical expenses
- Costs of medications
- Rehabilitation costs
- Ambulance fees
- Loss of income
Keep in mind that you should not settle a case until you or your attorney can accurately calculate your damages. Therefore, do not accept a settlement offer from the insurance company until you know all of your expenses and damages due to the accident.
While you can immediately know the cost of your economic losses, you may also suffer non-economic damages as a result of the accident. These are damages that do not have a definite price tag, so they must be determined on a case-by-case basis. You may or may not have sustained non-economic damages as the result of an accident. Some of the most common non-economic damages are:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of quality of life
Non-economic damages are more difficult to prove in your claim. You will need to show that you had significant injuries, for instance, that caused you to have a permanent disability. These are damages that do not have a precise monetary value, but are valuable to you individually. Your attorney will gather evidence of your damages to prove your case.
Wrongful Death Claims
Wrongful death applies to a situation where a person died as a result of the negligence or willful act of another. If a loved one died as a result of the accident, you may also be entitled to other types of damages. These may include burial and funeral costs, along with both economic and non-economic damages that the victim sustained prior to death. The family may also be entitled to compensation for the loss of a loved one. A knowledgeable wrongful death attorney will assist you with the details of your claim.
A serious vehicle accident can be devastating and may change you and your family forever. If you or a loved one were hurt in an accident, do not delay. The law limits the time to file a case.
If you lost a loved one in an accident, you are owed compensation for the loss. Contact our Houston legal team at Baumgartner Law Firm to discuss the details of your case and to help determine the compensation that you may be owed for your damages.