Injuries and Compensation
In general, an individual injured in a Washington automobile accident may bring a claim or lawsuit to recover the actual expenses associated with property damage and medical costs, economic damages, and emotional and physical pain and suffering. Often, litigation involving motor vehicle accidents is extremely complicated. Retaining the lawyers at Bernard Law Group, who are experts in motor vehicle accident damages, will put you in the best position to receive the recovery you deserve, no matter how complicated or contentious.
As in all negligence cases, the injured party in automobile accident cases may recover for physical pain and suffering, mental pain and suffering, medical and rehabilitative expenses, past and future lost income, permanent impairment and permanent disfigurement. Typical damages include future medical bills that are reasonably certain, loss of enjoyment of life, and physical property damage. The injured party may also recover damages for reinjuring or aggravating an earlier injury. In order to document the damages, a person injured in an accident should keep a daily diary describing how the injury affects him or her and if appropriate, his or her immediate family.
Family Member’s Damages
The spouse of the accident victim may also be able to recover for damage or loss to the marital relationship. The claim is typically brought by both the husband and wife, and is known as “loss of consortium.” Loss of consortium generally refers to any negative effect on the marital relationship caused by the accident, and includes loss of the spouse’s love, companionship, comfort, affection, solace, moral support, sexual relations, ability to have children, and physical assistance in the operating and maintaining a home. Loss of consortium can be either temporary or permanent.
Usually, an insurance company will compensate the victim for his or her damages. If the other driver has insufficient insurance or is not insured at all, the victim may be entitled to compensation from his or her own insurance company under an uninsured or underinsured motorist provision. Also, other insurance policies, such as the policies of family members or employers, may provide benefits to the injured person. We have obtained insurance coverage many times for clients in these circumstances. Even if the injured person was partially at fault, the law may permit a recovery.
There are many factors which affect the value of an automobile accident. These include who is at fault, how easily the other party’s fault can be established, the type and seriousness of the injuries, the type of medical treatment required, and the amount of insurance coverage available.
Other relevant factors may include how the accident happened, the extent of vehicle damage involved, whether the injuries are permanent or involve significant scarring, the amount of your past and expected future medical bills, and the effect of the accident on your income. It is important to remember that every personal injury case is different.
Sadly, injuries received in a motor vehicle accident can be catastrophic and may affect other members of your family. If you have been involved in a car wreck and have specific questions or concerns about compensation for your losses, please contact the attorneys at the Bernard Law Group. We are experienced, aggressive, and devoted exclusively to representing injury and accident victims.
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