If you have been injured in an auto accident, you likely are confused about how much auto accident compensation you are entitled to receive. You have suffered many losses at the fault of another ranging from medical expenses to emotional stress. While some losses can be easily calculated, others are not as simple. Let’s look at the various forms of auto accident compensation.
Auto Accident Compensation for Loss of Income
Obviously these types of compensation are going to vary from person to person. It will depend on whether the loss of work is short term, permanent, or somewhere in between. It will also depend on the earnings ability of the person before the accident. In the case of a permanent injury, the compensation will often be calculated on all future lost earnings although adjustments will be made for increases or decreases that could be reasonably anticipated. For example, if the accident victim is a 60 year old, they would not be entitled to the same amount as a 20 year old even if in the same type of employment. Another example is someone with an occupation that is limited in nature, such as an athlete, in that they could not expect to get more than the number of years of gainful employment that statistics indicate.
Expenses Eligible for Auto Accident Compensation
Someone that has been injured in an auto accident may have specific expenses related to their disability, such as the need for modifications to the home. These types of expenses should factor into the compensation to be received although they will only be considered if truly necessary and do not materially improve the value of the home. Other expenses such as damage to their vehicle would also fall into this category.
Auto Accident Compensation for Medical Expenses
Medical expenses are generally the easiest expense to calculate and substantiate. Actual costs already incurred can be shown easily. Future expenses such as caregiver costs and potential future medical costs can be more difficult however. As in most compensation, it will vary from person to person as to what the solicitor can get for the victim. Much of this will be determined by past court cases of similar injuries, which your solicitor will be able to present as evidence of what you are entitled to.
Pain and Suffering Auto Accident Compensation
The most difficult part of the equation, pain and suffering is very difficult to put a price tag on. Each year there are many court cases in which compensation has been awarded for various types of injuries. A well-informed solicitor will keep up with the awards and thus have an educated argument to present to the court as to just what their client should be awarded. Clearly the person that experiences daily suffering in the form of physical pain or psychological distress deserves to be compensated for the impairment upon their life.
Obviously much goes into determining what an accident victim is entitled to in auto accident compensation. A well informed solicitor can help you determine what you should be asking for and will guide you through the process. Call us at Accident Advice Helpline for assistance finding a solicitor that knows how to handle your case!
Date Published: 9th December 2012
Author: David Brown