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Types of Damages Available in Car Accidents

Legally, damages are defined as an award, typically in the form of monetary compensation, used to make up for the unjust losses sustained by an injured party. After you have been injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you deserve compensation for the damage the accident caused to you and to your life. There are several different types of damages available in car accidents, and it is important that car accident victims understand exactly how damages will work in their case. If you have sustained losses in a Georgia accident, an experienced Atlanta car accident attorney can help.

Economic Damages

Economic damages are damages that are meant to compensate objective financial loss. In the case of a car accident in the Atlanta area, economic damages could include:

  • All medical expenses
  • Lost current and future wages
  • Loss of Property
  • Any other financial cost sustained in relation to the accident

Car accident injuries can range from relatively minor cuts and bruises all the way to permanent disability or even death. Oftentimes, serious car accident injuries lead to years of necessary medical care and the corresponding medical expenses incurred by using that medical care. As a victim of a car accident caused by the negligence of another party, you are entitled to compensation for all related medical expenses. If you are likely to need medical care well into the future, your lawyer can use reasonable estimates to get you compensation for these likely future costs. A car accident injury can also impact your ability to earn a living. If your current and future earnings have been impaired, you are entitled to fair compensation for your loss of wages. 

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages are damages that include all of the intangible losses related to the accident. These are among the more subjective types of damages available in car accidents. The most common non-economic damage is pain and suffering. A fair award for pain and suffering depends on a variety of factors which can be difficult to very quantify. You need an experienced car accident attorney in Atlanta working for you to ensure that your non-economic damages are fairly compensated. The pain and suffering are real and that damage must be fairly considered.

Punitive Damages

In certain, very specific, cases you may also be entitled to punitive damages for your car accident injuries. Punitive damages are meant to punish the other party for very bad behavior and are only available in circumstances limited to extreme negligence. In Georgia, punitive damages can be awarded in accidents where the cause was drugs or alcohol. Punitive damages can be substantial, an experienced car accident attorney should review your case to see if you might be eligible to recover this type of damages.

Contact An Experienced Car Accident Lawyer in Atlanta

Knowing the types of damages available in car accidents and how to pursue them is key element of recovering full and fair compensation for your car accident injuries. At The Angell Law Firm we have many years of experience effectively representing car accident victims and helping them recover full damages for their losses. If you have been injured in a Georgia car accident, you need to know exactly what types of compensation might be available. Call our office at (770) 217-4954 or contact us through our website you learn more about Georgia car accident damages.

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