Ideally, avoiding a collision should be as straightforward as exercising caution and employing safe driving behaviors. Unfortunately, no one can control the actions of other drivers. The financial repercussions of a collision can be catastrophic.
Victims are often unfamiliar with Nevada state law and unsure what damages they can collect for a car accident. While the specifics of each settlement offer vary from case to case, victims are generally able to seek compensation for any financial loss they’ve suffered as a direct result of a collision. These can include:
- Medical expenses (past and future)
- Past lost wages
- Future loss of earning capacity
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Property damage
A car accident lawyer will review the details of an accident and provide a more case-specific outline of what compensation victims can expect.
The first step after an auto accident is a medical evaluation. It is critical to seek medical attention even if injuries seem minor or nonexistent. Car accident injuries can be hard to spot with an untrained eye and often show up after the fact.
A medical professional will know what to look for and provide documentation that victims will need in order to file. Based on the results of a medical evaluation, there are a number of expenses victims can claim. Compensation for medical expenses includes:
- Doctor and hospital visits
- Specialist consultations
- Surgical procedures
- Medication costs
- Rehabilitation services
- Transportation to and from medical appointments
Medical bills can quickly add up and create undue stress for victims struggling to heal from physical injuries. A Las Vegas auto accident lawyer will be able to review medical reports to catalog and quantify victims’ expenses. This will be used as the basis of a claim.
Past and Future Pain and Suffering and Mental Anguish
Pain and suffering refers to the less tangible ways in which victims suffer. Car accident attorneys understand the traumatic nature of automobile accidents. Often, the emotional injuries victims suffer can equal or even surpass the physical ones.
These injuries can include depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and more. Compensation for pain and suffering can include:
- Any physical pain your injury caused you
- Loss of enjoyment of life
You might also be able to recover compensation for any inconvenience (e.g., having to go to the doctor’s office or deal with other aspects of your injury). Compensation for mental anguish includes:
- Counseling services
- Psychiatric medication
- Any earning capacity lost as a result of mental anguish
- Damages for the mental anguish itself
Proving the need for compensation is challenging and often requires testimony from mental health experts. A car accident lawyer will be able to act as an advocate and quantify these losses to secure fair compensation.
Damages to Property
In addition to physical and emotional injuries, car accidents often yield damages to both the vehicles involved and the personal property within those vehicles. If the damage to a vehicle is substantial, the car’s value may be diminished. In any of these cases, victims have the right to file a property damage claim to compel the other party’s insurance provider to compensate them for their losses.
Past Wage Loss and Future Loss of Earning Capacity
You can recover any wages you lost if you were unable to return to your job while you recovered. In many instances, the physical or emotional injuries victims suffer make it impossible to return to work. If victims can return to their jobs, they may not be able to do so in the same capacity as before the accident.
In both instances, car accident victims suffer a loss of income and can lose out on opportunities for career advancement. Victims must be able to provide pay stubs and documentation to support their claim of lost wages. If victims are looking to prove the loss of a career opportunity, a letter of recommendation from a supervisor or a copy of the company’s advancement schedule will act as evidence.
Assuming evidence is compiled, the at-fault party is legally required to compensate victims fairly. A car accident attorney can work to secure a fair settlement.
Wrongful Death Compensation
In cases of fatal accidents, surviving family members suffer truly traumatic losses and have a legal right to compensation that includes the costs associated with providing a proper burial. Families also have the right to secure compensation for any psychological counseling they need to address their grief.
Compensation in Wrongful Death Cases
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of guardianship or companionship
- Past wage loss and future loss of earning capacity
- Medical bills
Consult an Auto Accident Lawyer
Car accident victims have enough to worry about without adding a legal battle to the list. Jack Bernstein and Scott Poisson have over 60 years of combined experience helping injured parties. Our client’s well-being is our top priority. We won’t stop until the deserved compensation has been secured.
Call (702) 633-3333 today to speak with a member of the team for free. Our team will review the case and outline what damages you can collect for a car accident. From there, we will dedicate ourselves to securing a fair financial award.