Establishing Losses After A Car Accident

Posted on: 3 June 2016


When you have been in a car accident, it's important to take care of your medical, emotional and financial needs. If the accident was the result of the negligence of another person, you may have a personal injury lawsuit to file. When you receive medical care because of your injuries, and you have bills piling up, you are entitled to have these bills covered by the person responsible for your injuries. To have a viable personal injury lawsuit, it's important to establish your losses, and this article will give you tips on how to do so. 

Medical Bills and Loss of Income

Two of the easiest losses to establish are medical bills because of your injuries and income lost from time spent out of work. Gather together all of your medical bills, and provide proof of your wages you were earning prior to the accident. When you meet with an attorney for an initial consultation, this paperwork will help establish the beginnings of your personal injury lawsuit. If you have other bills associated with the car accident, such as car repairs, you should bring this evidence too.

Loss of Function, or Permanent Disability

When you are in medical treatment because of a car accident, you will eventually come to a medical end of your treatment. Whether you are healed 100% or you have a permanent disability, you are entitled to compensation for the pain you endured during your recovery. In general, if you have a permanent loss of function, you will be compensated more than if you have returned to your previous state of health. To determine your compensation, a judge will look at the length of time you were in treatment, the severity of your injuries, and your potential for recovery.

To establish medical injuries, you must seek medical treatment and follow through with all recommendations. If you don't listen to your doctors, they aren't going to be able to provide the information necessary to win a personal injury lawsuit. When people don't follow through with treatment, this can be indicative that the injury is not very serious. Going to treatment without missing appointments is important when you are trying to prove your injuries.

When you have been hurt in a car accident, your first step is to get the medical treatment you need. Once you are able to process what happened, it's important to talk with an attorney who can help you along the process of filing a personal injury lawsuit.

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