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What damages can I claim for car accident injuries?

The roads of California are highly congested. They might be some of the worst in the country. Because of the high congestion, there are a high number of accidents. If you are involved in an accident you will definitely start thinking about the damages you can claim in a lawsuit. So, what damages can you claim for car accident injuries?

The injuries sustained in a car accident could cause you to miss time at work, which means lost wages. It could also put you out of work for the rest of your life, known as loss of future wages. You can claim these damages in a lawsuit after an accident, but you will need to prove that the injuries caused you to lose the wages. A court will take into consideration your age, skillset, occupation, life expectancy and experience before making a decision.

Medical expenses are another form of damages you can claim in Manhattan Beach, California, car accidents. It is recommended that you undergo a thorough medical examination following a car accident. Medical expenses you can claim as damages include the following:

- Ambulance fees

- Cognitive and/or physical therapy

- Permanent disability

- Consultations with doctors and other health care professionals

- In-home services

- Disfigurement

- Accessories such as oxygen tanks, heating pads, crutches and other medical items

Loss of companionship or affection can also be claimed following a car accident. This happens when the victim of the accident who is injured can no longer show affection to their spouse, which includes sexual activity. This is known as loss of consortium. In this type of claim, the uninjured spouse must file the lawsuit and can only claim this damage if the victim sought compensation for his or her injuries.

Should the victim die of their injuries, the family can claim loss of companionship or loss of society. The jury will take the following into consideration before making a decision:

- If the deceased had a loving relationship with the plaintiff

- The living arrangements of the couple

- The impact of the deceased on the surviving members of the family

Know your rights following a Manhattan Beach, California, car accident prior to filing any damage claims.

Source: Findlaw, "What Kinds of Damages May I Claim for Car Accident Injuries?," accessed March 03, 2017

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