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The 4 main categories of car accident damages

If you were injured in a car accident by a negligent or unlawful motorist, you likely have a viable claim to pursue financial compensation for your injuries in court. The car accident damages you can pursue will generally fall under four main categories: medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and loss of consortium.

Let's take a look at what these categories of damages are:

-- Medical expenses: As you heal from your injuries, you may incur large doctors' bills, hospital costs, home assistance costs, rehabilitation therapy costs, expenses related to disabilities and more. If your medical costs related to your car accident injuries, you can seek those financial damages in court.

-- Pain and suffering: Although it's a more abstract kind of damage and difficult to quantify in medical terms, emotional, mental and physical pain and suffering are real and difficult consequences of a serious injury. You can seek financial compensation for the difficulty associated with pain and suffering in court.

-- Lost wages: You may not be able to work while recovering from your injuries. This represents a big financial loss that you can seek compensation for against the party at fault for your crash.

-- Loss of consortium: If you were injured, your spouse may be suffering from loss of companionship, loss of affection and loss of other marital benefits. Your spouse can include him- or herself as a plaintiff in your lawsuit to seek compensation for these losses.

A Maryland personal injury lawyer who represents plaintiffs injured in car accidents can help you evaluate your injuries and other damages to determine what kinds of damages you can pursue. Your lawyer will then advocate to achieve a just settlement for your claims, and pursue your matter in court if necessary.

Source: FindLaw, "What kind of damages may I claim for car accident injuries," May 25, 2017

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