The aftermath of a vehicle accident is overwhelming and expensive. In addition to the physical injuries you have, you may find yourself with extensive bills and costs that quickly wipe out your savings and outpace your ability to catch up. If your accident is not your fault, you should not have to carry this financial burden alone. Thankfully, the civil justice system provides you an opportunity to seek restitution for your losses.
When pursuing damages through a civil claim, it is in your interests to know what you should pursue. There are different types of damages, and you don’t want to leave any money on the table. A careful evaluation of your situation can help you understand what types of damages you should seek through your claim. You could be entitled to recovery of both your economic and non-economic losses.
Types of economic damages
The specific damages to which you could be entitled depend on your financial losses and the ways your accident has affected your life. Examples of economic damages you might pursue through your lawsuit include those related to:
- Medical bills, including ambulance bills, hospital stays and more
- Ongoing health care costs, including therapy and equipment
- Loss of income you experienced during your recovery
- Ongoing losses if your injuries will permanently affect the work you can do
You may also be able to pursue damages related to any property damage caused by the accident.
Types of non-economic damages
An Oklahoma motor vehicle accident affects more than just your finances and physical health. The emotional and mental toll from an accident can be significant. Some examples of non-economic damages include:
- Loss of companionship if your accident has affected your relationships
- Mental duress and ongoing trauma from the accident
- Continuing physical pain and suffering from your injuries
There is no way to reverse what happened to you or undo the pain you are experiencing. However, compensation for your losses and the pursuit of justice can provide what you need to pick up the pieces and move forward once again.
A strong claim
Accident claims are time sensitive. You would be wise to take action to learn about the specific options available to you and begin building a strong case. Moving quickly is smart as this can help you preserve important evidence that will be necessary to maximize your claim and secure what you need for a full and fair recovery.