Experiencing an injury-causing car accident can be both terrifying and frustrating. The accident may leave you with emotional scars long after the accident has occurred, and it can anger you if it was the result of another person's carelessness behind the wheel.
The good news? You have the right to seek monetary damages here in Illinois in this situation. Here is a look at a couple of kinds of damages you can pursue following your car collision.
Health care costs
In the best-case scenario, you may walk away from a car crash with some minor bruises. However, in a serious accident, you may become permanently disabled. For instance, the accident might leave you paralyzed.
If you end up suffering injuries due to your car accident, it is within your rights to seek damages for these injuries. A monetary award may help you to cover a wide range of medical expenses, including the following:
- In-home medical care services
- Ambulance costs
- Heat pads or other medical accessories
- Cognitive therapy
- Physical therapy
It is important that you collect detailed information about your expenses from your care providers. In addition, if you may need medical care well into the future due to your accident-related injuries, your doctors may be able to help you calculate these costs as well. All of this can have an impact on the damage award you ultimately receive.
Along with seeking compensation for your medical injuries, you can seek damages for any wages you lose in light of the accident. For example, you may have to miss work due to having to undergo surgery following the accident. The wages you lose as a result of your accident may come back to you in the form of a judicial award of damages.
In addition, if your injury prevents you from being able to work in the future, you may receive a monetary award that reflects this loss of earning capacity. The court hearing your case will look at various factors, like your life expectancy, when making its award determination. In this situation, an attorney can assist you in proving that your injuries will prevent you from supporting yourself long term. The attorney's goal is to help you to obtain the full amount of damages to which you are entitled following your injury accident.