You have just been involved in an injury-causing car crash, and a wide range of emotions has overcome you. In addition to being in pain, you feel completely shaken. However, you also feel upset when you discover that the accident was the result of another driver’s carelessness.
Fortunately, if another person has harmed you due to driver negligence, it is within your rights to pursue compensation for your injuries through the civil court system. Here is a glimpse at the specific kinds of damages you can pursue in Texas.
Expenses related to health care
If you have suffered injuries in a crash resulting from a fellow driver’s carelessness, you may pursue compensation for the health care expenses you have accrued in connection with the wreck. Here are some expenses you may incur:
- Medical care related to paralysis or permanent disability
- In-home medical care
- Accessories like heat pads
- Ambulance costs
- Physical therapy
- Cognitive therapy
- Medical care related to disfigurement
- Medical care consultations
Also, your doctor may anticipate you needing additional therapy or treatment down the road. He or she can work with your attorney to calculate these possible future health care costs for you, for which you can also pursue compensation.
Pain and suffering
If you have experienced mental or physical distress as a result of your car accident, you can also seek damages for pain and suffering. Whether you receive a damage award in this situation depends on multiple factors, such as the severity of your pain and the kind of injury involved. You may also seek damages for mental distress — for example, anxiety and stress associated with the crash.
Loss of income
You could additionally seek damages for lost wages if your car accident injury has kept you from working as normal. For instance, you might struggle with mobility during the few weeks following the crash and thus be unable to work during this period. You may also receive compensation for any income you lost because you had to attend sessions for physical therapy or stay in the hospital for a time following your crash.
A personal injury attorney in Texas can help you to aggressively pursue the maximum amount of damages to which you are entitled following your injury-causing wreck. A damage award cannot undo the events leading to your injuries, but it may help you to more easily move forward from the ordeal.