What to Ask for in a Car Accident Settlement | Joel H. Schwartz, P.C.Joel H. Schwartz, P.C.

What to Ask for in a Car Accident Settlement

When you’ve suffered injuries in a motor vehicle accident, you have the right to file a lawsuit against the person or people responsible for your harm. As you build your claim for compensation, you’ll need to take a complete inventory of the losses you suffered so you can recover full compensation for your damages. Continue reading to learn more about what people ask for in car accident settlements.

Your Financial Losses

Commonly referred to as economic damages, the crash-related hardships that have directly influenced your financial status can threaten your ability to support your standard of living.

It will be critical that we seek to recover the costs of your medical care. The price of healthcare across the nation is astronomical, and those who suffer from serious injuries—which are common in car accidents—can easily incur enormous medical bills in the form of prescription medications, copays, hospital fees, diagnostic imaging, physical therapy, and medical equipment.

Other economic damages include the wages you were unable to earn while you were out of work and in recovery and the damage done to your future earning potential, including missed bonuses, advancements within the company, contributions to your 401K, and wage increases.

Non-Economic Damages

These types of losses are not as easily quantifiable as economic damages. Each case will have a different value placed on non-economic damages, which are those hardships that don’t have a direct monetary cost but affect your life nonetheless. The impact of each intangible damage will vary from person to person, and you should be compensated fully.

The loss of enjoyment of life and loss of consortium are two non-economic losses you’ll want to include in your claim if you are no longer able to participate in activities that once brought you joy or if you aren’t able to experience the love and companionship of your spouse, friends, and family members.

We will also consider the effects of the loss of household services (such as the ability to do your dishes or mow the lawn), your pain and suffering, mental anguish, and the effects of any disfiguring injuries.

Call a Boston Car Accident Lawyer

To speak with a knowledgeable Boston car accident lawyer at Joel H. Schwartz, PC about the details of your motor vehicle accident, or if you have questions regarding the value of your claim, give our office a call at 1-800-660-2270 or fill out the quick contact form below to schedule your free case assessment.

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