The devastating consequences of a motor vehicle accident are undeniable. But, many individuals are under the impression that a minor collision can’t possibly cause catastrophic injuries or completely upend the victim’s life. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Minor car accidents can result in serious damages, and the at-fault party should be brought to justice and compelled to pay. Below, we discuss some of the most serious losses car accident victims can experience after being involved in a minor car crash.
Your Economic Damages
Even the most minor of accidents can result in significant financial losses. These damages are often referred to as economic in litigation. For instance, did you know that even a couple of minor scrapes on the front of a car can cause up to $1,000 worth of damage? So, you can imagine how expensive the costs of repairs would be if you were rear-ended or sideswiped.
In addition to having your property damages covered by the at-fault party, your lawyer will also consider the extent of your medical expenses, the money you lost out on by not being able to work, and the damage to your potential future earnings. This might include any contributions you could have made to your retirement savings accounts, and any possible bonuses and salary increases you might have earned over the years.
It will be up to your lawyer to calculate how much your economic damages amount to so you can be sure that you’re getting the most out of the civil lawsuit you bring against the person or persons who are liable for the cause of the accident.
Recovery of Your Non-Economic Losses
Every other way your life has been negatively impacted by the accident you were involved in will be categorized as being non-economic, or not related to your financial damages. Car crashes happen unexpectedly and can therefore be traumatic, even if the accident is relatively minor.
Victims can experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and physical pain due to their injuries. This, of course, also includes the inconvenience that comes with being involved in an auto wreck. Some of the most commonly sought non-economic losses include:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Mental anguish
- Loss of companionship and love
- Disfigurement or scarring
- Loss of household services
Although more difficult to quantify, the psychological impact and the effect that the accident will have on your lifestyle is often far more challenging than the financial losses you endured. For this reason, no matter how minor the accident, you’ll want a highly trained attorney by your side so you are fully repaid by the liable party.
Work with a Boston Car Accident Lawyer
There is no reason why you should be expected to cover your own costs when someone else’s negligence is responsible for causing your accident and resulting injuries.
When you need assistance securing maximum compensation for all you’ve been through, reach out to a qualified Boston car accident lawyer at Joel H. Schwartz, PC. You can complete the brief contact form included at the bottom of this page or give our office a call at 1-800-660-2270 to schedule your free, no-obligation case review today.