Every day, car accidents occur on roadways throughout Galveston and the rest of Texas. Individuals involved in car accidents can suffer severe injuries. These can result in permanent disability or premature death.
When a victim is injured in a car accident, he or she has the right to pursue compensation for all damages he or she suffered through a personal injury claim, even if he or she was partially at fault for the accident.
Car accident victims can suffer the following types of injury:
- Soft tissue injuries;
- Traumatic brain injuries;
- Spinal cord injuries; and
- Broken bones.
Following an accident, a victim can suffer from mental health issues like depression and anxiety.
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Through a personal injury claim, you can seek compensation for the following damages:
- Your medical expenses;
- Your lost wages; and
- Your pain and suffering damages.
Each of these categories are quite extensive. The compensation you recover for your medical expenses can cover the treatment you received immediately after your accident as well as the additional treatment you will need in the future. In addition to compensation for the wages you cannot earn while you spend the next few months recovering from your injury, you can also recover compensation for the wages you will not be able to earn in the future because of how your injury reduced your capacity to work. Your pain and suffering damages are all the damages that do not fit into these categories, like your emotional trauma following the accident.
If you lost a loved one in a car accident, you can pursue compensation for damages related to the death through a wrongful death claim.
To recover compensation for your damages, you must demonstrate the following:
- Another party caused a car accident because of their negligence, such as speeding or driving drunk;
- In the accident, you suffered one or more specific physical injuries; and
- Because of your injuries, you suffered specific monetary damages.
If you were partially at fault for the accident, you must also demonstrate that you hold 50 percent or less of the fault for the collision. You can support your claim with evidence that demonstrates how the accident happened, how you were injured, and the value of your losses.
This evidence can include:
- Copies of your medical bills;
- Documentation of your lost wages;
- Photographs of the accident and testimonies from witnesses; and
- A copy of the official police report for the accident.
When you are facing damages after being involved in a car accident that was not your fault, work with an experienced personal injury lawyer to pursue the compensation you deserve for your damages through a personal injury claim. To learn more, contact our team at Scott M. Brown & Associates, P.C. today to set up your initial legal consultation with us.