There is nothing wrong with asking how much money you can recover for a car accident claim.
Many people involved in car accidents in New Orleans sustain substantial financial losses. Filing an injury claim can help recover the money you lost because of another driver’s negligence or wrongdoing. Our New Orleans car accident lawyers help you file insurance claims and negotiate fair settlements to help you recover financial losses and compensation for pain and suffering caused by a car wreck.
What Damages Can I Recover for a NOLA Car Accident Claim?
There are several types of damages included in claims for car accidents. Financial damages are the expenses, costs, and monetary losses related to the crash, your injuries, and your recovery.
Examples of financial damages you might incur after a car crash include, but are not limited to:
- Ambulance trips
- Emergency room costs
- Doctor’s bills
- Medications and medical equipment
- Personal care
- Help with household tasks
- Loss of income
- Travel expenses
- Therapy, including physical,
occupational, and vocational therapy
- Counseling for emotional distress,
depression, and trauma
In addition to your financial losses, you may also be entitled to compensation for the “pain and suffering” caused by the accident.
Noneconomic damages include, but are not limited to:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Disabilities and permanent impairment
- Loss of quality of life and enjoyment
A third category of damages may be available in some cases. Punitive damages are applicable only when the person responsible for the crash is guilty of gross negligence. The damages are intended to punish the person for a willful, wanton disregard for the safety of others. An example of a traffic accident in which punitive damages might be applicable would be a DUI crash when the person’s blood alcohol content is very high.
What is My Car Accident Claim Worth?
The value of your car accident claim depends on the facts and circumstances in your case. Of course, the amount of financial losses is a large factor in the value of a car accident claim. However, the type and severity of your injuries and whether you sustained a permanent impairment are also significant factors in determining how much your car accident claim is worth. In cases involving catastrophic injuries and permanent disabilities, the value of the claim is usually higher because future damages are included in the claim.
Future damages include ongoing medical treatment, personal care, and future loss of income or a diminished earning capacity. Future damages can significantly increase the value of a car accident claim.
Contact a New Orleans Car Accident Lawyer for Help
Hiring an experienced car accident attorney in New Orleans can help increase the chance you receive maximum value for your injury claim. Insurance companies are familiar with law firms in the area, including their success rate and their willingness to take a case to court if necessary.
Having an experienced legal team on your side to investigate the cause of the crash, gather evidence, and correctly value the claim is a huge advantage when fighting an insurance company for fair compensation after a car crash.
Call Attorney Fred Olinde or any of the attorneys at The Olinde Firm to discuss your car crash. Contact our office by calling (504) 587-1440 or 1-800-587-1889 to schedule your free consultation with one of our NOLA car accident attorneys.