Being injured in a Dallas-Fort Worth car wreck or other catastrophic accident can not only throw your day-to-day life into turmoil, it can also have a long-lasting impact on every aspect of your life and the lives of those close to you. At the Anderson Law Firm, we understand that people do not have, so to speak, a savings account set aside for car accidents. We know that the unexpected happens, which is why we are available to help injured victims of car accidents and walk with them in the legal process of obtaining compensation for their accident-related expenses.
Maybe you will require extensive surgeries. Maybe you will require long-term physical therapy or other rehabilitative care. Maybe you have been left with a permanent disability. Maybe you cannot return to the same type of job you held down prior to your accident. Maybe you will never be able to work again. Every case is different – but in each, the victim and their family will suffer extensive financial difficulties that are a direct consequence of the accident. Texas law recognizes this, which is why you are entitled to make a personal injury claim for damages.
Tangible Damages You May Be Entitled To Recover
There are two types of damages which you are allowed to seek compensation for under Texas law: Tangible Damages (damages which are clearly measurable) and Intangible Damages (damages which are equally real, but since they are not clearly measurable, must be awarded on a subjective basis).
The following types of damages are those which are considered Tangible:
Reasonable and Necessary Medical Care and Expenses Already Incurred
Being injured in a serious accident is expensive! The cost alone of being taken to an ER by ambulance is outrageous. Add on top of that any emergency medical care you may have received, and you’ve got doctor bills and hospital charges stacking up. In most cases, it is impossible to resolve an injury claim until you have completely done treating because otherwise it is impossible to accurately measure the economic cost you have incurred. Of course, in the most severe of cases there are also future medical costs which are likely to occur.
Reasonable and Necessary Medical Care and Expenses Anticipated in the Future
If your injuries are long-term or permanent, then you are also entitled to compensation for medical care which you are expected to need in the future. Note that these must be probable accident-related expenses, not simply possible or potential expenses. Having a good lawyer on your side to argue why they are probable is critical here.
Loss of Wage Earning Capacity in the Past
If you have been injured to any extent, you have probably suffered lost income to some degree. Whether you’ve had to take time off work to attend doctor appointments, or whether you have been hospitalized long-term, this time off was necessitated by the fact you have suffered injuries, which means these lost wages are reimbursable to you.
Loss of Wage Earning Capacity in the Future
If your injuries are serious enough that they will affect the type of work that you are capable of doing in the future, then you have a strong foundation for making a claim regarding lost future income. Since this component of damages is likely to have a high dollar figure attached to it, it is important that financial experts are brought in to demonstrate how you and your attorney have arrived at that figure. In catastrophic injury cases, this type of compensation is incredibly important because it may be the only source of income you’ll have for the rest of your life.
Loss of Services
Compensation of loss of services is mostly focused on quantifiable expenses you have incurred as a result of having to hire someone else to perform a task which you would usually have done yourself prior to your accident. Good examples of these types of costs include landscaping, housekeeping, child care, and other domestic duties. Since loss of services damages are also closely related to physical impairment damages, there is an element of intangibility about these costs at times.
Property Damage Sustained to Your Vehicle
Most of the time, your property damage claim will be handled entirely separate to your bodily injury claim, however it bares mentioning here because it is another example of a tangible loss which is easily measurable and quantifiable. In the majority of cases, you are able to successfully resolve your property damage claim without the aid of an attorney. Click here to download a free copy of our Texas Property Damage Guide to assist you in this.
Hurt? Give Us a Call!
As stated in this article, the expenses related to injuries from a car accident can be expensive. Many people do not realize that there is compensation available to cover for medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and more. If you have been injured, then you would probably benefit from hiring a board certified personal injury attorney. Remember, you do not have to be stuck paying medical bills because of a car accident that you did not cause. Our main office is in Fort Worth, but we have offices available for your convenience in Dallas, Arlington, and Keller. Our attorneys have over twenty years of successfully winning compensation for their clients, and our professional legal team is ready to assist you in every step of the process. Call us today for a free consultation on your case at Fort Worth 817-717-4731 or Dallas at 214-327-8000.
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