Types of Compensation Available in Auto Accident Cases
If you are injured in a car, motorcycle or pedestrian accident as a result of the negligence or recklessness of another party, you are entitled to compensation from them for your injuries and damages from the crash. This compensation may include:
- Property damage. This includes damage to your vehicle and any personal property caused by the crash. If your car cannot be repaired or the cost of repairs is more than your car is worth, you car will be totaled. A Washington regulation sets out the rules an insurance company must follow if your car is totaled. If your car is repaired, you may still be entitled to its diminished value, if its fair market value after repairs is less than immediately before the collision.
- Medical bills. You are entitled to reasonable and necessary medical expenses for treatment of injuries resulting from an accident caused by the fault of someone else. These expenses include hospital visits, surgery, visits to a medical or chiropractic doctor, physical therapy, and all other costs associated with your treatment by approved medical professionals. Keep a record of who you treat with and all medical bills you receive.
- Lost wages. When you are injured because of someone else’s negligence and those injuries are significant enough to cause you to miss work, you may also be entitled to compensation for your lost wages. Insurance companies will usually require documentation to support a lost wages claim, including a note from your doctor that you were unable to work due to your injuries and a record or report from your employer showing the days you missed.
- Pain and suffering. Washington law also provides for the recovery of noneconomic damages in a personal injury case. These damages included compensation for your pain, suffering, inconvenience, mental anguish, disability or disfigurement, emotional distress, and loss of consortium.
Fortunately, most people do not have experience in handling a claim arising out of a automobile crash. Our personal injury lawyers have extensive experience with these claims and are available for a free consultation to discuss your case.
Attorney Fee and Costs of Claim
If you do decide to retain Baumgartner, Nelson & Wagner, PLLC to represent you in your personal injury claim arising out of a car, truck, motorcycle, or pedestrian accident, our fee will be contingent on the success of the claim. We will not charge you a fee unless you make a financial recovery.
Vancouver WA Auto Accident Lawyers
Our auto accident lawyers and staff have extensive experience handling claims arising out of car, truck, motorcycle, and pedestrian accidents. Please do not hesitate to contact us at (360) 694-4344 or firstname.lastname@example.org for a free consultation.