According to the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety, 1,179 people died as a result of traffic accidents in 2013, and an additional 116,458 sustained injuries. Even if you abide by all traffic laws, you run the risk of serious injury every time you get behind the wheel.
The Insurance Information Institute reports that accidents are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, and the non-fatal injuries that result from collisions are often devastating. If you sustained catastrophic injuries in a car accident that someone else caused, you may be wondering if you will ever be able to support your family again.
Fortunately, you have options as an accident victim, and a personal injury attorney from The Finnell Firm will help you explore these options. Call 866-464-4017 to schedule a free consultation with an accident lawyer in Atlanta.
Let's explore some of the damages you may be able to recover after a collision with a negligent driver:
1. Medical Expenses
Even if you have health insurance, medical expenses can add up quickly. From copays to prescription costs, there's a lot you might have to cover; however, you may be entitled to compensation for healthcare expenses if you were injured in an accident that another motorist caused.
2. Rehabilitation Costs
Extensive injuries often require physical therapy for weeks or even months following the accident. If you require ongoing therapy, make sure you track all expenses associated with rehabilitation, including any equipment you have to buy to practice your exercises at home and any work you have to miss to attend appointments.
3. Lost Wages
If you have to take time off work to recover or if the injuries are so severe that they prevent you from returning to your occupation, you can include lost wages and loss of future earning capacity in your settlement.
4. Legal Fees
You can incorporate all costs associated with the lawsuit in your settlement. This includes attorney fees, filing fees, and the costs of gathering evidence and speaking to expert witnesses.
5. Punitive Damages
In the state of Georgia, a judge will typically only award punitive damages in personal injury cases involving product liability or particularly egregious behavior; however, in rare cases, car accident victims may also be able to recover punitive damages.
6. Pain and Suffering
When it comes to non-economic damages following a car accident, pain and suffering is the most common. You can also pursue compensation for physical disfigurement, mental anguish, decreased quality of life, and physical impairment.
In order to secure any of the damages above, you need to show proof that you actually incurred them. An experienced accident lawyer from the Finnell Firm can help you gather the necessary evidence and calculate your damages. Attorney Robert Finnell has been representing clients for more than 37 years, and he will put his experience to work for you.
Call 866-464-4017 to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury attorney in Atlanta. You can learn more about car accident claims in Georgia by visiting USAttorneys.