What Damages Are Recoverable in an Automobile Case?

If you have recently been in an automobile accident, you may be wondering what kind of damages you can receive for your injuries. A seasoned Washington DC personal injury lawyer can try to collect compensatory and punitive damages on your behalf. You may be wondering: what exactly are these damages? The following outlines a few damages you may recover during your personal injury case.

Automobile Repairs

Personal injury settlement funds may cover the expenses that arise from your automobile repair bills. You will likely need to present these bills to your attorney. Some of the car repairs that you may need after an accident can include dent repairs, new paint, windshield replacement, etc. Also, you may get compensation in a personal injury lawsuit even if the insurance company tries to deny your claim.

Medical Bills

Your attorney may request coverage for all medical bills accrued during your visit to a healthcare professional. The settlement may cover payment for X-rays, surgical procedures, hospital bedding and any medical equipment used. You may also receive reimbursement for medication or medical devices, such as wheelchairs, crutches, or canes, that you paid for yourself. Your attorney can help ensure that your compensation covers such items.

Recovery Services

Recovery services may refer to a number of services that you might have sought to help recover from your injuries. Some of these services may include physical therapy, psychological services, support groups, or home health aides. You may have these services added to your settlement request, along with a request to cover any rental bills or utility bills that you failed to pay because of your injuries. Provide copies of any related bills to your attorney, as this will help you recover these wages.

Lost Work Wages

Generally, your lost wages are covered in personal injury cases involving a car accident. You will need to show proof of your pay rate and the number of days or months that you missed due to your injuries.

Pain and Suffering

Pain and suffering is an intangible loss; thus, it is extremely difficult to measure. Therefore, a judge has the freedom to determine a monetary value to this invisible loss. Judges usually base their decisions on the victim’s level of remorse and neglect.

Extreme Neglect

An extremely neglectful situation is one in which the offender acted in an extremely careless fashion and has no remorse whatsoever. For example, a drunk driver who runs into someone on the highway while speeding is an extremely neglectful situation because they made a choice to drink alcohol and get behind the wheel. Judges may award punitive damages in cases like these, as a means of deterring this reckless behavior.

If you have been involved in a car accident, it may be crucial to contact an experienced attorney who can fight on your behalf for fair compensation.


Thanks to our friends at Cohen & Cohen, P.C. for their added insight on recoverable damages after an automobile accident.

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