If you were in a car accident and suffered whiplash, serious cuts, or broken bones, then your personal injury lawyer will be able to help you pursue compensation for the medical bills you racked up during your hospital treatment after the crash. Seeking compensation for a damaged car is also common in these lawsuits. However, there may be some overlooked and unexpected costs after a car accident as well. Your personal injury lawyer can help you determine whether these costs apply in your case and how much compensation you should pursue.
Property Inside the Car
Valuable belongings may have been inside your vehicle at the time of the crash, such as a laptop, luxury goods, or your personal medical equipment. If you use your car for business, then it's even more likely that you had valuable possessions or products inside the vehicle. Even a minor crash can send objects flying around the car or through windows, causing permanent damage or total loss of your possessions.
Ask your car accident lawyer about including compensation for the costs of replacing these items in your lawsuit. It's possible that the other driver's insurance company will include their value in the settlement if you can prove how much they cost and establish that they were damaged or destroyed in the crash.
If you broke a major bone, had to undergo surgery, or needed extensive physical rehabilitation as a result of the car accident, you may have needed to miss many days or weeks of work. An insurance settlement can cover your medical bills, but what about all your other living expenses while you're taking time off work to heal? It's possible to include lost wages in a personal injury lawsuit to ensure that you don't suffer financial hardship while you recover. Your lawyer can help you calculate lost wages based on your typical rate of pay.
If the injuries you suffered in the crash were so severe that they caused permanent disability and you weren't able to return to your previous job, then you may be able to sue for the difference in pay.
Most insurance companies raise premiums for policyholders who have recently been in a car accident. If the accident was not your fault and you're suddenly facing a premium hike that you can't afford, you may be able to hold the liable driver responsible for those costs. Ask your personal injury lawyer about calculating a sum to include in the settlement to cover increased premiums.
Contact a company like Higinbotham & Higinbotham LLC for more information.