The damages you can collect for a car accident will rest on the facts of your case. However, whether through a personal injury claim or lawsuit, you may be able to recover the cost of your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related expenses. To clarify, the term “damages” refers to the compensation a car accident claimant receives for the physical, emotional, and financial expenses stemming from a collision. The types of damages awarded after a car accident vary on a case by case basis as accidents affect those involved in different ways.
There are two categories of compensatory losses: economic damages and non-economic damages.
Explaining the Types of Economic Damages
Economic damages refer to damages that are “tangible,” according to 735 ILCS 5/2-1115.2.
Some examples of “tangible” damages that might be awarded to a claimant after a car accident include:
Past and Future Medical Expenses
Many of the individuals who are involved in car accidents often undergo medical treatment for their injuries. Depending on how serious their injuries are, medical treatment could involve surgery or prolonged visits to a specialist.
Now, when an Illinois driver is liable for causing an accident, their insurance carrier is responsible for covering certain damages, depending on the type of coverage the driver purchased. If another driver was liable for causing the accident you were involved in, you may be entitled to recover damages for past and future medical expenses.
Loss of Earnings
After an individual has been involved in an accident that resulted in injuries, they may miss time from work, which can place a financial strain on the victim and their family. If this is the case, a car accident claimant might be entitled to recover compensation for the money they would have earned if they had not been injured.
If you suffered injuries and had to hire an in-home caretaker to help you with certain tasks (such as preparing meals or cleaning your home), you could potentially be awarded compensation for this expense.
Damage to Personal Property
If your vehicle sustained damage in the accident and it either needs to be repaired or replaced, you may be able to collect money to repair your vehicle or purchase a new one.
This is not meant to serve as an exhaustive list of economic damages. You may be able to collect other damages for a car accident than those listed here.
Types of Non-Economic Damages
Noneconomic damages refer to damages that are “intangible.” While these losses do not have an established monetary value, a lawyer can calculate the cost of these damages based on the details of your injuries.
Some examples of the types of non-economic damages that may be awarded to the victim of a car accident include:
The Aggravation of a Pre-Existing Condition
A pre-existing condition is an injury or impairment that a person had before they were involved in an accident. If a car accident caused your pre-existing condition to worsen, you may be awarded money for any subsequent complications.
Compensation may be awarded to an accident victim who was left disfigured or severely scarred.
If you were left with a long-term disability following a car accident, you may be able to request compensation for this expense. Awards for disability in a car accident are separate from the program offered by the Social Security Administration (SSA).
Pain and Suffering
A lawyer can assess how much you might be entitled to for the physical pain and emotional suffering you are experiencing as a result of an accident.
Factors that Can Impact the Value of Your Damages
There are a few factors that can affect how much a car accident victim can receive in damages. One of those factors is their role in the accident. According to 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, if an individual is found to be more than 50% at fault for an accident in Illinois, they are barred from recovering damages from the other party.
However, if they are less than 50% at fault, they can still attempt to secure financial recovery. Yet, their percentage of fault will reduce the amount of compensation they can receive.
Find Out What Damages You May Be Entitled to Recover
If you are still wondering what damages you can collect for a car accident, then you should consider calling The Kryder Law Group, LLC.
The Kryder Law Group, LLC strives to help car accident claimants exercise their rights and recover any compensation they might be entitled to. If you would like to learn more about what types of damages you can recover following a car accident, contact our office today at (312) 223-1700. Your first case evaluation is free.