Car Accident Damages
A car accident can cause significant injuries.
People can sustain serious injuries such as head trauma, broken bones, paralysis, loss of limb and even death. These damages may take days, weeks, and possibly months to heal.
You may not be able to work. The time off of work can make it difficult to feed and support your family.
Let our lawyers at Skaug Law help.
We can help you get the compensation you need.
Let a diligent car collision lawyer worry about obtaining your financial recovery while you focus on healing from your injuries.
You can call us seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
We could advise you of your legal options and help you determine which car accident damages you may be eligible to recover.
Types of Recoverable Damages
People who have been injured in a car accident may be eligible to recover economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages refer to monetary losses caused by another person such as lost income and medical expenses.
Non-economic damages refer to immeasurable damages such as pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of consortium.
A dedicated attorney can determine the value of the case for non-economic damages. The result is up to the jury to decide what a persuasive attorney can convince a jury as a reasonable recovery based on the method that they present.
After a car accident case, a person can epect to recover compensation for their lost wages, medical bills, their future medical care, mental anguish and pain and suffering.
A damage cap limits the amount of damages an individual could recover in a case and is set by the state.
In Idaho, the damage cap is approximately $350,000 for pain and suffering on top of a person’s medical bills and other costs.
The damage cap increases a little bit each year for inflation.
What are Punitive Damages?
As defined by the state, punitive damages are used to punish someone when their behavior is so reckless or egregious that it requires punishment to keep people from doing that bad behavior in the future.
Economic and non-economic damages are not involved in awarding punitive damages.
Punitive damages are based on how much the defendant has in their assets and income, and the jury has to decide how much it would take to punish this person to prevent them from doing this behavior again.
Liability for Damages
Whoever contributed to the cause of the auto accident is responsible for paying damages.
A person’s auto insurance typically covers property damage, but only up to $25,000. If you have a new vehicle worth $50,000 or 60,000, you should make sure it is covered.
Most policies do not include wage loss compensation. A good attorney can help you recover for lost wages.
How An Attorney Could Help
When attempting to recover damages after a car accident, an attorney will evaluate the case for what they believe they can win at trial or a settlement.
The attorney will present that to the client and get permission from the client if they can make an offer of settlement.
If they cannot settle, the attorney files the lawsuit and lets the jury decide.
The lawyers at Skaug law will fight to help you get maximum compensation.
We can negotiate with insurance companies to help you get a fair settlement that covers the full value of your car accident damages and losses.
We are ready, able and willing to help you seek compensation for your injuries. Call today to get started.