What Damages Can You Pursue After a Car Accident?

What Damages Can You Pursue After a Car Accident?

It’s easy to understand why anyone involved in an auto accident would be concerned about pursuing compensation for the injuries and property damage they sustained. However, they don’t always know what compensation may be available to them and they accept the first settlement they are offered.

Knowing what damages may be available to you in Missouri is important so you know how to move forward without having to worry about what comes next. There are three main types of damages to which you may be entitled.

How Economic Damages are Determined

Economic damages are some of the easier parts of compensation to determine as they are typically associated with a specific value. Economic damages relate to total amounts you’ve lost, including money spent on hospital bills, the costs of vehicle repairs and replacement, and lost income, and more.

When determining the value owed to the plaintiff, the jury will look at the amounts spent following the accident and injury. The plaintiff would be compensated for that amount, but economic damages are only a portion of what may be recovered.

Determining Non-Economic Compensation

While this is one of the more important aspects of a personal injury lawsuit, it’s not something that easily determined as they are designed to compensate for pain and suffering. The complex part comes in not having a direct value associated with these losses.

It is up to the jury to determine the valuation of the pain and mental anguish.

What are Punitive Damages?

There are some situations where punitive damages can come into play, but their must be clear and concise proof that the defendant’s actions were malicious and intentional. Punitive damages award the plaintiff, but their purpose is to punish the actions of the defendant and deter others.

At Strong-Garner-Bauer, our Springfield car accident attorneys are determined to help you understand your rights. We want to explain the type of damages to which you may be entitled and guide you through the process.

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