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Auto Accidents

Victims of car accidents in Pennsylvania may be eligible for a range of compensatory and non- compensatory benefits that cover damages for monetary as well as non-monetary losses.

Types of Auto Accidents

If the accident has been caused by the negligent or reckless driving of the other motorist, you may be eligible for several types of compensation.

Car accident damages can be divided into 2 – compensatory damages and non compensatory damages.

Compensatory Damages

Broadly, you can claim:

Medical expenses – These can include all kinds of medical expenses that are related to the treatment of your injuries including hospitalization, surgical costs, doctor fees, as well as medication costs.  You may also be eligible for therapy and rehabilitation costs that are incurred after you are released from the hospital.

Disability and Disfigurement – If the injury has resulted or will result in long-term disability, debilitation or disfigurement, you may be eligible for compensation for related expenses too.

For instance, a person who has suffered a spinal cord fracture may suffer from partial or complete paralysis, and may be looking at spending the rest of his life dependant on the care of others.  This person’s claim must cover not just immediate medical expenses, but also the costs of 24-hour medical care, as well as any future medical expenses.  Whiplash is one of the most common injuries in rear-end accidents and occurs when your neck is severely jerked back-and-forth, like a whip.
Emotional Distress – Victims of car accidents are known to suffer from emotional distress, or post traumatic stress disorder, after the accident. Dealing with insurance companies, medical bills, and any resulting injuries will surely take it’s toll on anyone. Loss of wages and costs of medical aid can be recovered with the help of a Pennsylvania car accident lawyer.

Lost Wages – After any accident, you will be required to take several days, weeks or even months off work, while you recuperate.  Damages for lost wages are meant to compensate for these losses.

A spouse can also claim compensation for the loss of household support like the inability of the injured person to contribute to household tasks.

Non-Compensatory Damages

These damages are more difficult to calculate, and are typically awarded to the victim in order to teach a lesson to the defendant.  In other words, non-compensatory damages, also known as punitive damages, are awarded not to compensate the victim, but to deter other persons from the behavior of the defendant.

The Pennsylvania car accident lawyers at Solnick and Levin represent victims of car accidents across Pennsylvania.