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Types of Compensation in a Car Accident Claim

Car accidents in Gwinnett County, Georgia, can result in serious injuries, including soft tissue injuries, broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, and death. If you or someone you love has been involved in a car crash that was caused by a negligent driver, then you may be eligible to recover several different types of compensation. Available damages depend upon the severity of your injuries, the amounts of your medical bills, permanency, and other factors.

Attorney David Brauns of Brauns Law is experienced at representing both plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury litigation. His experience representing defendants and their insurance companies has given him a thorough understanding of how insurance companies value car accident claims—a useful skill for a plaintiff’s lawyer.

At Brauns Law, we can negotiate with the at-fault driver’s insurance company and pursue every available type of monetary compensation on your behalf. If the insurance company still refuses to offer you full and fair compensation for your injuries, we can litigate your case through the court system and pursue compensation in court.

We handle personal injury cases throughout Gwinnett County, Georgia, including Berkeley Lake, Buford, Dacula, Duluth, Grayson, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Loganville, Norcross, Peachtree Corners, Snellville, Sugar Hill, and Suwanee. Please call us today at (404) 418-8244, or contact us online, to find out how we might be able to pursue monetary compensation on your behalf arising out of your car accident claim.

Prerequisites to Recovering Compensation

To recover monetary compensation arising out of a car accident claim, the accident victim must first typically prove that another driver was at fault for causing the accident. In other words, the other driver must have operated his or her motor vehicle unreasonably under the circumstances, amounting to negligence. Negligence can include violating the rules of the road, engaging in distracted driving, or operating a motor vehicle while under the illegal influence of drugs or alcohol.

In addition to proving negligence on the other driver’s part, to be entitled to compensation, the accident victim must have suffered one or more physical injuries. These injuries must be causally related to the motor vehicle collision and the at-fault driver’s negligence. In some instances, medical testimony, such as from a health care provider, might be necessary to establish the causal connection, to prove that a person’s medical condition is permanent, or to establish the need for future medical care and treatment.

At Brauns Law, we can review your case and help you satisfy all of these prerequisites. We can then assist you in pursuing the monetary compensation you need for your injuries.

Factors for Awarding Monetary Compensation

When it comes to pursuing damages arising out of a car accident case, certain factors are considered. Generally speaking, the more extensive the medical treatment and the higher the medical bills, the more compensation is likely available. In addition to the medical costs, the seriousness of the injuries the accident victim sustained is a factor in awarding damages. Fractures, broken bones, and other injuries that require surgery are usually more compensable than less-serious soft tissue injuries, such as whiplash injuries and muscle contusions. Permanent injuries, including scarring and traumatic head injuries, are also more compensable than injuries of a more temporary nature.

One final consideration for awarding monetary compensation in a car accident case is the amount of the at-fault driver’s insurance policy limits. In the event the accident victim’s injuries and damages exceed the limits of the at-fault driver’s insurance coverage, the accident victim could look to other potential sources of recovery, such as the accident victim’s own motor vehicle policy of insurance. In those instances, the accident victim could make a claim against his or her own policy under an underinsured motorist theory of recovery.

Types of Compensation Available

In Gwinnett County, Georgia car accident cases, accident victims may be entitled to both economic and noneconomic recovery. Economic damages are measurable in dollars and cents. Some common examples of recoverable economic damages include:

  • Medical costsAs part of a car accident claim, an accident victim could recover monetary compensation for all related medical and physical therapy bills and costs, past, present, and future.
  • Lost wages – If the accident victim had to miss time from work following a car accident to recover and/or undergo medical treatment or physical therapy, those lost earnings may be computed and made a part of the personal injury claim.

In addition to economic damages, car accident victims might also be able to recover noneconomic damages. These damages do not have an exact dollar value and are more speculative. Available noneconomic damages in a car accident case might include compensation for the following:

  • Pain and suffering – Car accident victims can recover compensation for all of the pain, suffering, and inconvenience which they were forced to endure as a result of the injuries they sustained in their accident. Accident victims could recover compensation for past, present, and future pain and suffering.
  • Inconvenience – Accident victims can recover compensation for all of the inconvenience they suffered that is related to their accident. This item of damage could also include compensation for loss of enjoyment of life or loss of use of a body part stemming from the accident.
  • Loss of earning capacity – If the injury or injuries sustained in the accident preclude the accident victim from being able to work at the same job—or from being able to work at all—the accident victim could claim this item of damage.

Call a Gwinnett County Car Accident Attorney Today

Car accidents caused by another person’s negligence can lead to serious and debilitating injuries. If you have suffered injuries in a Gwinnett County car accident, attorney David Brauns of Brauns Law can help you pursue the monetary compensation you deserve. If the insurance company refuses to offer you fair and reasonable compensation, Attorney Brauns welcomes the opportunity to litigate your case through the Georgia court system and represent you at trial.

To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with a Gwinnett County car accident attorney, please call us at (404) 418-8244 or contact us online today.

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