Types of Recoverable Damages After a Car Accident

Types of Recoverable Damages After a Car Accident

In many car accident cases, insurance providers won’t give the injured parties enough to properly cover their medical expenses or repair costs. Instead, they are given minimal amounts that only include “actual damages”, or the initial harm that can be measured with dollars and cents. In no way does this mean you have to accept the amount given and stop there. Rather, you have the right to pursue further monies rewarded for any of the following reasons:

  • Compensatory damages: If you would like compensation for any financial losses you may suffer in the future due to your injury, or any you have already lost, you will want to pursue compensatory damages. In many cases, a jury will determine the amount to award you.
  • Punitive damages: In order to punish those responsible for your trauma, you can sue them for punitive – or exemplary – damages in an amount you and your lawyer set. Oftentimes, you can expect to be rewarded less than you request, so you may want to consider an amount higher than your original expectations.
  • Nominal damages: Car accidents can cause serious emotional damage to the victims, even if no bodily harm occurs. Those accountable for the collision can be sued for nominal damages that will grant you monies in compensation for your mental suffering.
  • Comparative fault recoveries: Even if you were partially at fault for the car accident that caused your personal injuries, New York State law allows you to pursue damages that will be reduced based on your “percentage of responsibility” for the collision. For example, if you are deemed half at fault for the accident, any damages you are rewarded will likely be reduced by 50%.

Ask a Long Island Personal Injury Attorney for Help Today

In some of the most clear-cut, open-close accident cases out there, plaintiffs have failed to recover payment for any additional damages because they were not prepared to fight for their rights in court. When you come to The Odierno Law Firm, P.C. for professional legal assistance, you can retain a highly experienced car accident lawyer that can strongly stand on your behalf, regardless of the opposition’s case.

We don’t charge you a cent if we don’t win you a fair recovery, so you have nothing to lose! Contact us right away to begin seeking the compensation for your injuries that you deserve.



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