A bike accident can leave you seriously injured. As a result of you bicycle accident you may need extensive medical attention, time of work, rehabilitation, and therapy to treat extensive emotional trauma.
If you have suffered a bicycle accident that wasn’t your fault, you should contact a specialist bicycle accident lawyer to see how much your case could be worth. These are the 7 most common types of economic damages you could receive compensation for in a bicycle accident case.
First and foremost, if you ended up out of pocket because of medical expenses invoked after an accident, you may be able to recover your medical costs. These costs include medical visits, surgery, physical therapy, and follow-up appointments.
Even if your insurer paid the bulk of the costs, you could be entitled to compensation if the accident wasn’t your fault.
Pain and Suffering
Bicycle accidents are painful. As the result of an accident you may have had to endure severe operations and difficult physical therapy. This may have involved restless nights of agonizing pain and strange symptoms and side effects.
Given that pain and suffering are introspective feelings, they are often difficult to quantify. As a result, it can be difficult to quantify how much your case could be worth in pain and suffering compensation. This is why it is best to contact a lawyer to evaluate your case and determine a fair level of compensation.
If your accident forced you to miss work, you could be entitled to compensation for loss of earnings. Even if you returned to work immediately following the accident, but later needed time off to attend doctor’s appointments and physical therapy sessions, you may be able to recover the loss of earnings.
Loss of Earning Capacity
If the bicycle accident left you permanently disabled or left you with diminished physical or mental abilities, you may be entitled to compensation for your loss of earning capacity.
Permanent physical or cognitive limitations can limit your ability to work, or progress within your professional field. This could have a significant financial ramification on your future and will be considered in the evaluation of your case.
Mental anguish refers to a broad category of emotional distress. After severe accidents, victims can summer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and may need extensive therapy before they can cycle or drive again.
Loss of Consortium
Loss of consortium can be awarded in cases where the accident caused the breakdown of a marriage or relationship. If you can prove that your relationship ending was directly linked to the accident, you may be entitled to additional loss of consortium compensation.
Future Medical Expenses
If the injuries sustained following the accident will require additional medical attention in the future, you can seek compensation ahead of time to pre-empt the future expenses. This may be medication costs for long-term medication. It may be surgery that will inevitably be required in the future. Talk to your lawyer and doctor to establish what medical treatment may be necessary in the future.