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Injured in an auto collision? You can seek compensation

You make your usual commute to work and mull over your exciting weekend plans on what appears to be an ordinary Friday afternoon. However, seemingly out of nowhere, another motorist runs into your car, and you feel pain as a result of the impact of the crash. Your weekend plans have taken a sudden twist, as you now anticipate staying at home to recover from your injuries.

An auto collision in California can be emotionally, physically and financially costly. Fortunately, if someone injured you due to driver negligence, you have the right to seek compensation.

Medical costs

Compensation following a car accident resulting from another motorist's carelessness may help you to cover your health care costs. Although some accident victims' injuries may be a few minor bruises and cuts, others may suffer serious health issues, ranging from permanent disability to paralysis.

In addition, in some cases, you might not even experience symptoms initially. This is why seeking medical attention is so important. A doctor can conduct a comprehensive examination of you after your accident and help to address medical issues that crop up over time. Your medical costs stemming from a motor vehicle collision might include the following:

  • Ambulance fees
  • Medical professional consultations
  • Heat pads, crutches and other accessories
  • In-home care services
  • Cognitive or physical therapy

Health care professionals and doctors may help with calculating the costs of extra medical care in the future as well, which may be invaluable during your pursuit of monetary compensation.

Lost wages

In addition to addressing your medical costs, you may need compensation to cover your lost wages. You may incur losses in your earnings if you have to miss work to complete physical therapy or spend time at a hospital, for example. Perhaps your injuries are so severe that you cannot move and thus cannot return to work in a timely fashion. Compensation can provide the financial relief you desperately need during this period.

Pain and suffering

If someone hurt you in an auto collision due to being careless -- for example, texting while driving -- you may also seek compensation for pain and suffering, also known as physical or mental distress. The amount you receive depends on how severe your pain and injury is as well as the type of pain you may suffer in the future. Following such a crash, you have the right to pursue the maximum amount of compensation available in light of your particular injuries.

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