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What Damages Can You Claim After a Car Accident?

If you have been injured following a New York car accident, there are many possible damages that you may claim.

While you will probably want to speak with a New York car accident attorney to learn more about the specific claims you may make in your case, here's a look at the basic types of damages that you can potentially collect:

Medical Expenses

If you are in a car accident, your injuries may be as minor as a few cuts and bruises, or as serious as paralysis or some other permanent disability. Some medical expenses that you may incur following a car accident can include physical therapy, ambulance fees, meetings and consultations with doctors, permanent disability, and the cost of medication. You should keep all receipts and proof of payment to support a claim for damages.

Pain and Suffering

Pain and suffering can include mental or physical distress. The amount of damages that you can collect will vary depending on the type of injury, the seriousness of the pain suffered, and the prognosis for future pain associated with the injury. Pain and suffering may also include mental and/or emotional damage stemming from the incident, such as anxiety or stress.

Lost Wages

Injuries may cause you to miss work, or may impact your earning capacity completely. You can seek compensation for lost wages due to missing work for physical therapy, time spent in a hospital, etc. In addition, if you suffer permanent problems with mobility or anything else that impacts your ability to earn wages, you may make a claim for lost future earnings.

Loss of Affection or Companionship

If you are married, an injury could deprive you and your spouse of the ability to show affection, including sexual activity. Unlike other types of damages, loss of affection, companionship, and/or consortium are claimed by the uninjured spouse.

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