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Seeking compensation after a car accident

A person who is injured in a Georgia car collision that was caused by the negligence of another driver will often incur an array of expenses and losses. There are a few different types of damages that can be sought in a resulting personal injury lawsuit.

Medical expenses are some of the most obvious damages to seek after a car accident, starting with the bill from first responders. Many victims incur catastrophic injuries that require lengthy periods of hospitalization. In many cases, a victim who is released from the hospital will require extensive followup care and rehabilitation.

In some instances, a plaintiff will seek damages for pain and suffering. This is the term that is used to describe distress, and it can be both physical and mental. The award will take into account the seriousness of the injury and the pain involved, both currently and as projected into the future. If an accident victim was employed at the time of the crash and became unable to work for a prolonged period, a jury could award an amount for lost wages. A variety of factors will be considered when making this determination.

An attorney who is representing a married accident victim might also suggest that the non-injured spouse be added as a co-plaintiff to the lawsuit for the purpose of seeking damages from the negligent driver for the loss of consortium. This is based on the premise that the accident may have rendered the injured party unable to show affection, which could include an inability to perform sexually. However, these damages can only be awarded if the jury has first awarded damages to the injured plaintiff.

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