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Common damages people claim after a car accident

Imagine driving through San Mateo, perhaps on your way to work. You follow your normal route, stop at your favorite café for a coffee and continue on your way to your place of employment. Only a block away from work, you get caught at a red light. You come to a nice and easy stop, but the car behind you does not. The other driver, who was not paying enough attention to the road, slams into the back of you. Now you have a damaged car, various injuries and you will have to miss work.

As you begin the process of filing a claim for the car wreck, you might be wondering what kind of damages might be part of your injury claim. Here are some of the most common damages you could qualify for as a result of a car accident.

Medical bills

Whether the injuries you suffer in a car accident are minor scrapes and bruises or something more serious like a broken bone, you could be entitled to reimbursement for the medical expenses. This means that even if you think your injuries are minor, you should still see a doctor for a medical exam as soon as possible.

Pain and suffering

If you suffer from mental or physical distress due to a motor vehicle collision, you might be able to claim damages for pain and suffering. Usually, the amount of a such a claim will depend largely on the type of injury, level of pain and the future outlook of the injury. In terms of mental anguish, your claim might also depend on the level of anxiety or stress that was a direct result of the wreck.

Loss of wages

If you miss work because of a car accident and the resulting injuries, you might be able to claim your lost wages as part of the damages. However, you will have to provide proof that the injuries you sustained have negatively impacted your ability to earn income.

If you have been the victim of a vehicle collision with a negligent or reckless driver, you might be able to file a claim. With a strong case, you could win the compensation you deserve for your injuries and other damages.

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