Q After my motorcycle accident, what types of compensation could I be entitled to receive from the negligent driver?
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, you're likely to have more catastrophic damage due to the lack of protection your body had from the impact of the vehicle and the surface on which you landed.
Because of this, your medical bills could be more expensive, and you could be off work recovering for longer—if you can return to work at all. You need to hold the negligent driver and his or her insurance company responsible for compensation. So it's important to understand exactly what types of compensation you can request in your settlement offer.
Types of Compensation You Could Receive After a Motorcycle Wreck
While the value of your claim depends on many factors in your individual case, there are certain types of damages that motorcycle accident victims may be entitled to if they prove the other driver’s negligence. This may include:
- Medical expenses. These include more than your hospital, surgery, doctor bills, and prescriptions. You could need physical and/or occupational therapy, home health care, assistive mobility devices, or modifications to your home, such as a wheelchair ramp. In addition, if you need long-term medical care or must travel to receive treatment, ask for this reimbursement your settlement.
- Lost wages. When you're off work recovering, you're entitled to be compensated for lost wages—both past and future. You also want to request sick and vacation days, commissions, bonuses, benefits, and other perks of employment that you lost or didn't receive. If you need to make a career change or are permanently disabled, ask for damages for lost earning capacity as well. To determine these damages, you may need to hire an economic expert to help calculate what you're owed.
- Property damage. If your motorcycle or any other property, such as a cellphone or helmet, was damaged in the accident, you're entitled to compensation for repair or replacement costs.
- Pain and suffering. Pain and suffering damages are to compensate you for the emotional trauma, pain, embarrassment, and loss of the quality of your life suffered as a result of the accident and your injuries. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney can help determine the value of this portion of the claim.
- Wrongful death. If a close family member died as a result of a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for his or her medical bills, funeral expenses, and loss of the person’s financial support and companionship in a wrongful death action.
If you or a family member was injured in a motorcycle accident caused by a negligent driver, Alan Morton is here to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Call our office or fill out our online form today to schedule your free case evaluation and learn about your legal options.