How to Prove You Suffered Damages in Your Motorcycle Crash
If you are a victim of a motorcycle accident, you could spend months or longer recovering from your injuries. During that time, you could incur $30,000 or more in medical expenses and have no wages while you cannot work. In an ideal world, the negligent driver’s insurance company would admit their driver’s liability and pay you the compensation you deserve. Sadly, that does not happen often. It is more likely that you must prove the other driver’s fault and the amount of damages you suffered.
Evidence You’ll Need to Obtain the Compensation You Deserve
Once you have established the other driver’s fault, you must present evidence of all of your damages. You will want to gather documentation of the following to ensure you receive all the compensation you are entitled to:
- Medical expenses. You should save bills and receipts for payments for your medical treatment, physical therapy, medications, counseling, and any other treatments you receive for your injuries. Do not forget to include receipts for any medical aids, such as a wheelchair, cane, or walker, you must purchase to assist you in healing or getting around.
- Transportation and lodging expenses. If you must travel far to receive your medical care, you should save your transportation, lodging, and food expenses. If you need someone to take you there, be certain to include these expenses as well.
- Lost wages. You will need a letter or other documentation from your employer showing the wages you lost. You should be certain your employer includes any bonuses, commissions, promotions, or other benefits of your job that you lost while you were off work.
- Renovations to your home. If you suffered serious injuries like paralysis or traumatic brain injury, you may need to pay for modifications to your home, such as a wheelchair ramp or modifications to your appliances to remind you to shut them off. Save your receipts so you can be compensated for these expenses.
- Home care. Depending on your injury, you may need to hire someone to help with your medical care, chores around your house, or your errands. Keep these bills and include them in the calculations of what you are owed.
- Doctor’s prognosis. You will want to retain documentation of any tests, medical treatments, and your doctor’s report as to your medical care and prognosis. It is critical that you wait until your medical treatment is completed or you have a final diagnosis to ensure you receive compensation for all of your medical expenses and the time you will need to be off work—if you can return at all.
- Journal. You should start a journal to keep track of all of your medical treatments. You should also include entries on how your injuries are affecting your day-to-day activities and any changes in how they are limiting you.
- Expert testimony. You will most likely need your doctor, physical therapist, and your therapist—if you needed to be treated by one—to testify if your case goes to trial. You could also need an economic expert who can establish how your injuries will limit your future earning capacity if you will be off work for an extended period of time or permanently or if you need to make a career change because you can no longer perform your job. These experts’ reports can be useful to convince the insurance adjuster to agree to a fair settlement without the need to go to trial.
An experienced motorcycle accident attorney will be able to advise you about the exact documentation of your damages that you will need and will be better able than you to use this information to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. If you or a family member was injured in a motorcycle crash, fill out our online form today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.