A car accident can significantly change your life. It can cause damages that will affect you for years to come. Your injuries might also affect your relationships with your family and your ability to work.
Thankfully, Oklahoma allows for various types of money damages after a car accident. These damages are designed to compensate you for the losses you experience after a crash. While money certainly cannot fix everything, it can go a long way to getting you back on your feet after an accident.
The damages you receive directly correspond to the losses that you experience. Not everyone’s losses or injuries after a car accident will be the same. For example, perhaps your car crash has no impact on your ability to work. For someone else, it could force them to change their entire career or even stop working altogether.
Below are the general categories of damages that are available to car accident victims in Oklahoma.
Special Compensatory Damages
This type of damage is directly tied to a monetary loss. They are easier to calculate, and they are often pretty obvious.
The medical expenses you have to deal with after a car accident can add up quickly. Although you will not get paid for medical expenses as they are incurred, they will be totaled and added to your overall request for money damages.
Many car accident victims have to miss work to recover from their accidents. These money damages should include past and future lost income.
This category of damages is a little harder to calculate, but it certainly can be done. It covers the losses that your family experiences by not having you contribute to the household. It can include the costs to hire a housekeeper, but it also covers simply having other family members do more around the house as well.
These damages cover the physical damage that was done to your vehicle or other property because of the car accident.
General Compensatory Damages
You can also recover for things that are harder to quantify, but they are still very real losses from your accident. Examples include:
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
You may qualify for several of these or perhaps just one. An experienced car accident lawyer will be able to help you fully understand just how much a car accident can affect your life moving forward. Contact our team to set up an appointment to learn more.