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More Than Medical Bills - Compensation After a Serious Accident

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healthcare.jpgFor many who have suffered a serious accident, medical bills are just the beginning. While your hospital or ongoing medical bills are likely to be substantial, simply having them paid by the individual or company that hurt you may not feel like nearly enough. Colorado state law says you could very well be right. The damages you can recover after a serious motor vehicle crash or other accident caused by someone’s carelessness are not limited strictly to your medical expenses. When your life has been permanently altered, you may be eligible for compensation above and beyond just the cost of the medical care you need. An experienced and aggressive attorney may be able to make the case that you should be compensated for additional economic and non-economic damages.

What Types of Compensation Could I Receive if an Accident Has Changed My Life?

A major injury can affect nearly every aspect of your life. You may be unable to function or even enjoy your life the way you used to. Types of damages other than medical bills you could receive after a serious accident include:

  • Lost wages - If your injuries left you unable to work, the income this accident cost you could be included in your request for compensation. Some people whose line of work involved manual labor are no longer physically able to perform their job duties and find it very difficult to change injuries.
  • Pain and suffering - Long-term or chronic pain can seriously reduce your quality of life. While receiving financial compensation cannot undo or stop your pain and suffering, it may help you find ways to feel more comfortable without the stress of financial worries.
  • Disfigurement - If your accident left you disfigured, you may experience substantial distress.
  • Emotional distress - Serious accidents are often traumatic. You may experience feelings of fear, anxiety, anger, or depression. PTSD diagnoses after a major accident are not uncommon. Some motor vehicle accident victims report feeling afraid to get back in a car.
  • Loss of enjoyment - After a serious injury, you might not be able to enjoy the activities you used to. If your hobbies included things like playing sports, hiking, or cooking, and you are no longer able to do those things, it may be quite upsetting.

If you suffered serious injuries as a result of another’s negligence, it is important to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible after the accident. The quicker you start the process of filing a claim, the easier it may be for your attorney to preserve critical evidence.

Call a Larimer County Personal Injury Attorney

Hoggatt Law Office, P.C. fights for accident victims to receive the full amount of compensation they deserve. Our experienced Fort Collins personal injury lawyers will carefully evaluate your case, from the accident itself to your current and future circumstances before calculating the damages we will advocate for you to receive. Call 970-225-2190 to schedule a free consultation.

 

Source:

https://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/images/olls/crs2016-title-13.pdf

 

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