If you were recently involved in a car wreck in Nashville, TN and have begun looking into the types of compensation you may be eligible to receive for the injuries you suffered, you likely came across the term “damages.” But what are damages and who is entitled to receive them? Damages serve as a form of monetary relief that is used to compensate a victim of an wreck not their fault for the physical and psychological injuries they suffered. A car crash victim may also seek damages for certain financial losses they incurred as a result of the wreck.
Now, it is important to recognize that are different categories of damages and the way in which the wreck has affected you and/or impacted your life will determine which types you are eligible to receive. One type of damages we are going to focus on for the purpose of this article is special damages.
What are special damages?
Special damages are used to compensate a victim, or plaintiff for “quantifiable monetary losses such as medical bills and the cost to repair damaged property (direct losses) and lost earnings (consequential damages).” Determining the value of these types of losses is often much easier to do as opposed to calculating the value of general damages, which compensate for things like injuries, pain, suffering, etc. The fact is, there is no actual dollar amount that can be placed on pain and suffering or loss of enjoyment of life (these are determined by the jury) however there is on medical bills.
Who can seek special damages in a car accident case?
If a negligent driver was responsible for causing the wreck you were involved in which led to your vehicle sustaining damage and you suffering injuries, you can request that you be paid special damages. Although you can estimate what you would be entitled to receive for this as you should have saved all your receipts from the mechanic and your doctor’s visits, it is often easier to determine this amount with the help of a Nashville, TN car wreck attorney.
The truth is, most car crash victims aren’t aware of the full amount of compensation they are entitled to receive as they aren’t familiar with all the expenses or damages they can seek recovery for. For example, let’s say your medical bills as of today amounted to $25,000, however, your physician suspects that you will still need to attend rehab for another six months. If you were to only factor in the amount that has been billed at the time you add up your damages, your estimate won’t include payment for future medical expenses. And those six months could cost you roughly another several thousand dollars.
However, when you choose to hire an experienced car wreck lawyer, you can be sure any and all expenses will be included in the final amount that will be claimed in your lawsuit.
How can I be sure I am awarded special damages and that the amount I receive is the maximum amount I am entitled to recover?
The answer is simple.
All you need to do is contact the Law Office of George R. Fusner Jr. and let us represent you. Rather than risk being under-compensated for your damages or leaving out expenses that should be included in your lawsuit, Nashville, TN car wreck attorney George R. Fusner Jr. with over 40 years of experience will take the time to assess your injuries, place a value on every damage you are entitled to receive, and proceed with the lawsuit process.
You can reach the Law Office of George R. Fusner Jr. at
7104 Peach Court
Brentwood, TN 37027