A person who is injured in a Colorado motor vehicle accident might be owed compensation from the party responsible for the crash. This compensation may cover many different types of claims and expenses. Injured victims may want to consult an attorney to discuss what types of compensation they could be eligible for and how to proceed.
People who are injured in auto accidents may want to get a thorough medical exam even if they do not think they are seriously hurt. Some types of injuries might not be apparent in the immediate aftermath of the accident. Medical expenses covered could include accessories, such as crutches, or in-home services even if they are not medical in nature. This could also include costs related to permanent disability. In addition to medical costs, people might receive compensation for pain and suffering. This is for the physical and emotional distress the person suffers. There are specific regulations for awarding pain and suffering compensation in Colorado, including caps in certain situations.
Loss of income and other damages
Injuries following a motor vehicle accident could leave a person unable to work for a time. If the person can demonstrate that the injuries led to loss of income, there might also be compensation for lost wages. If the injuries are severe enough to affect the person’s marriage, the person’s spouse might also receive compensation for what is called “loss of consortium.” If a person is killed in an accident, some family members might be able to claim compensation as well through a wrongful death lawsuit.
An attorney may be able to help victims navigate several aspects of seeking compensation. For example, there might be cases in which a driver responsible for the accident is uninsured or underinsured. The responsible party might also try to claim that certain injuries that may only become evident later are due to another incident.