If you are involved in a car accident while traveling in Georgia, you may be entitled to compensation. Damages may include the cost of medical bills incurred, lost wages and anything else that may be related to the negligent actions of the defendant. Depending on the facts of your case, more than one party may be named as a defendant in your proceeding.
Past and future medical bills should be covered
Generally speaking, a settlement or jury award will cover the cost of medical bills that you have incurred and are likely to incur. For instance, if you have to take medication for the rest of your life, the cost of your pills or shots will likely be included in a financial package. You may also be entitled to the cost of working with a mental health professional.
You won’t lose out because you missed work
If you were employed at the time of the crash, you’ll receive an amount equivalent to any wages that you missed because you were held out of work. You will also likely receive compensation for any future income that is lost because you can’t go back to work. Future earnings are calculated using a number of factors such as your level of education, age and job title at the time of the accident.
Other damages may be available
The defendant in your motor vehicle accident case may be liable for damages related to the repair or refurbishing of a home, car or other property. You may also seek an award to help cover the cost of hiring someone to mow your lawn or take care of other routine tasks.
To obtain compensation in your car accident case, you’ll need to prove that the defendant acted in a negligent manner. This may be done by introducing toxicology reports or witness statements into evidence. You may also be able to use driver statements, cellphone records or other documents to show that another driver’s reckless behavior caused a crash that resulted in financial losses.