What damages can I recover after a car accident?

Car accident victims in Tennessee often suffer physical, emotional, and financial injury as a result of the accident. You can file a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent driver who caused your accident to recover economic and noneconomic damages.

Economic damages

Economic damages refer to damages that are tangible and can often be proven by presenting invoices and bills. Here are some of the most common economic damages.

  • Medical expenses – Accident victims often have significant medical bills to pay for following an accident. These bills may cover ambulance costs, hospital stays, surgeries and treatments, medication, therapy, in-home care, and rehabilitation.
  • Lost wages – Accident victims are often out of work for an extended period while they recover from their injuries. Damages awarded can cover the amount the victim would have earned in the time they were out of work.
  • Loss of earning capacity – Some accident victims are unable to return to the jobs they had prior to the accident and in some cases, are unable to return to work at all. In such cases, the victim will be awarded damages for the money they would have earned in the future had the accident not occurred. This amount is based on the victim’s age, health, job skills, prior job experience, and education.

Noneconomic damages

Unlike economic damages, noneconomic damages are often intangible and are not as easy to prove. Some of these damages may include the following.

  • Mental anguish – Car accidents often cause the victims to suffer emotional distress and mental anguish. Anxiety, depression, insomnia, and post-traumatic stress disorder are all common and can be covered with damages.
  • Pain and suffering – Accident victims often suffer a lot of pain in the days and months following the accident. Damages can be awarded to account for the pain and suffering felt after the crash.
  • Disability  Some accident victims face permanent disability because of their injuries and are unable to return to life as it was before the accident.
  • Loss of enjoyment of life – Many accident victims are no longer able to experience certain joys of life due to their accident.
  • Loss of companionship – Loved ones of the accident victim may recover damages for the inability to interact with the victim as they did before.

Economic and noneconomic damages can provide financial support to accident victims and their families during a very difficult time. A personal injury attorney can evaluate your case and give you a realistic view of what damages you can expect following your accident.