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Think about all possible damages when you file a lawsuit

One of the factors that you have to determine when you are seeking compensation after a car crash is how much compensation you are going to seek. This is something that might seem easy to determine, but there is much more to it than what most people realize.

When you are trying to determine how much compensation to seek, there are several categories that you have to think about. Consider the following:

Loss of wages

When you are injured and can't work, you might opt to include the wages that you should have earned but didn't in the claim. You would need to show that you are accurately representing the amounts in most cases. Previous pay checks and similar factors might help you to do this.

Medical bills

If you had to seek medical care, those bills could be part of your claim. Make sure that you think about what the insurance paid, as well as what you paid. Thanks to subrogation, the insurance company might come after you for what it had to pay if you have a successful claim for compensation.

Pain and suffering

The pain that you suffered because of the injuries is sometimes a factor in these claims. This is one factor that is difficult to quantify, so learning about how cases before your case have done this might help you.

It might also be possible for you to add in claims for loss of enjoyment of life and loss of companionship. You should review all the possible options to determine which damages are a part of your case so that you can include them in your claim.

Source: FindLaw, "What Kinds of Damages May I Claim for Car Accident Injuries?," accessed May 11, 2017

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