If a person was the victim of an accident, such as a car accident, a motorcycle one or other similar types of misfortunate events, he or she has the legal right of obtaining various compensations. The compensations can vary based on the type of accident in which the person was involved, the injuries suffered and also on the jurisdiction where the event took place.
A person has the right of obtaining compensations as a direct consequence of the injury he or she has suffered and also due to the emotional and mental trauma associated with this. Besides these, the victim is entitled to receiving compensations as, most likely, he or she will not be able to go to work immediately. Moreover, the treatment of the physical injury suffered during the accident will probably need medical care in a hospital. After the person is stable from a physical point of view, depending on the where the injury is located and the nature of the injury, the victim may need additional treatments and medical services (such as kineto-therapy, physiotherapy and other medical recovery procedures).
The type of compensations that can be offered to a victim also depends on the type of vehicle in which the person was at the moment of the accident and if the person was the driver or a passenger; other aspects can be taken into consideration in order to fully assess the compensations he or she will be entitled to. In the United States of America, victims of an accident can address their case to a lawyer specialized in personal injury cases, who can properly represent the interests of someone who was involved in an accident.
Types of compensations related to personal injury cases
Some of the most common compensations that can be obtained as a consequence of an accident are presented below:
- compensations related to the costs associated with receiving medical care, from minor to complex injuries;
- compensations related to the victim’s inability to go to work as a consequence of his or her injury;
- property damage compensations – this can apply if the person’s property (vehicle and other goods) was affected during the accident.
The right of obtaining compensations after an accident is applicable regardless if the victim is the owner of the vehicle involved in an accident or not. Thus, compensations can also be obtained when the person rented a vehicle for his or her personal use in a foreign country. In order to obtain such compensations, it is necessary to gather as much evidence as possible on the effects of the accident (pictures of the vehicles after the accidents, pictures of the injuries, various bills from medical centers and others).