You deserve full and fair compensation for all of your injuries if someone else caused your Kansas City motorcycle accident injuries. Below is a detailed explanation of the types of damages you may be able to recover.
Your health care costs may be one of the most significant types of damages after a motorcycle crash. You will likely require medical treatment if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident. Medical treatment may include:
- Ambulance or air transport to the hospital
- Emergency care
- Doctors' appointments
- Rehabilitation therapies, such as physical therapy
These expenses can quickly add up and depending on your injury, they may continue for a long time after the accident. In a personal injury lawsuit, you can seek compensation for past, current, and future medical expenses related to your injuries.
You may be able to recover for lost income if your motorcycle accident injuries prevent you from working. Lost income may include:
- Lost wages
- Employee benefits, such as insurance or paid time off
- Lost opportunities for promotion or advancement
- Lost income from self-employment
Additionally, if your injuries prevent you from working or doing the same work that you did before the motorcycle accident, you may be able to recover for lost earning capacity.
Pain and Suffering
Another significant type of compensation that you can recover after a motorcycle accident is pain and suffering. Pain and suffering damages are intended to compensate you for the physical and emotional pain and suffering you have experienced due to your injuries. Pain and suffering may include but are not limited to: chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Pain and suffering damages can be challenging to calculate, but an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you determine an appropriate amount based on the severity of your injuries and their impact on your life.
If your motorcycle was damaged in the accident, you might also be able to recover the cost of repairing or replacing your bike. Property damages can also include repairing or replacing any other property damaged in the accident, such as your helmet or other protective gear.
If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim. Wrongful death claims are intended to compensate surviving family members for their losses due to their loved one's death. Compensation may include things like funeral expenses, lost income, and loss of companionship. In a wrongful death claim, damages are typically awarded to the deceased person's estate, which then distributes the compensation to the surviving family members.
In some cases, you may also be able to recover punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended to punish the at-fault party for their actions and to deter others from engaging in similar conduct. Punitive damages are typically only awarded in cases where the at-fault party's actions were particularly egregious or reckless.
Don't Pursue Motorcycle Accident Damages on Your Own
It is essential to work with an experienced motorcycle accident injury lawyer who can help you understand your legal rights and options and who can help you pursue the compensation you deserve. At Foster Wallace, we will thoroughly investigate your case, gather and analyze evidence, identify the right defendants, negotiate with the appropriate insurers, value your claim, and protect your rights in court. We will give you the peace of mind that your legal rights are protected while you concentrate on your physical recovery.