Suffering an unexpected injury in a rideshare wreck can have devastating financial consequences. It’s estimated that two out of every three people declaring bankruptcy attribute their money troubles to medical issues. Even if you have comprehensive health coverage, these plans often don’t cover many of the losses stemming from a serious accident.
Thankfully, you may be able to recover compensation for many of the losses you suffered by filing a personal injury claim. However, before you start building your case, it’s important to understand the types of expenses that might be recoverable.
Let’s look at a few of the types of damages that might be available to you:
1. Medical Costs
Typically, a personal injury claim can account for any expenses associated with treating your injuries, including ambulance fees, doctor’s office co-pays, medication costs, ongoing rehabilitation, home care, and necessary procedures. It’s important to consider both the expenses you’ve incurred and those you will likely have to pay in the future. For instance, you may require additional treatments for health complications stemming from your injuries, so it’s wise to wait until you’ve reached maximum medical improvement before agreeing to a settlement.
2. Replacement Services
Did you require professional help with housekeeping, meal prep, or taking care of your children? As long as you can show that these replacement services were necessary because you were no longer able to do these tasks by yourself, you may be able to recover compensation for the associated expenses. If you had to make any modifications to your home or vehicle to accommodate temporary or permanent disabilities, such costs could also be factored into the potential recovery.
3. Lost Wages
If you were unable to work because of your condition, you may be able to seek compensation for the income you’ve lost. Additionally, if it’s reasonably likely that you won’t be able to return to the same job—or that you will never be able to work again—you might be able to build a case for diminished earning potential.
4. Punitive Damages
If the liable party acted with malice or willful disregard for your safety, you might be able to build a case for punitive damages. However, be warned, the bar for proving such damages is incredibly high and it will come down to the judge or jury to decide whether you will receive compensation for this category of losses.
5. Non-Economic Damages
Many of the “scars” left behind by a serious wreck aren’t visible to the naked eye. For instance, an injury can lead to considerable pain and suffering, affecting your mental health and ability to enjoy your everyday life. In Michigan, accident victims can seek compensation for these intangible losses.
However, these damages are only available to those filing a third-party claim and you will probably have to provide many different kinds of proof to demonstrate the impact your injuries have had on your psychological well-being. Such evidence might include expert witness deposition, statements from family and friends, psychiatric reports, and personal injury journal entries.
Discuss Your Case with a Rideshare Accident Attorney in Detroit
If you were hurt in a wreck involving a rideshare driver, turn to the legal team at Seva Law Firm. We can assess your claim as part of a free consultation, giving insight into what types of damages might be available in your situation.
We can also assist with almost every aspect of your claim, from investigating the wreck to providing aggressive representation throughout proceedings. Dial (248) 385-5704 or head over to our contact form HERE to request a case assessment with a Detroit rideshare accident attorney.