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Making a claim for damages sustained as a result of an accident

If you happen to have been injured in an auto or some other type of accident as a result of another individual's negligence, then most likely you're entitled to some type of compensation for the injuries you suffered. While having health insurance and accrued sick leave can help mitigate some of costs associated with your involvement in the accident, the inconvenience it causes for both you and your loved ones adds up. And, in the absence of health insurance, costs can add up even faster.

Although most think of injuries one might suffer as a result of the accident itself, there are aftereffects as well. Among the damages you might be able to readily tie into an accident having occurred are disfigurement or permanent disability, future medical expenses, a loss of wages or earning capacity and medical costs. Others require much more of a contextual explanation for doing so.

Among the added damages you may claim to have sustained as a result of an accident that require further justification, some include a loss of enjoyment of life, society and companionship, and consortium, mental anguish or pain and suffering. Each of these elements is much more complicated in proving as they involve some degree of subjectivity of the individual.

As for a loss of enjoyment of life, as the concept suggests, in many jurisdictions this loss is perceived to be similar to that of pain and suffering. This is because they both have to do with depriving the accident victim of an opportunity to pursue activities he or she would otherwise be able to take on had he or she not been injured. Similar to a loss of enjoyment, mental anguish refers to the many different feelings that may surface that inhibit someone from participating in certain activities.

Loss of consortium, society and companionship can also be grouped together. The former is called upon to highlight how injuries suffered may have impacted a romantic relationship and degree of intimacy between the victim and his or her partner. In contrast, the latter two refer to how the victim's relationship with others suffered because of his or her absence or lack of ability to share in common interests or responsibilities.

If you've been injured in an accident and are suffering from some of the effects described above, a Waco, Texas, car accident attorney can provide advice in your legal matter.

Source: findlaw.com, "Economic recovery for accidents and injuries," accessed April 21, 2017

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