Car, truck, bus and pedestrian accidents often result in serious injuries such as back or neck pain, head injuries or even broken, fractured bones. Such injuries can lead to time lost from work and medical bills. The laws of Pennsylvania and New Jersey may allow car accident victims to recover financial compensation for their injuries in the form of economic damages or non-economic damages like pain and suffering. However, there are some limitations and special rules which apply in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, which may limit the amount of recovery or type of claim an injured car accident victim may make.
Types of Economic Damages Recoverable in a Car Accident Case: Lost Wages and Medical Bills
Car accidents which result in serious injuries can lead to financial ruin. Jobs may be lost amid a growing heap of medical bills. However, Pennsylvania and New Jersey laws almost always allow for recovery of such economic expenses. So long as the car accident is proven to have occurred as a result of another driver’s negligence, the injured car accident victim can recover economic damages, and in some instances, non-economic damages.
There are different types of economic damages which can be recovered in a car accident case: past and future lost wages and past and future medical treatment costs. In order to be recoverable, these losses must have been incurred or will be incurred as a direct result of the accident and injuries.
How to Prove Lost Wages and Medical Costs
Past lost wages and past medical expenses can be proven by presenting calculations based on pay stubs and medical bills/receipts from doctors’ offices. However, proving future lost wages and future medical treatment costs is not so simple. Proving future damages requires coordinating expert reports from medical doctors, forensic economists and life care planners.
- Medical doctors may provide reports indicating that the patient is unable to return to work or can return to work with certain restrictions. These reports may also detail future treatment which may be needed, such as medication, therapy or surgery.
- Forensic economists use an average life span to determine how much the victim loses as a result of not being able to return to work or having to return to work with restricted hours.
- Life care planners analyze past medical treatment and make projections of how much medical treatment will cost over the victim’s life span.
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