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How Personal Injuries are Assessed for Car Accident Claims in BC

Being involved in a car accident can be a tough experience. Your vehicle may need to be repaired or replaced; you may have medical bills, you could miss work due to injuries and worst of all, you may have pain—temporary or ongoing. If you are in an accident and it is not your fault, someone else is responsible for this. In fact, the party at fault may not only be responsible for taking care of car repairs and your medical bills, but you may be eligible for some compensation for pain and suffering too.

It is important to know what to expect if you are in an accident and suffer due to it. The damages you may be owed for personal injury are not always apparent. We have put together some basic information that can help you understand the process of determining how personal injuries are assessed for car accident claims in British Columbia. While this assessment is a complicated process and very fact dependent, you can educate yourself by learning how the system works. A personal injury lawyer will be able to assess your specific case to help you with your injury claim.

Medical Bills Payment is Awarded Separately from Pain and Suffering

If you qualify, pain and suffering damages are awarded in addition to the damages that pay for your medical bills and other expenses. Pain and suffering are just that— compensation to make up for the pain you experienced that you would not otherwise have, and suffering. Suffering may be physical, but in many cases, it simply refers to the fact that you are unable to experience life in the same way you did before the accident. For instance, if you played guitar, and an accident left you with broken wrists, and you could no longer play, you may be compensated for that loss.

Many Things Are Considered with Calculating Damages

Did your injury require you to seek attention from a doctor? How long were you in the hospital or under doctor’s treatment? Was the pain temporary or does it linger? Are you able to control the pain through medication or therapy? What were your total bills for all medical treatments? All of these concerns and others are taken into account when assessing personal injuries for these lawsuits.

Finally, remember that every case is different. While the information above may give you a basis to know what to expect in a personal injury lawsuit, only by talking with a lawyer and filing the appropriate documents will you ever see the compensation you deserve.

If you have been injured in a car accident through no fault of your own, you deserve to be compensated for your medical expenses as well as your pain and suffering. Reach out to us at Becker, Lavin & Wassler today by phone at 604-689-3883 or through our website. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve.


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