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What damages can I claim after a car accident?

Given the heavy flow of traffic on Chicago's roadways, it is no surprise that accidents are a common occurrence. Hopefully, you will always be able to steer clear of such trouble. But even if you are a careful driver, you could still be involved in a collision with another vehicle.

When such an unfortunate event takes place, you will likely have reason to file an insurance claim. But a wide variety of damages could result from a car accident. So, which kinds of damages might you be eligible to receive compensation for? The following are some of the primary damages you can claim:

  • Pain and suffering, which can be claimed if the accident produces physical or mental distress. The amount you can claim is based on the severity of the injuries you suffered.
  • Medical expenses, which can be the costs of treating injuries ranging from minor cuts and bruises to serious, life-altering injuries such as paralysis, brain damage and disfigurement.
  • Wages lost due to having to take time from work to recover from the accident. Additionally, you could be entitled to compensation if the injuries you suffered caused a decrease in your earning capacity.

This is just a very brief overview of what you may be able to claim following a motor vehicle accident. When filing a claim, it is important that you account for every expense associated with the accident.

But because insurance companies do not always want to pay for everything a policyholder is entitled to, it can be very helpful to enlist the services of an experienced Illinois car accident attorney. The attorney could help you go over your expenses and the policy and act as your representative in pursuit of fair compensation.