Q What types of damages can I collect through a New Jersey car accident claim?
If you have been injured and need to file a car accident claim, it is important to know what type of damages you can collect. Before you file your claim, speak with a New Jersey car accident attorney.
Damages in a New Jersey Car Accident Claim
When you have been in a car accident and are filing a car accident claim, there are two types of damages you may collect. They are special damages and general damages.
Special damages are defined as the objective costs incurred as a result of the car accident. These costs include:
- Medical treatment – past, present, and future medical bills;
- Income – wages lost as a result of the accident, as well as future loss of earning capacity; and
- Property – reimbursement for damage done and repairs necessary to your vehicle and its contents.
- Pain and suffering – the ongoing stress and discomfort that can be attributed to the accident;
- Emotional distress – compensation for the psychological effects of the incident, such as anxiety and sleep loss;
- Loss of enjoyment – injuries sustained in the car accident that prevent the fulfillment of daily activities and hobbies; and
- Loss of consortium – the effect the car accident has had on your relationship with your spouse.