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How Much Money Can I Recover for My Car Accident Lawsuit?

After you are involved in a car accident, no doubt you want someone to pay. As far as how much money to which you are entitled, there is no definitive answer. Car accident cases can be worth several thousand dollars or several million dollars. The amount you receive from an out-of-court settlement or from a judge’s order depends on the severity of the accident, your injuries and property damage. If you contributed to the accident, your award may be decreased. A RI car accident lawyer can give you a free evaluation of your case and an estimate as to its potential worth.

Under the law, however, you are entitled to specific compensatory damages. Compensatory damages are designed to make up for the losses incurred by the plaintiff and include compensation for:

  • Medical treatment, including reimbursement for all medical expenses and compensation for future expenses
  • Loss of income, including all lost wages
  • Loss of future income, including the money you could have made in the future if not for your accident
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of enjoyment
  • Loss of consortium, including the impact the accident has had on your spousal relations

In particularly severe cases of recklessness, punitive damages may be awarded to the plaintiff in addition to compensatory damages. Punitive damages are designed to punish the defendant for their serious negligence or carelessness — and deter them from committing such acts in the future. Providence personal injury lawyers can attempt to seek punitive damages from the defendant during your personal injury lawsuit.

Kirshenbaum Law Associates is a personal injury law firm devoted to the fair and comprehensive representation of car accident victims across Rhode Island. Our aggressive attorneys can help you achieve victory inside and outside of the courtroom.

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