When a vehicle and a person on foot are involved in an accident, the resulting damages tend to be significant, with the pedestrian traditionally suffering the majority of the injuries and losses. If you were hurt in a California pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to compensation—even if you were partially responsible for the crash or the vehicle didn't actually hit you (your injuries were sustained evading the accident, rather than in a direct collision).
Damages You May Be Owed Compensation for After a Pedestrian Accident
A skilled personal injury attorney can help you fight for a full and fair recovery, which includes compensation for non-economic and economic damages such as:
- Medical expenses. In addition to compensation for emergency room care, hospitalizations, surgical procedures, follow-up visits, prescriptions, and physical therapy, you may also be able to recover damages for things like ambulance transportation, the cost of future accident-related medical treatment, and medically necessary travel expenses.
- Lost income. Pedestrian accident injuries can cause you to miss work for an extended period, or even leave you temporarily or permanently disabled. Fortunately, you can pursue compensation for the wages you lost while out of work, and the loss of earning potential if your injuries will prevent you from returning to the workforce in any capacity.
- Pain and suffering. This type of damages compensates you for intangible losses with subjective value like physical pain and suffering, emotional and psychological anguish, scarring and disfigurement, reduced quality of life, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of consortium, and more.
Less commonly, a judge or jury may award punitive damages. Unlike economic and non-economic damages, this type of damages isn't compensatory. Instead, their purpose is to punish defendants and deter similar abhorrent conduct.
Were you injured in a pedestrian accident caused by a negligent individual or company? It's important to consult an attorney as soon as possible. Not only can an attorney help you understand your rights and options, identify liable parties, advise you what damages may be applicable in your case, and handle communications with insurance companies and defense attorneys, but studies show that having the representation of knowledgeable lawyer can even help you maximize the value of your claim.
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