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What damages can be recovered after a fatal car accident?

An accident impacts not only the people involved the crash, but also their loved ones. Whether one was fortunate enough to survive the crash or has left family members who are coming to terms with their loss, car accidents leave emotional and financial scars. Though it is not possible to quantify the loss a Texas resident has suffered, compensation received through a lawsuit may alleviate the financial burden associated with the accident.

Compensation can be divided into special and general damages. Quantifying special damages is relatively straightforward. Lost wages due to an absence from work, medical expenses and property damage can all be itemized and proven with the help of bills, which is why they are considered direct expenses.

Noneconomic damages are more difficult to demonstrate, as they are considered abstract. These include pain and suffering, mental anguish, physical impairment and disfigurement, potentially shortened lifespan and emotional distress among other categories. It is difficult to assess how much pain and suffering one has endured and how much money would adequately compensate the victim, as two people may experience the same injuries or incidents differently. There are several different factors that go into such a decision.

The court can look at a number of factors when considering damages for pain and suffering, including the severity of the injury, the recovery time needed and the potential for ongoing consequences. Providing the proof in court might be complicated for ordinary citizens and an experienced personal injury attorney can provide legal options to victims and their loved ones.

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