If you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible for compensation by way of a personal injury claim. This statement is true in the case of motorcycle accidents. An individual is able to receive compensation by way of a motorcycle accident personal injury claim. There are a number of different types of damages that may be claimed in a motorcycle accident incident. This article will look at a few damages an individual involved in a motorcycle accident can recover in a personal injury claim
When an individual is involved in an accident or collision where one of the vehicles is a motorcycle, such an individual should hire a Bakersfield motorcycle accident lawyer to pursue damages for their losses. The main reasons an individual seeks legal recovery is for property damage and injuries sustained during an accident. Motorcycle accidents are often characterized by serious or extensive injuries, as well as complete damage to the bike itself. As a result, it is important to know which damages to seek in a personal injury claim.
Generally, an injured victim is able to seek a number of different damages depending on what happened in the accident. For example, if the accident resulted in time away from work the individual may recover lost wages for this form of loss. Below are some common forms of damages that can be pursued in a motorcycle accident personal injury claim:
- Property damage – in most motorcycle accidents the bike suffers extensive damage. As a result, it may be necessary for the vehicle to be reconstructed, repaired or written off (“totaled”). The victim may be able to receive compensation for either one of these. The insurance company of the defendant may pay for the repairs or replacement of the motorcycle when the plaintiff wins their case.
- Pain and suffering – pain and suffering generally speaks to the emotional and psychological harm caused by the incident. This aspect of damages goes beyond the actual injury suffered by the victim. It is referred to as a non-economic damage as no set dollar amount can be put as an appropriate form of compensation. Rather, a calculation is made based on a number of different factors. Some of these factors include the pain suffered by the individual, their injuries, humiliation, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress and disfigurement.
- Lost wages – while the victim is recovering from their injuries, they may not have the ability to work during this period. It may be that they require time in a hospital to receive physical therapy or surgery or it may be recommended that they take bed rest away from work in order to fully recover. It is not uncommon for victims to lose their jobs during these periods or need to take vacation time to cover the recovery period. Thus claiming for lost wages allows the victim to recover for any wage loss they may have suffered during the recovery process, as well as for income that is likely to be lost into the future.
- Medical treatment – damages linked to medical treatment include any medical expenses the victim has incurred as a result of their injuries. Medical treatment may also include future medical treatment that a doctor indicates is required by the victim.