Motorcycle accidents are among the most severe accidents that happen in Baltimore. Bikers often need costly medical treatment, and their injuries can prevent them from working for months. You’re likely to face both non-economic and economic damages as a result of the crash. If you’ve been involved in a crash that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you deserve to be compensated. The amount you get should cover all your accident-related losses. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the various types of compensation that a Baltimore motorcycle accident lawyer can help you to recover.
Types Of Damages You Can Get Following A Motorcycle Accident
Damages cover all the way you’ve suffered or been hurt as well as any losses you suffered as a result of the crash. These all fall into the category of either economic damages or non-economic damages.
Economic damages can be easily quantified. They include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Home modifications
- Property damage
Medical expenses often form the bulk of damages resulting from a motorcycle accident. You can claim both what you have already paid and what you’re likely to pay in the future. If you have injuries that will require long-term care, it’s important to calculate how much your projected medical expenses are. It’s not uncommon for a motorcyclist to suffer a pelvic fracture that requires multiple surgeries over several years.
Lost wages and lost earning capacity are also a significant type of economic damages. Recovering from an accident can take a long time and many bikers can’t work for a long time especially if their jobs are physically demanding. If the injuries are so serious that the individual can’t work again or they have to take a lower-paying job, they should also be compensated for this. Therefore, if your accident left you paralyzed or resulted in the loss of a limb that affected your ability to earn a living, you should be able to recover these losses.
If you suffered a disabling injury and you have to make modifications to your home, you can also seek to be compensated for these costs. You may need ramps, stairlifts, support bars for your bathroom, and other adjustments. The person who caused your injuries should have to pay for these.
Even if you didn’t suffer serious injuries, your motorcycle was likely damaged or destroyed in the crash Your losses may amount to thousands of dollars. Despite what some people believe, personal injury lawsuits don’t only cover physical injuries but also damage to property. Your attorney will, therefore, advise you to seek compensation for any items that were damaged or destroyed during the crash.
Unlike economic damages, it’s not easy to attach a dollar value to non-economic damages. They cover intangible losses such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of consortium. Even though these aren’t injuries or physical losses, they are still significant. In some situations, non-economic damages actually result in more compensation than economic damages.
Pain and suffering is perhaps the most well-known form of non-economic damages. You can recover compensation for both the physical pain you experience as a result of your injuries as well as any emotional suffering you endured. If your injuries are serious, you won’t be able to enjoy life in the same way. You may no longer be able to play your favorite sport or participate in hobbies. Even though it’s difficult to say how much this is worth, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get compensation.
Emotional distress isn’t a frivolous claim. Motorcycle accidents can be traumatizing, and victims often find they can’t eat or sleep in the days, weeks or even months after the crash. This is especially likely if the accident was particularly gruesome or the victim suffered injuries that left them permanently scarred or disabled. The sight of these injuries every day can make it very difficult for victims to move on from the accident.
Meanwhile, motorcycle accidents don’t just affect the victim. They also put a strain on the family, especially spouses. If you cannot fully participate in the marriage because of your injuries, you can file a claim for loss of consortium. If you can prove that your marriage would not have been strained in this way were it not for the other party’s actions, they should have to compensate you.
Get Assistance from the Team at Pinder Plotkin LLC
Motorcycle accidents can result in a wide range of problems and the costs go beyond just medical bills if the injuries are serious. That’s why it’s so important to ensure you get full compensation for your losses. Hiring a Baltimore motorcycle accident attorney can make a big difference. Call us today for a free consultation and benefit from our expert legal advice.