We spend a lot of time on this blog discussing car accidents and the injuries that can result. These injuries, in turn, can result in significant physical, emotional, and financial damages. When these accidents are caused by the negligence of another driver, Tennessee law allows the injured victim to sue for damages. Recoveries in these cases are not limited to lost wages and medical expenses. A car accident victim may be entitled to much more.
There are several types of damages that can be recovered in a personal injury lawsuit. Disfigurement, for example, may be awarded if a victim is scarred or disfigured by an accident. Mental suffering damages may be available to those who suffer emotional harm due to their physical injuries. A victim's spouse can assert a claim for loss of consortium damages, which seek to compensate the spouse for the loss of marital benefits, including affection, assistance and sexual relations.
In addition to lost wages, a victim can recover for the loss of future earning capacity. Lost wages are typically defined as those lost between the time of the accident and the date of the jury's verdict. Future earning capacity deals with everything that comes afterwards. A court will look at many factors, including the victim's age, past earnings, and skills, when awarding these damages.
Those who have been hurt in a car accident caused by a negligent driver have legal options available to them. Yet, being able to succeed on one of these claims and recoup the full extent of one's losses requires a strong grasp of the law. Tennessee car accident victims may find it in their best interests to seek legal assistance.
Source: FindLaw, "Economic Recovery for Accidents and Injuries," accessed on Dec. 23, 2016