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After a Missouri car accident, what damages could you claim?

Sometimes, when a person is involved in a car accident, that person could be seriously injured and want to file a civil suit. When choosing to file a personal injury suit, it is important to be aware of the different types of damages that may be claimed. Here's a brief explanation of the damages that you could possibly claim after suffering serious injuries in a Missouri car accident.

Typically, when a person suffers a serious injury, they likely experience a significant degree of pain and suffering. The legal definition of pain and suffering is when the person injured experiences physical or mental distress due to an accident. These types of damages depend on the seriousness of the injury, the degree of pain suffered and the possibility that the person may experience pain associated with the injury in the future.

Another type of damages that could be affected by future care is medical expenses. A serious car accident injury will likely result in medical costs -- and potential extended care costs as well. A third type of damages, loss of wages, can create further financial difficulty if the person is unable to work, especially for long periods of time.

Yet another type of damages is loss of companionship. Unlike the previously listed damages, this claim is filed by the victim's spouse, as opposed to the person who was actually injured.

Each state has differing laws and requirements for each of the types of damages. This blog should not be taken as specific legal advice; therefore, in order to get a better understanding of the damages that you may be able to claim after being injured in a car accident, contacting a Missouri attorney is advisable.

Source: findlaw.com, "What Kinds of Damages May I Claim for Car Accident Injuries?" accessed Aug. 6, 2014

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