Motorcycle accidents leave bikers with considerable pain and expenses. It’s no exaggeration to say that an accident is almost as bad as a natural disaster, like a hurricane. Accidents completely upend their lives, and many of our clients cannot work and are stressed that they will lose their homes.
Fortunately, motorcyclists can bring a personal injury claim against the motorist who injured them. But what compensation can you receive? Below, we look at different categories of compensatory damages. The ultimate amount you receive will depend on your specific circumstances and the evidence in your possession.
Lost Wages or Lost Income
Motorcycle accident injuries are painful. Someone with a fracture, back injury, or concussion might be unable to leave the house. They might struggle to concentrate for any length of time, so they miss weeks or months of employment.
You can request compensation for lost wages/income. Even self-employed people can receive compensation if you prove with a reasonable degree of certainty how much they would have made.
If your injuries are permanent—like an amputation—you might have to take a new job that pays less. Or you might never work again. We can also request this future lost income, called loss of earning capacity.
Motorcycle accident injuries require substantial medical care, including:
- Ambulance transportation to the hospital
- Diagnostic imaging tests and blood work
- ICU stays
- Doctor visits
- Physical therapy
- Prescription medication
- Mental health counseling
You should receive compensation for the cost of this care. Hold onto your bills/receipts which show the cost.
Some injuries are permanent. You might need ongoing surgery or at-home care. If you are confined to a wheelchair permanently, you might need to install a ramp in your house and reconfigure the floor plan. You can seek compensation for this future care.
Most obviously, an accident can damage your motorcycle. You should seek compensation to repair it or replace it.
Pain and Suffering
Motorcycle accident victims can also receive compensation for their pain and suffering. This term covers a range of losses, things like:
- Mental anguish
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Physical pain
- Loss of enjoyment of life
How do we measure the value of these losses? We can’t look at a slip of paper with a price tag, the way we can with medical care. Instead, we use common sense and deep knowledge of personal injury law.
Someone who is paralyzed from the neck down is suffering more than someone who temporarily can’t work because of a broken leg. But some minor injuries can have lasting, severe consequences. For example, a burn on your cheek could keep you from socializing and lead to depression. Although the burn was not expensive to treat, your life might never be the same.
Call Groth & Associaates with Questions
We will review your motorcycle accident case and estimate a fair amount of compensation. If hired, we’ll do everything possible to obtain the maximum allowed under the law. Contact us to schedule a consultation.