If you're injured in a motorcycle collision, you could suffer catastrophic, life-altering injuries. Fortunately, you may be entitled to compensation for them in both Kansas and Missouri from the driver responsible for the crash.
5 Types of Compensation for Motorcycle Accident Injuries
When you're working with an expert car accident attorney, he or she will make sure to examine the details of your case. Most people expect to receive restitution for medical bills, but what about other aspects of financial hardship? It's important to have legal counsel take these five factors of damages into consideration when filing a claim with the at-fault party's insurance company.
You're entitled to compensation for any bills for medical care required to treat your injuries. You can receive compensation for both past and future expenses. There is a wide range of medical expenses you may recover:
- Ambulance bill
- Doctor visits
- Physical therapy
- Psychological counseling
- Assistive aids, such as a wheelchair, a walker, and crutches
- Home health care and assistance with personal needs
- Travel expenses to receive necessary medical care
You also should receive past and future lost income while you're off work recovering from the accident. Lost income can include your wages, sick and vacation benefits, commissions, bonuses, and other perks of your job. If you're unable to return to work or must make a career change due to long-term injuries, you may also be entitled to a lost earning capacity damages.
The negligent driver is responsible for paying the cost to repair or replace your motorcycle and any other property, such as a helmet, damaged in the accident. Your attorney might also request reimbursement for towing and car rental fees if you incurred them.
Pain and Suffering
Determining the amount of past and future pain and suffering is difficult to calculate because these damages aren't based on out-of-pocket expenses. You'll need the assistance of your legal advisor to value this portion of your claim.
Punitive damages are assessed to punish the negligent party, rather than to compensate you. They are only awarded in rare cases where the actions of a motorist or a third party were especially egregious.
Were You Injured In a Kansas City Area Motorcycle Accident?
If you were injured in a crash, you need to speak with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our Kansas City office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule your free consultation.