If you are in a car accident in California, and it is the other driver’s fault, he or she should be responsible for many of your related expenses. While property damage and injuries are obvious expenses, there are other ones you may not even think about. It is important to keep track of everything that relates to the accident so the party responsible can pay.
FindLaw outlines many of the damages you may claim. In regard to injuries, some of the expenses you may be able to recover include:
- Emergency and regular doctor visits
- Physical therapy, massage and chiropractic
- Medication and modalities such as heating pads, ice packs and neck brace
- Transportation costs, such as public transportation, cabs and ride shares, to and from appointments
- In-home care
If you suffer from mental anguish, excessive stress or you have long-term physical ailments, you may be able to sue for pain and suffering damages. If you are a spouse or family member of the car accident victim, you may be able collect for damages that relate to a loss of companionship, loss of consortium or wrongful death.
If the accident causes you to miss work, whether due to doctor appointments or disability, USA Today reminds you to collect for lost wages. Make sure you keep track of the hours and days you miss.
One expense you may not think about is pet injury care. If you have a dog or cat that was in the car during the accident, the at-fault driver may have to pay for the vet bills. If you are trying to collect for unusual expenses, or your insurance company is not cooperating, an attorney can help you collect the costs.