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Injured in a car crash? These damages may be recoverable

Auto collisions happen every day in the state of Louisiana. Most of them are minor fender-benders, but some leave those involved with moderate to significant injuries. Following a car crash with injuries, victims may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses. The state allows for the recovery of certain economic and non-economic damages.

As far as economic damages go, medical expenses may be covered -- as one would expect. These costs add up quickly after a car accident. There are often transportation fees and expenses for emergency care immediately after the crash. Then, victims may have months to years of continued care in the forms of physical therapy, cognitive therapy, in-home services and consultations with various medical providers. If one requires medical equipment, that can be a significant expense as well.

Other monetary damages that may be recovered include lost income and future earnings. After a crash, one may have to take time away from work to recover. Some people can go back to work eventually, but others cannot. So, not only is one's immediate loss of income deemed recoverable, but so is any income from the loss of future employment opportunities.

As far as non-economic damages go, victims may seek relief for any pain and suffering experienced -- whether physical or emotional. If applicable, the compensation for loss of companionship or affection may also be requested. Victims and/or their spouses may file loss of consortium claims.

A car crash in which injuries are suffered can completely upend one's life. While trying to recover, one should not have to worry about how one will afford care, provide for one's family or move forward after such an event. Individuals injured in collisions in Louisiana may file claims against those believed responsible for their losses in an effort to seek maximum relief. After a careful case review, legal counsel can help one file any applicable claims -- if doing so is deemed appropriate -- and fight for fair compensation either through negotiation or litigation.

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