What Benefits Can I Receive If I Am Involved in a Serious Accident?

Recovering Benefits

Last Updated on: 6th December 2015, 08:40 pm

If you have been involved in a serious San Diego accident, it is not unlikely that your injuries are equally as serious. In fact, your injuries may be serious enough that you are facing tens of thousands of dollars in medical expenses, are unable to return to work, have suffered psychological harm, and may even be physically impaired—and will remain so indefinitely—and unable to do the things that you once loved. Serious accidents can be financially, emotionally, and physically devastating; if you are the victim of a serious accident, learn how our personal injury attorneys can help you receive the benefits that you may be entitled to.

Medical Benefits

If you are injured in a serious accident, you are entitled to seek damages for medical expenses. This includes all medical expenses related to your accident, including costs of hospitalization, emergency services (ambulance ride, emergency surgeries, etc.), cost of surgeries, medications and drugs, and future medical expenses, such as rehabilitation and therapy. You can seek these benefits by filing a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance (California is a traditional tort car insurance state), by filing a claim under your own medical payments coverage policy (which pays medical expenses regardless of fault in an accident) or by filing a lawsuit directly against the at-fault driver.

Lost Wages

Another type of compensation that you can recover in the event that you are injured in a serious accident is compensation for lost wages. This is a very common component of car accident claims, but can also be recovered in other types of personal injury accidents. Depending upon your car insurance policy, you may be able to recover lost wages benefits under your own policy; otherwise, filing a suit against the at-fault party may be within your best interest. In addition to recovering lost wages, you may also be able to recover benefits for loss of earning capacity.

Pain and Suffering

Pain and suffering benefits are referred to as noneconomic damages, simply because they do not refer to actual economic losses. Instead, this benefit type is paid when the victim has undergone physical pain and suffering, or/and emotional anguish as a direct result of the injury. Because these do not refer to an actual monetary value, pain and suffering damages can be hard to calculate – in fact, California Civil Jury Instructions 3905A read that a juror must use his or her “own judgment to decide a reasonable amount based on the evidence” and common sense. An attorney can help to prove that this damages type significantly impaired your life. However, they may be sought after a serious accident occurs.

Start the Process of Recovering Benefits Today

If you have been seriously injured in an accident in San Diego, you should not wait any longer to begin the process of recovering benefits. By meeting with the skilled San Diego accident attorneys at Berman & Riedel, LLP, you can start gathering evidence to build your case today.

At Berman & Riedel, LLP, we understand what you are going through, and want to help. We promise to advocate aggressively on your behalf, and will work hard to obtain your full benefit amount. If you are ready to take the first steps towards getting the money you need and deserve, call us now at 858-350-8855.


About Berman & Riedel, LLP firm managing partner attorney William M. Berman:

Attorney William M. Berman focuses his practice in the areas of catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death and elder abuse and neglect. Strictly a plaintiffs’ dedicated firm, he never represents insurance companies in the defense of claims. Mr. Berman’s firm remains staunchly committed to helping those who have suffered serious injury or loss due the negligence, intentional misconduct or wrongful acts of others.

Mr. Berman has grown his firm to what is considered one of the largest and most successful elder abuse/neglect practices within California. Through his continued successes in handling claims involving nursing home and elder abuse and neglect, Mr. Berman remains a prominent figure in advocating on behalf of this vulnerable class of citizens.

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Attorney Bill Berman

William M. Berman, Esquire
Berman & Riedel, LLP
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