If you’re in a car crash and your only injuries are cuts and bruises, can you still collect compensation? In some cases, you may. The issue is not how severe your injuries are, but whether you suffered losses because of them.
What is a Loss?
Most people think only of medical bills and lost wages when they think of losses from an injury. However, there can be other losses, and not all are concrete dollar figures. Other losses resulting from any injury could include:
- Pain and suffering
- Missed events or opportunities
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Future medical expenses
In some cases, lacerations to the face can leave you permanently scarred, causing emotional anguish. Additionally, if a minor injury prevents you from enjoying a planned vacation or other event, you may be able to collect compensation.
Losses are not limited to your expenses. Any disruption of your life because of an injury—however minor—may be compensable. Working with an experienced personal injury attorney can help you determine what losses you’ve suffered and whether you may be eligible to collect damages.