Golf carts are an easy way to get around, but even these low-speed carriers aren’t immune to accidents. Wrecks involving these types of vehicles are all too common, and victims often suffer serious injuries that require extensive—and expensive—treatment.
If you were injured in a golf cart accident, you may be juggling a never-ending list of unanticipated expenses. From medical bills to lost earnings to replacement services, it can feel like each day brings its own new challenges.
Thankfully, you may be able to recover compensation for many of your losses by filing a personal injury claim against the at-fault party. In this article, we look at a few of the types of compensation that might be available:
1. Lost Earnings
Whether you were in a hospital recuperating, your doctor told you to take time off work to let your injuries heal, or your condition prevents you from doing your job, there are many reasons you may have missed out on paychecks in the aftermath of a golf cart accident. With reduced earnings, it can be difficult to cover your everyday expenses, let alone the many costs associated with suffering a serious injury.
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, you may be able to seek compensation for earnings lost as a direct result of the wreck. Additionally, if your injuries are likely to affect your ability to make a living down the line, you may also be able to factor future lost wages into settlement approximations.
2. Medical Bills
Even a relatively minor injury can still cost a small fortune to treat—especially if you don’t have a comprehensive health insurance plan. If you suffered a catastrophic injury or permanent disability, you may be straddled with medical expenses for the rest of your life. Typically, healthcare costs will make up the lion’s share of the financial award in a personal injury case.
3. Replacement Services
If you had to hire someone to oversee tasks you can no longer do because of your injuries, the cost of such services could be factored into the eventual settlement. However, if it emerges that you hired someone even though you were perfectly able to handle a specific task on your own, it’s unlikely that you will receive compensation for the associated expenses. As such, you should never delegate tasks you can oversee yourself.
4. Non-Economic Damages
The full impact of a serious wreck isn’t just limited to receipts, invoices, and estimates. Some of the effects of an injury are invisible scars that will still have a major impact on your quality of life. For instance, the pain associated with a severe injury can make it difficult to enjoy your hobbies or quality time with your family. Alternatively, some injuries can prevent you from engaging in physical activity, driving, or impede your ability to live independently.
In Texas, accident victims have a right to seek compensation for such intangible losses. While these damages can be difficult to prove, there are many strategies you could use to demonstrate your non-economic damages such as keeping detailed logs in a personal injury journal, undergoing a psychological evaluation, and getting family, friends, and colleagues to provide testimony on the ways in which your injuries have affected you.
Speak to a Texas Golf Cart Accident Attorney Today
While a financial award cannot erase the trauma you’ve endured, it can give you the funds to pick up the pieces in the aftermath of a serious wreck. At Hilliard Martinez Gonzales LLP, we are here to help.
Our award-winning trial attorneys understand what it takes to succeed in even the most complex cases, providing tenacious representation from the first meeting until the final verdict. Call us today at 1-800-334-3298 or visit our contact page HERE to request a free case review with a Texas golf cart accident attorney.