Bike Accidents And Personal Injury Lawsuits: What You Need To Know

Biking is a nice past time or a great way to get around your city. Sadly, bike accidents are common and can result in significant medical care and years of physical therapy. You can also lose a lot of time at work. If you were hit by another person while riding your bike, you may be able to receive compensation for your damages with a personal injury lawsuit. The following are some compensable expenses you may receive for your bike accident damages.

Medical Costs

The highest expenses after a bike accident will be your medical costs. The costs rise exponentially if you need ongoing therapy. You should get compensation for your emergency room treatment, any follow-up care, prescription medications, inpatient hospitalizations, and any therapy you need now and going forward.

Lost Wages

If you are badly injured in a bike accident, you will likely miss a lot of time at work. Because of this, you can also include your lost wages in your lawsuit. To know the sum you should request, take your normal hourly wage or daily salary amount and multiply that number by the hours or days you missed work. Your attorney will help you come up with this figure to ensure you get exactly what you are owed.

Pain and Suffering

A bike injury can be life-changing. You may never be the same if your injuries are severe. You not only have to deal with pain and physical issues, but you also have to deal with emotional and mental anguish after the accident. Combined with the physical issues, your experience can lead to asking for a "pain and suffering" settlement as well.

There is no particular formula to determine damages for pain and suffering. There are several factors the judge will look at to determine this figure. Some of the factors include whether or not your injuries are permanent, how debilitating they are, your recovery time, the medication you require, whether or not the injuries have a lasting impact on your life, and the need for treatment in the future.

You will need to work with your attorney to decide how much money to ask for in your lawsuit. Your attorney may work with a medical expert to find out just how much you should get for your damages. The expert may also testify as to your injuries and your quality of life moving forward to help the judge decide just how much you should receive for biking accident injuries.

For more information, contact a personal injury attorney.