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Car accident victims and injury compensation

Colorado residents who have been in a car accident that was caused by the negligence of another driver will often incur a variety of expenses and other losses as a result. There are several different types of damages that can be sought should the injured victim decide to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault motorist.

Many injured victims require medical attention, and this starts with first responders arriving on the scene. In addition to the paramedic bill, medical damages that can be sought in a lawsuit can include hospital bills, medication costs, in-home care and rehabilitation expenses. The cost of any future care can be estimated by the plaintiff's attorney along with medical professionals.

If the victim was employed at the time of the accident, the amount of wages lost when he or she was unable to return to work can be another type of damages sought. If the victim is permanently unable to work, a variety of factors will determine the amount to be awarded.

When a person is killed in a car accident, surviving family members may want to consider the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit. Many states have statutes that specifically set forth the types and amounts of damages that can be sought in such an action.

If the injured victim of a car crash was married, an attorney may suggest adding the uninjured spouse as a co-plaintiff to the personal injury lawsuit, so as to seek damages for loss of consortium. This is the legal term for the inability to show affection or engage in sexual activity, but these damages can only be awarded to the spouse if the injured victim has been awarded damages for the actual injuries.

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