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Recoverable damages following motor vehicle accidents

Anyone in Louisiana who has lost a loved one or suffered injuries in a car crash knows just how devastating such an event can be. The resulting damages can do a number on one's finances as well as one's physical and emotional health. According to the state, what damages may victims recover following motor vehicle accidents?

First, let's go over all the economic damages. For an injured person, there are current and future medical expenses, sometimes lost wages, possibly financial losses resulting from disability and home care service expenses -- among others. If the victim fails to survive, his or her loved ones may be left with medical expenses, funeral expenses, lost wages and benefits, among others. All of these can add up over time and can cause severe financial distress for victims and their families.

Now, let's go over all noneconomic damages. A person's mental and physical health can certainly take a hit following a car crash. One may experience a loss of enjoyment, the loss of companionship, pain and suffering and depression. All of these can make it difficult to move forward in life.

In order to achieve relief for any economic and noneconomic damages suffered following motor vehicle accidents, victims or -- in the event of fatality -- their surviving family members need to be prepared with documentation showing any damages sustained. Such information can easily be obtained from medical provider and mental health specialist. An experienced attorney will know what information is needed to proceed with a personal injury or wrongful death claim in the state of Louisiana.

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