You may demand several categories of damages after a serious Iowa motorcycle crashIs it worth your time to schedule a free consultation with an Iowa motorcycle accident lawyer to discuss a potential lawsuit?

Before you can answer that question, you need to know what you may be able to recover if your motorcycle accident case is either successfully settled or if a court verdict is returned in your favor.

What You May Recover

The potential compensation that you may recover for your injuries is often divided into two categories: economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages include things that can be easily valued such as your past, current, and future:

  • Medical expenses. All of your medical costs—such as hospital stays, surgeries, doctors’ appointments, medication, physical therapy, other rehabilitation therapies, and assistive medical devices—may be included.
  • Lost income. If you were unable to work, or unable to earn the same income that you did prior to the accident, then you may recover for income that you’ve lost. This could include wages, earnings form clients, benefits, raises, bonuses, and other forms of compensation.
  • Out-of-pocket costs. Any specific bills that you incurred because of the motorcycle accident may be compensable. This could include compensation for damage to your bike, alternative transportation costs, or if your loved one has died then funeral costs, for example.

Non-economic damages are harder to value, but just as important to your fair recovery. Non-economic damages may include compensation for your:

  • Pain and suffering. Your physical pain and emotional suffering may be among your most significant damages. While there is no dollar amount that can undo these damages, a financial recovery is the best that the legal system can do to help you recover from these real injuries. Specific evidence will need to be presented to prove the value of these non-economic injuries.

Additionally, you may recover for any other kind of damage that you can prove was caused by the motorcycle crash.

How to Protect Your Fair Recovery

The amount that you will ultimately recover depends on numerous things, including…

  • The portion of fault for the accident that is attributed to you.
  • The strength of the evidence.
  • The extent of your injuries.
  • The skill with which your recovery is negotiated.

To find out more about your rights and how to protect the compensation that you deserve, please download a FREE copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims, and please contact us directly via this website to schedule your own free consultation.

Jason F. Abraham
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