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Driver seeks out $15,000 in damages after rear-end crash

After being involved in an accident, you likely want to make sure you get compensated. You know you'll have many medical bills and expenses related to your vehicle, and there's also the issue of lost wages and other financial losses.

After a personal injury, it's a good idea to start a claim right away. Then, you can provide your attorney with information about your injuries and financial losses as they become available. Your attorney can negotiate with the other party's insurance carrier or help you sue the individual who caused the accident.

If you choose to sue, you may be like this individual who filed a complaint against a driver who rear-ended him in January. He claims he suffered injuries because of the accident and now wants to receive a judgment for over $15,000 in damages alone.

As with any case like this, the plaintiff can also seek out attorney's fees, court costs, interest on the sought amount and other costs that the court thinks are fair.

Here's an example. If you're in a crash and have $15,000 in losses, $4,000 in attorney's fees and $500 in other losses, the judge would have the ability to issue a judgement for $19,500 or even more than that depending on the circumstances of the case.

Your attorney can help you understand how much to expect if you're looking for a settlement or judgment. You need to keep track of paperwork and your costs, so you have all the information you need to seek compensation from the at-fault party. You didn't cause this crash, and you do deserve compensation.

Source: Florida Record, "Driver alleges injuries after U.S. 441 collision," Jenie Mallari-Torres, May 22, 2017

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