Unfortunately, Students in Car Accidents Can Only Be Compensated For Some Things and Not Others:
If you're a student involved in a car wreck, you'll likely have lots of questions about recovery: Who pays for the damage done to my vehicle? What about the classes I've missed? How do I handle my injuries? And these are valid questions to ask, as you're not like the average victim in a car accident. You've got a totally different--and complex--situation on your hands.
Because your particular accident is unlike most others, we figured we'd address the common questions that come up with our clients who are also students. As such, this article will explain specifically what you (a student) are able to receive compensation for in a car accident case, what you aren't able to receive, and how an attorney can help you in this situation.
What is eligible for compensation?
When you are in a car accident that is caused by another driver, you are only entitled to receive compensation for a specific set of losses (referred to as damages). This includes things like medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. However, it does not include compensation for missed classes.
However, a reality is that many students are missing class while attempting to recover from the accident, and it makes sense that students may have financial questions about those classes that have, in theory, already been paid for. And that's a totally valid argument: part of the plaintiff's tuition is used to pay for each individual class, so by having to miss one, they are forfeiting that amount of tuition. While the argument seems to make sense, no court in Texas has recognized missed class as a proper type of damages.
How can an attorney help?
Many times when students are involved in car accidents, they think it is not that big of a deal. They don't hire an attorney and end up just settling with the insurance company, on the insurance company's terms. But, this scenario is unfair to you and your recovery. The best way to truly maximize the amount of compensation you're able to receive from an insurance company is to hire an experienced car accident attorney. A lawyer can help you deal with the insurance company and make sure you're not fighting their tactics alone. As well, they can get you the compensation that you deserve, helping you come to a settlement that compensates you in the best way you see fit while being on your terms.
Our experienced car accident attorneys help students get what they deserve.
Our attorneys at Grossman Law Offices have over two and a half decades of experience of dealing with insurance companies. Our attorneys know all of the tricks that the insurance companies will try and use to avoid paying you the full amount, and we will fight to get you the full amount of compensation that you deserve.
Even though we cannot get you compensation for missing class specifically, having an attorney can make a big enough difference in your case that it will help you not feel the financial impact of having to miss class as a result of an accident. Call one of our attorneys today for a free consultation regarding your car accident (855) 326-0000.
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