While medical bills and property damage are often the most costly expenses associated with a car accident, out-of-pocket costs can add up quickly and cause a significant hardship for victims. These fees are often overlooked, but it is possible to be reimbursed through a personal injury claim.
What Are Out-of-Pocket Expenses?
An out-of-pocket expense is simply what the name implies—a cost that accident victims are forced to pay directly. These miscellaneous costs aren’t covered by insurance and need to be paid right away. They can include:
- Travel expenses to medical appointments
- Parking fees
- Medical insurance co-pays
- Car insurance deductible
- Cleaning help
- Personal assistance at home
Recovering Out-of-Pocket Costs After an Accident
While these costs may be minimal individually, together they can add up quickly and create more financial pressure during an already difficult time. A personal injury claim allows injured Alaskans to recover economic damages they incur as a result of an accident caused by another driver’s carelessness. Out-of-pocket costs can be included in these economic damages. (Victims may also be eligible for non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering). To successfully seek these damages, however, victims must prove that they were paid. To aid your claim, victims should:
- Keep all receipts for any expense related to the accident.
- Provide information for witnesses who can testify to the expenses.
- Share medical records to demonstrate the need for support services.
An Experienced Alaska Attorney Can Help Obtain Compensation
An experienced personal injury lawyer can help victims determine what costs can be recovered and prepare a thorough legal claim. Victims should not have to bear the financial burden caused another driver. Anchorage attorney Ben Crittenden has helped many accident victims secure compensation for out-of-pocket costs, as well as medical care, property damage, and much more. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in an accident, contact Ben today to learn more about your rights and how he may be able to help. Call his office to speak directly with Ben or take a moment to fill out the contact form on this page. Ben offers free, no-obligation consultations to help you decide the best way to reach as full a recovery as possible.