How Do I Prove Damages After a Car Accident?

AUTHOR: A.J. Bruning | April 9, 2015
How Do I Prove Damages After a Car Accident?

If you suffer injuries in an auto accident, you may be able to recover for all of your accident-related losses if a negligent party caused the accident to happen. Injured victims can file a personal injury claim against negligent parties in civil court in order to receive financial compensation for their injuries. Such compensation comes in the form of damages.1 Damages can reimburse car crash victims for the following and more:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Past and future lost income and benefits
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Permanent disability
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Property damage
  • Punitive damages (in certain cases)

When you file a claim, however, you cannot simply claim a random amount for damages, but instead you must present evidence that you incurred damages and of the amount of your losses. While in some cases, proving damages can be relatively simple, it can get substantially more complex in cases involving particularly severe or debilitating injuries.

Medical bills are usually the way you would prove damages for past medical care. If you require significant medical care and treatment in the future, however, you may need a medical professional to give their opinion as to your life-long costs of injury-related care. Similarly, if you have lost past income, you can present pay statements and similar documents. Proving lost future income and benefits can be more difficult—especially in cases where the victim will never work again—and may require the help of an economist or similar financial expert. These are only some examples of how you may prove damages in your car accident case.

Call an Experienced Auto Accident Lawyer at the The Bruning Law Firm for Help Today

If you are injured and filing a legal claim, you always want to make sure you receive the best possible outcome possible. If you file a claim and do not request enough damages to cover all of your losses, you will not be able to file a future claim arising from the same accident. At the St. Louis law firm of The Bruning Law Firm, we always fight for the full amount you deserve so that you will not be left with additional medical bills or other losses that are not covered. Call us today at 314-735-8100 for a free consultation.


If you or someone you care about has been seriously injured in an auto accident, contact The Bruning Law Firm today. We provide the comprehensive, professional legal representation you deserve at a time when you need it most.

Call or contact our office online today to schedule a free consultation.

A.J. Bruning


I was born and raised to represent individuals who have been needlessly injured. I mean that literally. At a young age my father would tell me about the clients he was representing. I would meet them and take pride in their admiration of my father. I always knew I wanted to be a lawyer and represent clients that needed my help.

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