The plaintiff in a motorcycle accident case can claim several types of compensation depending on the nature of his or her damages. Typically, the damages a plaintiff could expect from a successful motorcycle accident claim include:
Plaintiffs can claim the costs of all past and future medical expenses related to the crash, including hospital bills, surgery fees, rehabilitation costs, medical device costs (such as crutches or wheelchairs), and prescription costs.
The plaintiff can claim compensation for the costs of repairing or replacing a damaged or destroyed motorcycle or other personal belongings. The plaintiff can also claim compensation for out-of-pocket expenses resulting from the accident, such as cab fare, towing costs, or rental car expenses.
If the plaintiff had to miss work due to his or her injuries, he or she can sue for the income lost in that time. If the plaintiff suffers permanent injuries that limit his or her future earning potential, the plaintiff could receive compensation for this as well.
Pain and suffering
The plaintiff can claim compensation for the physical pain, mental anguish, and emotional suffering experienced after a motorcycle accident. Punitive damages. If the jury decides that a defendant’s behavior was grossly negligent, intentionally harmful, or manifested from malice, the jury may award punitive damages to the plaintiff as a means of further punishing the defendant.