Depending on the extent of the accident there are a number of areas that you may deserve compensation for. One of the main concerns if often the health costs. The injuries you suffer can leave you with ongoing expenses including the initial hospital visit, checkups after, needed surgical procedures, rehabilitative treatment or modifications to your home and car so that you can cope with the limitations your injury. You may be out of work for a period of time, and lost wages can be considered. If you cannot return to your old line of work and need to be trained in a new field then this can be sought as well. If you are permanently disabled then compensation should be considered for the current lost income and the future influence. Additional pain and suffering may be pursued in a case as well since the effects of an accident can be more than just physical.