A personal injury accident refers to cases in which a person has been injured due to someone else’s carelessness. Whether it was a car accident, dog bite or medication error, personal injury lawsuits require the help of an experienced attorney to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
It’s easy to assume that personal injury compensation includes medical bills or other expenses that are directly related to the treatment of the caused injury. However, a skilled personal injury attorney can broaden your outlook on what types of personal injury damages can be claimed within your specific lawsuit. This may involve putting a dollar amount on damages that are less tangible but no less harmful, such as your emotional suffering after an accident or loss of consortium.
Personal injury damages are typically categorized into compensatory damages and punitive damages. While punitive damages are not appropriate in every case, these refer to the amount of money awarded by the courts that is intended to penalize the defendant instead of simply compensating the victim. Punitive damages are often reserved for cases that involve exceptional damage or malicious intent.
Types of Compensatory Damage
Compensatory damages are designed to compensate the victim for damage, injury and loss. A skilled personal injury attorney will itemize a list of compensatory damages that will restore the victim’s financial, physical and emotional position to the way it was prior to the accident. Compensatory damages may involve more than you realize.
The following are types of compensatory damages that you could be entitled to after a personal injury accident:
- Medical expenses (both past and future)
- Lost wages/income
- Property loss
- Disability costs
- Funeral expenses (in wrongful death cases)
- Pain and suffering (emotional distress on victim and/or family)
- Loss of consortium (such as isolation from friends/family, sexual issues with a spouse, etc.).
Stockbridge Personal Injury Lawyer
Navigating a personal injury case alone is extremely difficult, especially when trying to recover from a traumatic accident. To help you determine what damages to ask for and how to evaluate an accurate cost of your injuries, turn to Attorney Darrell T. Farr. We have a talented legal team who understand what it takes to recover losses in personal injury cases.