Types of Damages in a Personal Injury Case

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A personal injury case whether in the home or on a worksite can be extremely debilitating and result in important financial losses for you and your loved ones. If you have recently experienced a workplace injury, then you will want to get on a phone with experienced personal injury attorneys to draw up a case as soon as possible. There are several types of damages that are available for a personal injury claim and vary according to the laws within the state and the exact circumstances of the victim. In this article, we’ll go over the different types of damages you can expect.

Hospitalization Costs and Medical Bills

Undergoing hospitalization and further treatment such as physical therapy and routine checkups can place quite a financial burden on an individual. As a result, it is your right to receive fair compensation from the individual or their insurance company. In addition to hospitalization bills and the future physical therapy that might be necessary, you also may require over-the-counter medication that can be quite expensive without access to alternative financial means. As a result, you should be compensated for the money you need to pay in order to obtain these longer-term medication costs. As a result, you should not have to pay a single dime if you were not at fault that resulted in a personal injury.

Lost Wages

The payment for a “lost wages” damages comes as a result of the amount of money you have lost as a result of being unable to work during a hospitalization or physical therapy treatment sessions. If you are permanently disabled as a result of the personal injury, then you should be paid what you would have made over the course of a career had the injury not occurred.

Emotional Issues

A proper diagnosis from a psychiatrist that points towards trauma and stress can result in another kind of damage from a personal injury case. These should be included into the overall settlement statement because emotional distress can lead to other methods of medication as well as lost wages as a result of not being able to work at an optimal level.

Pain and Suffering

Pain and suffering are often rewarded in larger amounts by juries than through settlements achieved through one on one arbitration. This is one reason why the insurance company of the defendant will be more likely to want to settle out of court during private proceedings. During these situations, the insurance company will multiply financial losses due to a loss of work by a number they deem is appropriate. This is why it is necessary to have an experienced attorney as the insurance agency will more likely the not low ball you in an attempt to reach the best deal for themselves. A legal team like Guajardo and Marks will look into your specific needs and fight for what you need and not what is in the insurance company’s best interests.

Wrongful Death

The family members of a wrongful death victim can bring about a lawsuit if the accident that caused the act was a result of negligence or intentional behavior on the part of the defendant. Individuals like spouses, parents, children, and others who stand to be affected economically from the death of the individual can sue with financial compensation as the goal. Because different states have different statutes on who can bring this up in court or via a settlement, you will want to get in touch with an experienced legal team that can get you the compensation you deserve for the loss of your loved one.

Punitive Damages

While these are not common to every state, punitive damages may be paid to you in order for the defendant to be “made an example out of” and to deter behavior that leads to injuries that are similar or have even worse outcomes. While these are not the only damages that should be paid out, the plaintiff’s legal team may feel that they are sufficient. In this case, you will want an experienced attorney by your side to negotiate that those damages are not enough and that additional payment must be made.

Loss Of Consortium

This damage occurs if a spouse or significant other cannot have a physical relationship with the victim as a result of the personal injury. While the associated costs towards the defendant and their insurance company can vary from state to state, you will want to get the details if this has occurred to you. The compensation amount can be specified if the damage occurred itself is specific to you and your physical intimacy needs.

Damages that result from a personal injury are oftentimes severe and life-changing. As a result, it is extremely important for you to get in touch with a trusted and experienced law firm. If you are faced with such a situation, schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you.

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