I Was Injured In an Accident…What Kinds of Damages Am I Entitled To?
When you get into an accident that was caused by the negligent actions of another party, you may be confused, disoriented and devastated. You may not know what your legal rights are. You may not know that you are entitled to financial compensation for your injuries and any out of pocket expenses you may have incurred.
Knowing your legal rights is very important, especially if you have been involved in a serious accident and have suffered extensive injuries. This is one of the reasons why you need to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney immediately following an accident. A good attorney can help you protect your legal rights and obtain the full compensation that you deserve for the different kinds of losses that you have incurred.
3 Different Types of Damages or Losses
Accident victims often incur three major kinds of damages or losses. Each of these damages requires your attorney to provide a certain kind of proof. These damages are discussed below.
- Medical Costs. Depending on what your injuries are, you will need to treat with different physicians and obtain different types of medical treatment and rehabilitation. Medical treatment oftentimes ranges from hospital visits, visits with specialty doctors, diagnostic testing, chiropractic care and physical therapy. When you have recovered to your full extent, your lawyer will request all of your medical bills to determine the total value for your accident-related medical care.
- Loss of Wages. You are also entitled to loss of wages if you have lost time from work because of your accident. Your attorney will need proof of your wages prior to your accident and how much time you have actually missed in order to calculate the total of your lost wages claim.
- Pain and Suffering. Unlike other types of damages (usually term specific damages), pain and suffering (termed general damages) is difficult to define and calculate because there is no receipt that identifies the actual cost for the loss. This type of damage is generally based on the type of injury, the seriousness of the pain suffered, and the future prognosis. Pain and suffering can also include emotional distress stemming from the accident. In order to obtain the full extent of the damages that you deserve for pain and suffering, your attorney will need to look at various documents, talk to your treating physicians, and even consult with a life care planner if your injuries are severe enough.
The bottom line is that you may be entitled to different types of damages in a personal injury lawsuit. To make sure you obtain the full compensation that you are entitled, you should consult with an experienced attorney as soon as you are able to do so.
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