Types of Damages You Can Get Compensated for in a Personal Injury Case

Types of Damages You Can Get Compensated for in a Personal Injury Case

A personal injury can range from a minor scrape to something as severe as a head injury or even a permanent disability. In some cases, it can even be fatal. Often, personal injuries are an outcome of someone’s negligence, for instance, a car accident, a slip, and fall on someone’s property, etc. 

In such a scenario, you will seek to recruit the best personal injury law firm to represent you and get us the compensation we duly deserve. However, the negligent party seeks to compensate you only for the medical expenses incurred due to the physical injuries and call it a day. But it is important for you to know that in a personal injury case, compensation goes above and beyond the medical expenses incurred due to physical injuries. 

The personal injury law firm you recruit to represent you will thoroughly evaluate your case to file a claim which will best cover all your expenses – tangible and intangible. Here is a list of damages they’ll consider while working on your case. 

  1. Medical expenses – While it may sound like stating the obvious, but we often think that medical expenses are restricted to the emergency room only. However, that is not the case. You can get compensated for all medical expenses, including X-rays, hospital stay, physical therapy, surgeries, prescriptions, etc. Ask your personal injury lawyer about the medical expenses included in the compensation in your state. 
  2. Lost income–An injury could often mean that you can’t go to work for a few days or even weeks. It is imperative that calculate all components of your income (wages, tips, bonus, commissions, etc.) you’ve lost due to the injury and include it in the claim. A personal injury lawyer will help you gather the required paperwork to serve as evidence of your income. 
  3. Physical pain and suffering – An injury is bound to cause physical pain and suffering. Receiving monetary compensation for your pain and suffering is an important component of your physical injury claim. A personal injury attorney can help you arrive at fair compensation based on the nature of your physical injury. 
  4. Mental health – It is needless to say that along with physical pain comes emotional distress. An accident can cause mental trauma which can also impact one’s mental health. In case you have symptoms of anxiety or depression following the accident, be sure to talk to your doctor as well as the lawyer. All expenses incurred to address any emotional distress should be duly compensated. 
  5. Loss of consortium –It refers to the impact of a personal injury on a loved one (spouse, children, etc.). Loss of consortium includes loss of affection, companionship, sexual relations, ability to bear children, etc. If you’ve faced loss of consortium due to a personal injury, ensure to let your attorney know. 
  6. Out-of-pocket expenses – A personal injury may compel you to pay for various expenses as a result of the accident. For example, the injury may require you to hire someone to mow the lawn, buy groceries, or any other activity which you were able to carry out prior to the accident. Inform your personal injury attorney so that these expenses can be included in the claim. 
  7. Loss of economic activity – A personal injury may force you to leave your job or damage your capabilities to do certain jobs. In such a case, you must get compensated for this loss of economic activity. 

If you or someone you know has been in a car accident and you need the best personal injury law firm, contact Siler & Ingber today. Call us on 1-877-529-4343 or complete our online form on this page to schedule a case evaluation with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers. Our consultation is free and we do not charge a fee unless we win your case.

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