If you have been injured in an accident – car accident, slip and fall, dog bite, or medical malpractice – you may be considering filing a personal injury claim. You may also be wondering how much your case may be worth and what type of damages you may qualify for.
Most damages in a personal injury case are compensatory damages. That means they are damages that compensate you for what you lost due to the injury. Compensatory damages are designed to make the victim “whole” again – to the extent that is possible – at least from a financial standpoint. Compensatory damages may include compensation for:
· Medical Expenses – The cost of medical expenses resulting from your injury, including treatment you already received and treatment that is expected.
· Loss of Income – If your injury has resulted in time away from work, you may qualify for compensation for lost wages or salary. You may qualify for compensation of income you already lost, as well as anticipated earnings if you are unable to return to work due to disability.
· Property Damage – If your accident caused property damage or loss, you may be compensated for the value of that property.
· Pain and Suffering – You may be compensated for pain and suffering you have experienced as a result of the accident.
· Loss of Enjoyment of Life – If your injury prevents you from functioning as you previously did, you may qualify for compensation for loss of enjoyment of life. This is common in injuries that are catastrophic, disabling, or disfiguring.
· Loss of Consortium – This is a compensatory damage awarded to the spouse of someone killed in an accident. This is compensation for the loss of a relationship, including the loss of a sexual relationship, love, and companionship.
These are the primary compensatory damages claimed in personal injury cases. There are other special and more specific types of compensatory damages that may be relevant depending on your situation.
The best way to determine what type of damages you may qualify for is to speak with a personal injury attorney.