If you’ve recently been injured due to the negligent act of another person, you may be wondering for what exactly you can receive financial recovery. The words “pain and suffering” are often heard, but what exactly does it mean and what percentage of your full compensation amount is that worth?
There are many different types of compensatory damages that a Coral Gables personal injury attorney will try to recover on your behalf. Damages that can be quantified financially are naturally easier to determine than the ones that are more subjective. An attorney will generally start with the quantifiable ones first, then work their way from there.
The following is a list of the different types of compensatory damages that are common in personal injury cases:
Personal injury cases are usually prolonged due to medical treatment. If a claim is ended prematurely, the plaintiff, or victim, may not receive enough money to cover all of the medical expenses.
Income loss: This refers to both, income already lost during the recovery time and future income that may be affected by extensive injuries, this is referred to as “loss of earning capacity.”
Property loss: Exactly as it sounds, this is any property that was damaged as a result of the accident, including a vehicle, clothing or other items.
Pain and suffering: Compensation for pain and suffering may be sought for serious injuries that cause severe pain immediately after the accident and ongoing pain.
Emotional distress: Sometimes this is included in the pain and suffering, however, it differs in that this is specifically emotional effects resulting from a serious accident, such as fear or anxiety.
Loss of enjoyment: Depending on the severity of the injury, it may prevent you from enjoying certain hobbies and daily activities.
Loss of consortium: This specifically relates to the plaintiff’s inability to maintain a sexual relationship with his or her spouse, or the loss of companionship.
There is no specific formula that can help you determine the amount you will be awarded in a personal injury case, the only thing for certain is that an experienced Coral Gables personal injury attorney is needed to ensure you receive fair compensation. If you have recently been involved in an accident or sustained personal injury, call our office to discuss the specifics of your case.