If you or a loved one has been injured because of another’s negligence, carelessness or wrongdoing, it is important to explore all of your legal options, as you may be entitled to financial recovery. Although no amount of money alone can make up for the injuries and losses you have sustained, compensation can help pay for the medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages you have experienced because of your injury.
The weeks and months following an accident can be an emotional time. You may be scared and hurt, asking questions like: Who will pay for my medical expenses? What if I am unable to work again? How will I provide for my family? If you have been injured in an accident because of another person’s negligence, you need a law firm on your side with the experience and resources necessary to win your case. Insurance companies often seek to reduce their payouts and protect their bottom line—meaning injured victims recover a fraction of what they deserve. When this occurs, you need an experienced law firm on your side to protect you and your rights to compensation. We believe that being well-informed about every aspect of your personal injury case not only brings peace of mind, but the power to make better decisions for yourself during a stressful time. We work hard around the clock and won’t rest until you receive a fair settlement.
Here’s a rundown of the different types of compensatory damages that are common in many personal injury cases.
Medical treatment. A personal injury damages award almost always includes the cost of medical care associated with the accident — reimbursement for the treatment you’ve already received and compensation for the estimated cost of medical care you’ll need in the future because of the accident.
Income. You may be entitled to compensation for the accident’s impact on your salary and wages — not just income you’ve already lost but also the money you would have been able to make in the future were it not for the accident. In personal injury legalese, a damage award based on future income is characterized as compensation for an accident victim’s “loss of earning capacity.”
Property loss. If any vehicles, clothing, or other items were damaged as a result of the accident, you’ll likely be entitled to reimbursement for repairs or compensation for the fair market value of the property that was lost.
Pain and suffering. You may be entitled to get compensation for pain and serious discomfort you suffered during the accident and in its immediate aftermath — also for any ongoing pain that can be attributed to the accident.
Emotional distress. Usually linked to more serious accidents, emotional distress damages are meant to compensate a personal injury plaintiff for the psychological impact of an injury — including fear, anxiety, and sleep loss. Some states consider emotional distress as part of any “pain and suffering” damage that is awarded to a personal injury plaintiff.
Loss of enjoyment. When injuries caused by an accident keep you from enjoying day-to-day pursuits like hobbies, exercise, and other recreational activities, you may be entitled to receive “loss of enjoyment” damages.
Loss of consortium. In personal injury cases, “loss of consortium” damages typically relate to the impact the injuries have on the plaintiff’s relationship with their spouse — the loss of companionship or the inability to maintain a sexual relationship, for example. Some states also consider the separate impact on the relationship between a parent and their child when one is injured. In some cases, loss of consortium damages is awarded directly to the affected family member rather than to the injured plaintiff.
The Indiana Personal Injury Attorneys at Glaser & Ebbs are skilled at representing clients and their family members injured in personal injury accidents. It often takes legal action to receive fair compensation in these cases. Contact Glaser & Ebbs to learn more about your legal rights and options.