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What Damages Can Be Claimed in a Personal Injury Case?

If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, you may receive compensation for losses caused by the incident, but what damages can be claimed in a personal injury case?

Personal injury cases arise when one person is injured due to another person's negligence or intentional actions. When this happens, the injured person can file a claim to recover damages caused by the accident.

These damages may include economic and non-economic losses.

Economic Damages that Can Be Claimed in a Personal Injury Case

Economic damages refer to financial losses that an individual incurs due to the accident. These losses can be quantifiable and include:

  • Medical Expenses: The cost of medical treatment — such as hospitalization, doctor visits, surgeries, medications, and physical therapy — as well as the cost of any medical equipment required, such as crutches or a wheelchair.
  • Lost Wages: The injury prevents you from working. It includes the wages lost due to the injury and any future loss of earning capacity.
  • Property Damage: For example, the cost of repairing or replacing the vehicle can be claimed in a car accident.
  • Other Economic Losses: This includes transportation costs to and from medical appointments, home modifications, and any additional expenses incurred due to the injury.

Non-Economic Damages that Can Be Claimed in a Personal Injury Case

Non-economic damages refer to losses that cannot be easily quantified and include:

  • Pain and Suffering: The physical and emotional pain suffered due to the injury. It can include discomfort, anxiety, depression, and loss of enjoyment of life.
  • Emotional Distress: It includes anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder caused by the accident or injury.
  • Punitive Damages: These are intended to punish the at-fault party for their negligence or intentional actions. These damages may be awarded in addition to other economic and non-economic damages.

Determining the Damages You Can Claim in a Specific Personal Injury Case

The amount of damages you can claim in a specific personal injury case depends on the severity of the injury, the extent of the financial loss, and the impact of the injury on your life.

In some cases, a personal injury lawyer may be able to negotiate a settlement with the at-fault party's insurance company. In other cases, a lawsuit may be necessary to recover compensation for your damages.

Personal injury cases are often complex and emotionally challenging. That is why it is essential to seek legal advice from an experienced personal injury attorney if you were injured due to someone else's negligence or intentional actions.

A personal injury lawyer can help determine the damages you can claim and guide you through the legal process to recover the compensation you deserve.

We invite you to get a free consultation with the Personal Injury Legal Team at Whitcomb Selinsky, PC. Call (866) 433-4116 or click here to use our convenient online form to tell us how we can help.