Damages Covered In A Personal Injury Lawsuit
When considering filing a personal injury lawsuit, you may be curious about which costs could be covered. While many people assume medical costs are the only damages that can be reimbursed, this is actually not the case. The costs can vary depending on your particular case, so it is usually a good idea to contact a personal injury lawyer to figure out the applicable damages in your case, but here are the five most common damages in a personal injury case.
- Medical bills and physical therapy. Medical bills are commonly understood as being a damage sued for during a personal injury suit, probably because they seem straightforward. Any emergency room visit, prescriptions, doctors appointments or specialist visits can be covered. What many people do not realize, however, is that you can also sue for future medical costs as well. These are less straightforward, but just as critical for the person who was injured. Depending on the severity of your injuries, some period of rehabilitation or physical therapy may be necessary to restore your quality of life. These types of expenses are crucial to restoring the injured person, to the extent possible, to their abilities prior to the accident. Therefore, these expenses are often covered in applicable personal injury cases as well.
- Property damage. Property damage can also be sued for in a personal injury suit. Property can include a motor vehicle, a fence, a sidewalk, a phone or any other piece of property that was damaged or destroyed in the accident.
- Lost Wages. If you had to take time off immediately after your accident, these wages can be sued for damages. But, it is not just limited to the time off immediately after your accident. You can also consider time off for doctors appointments, or even ongoing time that must be taken off for physical therapy or other appointments associated with the accident. While hard to think about, sometimes the injured person is no longer able to work due to the severity of their injury. The injured person may have to quit their job or change career fields, leading to a loss of wages. Therefore this can also be covered in a personal injury suit.
- Pain and suffering. There are times where people are so severely injured that they cannot go back to doing things they once loved. This is hard to quantify, but can be sued for in a personal injury case. If you find yourself having pains you never had before or unable to do your favorite things, you may consider suing for pain and suffering.
- Mental and emotional distress. Unfortunately, sometimes these accidents severely scar people mentally and emotionally. If you find yourself with anxiety, depression, or another mental illness as a result of your accident, you may be entitled to compensation.
Personal injury law exists to try to help people, whose lives have been changed through no fault of their own, cope with the outcome of the accident they endured. Disparti Law Group helps victims get the compensation they deserve. Schedule a consultation today for more information.