Following a serious injury, such as injuries caused by a car accident or harm caused by medical malpractice, victims may be left facing lifelong damages and suffering. As a result, they should be familiar with the different types of damages available through a personal injury claim to help victims with serious and catastrophic injuries.
The different types of damages victims may be able to recover can include:
- Medical expenses and future medical care costs: Compensation for medical damages can include help with medical expenses such as emergency room care, hospitalization, x-rays, doctor’s visits, medication, medical equipment, physical therapy and whatever medical treatment and care the victim’s injuries require. Victims should keep a careful record of their medical expenses. In addition, future medical care costs may also be recoverable depending on the circumstances and extent of the victim’s injuries.
- Lost wages and lost-earning capacity: Compensation for lost wages while the victim is unable to work during the recovery process from their injuries may be available. In addition, if the victim is injured severely enough that they will be unable to return to work or their usual type of work, lost-earning capacity damages may also be available to them.
- Pain and suffering damages: Compensation for pain and suffering damages can help with the emotional trauma victims seriously, and unexpectedly, injured may suffer.
A negligent driver or medical care provider may have liability to compensate victims for the harm they have suffered because of their negligence. Specific damages that may be available varies in each case but victims left facing the lifelong impact of a serious injury should be familiar with the different types of damages available to help injured victims and the legal resources and remedies that protect them.