Are you think about filing a personal injury claim?
Whether you were seriously injured in a car accident, an animal attack or any other type of incident, you have the legal right to bring a case to court. As for the worth of your claim, that comes mainly down to the types of damages you’re able to recover.
Most damages are considered compensatory, as they’re meant to provide monetary compensation for losses incurred. A personal injury attorney can help you pursue all of the damages that apply to your case – here’s a look at what that may include.
A successful personal injury claim should compensate you for medical expenses you’ve already incurred. And, beyond paying your medical bills or providing reimbursement, you may be entitled to compensation for future medical care.
If your injuries have caused you to miss work, you can ask for compensation as part of your claim. Submit sufficient proof, and you may be awarded the wages you would have earned for doing your job.
Lost Earning Capacity
Severe injuries can force you into a different line of work or, worse, prevent you from seeking employment at all. If you’re unable to earn as much as you did previously, you may qualify for compensation for the future economic loss.
If the incident that caused your injuries also caused damage to any of your property, you have the right to be compensated. You can ask for reimbursement for your repair costs or the fair market value of items that were lost.
Pain and Suffering
Compensation for pain and discomfort resulting from your injuries can also be a part of your personal injury claim. Damages for emotional distress may also be awarded if the incident had a serious psychological impact.
Loss of Enjoyment
Injuries can keep you from enjoying your regular hobbies and recreational activities. If that’s been your experience, you may be able to seek out damages as compensation for your inability to enjoy life’s pleasures.
Loss of Consortium
If being seriously injured has affected the relationship you have with your spouse, you can bring a claim for damages. Many consequences of getting hurt – including a loss of affection and difficulty with sexual relations – can qualify you for compensation.
How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help with Your Claim
A lawyer with experience working on personal injury claims can protect your legal rights by building a strong case. Hire an attorney, and you’ll have expert help determining which of the above categories of compensatory damages can be proven – and you can count on your lawyer to fight for the financial compensation you need and deserve.
William Rawlings & Associates, a highly respected law firm based in northern Utah, has been helping clients in Utah, California and Idaho for decades. For a free consultation to discuss your personal injury claim, contact our office in Draper or West Valley City today.