If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, a fall, or any other kind of injury, you might be considering a lawsuit and wondering, how much is my personal injury lawsuit going to be worth? Monetary damages are awarded to an injured person by the person or company that is found to be legally responsible for the accident that occurred. The award can be awarded after negotiations with both parties, or ordered by a judge or jury following a court trial.
What Can I Be Compensated For in a Personal Injury Case?
Compensatory damages are intended to compensate the injured for what was lost due to the injury and/or accident. Not all compensatory damages are easy to quantify with a dollar amount, such as pain and suffering. Medical treatment compensation is the most common, and personal injury awards almost always include the cost of medical care associated with the accident, including the estimated cost of future medical care resulting from the injury. You may also be entitled to compensation for income loss due to inability to work, and also loss of earning capacity, which are damages awarded for the loss of money you would have been able to earn were it not for the accident occurring. Less easily quantifiable damages include, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment, emotional distress, and loss of consortium. Compensation for these types of damages may be awarded to the injured party, and it is important to secure a good personal injury attorney in order to receive all of the compensation you deserve and require to make the best recovery from your injury.