Ensuring Economic Recovery After an AccidentSeptember 28, 2017
After an accident, you may be wondering how to recover from lost wages, medical expenses, and other expenses you’ve accumulated. While it may seem difficult, an experienced lawyer can often help you recover the damages you’re entitled to.
Below, you’ll learn about the different types of damages you may be eligible to receive and how best to ensure the best result for your case.
Any bills or medical expenses you incurred due to your injuries can be recovered, but you’ll need to prove that your injuries caused the condition you receive treatment for. This also includes expenses for medical equipment, rehabilitation, physical therapy, and other types of treatment. Keep track of all medical bills to ensure that you receive full compensation.
If your injuries cause emotional distress of any kind, you can be compensated. This includes grief, anxiety, worry, and other serious mental responses. You will need a professional opinion that states that these issues are the result of your injuries.
Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering damages can be recovered in regard to past and future physical pain that is related to your injuries. The type and severity of your injuries, how likely it is that you’ll experience pain in the future, and the estimated time period you’ll experience pain will all be taken into account.
If you experience a permanent disability due to your injuries that is supported by the testimony of a medical doctor, you can receive damages.
If you or a loved one has been permanently disfigured because of an accident, you may be eligible to collect damages for mental suffering. Scarring, loss of limbs and other types of disfigurement may all be able to garner compensation.
After an accident, you may be able to receive damages for past, present, and future medical expenses. Keep track of all of your medical bills and work with a Person Injury Lawyer to determine how much any future medical expenses may be. Remember that you’ll require sufficient proof, such as a credible doctor’s opinion, in order to receive benefits for future expenses.
If you have to hire a housekeeper or other maintenance professional to perform cleaning, landscaping, or other household maintenance due to your accident, you can often be compensated for them. Make sure to write up formal receipts for any services provided so you have evidence of your expenses.
Loss of Care and Guidance
If you are married at the time of your accident and are incapable of providing companionship, sexual relations, affection, or other actions due to your injuries, your spouse can receive damages. Whether or not you are eligible for this compensation depends on whether your marriage was stable prior to the accident, your life expectancies, and the level of care or companionship you provided your spouse with prior to the accident.
Loss of Enjoyment
If your accident makes it impossible or difficult to enjoy things you enjoyed prior to your accident, you can receive general damages for loss of enjoyment of life. This may fall under pain and suffering or a different kind of damage, depending on your case and the court.
Loss of Companionship
If a loved one dies due to their injuries, family members can be entitled to loss of companionship damages due to the loss of love, comfort or companionship. The quality of the relationship, types of common interests, and living arrangements may all be considered to determine whether loved ones are eligible for these damages.
Lost Wages and Earning Abilities
If your ability to earn a living was compromised due to your injuries, you may recover damages for current as well as future lost wages. Your age, health, life expectancy, skills, experience and other factors will be considered to determine your eligibility.
When to File a Lawsuit
Whether or not you should file a lawsuit depends on the type and severity of your injuries. Not all personal injury cases should result in a lawsuit, however, so it’s best to get a consultation with an experienced lawyer to help you think about whether or not to file a lawsuit.
Now that you’ve learned about the types of damages you may be entitled to after your accident, find out more about your case by downloading our personal injury recovery kit or contact a personal injury lawyer for a consultation.
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