What Damages Can I Recover in a Personal Injury Claim?
There are a variety of damages that may be recovered in a personal injury lawsuit. Below are a few examples:
- Medical bills. We all know how expensive medical bills can be, even when you have your own insurance. If you are seriously injured, your medical expenses could quickly reach six figures. When you file a personal injury claim, expenses for doctor visits, stays in the hospital, surgeries, physical therapy, medications and rehabilitation can all be included.
- Pain and suffering. When you are involved in an accident resulting in an injury, it can be traumatizing. Your entire world is turned upside down by your injury. The term “pain and suffering” is used to refer to the compensation an injured party deserves for the physical and mental suffering you endure following an accident. This may include depression, anxiety, chronic pain or many other forms of mental distress.
- Lost Wages. If you are seriously injured in an accident and unable to perform your job, it can have a harsh impact on your financial well-being. Not only can you recover your lost wages, you may also have a claim for the loss of future wages if you are unable to return to your job.
- Loss of companionship. If the injured party suffers a traumatic brain injury, spinal injury or other serious physical or mental injury that results in the loss of companionship or loss of consortium, the family can file a claim for this loss.
- Wrongful death. If the injured party dies as a result of the accident, his or her loved ones may have a claim for wrongful death. Under California law, damages may include economic and non-economic losses. Non-economic damages focus on the plaintiff’s intangible losses that result from losing the relationship with the decedent.
The above are a few examples of the damages that may be included in a personal injury claim. To learn about the type of compensation you may be entitled to recover, contact the Law Office of Alex Cha & Associates today.