Personal injury victims who are considering filing a lawsuit often have little idea of what to expect in terms of payment. While there is no guarantee of receiving any settlement, our injury lawyer in Martin County would like all potential clients to understand the various categories of financial compensation. The categories discussed below represent the most common payouts in personal injury cases.
Loss of Income
If your lawsuit is successful, the negligent party is required to reimburse you for the wages you were unable to earn due to the injury. This includes actual lost wages and future diminished earning capacity, if applicable.
Nearly all successful personal injury lawsuits include payment for medical expenses incurred due to the accident. This includes past and present expenses as well as estimated future costs.
Damaged or Destroyed Property
This reimbursement category covers expenses you paid to repair or replace any personal property affected by the accident. For example, you may be entitled to the fair market value for your car if you can no longer drive it after the accident.
Physical Pain and Suffering
The purpose of this compensation category is to acknowledge your ongoing pain and suffering due to the negligent actions of the other party. Unlike lost wages, medical expenses, and property loss that have tangible figures associated with them, you need to demonstrate the everyday impact that living with pain has on you.
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Loss of enjoyment of life, loss of companionship, and emotional distress are additional categories to consider in a personal injury lawsuit. If the other party's actions were deliberate or unjustifiably negligent, the judge may choose to punish him or her by ordering payment of punitive damages.
The first step in filing a lawsuit is to contact us for a free case evaluation. We look forward to working with you and fighting for the compensation you deserve.