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Damages And Their Importance in Personal Injury Law

April 28, 2021 in Personal Injury Articles | MARTIN WREN, P.C. | LEAVE A COMMENT

personal injury attorney Apart from your physical recovery, what any client looks forward to most in a personal injury case is the compensation at the conclusion of the case. The compensation not only helps you cover your financial losses in the wake of your accident, but it also represents justice for your suffering. That’s why most people are looking to get the greatest possible award from their case since it’s a symbol of how well the case was handled as well as how the court system sees the importance of the injury.

While there is no calculator that shows how much you’ll get from a case before the case even starts, most lawyers can form an estimate of how much the case’s compensation will likely be. This is due to experience of finishing previous cases and knowing what factors will raise or lower a settlement offer from an insurance adjuster. Your lawyer will help you with the finer details, but below you’ll find a basic understanding of what kind of damages you can claim in your personal injury case:

Permanent damages: Perhaps the most lucrative damages one can claim are those related to injuries that have been deemed permanent. Usually associated with brain, spinal, nerve, and mental injuries, permanent afflictions toward these areas usually result in a tremendously decreased quality of life in every aspect from work to family relations. Such a devastating blow often garners a large sum to ensure true justice.

Economic damages: These are damages related to lost wages or a lost job. Should an injury result in the loss of one’s income, the one who is at fault must compensate for the wages missed or expected to be missed.

Non-economic damages: More commonly referred to as “pain and suffering,” these damages involve losses that can’t be quantified. Damages like intense grief, mental trauma, and an overall changed state of mind can be just as damaging as a physical injury, so it still deserves compensation. But since it can’t be quantified, what courts do is simply assign a base amount of award money for this specific type of damage.

Punitive damages: In a crossover with criminal law, in personal injury, punitive damages refer to fines that are specifically meant to punish the person found to be at fault “just because.” The fines not only just punish, but they also act as a deterrent to future rulebreakers and convey to people that the courts take “x” issue seriously.

Any victim who has been injured in an accident should contact a personal injury claims attorney such as Eric Roy Law firm clients recommend for legal assistance.

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