An unexpected accident can have a far-reaching impact on nearly every aspect of your life. Suddenly, you have medical bills to pay, property damage to deal with, and you may even be too injured to return to work for a few weeks. Fortunately, the law exists to provide victims of other people’s negligence – like you – with the compensation that you need to get your life back on track and make you whole again after your accident. But what kinds of damages can you ask for in a personal injury lawsuit?
Recovery for financial injury
As a victim of negligence, you are allowed to seek compensation for any financial costs associated with your full recovery. For example, you can seek reimbursement for medical expenses, including any physical therapy, medication and medical equipment that you need as a result of the accident.
If your car was damaged in a car crash, you can also seek compensation for the cost of repairing your car. The same goes for any other personal property that suffered damage in the accident.
Finally, you can seek to recover lost wages for the time that you were unable to work. If the accident has left you permanently disabled and unable to support your family, then you could also seek compensation for loss of earning capacity.
Other types of recovery
After an accident, not all damage is financial. You have likely also suffered emotionally and mentally, as has your family, and you deserve compensation for that harm as well.
For example, you can seek compensation for mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, and pain and suffering if the circumstances justify these claims. Your family might seek loss of consortium as well if the accident has deprived them of the benefit of your companionship and assistance.
No amount of money can truly compensate you for your suffering after your accident. But by seeking compensation in a personal injury suit, you might be able to recover what your family needs to live comfortably while you make a full recovery from your injuries.