Whether you have had a slip and fall accident, been involved in an automobile crash, or been bitten by a neighbor’s dog, there is a good possibility the injuries sustained may allow you to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. If this is the situation you are facing, you may be able to sue for a variety of damages that have turned your life upside down. From physical damages to emotional distress and financial difficulties resulting from an influx of medical bills or being unable to return to your job, you may be surprised at the damages which could come into play regarding your case. Of course, the best way to determine exactly what specific damages you will be able to sue for will be to consult with an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorney. To learn more, here is an explanation of the many types of damages involved in a personal injury lawsuit.
If you’ve suffered an accident in Florida or elsewhere, one of the first things you will do is receive medical treatment for your injuries. Depending on the extent of your injuries, this can involve something as simple as a visit to your family doctor, or more complex situations such as emergency room visits or even surgery. Whatever the case may be, you will be entitled to sue not only for your initial medical treatments, but also any future treatments that have been anticipated by your doctor. However, to ensure you receive maximum compensation for your injuries, always seek treatment as soon as possible after the accident, and have your injuries documented by medical professionals.
Loss of Income
When you sustain serious injuries, it’s only natural you will be unable to return to work. While in some cases it can be only for a few days, more serious injuries may result in being unable to work for months or years. And in the most serious cases, you may never be able to return to work. Nevertheless, you will be able to sue the defendant for your current loss of income, as well as the loss of future income you would have earned, which is known as a loss of earning capacity.
In almost any accident, victims suffer various types of property losses, including:
In most of these cases, you will be entitled to sue for reimbursement regarding any repairs made to property, or the fair market value of any property that was replaced.
If you’ve suffered a serious accident in Florida or elsewhere, chances are you have had various problems regarding emotional distress. These problems can include anxiety, depression, loss of sleep, or perhaps new fears that have emerged. Whether you have one of or a combination of these issues, your personal injury lawyer will almost always recommend suing for compensation related to emotional distress. In many cases, emotional distress falls under the category “pain and suffering,” so be sure to discuss any distress you are having in great detail with your attorney.
Loss of Enjoyment
No matter what type of accident occurs, it will impact many areas of your life. As a result, you may not be able to enjoy various hobbies or activities that were previously a big part of your life. For example, if you were an avid runner but suffered serious leg injuries in an automobile accident, you may be able to sue for damages related to a loss of enjoyment due to being unable to exercise. In other instances, if you were an artist but were bitten on the hand by a dog, you may be unable to paint or do other hobbies. Whatever the case may be, discuss this with your attorney prior to filing your lawsuit.
Loss of Consortium
In some types of personal injury cases, victims sue for what is known as a loss of consortium. This involves the impact the injuries sustained have had on the relationship between a victim and their spouse, or perhaps the victim and their children. This category of damages can include a loss of companionship, the inability of a parent to interact with their child, or if a victim is unable to maintain their previous sexual relationship with a spouse.
No matter what type of personal injury situation you have been dealt, speaking with an attorney who understands the complexity of these cases will ensure you are able to seek full and fair compensation for damages sustained due to the negligence of others.
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