Accidents often result in significant personal injuries that create numerous expenses for the victims and their families – causing extreme financial hardship as well.
You, as a victim, should not have to suffer the physical and financial consequences of an accident for which you weren’t at fault. Therefore, the law allows personal injury victims to file lawsuits in order to recover damages against those responsible for their injuries.
People often ask what damages they can recover when they are injured by a negligent driver. Just so you know, damages are not only limited to doctors and hospital expenses.
Depending on the nature of your injuries, there are often a number of number of damages you can recover other than medical expenses. The two main kinds of damages you may receive include compensatory damages and punitive damages.
Compensatory damages or actual damages compensate you and an indirect victim, such as your spouse, for injuries you sustained in an accident as they affect you economically.
Types include, but are not limited to:
- Auto damage
- Property damage
- Car rental expense
- Emotional distress
- Loss of affection (awarded to your spouse)
- Loss of wages
- Medical bills
- Mental disability
- Pain and suffering
Punitive damages or exemplary damages are meant to punish the negligent party – causing him or her to suffer economically and hopefully change his or her malevolent behavior.
Personal injury damages are intended to put the victim back in the position that he or she would have been had the accident not occurred. While a lawsuit cannot erase the physical pain and emotional suffering of an injured victim, it can provide relief from the financial suffering that the victim may incur as a result of the accident.
When filing a lawsuit, it is important to include any and all types of damages available to you; otherwise, you may lose your ability to claim those damages down the road. Damages available to an injured party vary from case to case.
If you or someone you know have suffered personal injuries, it is important you contact an experienced attorney to help protect your rights and obtain fair compensation for your injuries.
Come to the San Bernardino personal injury law offices of Welebir Tierney & Weck to learn whether you have grounds to sue for monetary damages and to find out how much your case is worth.
All too often, accident victims are steamrolled by insurance companies that are determined to minimize their claim. Don’t let this happen to you. Our attorneys will fight for your right to payment for your medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering. We will work hard to achieve the best possible outcome for you.