Damages in a Personal Injury Case

Once the question of liability has been answered, the next thing you want to do is determine the damages in a personal injury case.   Many times this is defined by the amount of money that will be compensated for the injuries caused by negligent conduct.  The type and amount of damages depends on a variety of factors such as the victim’s injuries, the circumstances surrounding the accident and how the case is settled.

Monetary losses may include the following:

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  • Medical expenses
  • Future medical expenses
  • Lost Wages
  • Projected loss of income (if plaintiff is unable to work due to their injuries)
  • Household services (cost of hiring someone to maintain or run the household)

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Physical and mental pain may include:

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  • Pain and suffering
  • Permanent disability
  • Disfigurement
  • Mental anguish (this can also include emotional and psychological distress)
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium (benefits lost due to a relationship loss due to accident or injury)

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All damages require evidence.  Injuries can be documented through medical records outlining the treatment you received from a medical professional.  Employment and school records may prove to be helpful as well.