You’ve suffered serious injuries in an accident. You may have a long road to recovery ahead of you. You may not be able to return to work for some time. You might also be wondering whether you should pursue a personal injury claim. Will the potential amount of compensation be worth it?
Categories of damages
A personal injury claim should involve something more than your immediate medical expenses or the cost of replacing a totaled vehicle. There are various categories of damages for which you can seek compensation, including:
- Future medical expenses: Of course, any personal injury claim should include the costs of medical treatment you received in the hours, days, and weeks following your accident. However, it’s important to consider anticipated future medical expenses. Will you require ongoing rehabilitation? Will you need help from a home health care assistant? Any claims for future medical expenses should be backed up by expert testimony.
- Lost wages and diminished earning capacity: If your injuries have left you unable to work for a period of time, you should account for all of your lost wages. If your injuries mean you will be unable to return to your previous job or a similar job, you should account for any diminished earning capacity stemming from your accident.
- Pain and suffering: These can be some of the most difficult damages to calculate. However, you deserve to be compensated for both the physical and emotional harm you’ve suffered. You can help bolster your claim by pointing out your physical and mental limitations following the accident. You may also wish to rely on medical experts who can point out your injuries’ true extent.
Often, people become obsessed with proving fault in a personal injury case. Fault is certainly an essential component of any claim. However, the calculation of damages should never be overlooked. A skilled legal professional can help you put together a strong case designed to help you recover the compensation you deserve.