What Does Your Personal Injury Case Cover?
While many people are familiar with the idea of suing for compensation after being injured, very few have actually stopped and thought about what “compensation” actually means. It’s easy enough to throw the word around and envision some sort of universal formula which can be used to calculate all damages resulting from an accident. But, on closer inspection, the issue is not so simple. How do you calculate the cash value of an injury? Who determines how much pain and suffering are worth?
Before filing your personal injury case, it is important to step back and take stock of just what it is you could get compensation for. This will not only help you understand your own case better, but also help prevent you from missing out on possible compensation. A personal injury claim can cover one or more of the following:
- Medical care: This is pretty self-explanatory. You may be entitled to be compensated for any medical bills you incur as a result of the accident.
- Lost income: If you are injured and undergoing medical treatment, or if you are in recovery after treatment, it is very likely that you will miss quite a lot of work. Therefore, you may be entitled to be compensated for any wages you lost by not working.
- Damaged property: Again, self-explanatory. If the accident also damaged your property, you can claim compensation for that as well.
- Permanent disability or disfigurement: This is where the issue becomes less clear. If an accident results in your permanent physical disability or disfigurement, you may be eligible for compensation based on the probable effect the disability/disfigurement will have on you in the future.
- Emotional damage: Another difficult issue. Obviously, any traumatic accident will have emotional repercussions, not to mention cause strains in your relationships. You may claim compensation here as well, but any conversion of emotional trauma to money is very subjective.
Don’t suffer in silence if you have been injured in an accident. Call a Stevens Point personal injury lawyer from Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at (920) 459-8000 to help guide you through your personal injury claim.