If you are considering filing a personal injury lawsuit after an auto accident, slip and fall, or any other kind of accident, you may be wondering how much your case is worth. Ultimately, the answer to this question depends on the damages you have sustained as a result of the accident. Damages can be monetary, physical, or mental in nature, including things like property damage, medical care, and pain and suffering. In some cases, a plaintiff can also seek exemplary (punitive) damages in the event that the defendant’s conduct is grossly negligent and warrants punishment.
An Overview of Compensatory Damages
Most damages in personal injury cases are compensatory, which means that they are meant to make the injured person “whole” again from a monetary standpoint. The following are some of the most common types of compensatory damages seen in accident cases:
- Medical bills: Personal injury claims almost always seek compensation for medical care related to an accident. This includes all costs for initial treatment as well as costs for any additional care needed in the future.
- Lost income: Injury victims may be entitled to compensation for income lost while recovering from the accident, as well as for any future earnings you may no longer be able to obtain because of your injury.
- Property damage: A claim may seek reimbursement for repairs or compensation for the value of a vehicle or any other item that was damaged in the accident.
- Pain and suffering: Personal injury claims commonly seek compensation for both immediate and ongoing pain and serious discomfort caused by the accident.
- Emotional distress: A victim can seek compensation for any psychological injury resulting from an accident, including anxiety, fear, sleep loss, etc.
- Loss of consortium: Loss of consortium means the victim has suffered a loss of companionship or an inability to maintain a sexual relationship with their spouse.
- Loss of enjoyment: Loss of enjoyment refers to injuries that prevent the victim from enjoying everyday pursuits, hobbies, and other recreational activities.
In particularly egregious cases of careless behavior, the defendant may be required to pay exemplary damages, which are damages meant to punish the defendant for his or her conduct and deter future misconduct. Depending on the circumstances of the case, these damages can be substantial.
To get an idea of what your case may be worth, consider what your accident has cost you. Keep records of all of your expenses, including hospital/ambulance bills, chiropractic bills, car repair bills, and any other monetary losses. Then, consult with a Houston personal injury lawyer at Stern Law Group to review your case and determine what types of non-economic damages you may also be able to pursue.
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