No one wants to be injured in any sort of accident, however, knowing that there is the potential for awarded compensation can make the prospect a little less terrifying. There are plenty of different options when it comes to compensation following a personal injury. Knowing what sort of compensation you may be awarded can help you get ready to fight and ready to start your personal injury case.
What is Personal Injury?
Personal injury is any injury that occurs to the body of an individual rather than a piece of property or an item. This means if you fall at a store, this is a personal injury. If you are in a car accident that is the fault of another person, this can be considered a personal injury. These cases are difficult to prosecute in many cases as the other side is going to try to argue that the injury was your fault and that you could have done more to avoid it and more to keep yourself safe. Many personal injury cases are settled out of court as a way to avoid lengthy court battles and high court costs.
What is Awarded Compensation?
Awarded compensation is the money that you can get in a settlement as a result of the accident in question. The other party is going to pay you a set sum based on the injury, based on the severity, and based on the recovery and lasting effects from that injury that you are up against. Say for instance you were in a car accident that broke your leg and required that you have surgery on that leg and continuing physical therapy thereafter to be able to walk properly, the settlement would take that into account.
The sum that is offered to those that have experienced personal injury varies based on a few different factors. For starters, the actual accident itself is going to be taken into account. How serious was it, how traumatic was it, and what are the lasting effects? The injury is going to be evaluated as well. How long did it take you to recover, what did you have to have done, and are there any lasting effects that are going to change the way you live your life? Lastly, the case may take into account things like emotional stress to help determine the amount of the settlement.
What Sorts of Compensation Can Be Awarded?
There are a few different types of compensation that can be awarded in personal injury cases. The first is going to be the payment of your medical bills associated with the accident in question. You are going to be able to seek the money to pay for your medical bills in full. This means the ride to the hospital, the treatment, and of course, any continuing medical care that you may need like surgeries, follow ups and even physical therapy after the fact. This is going to be the first and most important as personal injury cases often wrack up a huge bill in treatment.
Another damage that you can seek is for the time that you have to take off of work. If you are seriously injured you are not going to be able to get to work, so lost wages are a very common sum to seek in a personal injury case. You can also seek damages for any expenses that are associated with the injury and with the accident itself.
The last damages that you are going to be able to seek are those for emotional trauma and for distress. If you are having flash backs, if you are unable to get back to work, or if you are struggling with the accident and struggling with recovery you can get compensation for emotional distress that was associated with the accident. This is going to be a sum that is often set and that does not fluctuate much.
Get a Great Attorney
The right attorney or the right legal team can make a huge difference in how successful your case if fought and in how much money you ultimately get. You want a team that is dedicated, that is ready and willing to fight for you, and that will go that extra mile to help you get a settlement that is going to allow you time to recover and time to heal following a personal injury case.
Taking the time to find a great team can mean all the difference between a successful defense and one that is lacking. You want a team that is going to be compassionate, caring and that is going to go that extra mile to help you get the money you deserve so that you can truly heal and move past your accident and the pain and trauma that is associated with it. Personal injury cases are hard to argue, with the right team, however, you can be sure that you are going to be in the right hands and that you have a team that is always going to fight for you and help you get the money and the help that you need.