A personal injury occurs when you suffer an injury as a result of someone else’s negligent actions. Whether your injury is a bodily injury, property damage, or any kind of loss, as the plaintiff you are eligible to seek compensation from the person or entity that caused or contributed to your injuries or losses. You are looking to obtain compensation for your damages.
There are different types of damages that you can obtain by filing a successful personal injury claim. Listed below are all the details about the types of damages that you can seek compensation for in a personal injury claim.
General damages address the harm that is typically sustained in an injury. These damages include:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium and companionship
These types of damages are hard to calculate, which is why you will need professional help. Schedule your free initial consultation with personal injury attorneys in Salt Lake City and obtain much-needed guidance and legal representation.
All of your monetary expenses incurred because of the injury are labelled as “special damages”. They are always unique to every individual and are based on the circumstances of the accident. They cover any expenses or losses related to the injury, and there is no limit to the types of special damage claims that you can file (or to the amount that you can claim). Compensation usually involves:
- Lost wages
- Loss of earnings
- Loss of future earnings
- Medical bills
- Household expenses
- Cost of future medical care
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Costs associated with cancelled trips (or altered plans)
The greater your injury, the higher the compensation. Speak with Salt Lake City personal injury attorneys today and learn how you can file a personal injury claim and receive compensation in a timely manner.
In case you lost a family member as a result of an accident caused by another party, you may be eligible to seek compensation, also known as wrongful death damages.
Note: only the closest surviving family members (children, spouse, partner, parents) are eligible to file this claim at first. However, if the deceased had no immediate family, other relatives could be eligible to file a claim.
The most common wrongful death damages include:
- Loss of companionship and consortium
- Loss of financial support and contribution
- Loss of services and support
- The emotional distress of surviving family and all the loved ones
- Cost of pre-death medical care
- Funeral and burial costs
These types of damages are rarely awarded to the injured plaintiff. They represent a “punishment” for the person whose despicable or reprehensible actions caused the accident and injuries. Some common cases where punitive damages can be collected include:
- Sexual assault
- Fraudulent behaviour
- Any actions that caused widespread financial harm
Remember that without an attorney, even if you are lucky to receive compensation for your damages, it will not be nearly as large as the sum that you could receive with the right legal representation. With that in mind, speak with attorneys today and secure the largest compensation possible.