June 1st 2017 by PollackSteinberg LLP in Blog

What factors are considered in determining personal injury compensation?

You were hurt in an accident — and it wasn’t your fault. In order to win most personal injury cases, you must be able to prove that you suffered an injury and/or a financial loss as a result of someone else’s negligence or carelessness. There are several different ways to measure financial loss, including:  

  • Medical bills. A jury who sides with the plaintiff in a personal injury case almost always awards damages that cover the cost of medical care that resulted from the crash or other incident. Plaintiffs often are reimbursed for expenses they have already paid as well as for doctors visits in the future that stem from the injury that occurred. Medical bills are one of the leading reasons people declare bankruptcy, so you want to be certain your expenses are covered.
  • Present and future income. Your accident very well could have affected your salary and wages, both at the time of the injury when you were hospitalized or recovering at home, and in the future. Many accidents impact someone’s ability to ever work again, or work at a job that pays less than the one they had before they were hurt. Damages can be awarded to replace the income they would have been bringing in had the accident not occurred.
  • Emotional distress. Accidents can leave emotional scars that are just as problematic as physical scars. Emotional distress damages, along with pain and suffering damages, can compensate victims for the emotional impact of an accident or injury.

Property loss. If any vehicles, clothing, or other items were damaged as a result of the accident, you'll likely be entitled to reimbursement for repairs or compensation for the fair market value of the property that was lost. Some need counseling after their physical injuries have healed. Such damages can pay for the cost of psychological care for years to come.

The defendant in a personal injury lawsuit is responsible for your harms and losses because of his or her actions or lack of actions that led to the accident that injured you. In order to assess whether any of these causes of action apply to your case, you should speak to an experienced attorney with expertise in personal injury claims.

If you or a family member have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to file a lawsuit seeking compensation. At The Fighting for People Injury Law Group of PollackSteinberg LLP, our experienced Pennsylvania and New Jersey personal injury attorneys will review your claims for free and help you hold negligent drivers and companies responsible for their actions.

To schedule your free, no-risk consultation, contact our office today by calling 800-549-4LAW (4529).


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