What compensation can I expect from a personal injury lawsuit?
A personal injury lawsuit typically asks foreconomic and noneconomic damages (compensation). Economic damages reimburse you for bills you have because of an accident, such as for medical expenses and property damage, and for income losses. Noneconomic damages are for pain and suffering. What’s important is ensuring that your claim asks for all of the compensation to which you are entitled.
The compensation you demand in a lawsuit will depend on the type of claim and your losses and, to some extent, where your injury occurred. (Becker Law Office pursues cases in ). A basic Personal Injury Protection insurance policy covers $10,000 in medical cares costs and pay up to $200 per week to replace lost wages and $200 per week for replacement services.
In general, a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit asks for the plaintiff to be compensated for:
- Medical expenses, including emergency care, hospitalization, surgery, medication, rehabilitation therapy, assistive devices (cervical collars, walkers, wheelchairs, etc.), psychological counseling, etc.
- Property damage (such as to a car), including repair or replacement costs and cost to rent a vehicle or for public transportation.
- Lost income / wages, including regular pay, commissions, bonuses, etc.
- Funeral and burial expenses.
- Pain and suffering, loss of companionship, loss of parental guidance, etc.
A lawsuit should be drafted to account for past, current and future losses. This requires a projection of how well you are likely to recover from your injuries and what your medical needs maybe in the years ahead.In cases of a disabling injury, your medical expenses and losses may be ongoing.
Noneconomic damages may be awarded as a multiple of medical expenses.
In some cases, a plaintiff may also seek a punitive damages award.This is a payment that is meant to punish a defendant who has acted in flagrant violation of the law or with egregious disregard for others’ safety.