A Personal Injury Lawyer can Help Recover All of Your Damages
Personal injury cases can take a variety of forms. The basic elements of a personal injury case are:
- Another owed you a duty of care;
- They breached that duty; and
- Caused you harm as a result.
Simplified, personal injury claims involved a duty, breach, causation, and damages. For example, drivers owe others on the road of duty of care to drive safely. We all must obey the rules of the road. When a driver ignores the rules and speeds or makes an unsafe lane change hitting your car, they’ve breached their duty. If you are hurt when the cars collide, the breach caused your harm, and you have a personal injury case. A personal injury lawyer can help you with your case.
The Types of Personal Injury Cases
Personal injury cases involve bodily harm or death. Personal injury cases include:
- Car accidents
- People hit by cars
- Motorcycle crashes
- Bus accidents
- 18 wheeler accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Birth injuries
- Workplace accidents
These are just a few of the common basis for a PI case. When we think of PI cases, we can also consider slip and falls in a grocery store on water that hasn’t been cleaned up. We may also think about defective products or drugs that hurt people without warning.
Harms and Losses Involved in PI Cases
The harms that personal injury victims can suffer can range from whiplash to paralysis. There is no way to predict how badly someone will be hurt in any given situation. For example, a car accident may involve little cosmetic damage to the vehicles, but can still result in a good bit of harm to the passengers. The injuries caused by any of the above accidents can include:
- Spinal cord damage
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Catastrophic injuries
- Wrongful Death
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of Household Services
Many of these harms are difficult to measure in dollars and cents. It is hard to say that my pain is suffering is worth a specific dollar amount. How do you measure grief in money? This is one of the toughest jobs for juries, putting a dollar amount on pain.
Compensatory Damages in Personal Injury Cases
When a jury considers damages in a personal injury case, they look at:
- loss of earnings
- loss of future earnings
- medical bills
- the cost of future medical care
- household expenses
- pain and suffering
- mental anguish
- loss of consortium or companionship
A personal injury attorney can help you estimate future losses and help you value those intangible losses like pain and suffering. If you’ve been hurt in an accident, you may be wondering what are your options for disability benefits. Learn more.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer for Help
If you think you have a personal injury case, contact a lawyer for help. You need to worry about getting better and taking care of your family. A skilled personal injury attorney can worry about the rest. Chelsie King Garza is here to help. She will work to maximize your damages and get what you deserve. Don’t suffer because of someone else’s neglect. Contact us today.