In a personal injury case, you may seek compensation from whoever caused or contributed to those losses if you have suffered injury, property damage, or any other type of loss as the complainant. The legal term for such compensation is “damages.” There are several different types of compensatory damages, but they are broken down into general or special damages in general terms.
- Compensatory damages
- Punitive damages
Your losses may include financial losses, but you can also recover for emotional losses. Working with your personal injury lawyer is essential to ensure that you are asking for all the damages that apply to your case. Here are the types of damages in an injury case that are available.
Do not make the mistake of assuming that only your bills for emergency room count as your medical loss. Because of the accident, all your physical therapy bills count if you need that treatment. To create a long-term care plan, these bills count if you need follow-up appointments. Even medical devices such as a wheelchair are eligible for compensation.
Pain and Suffering
A monetary award for pain and suffering is meant to compensate you fairly for having to live with the pain following an accident. Of course, no amount of compensation can take away your pain, but money is what the justice system can offer you.
The amount of pain and suffering you can claim depends on the extent of your physical injuries. If your injuries are minor and you can recover in a relatively short amount of time, your pain and suffering compensation may be about half of your medical damage. If you have a very severe injury with life-long consequences, your compensation for pain and suffering may be much greater. Your attorney can help you put a dollar value to your pain and suffering.
Besides of your pain and suffering due to your injuries, you probably have a fair amount of emotional distress. You may have anxiety, fear, or post-traumatic stress disorder after an accident. There are innumerable ways you can emotionally suffer because you’re hurt. If you have anxiety, depression, or sleeplessness, be sure to tell your doctor and seek the care you need.
You may also have property damage if you have physical injuries. You are entitled to compensation for your damaged property’s value. You can take your damaged property’s current market value and include it in the total damage calculation.
If you are unable to work after your injury accident, you can ask for compensation to pay back the time you missed from work.
Contact a Georgia Personal Injury Attorney
To ensure that you get the maximum compensation for your case, reach out to the dedicated Georgia car accident attorneys at Georgia Injury Advocates. We have the experience, knowledge, and resources needed to effectively pursue your claim. To arrange a consultation, call us today at (770) 766-0555.