Imagine you are driving to work one day when a distracted driver rolls through a stop sign and strikes your car. You experience whiplash and require medical treatment. You wind up missing work for a few days, require physical therapy for several weeks and experience increased anxiety every time you approach an intersection. You are the victim of a personal injury accident.
As the victim, you understand that you are entitled to compensatory damages or compensation for the losses you suffered. But what compensatory damages are you entitled to? Based on the above scenario, you may be entitled to the following damages:
- Damages for medical expenses. Considering that you did not cause the accident, you should not shoulder the financial burden of your medical costs.
- Damages for lost income. The time you spent away from work is time that you were not able to earn money. The damages you collect in your personal injury case should account for that.
- Damages for physical pain and suffering. These damages go beyond your medical bill’s dollar amount and attempt to compensate you for the physical toll the injuries have taken on your body.
- Damages for emotional suffering. Accidents are stressful and can lead to ongoing mental struggles, like the anxiety, stress or inconvenience. Compensatory damages covers that mental strife.
- Damages for loss of consortium. If you were injured to such a degree that your spouse is not receiving the same level of companionship as before, you could seek damages that compensate for that loss.
- Punitive damages. This type of compensatory damage can apply and is designed to punishment the at fault party for their grossly negligent and malicious behavior.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a personal injury accident, the legal team at Karns & Karns can help you secure the maximum amount of compensatory damages you deserve.
We will not rest until you are satisfied with the level of compensation you receive. We understand that personal injury accidents are incredibly stressful, so we have dedicated our practice to make it right for victims like you.