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What kinds of damages are available in a personal injury lawsuit?

by | Jan 26, 2021 | Personal Injury |

After an accident—whether it was a car accident, a fall, or a dog bite—you may find yourself under significant financial strain. While you cannot put a price on what you have lost, you can receive compensation for the challenges you have experienced. What damages are available in a personal injury suit?

Medical expenses

Injuries can lead to significant medical expenses. Surgery or hospitalization to repair damage, medication, physical therapy, and long-term care can all result from an accident. Damages for medical expenses ensure that injured people have the funds they need to address these costs.

Wages lost due to time away from work

Injuries may leave people unable to perform their work temporarily or permanently, and the loss of that paycheck can put injured people and their families under significant financial strain. Those lost wages can be offset by damages awarded in a personal injury lawsuit.

Loss of consortium

When an accident leaves an injured person unable to show affection to their spouse in the way that they did before their injuries, then the court may grant damages to account for that loss.

Pain and suffering

The harm that an accident does is not always physical. Stress can significantly impact a person’s quality of life, and the pain that they feel can impact day-to-day life. In recognition of this, the court may award damages for the pain and suffering that the injured person experiences.

If you wonder whether you are eligible for compensation after an accident, consider speaking to an attorney to determine whether a personal injury lawsuit could offer you the financial support you need.