An experienced personal injury lawyer helps accident victims obtain full compensation for their injuries. If you have been hurt because of someone else’s negligence, they are responsible for paying for the harm they caused. You deserve reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses such as medical bills and car repairs. In addition, you deserve compensation for all the problems the other person’s negligence has caused you.
What types of personal injury claims can be compensated?
Common specific and general damages include the following:
- Physical injury: includes traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, sprains and rotator cuff tears, torn ligaments and tendons, scrapes and bruises, organ damage, connective and soft tissue injuries
- Pain and suffering: includes current and future disfigurement, disability, inconvenience, loss of enjoyment of life experiences, interruption of important personal relationships, diminished quality of life
- Emotional distress: includes mental anguish, fears and phobias resulting from the accident, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder, grief, insomnia
- Lost wages: includes payment for income lost when work is missed work because of hospitalization, doctor visits, physical therapy sessions, pharmacy visits and other healthcare appointments
- Property damage: includes vehicle repair or replacement, and replacement of belongings or property damaged, lost or destroyed in the accident
What must a personal injury victim show to receive compensation?
People injured in a car accident caused by someone else are entitled to have their medical treatment paid for by the person responsible for the crash. The victim must show evidence of the injuries such as medical records, x-rays and MRIs, doctors’ testimony, photographs, and expert testimony.
Compensation for physical injuries should cover past and future medical treatment, emergency transport services, medicines, physical or occupational therapy, and travel to and from appointments. Compensation also might include alternative therapies, medical or therapeutic equipment and supplies, and mental health treatment.
Pain and Suffering and Emotional Distress
To prevail on a nonphysical personal injury claim, an accident victim must prove the condition or damage exists and its impact. If a victim has panic attacks following the accident, he must show that the accident caused the panic attacks to begin; that the attacks are intense and persistent; and that the panic attacks interfere with daily activities. It is helpful to also show the physical impact of the panic attacks, such as headaches or lightheadedness and dizziness.
Evidence of emotional distress includes testimony by friends and family about how the accident has changed the victim’s behavior and outlook on life. Mental health professionals can testify and prescriptions can be shown as evidence. The victim can testify about her life before and after the accident and the decline in her quality of life. Journals, photographs and videos can all help support the claims.
Accidents impact a victim’s finances in many ways. The person responsible for causing the accident must pay for its fiscal impact. Examples of negative financial consequences from an accident include the following.
- Reduction in income because the victim misses work and is therefore not paid.
- Additional expense of hiring household help because the victim is bedridden and can’t care for children.
- Rental car expenses while the damaged car is repaired or until the victim can replace a totaled car.
- Repairs to a vehicle or other property.
- Replacement of personal items lost, destroyed or damaged in the accident (like cell phones, clothing, sports equipment, computer).
Proving current economic damages usually involves presenting evidence of property or employment before the accident and evidence of the costs incurred because of the accident. Proving future economic damages, such as future lost wages or reduction in employability is more complicated. An experienced personal injury lawyer will work with you to build a persuasive case for compensation for future damages.
How can a Cerritos, California, personal injury lawyer help you?
If you have been hurt in an accident, consult with a lawyer right away. Find out your rights and the value of your case before you speak with an insurance company. Cerritos Legal offers a free, no-obligation personal consultation. Se Habla Español. We also speak Tagalog. Call us today at 562-865-9356 or use our online contact form.