Personal injury law, also known as tort law, focuses on legal disputes that arise when individuals suffer physical or emotional harm due to the negligence of another party. The most common causes of personal injury include drunk driving accidents, auto accidents, defective products, workplace accidents, and wrongful deaths. Individuals who have been injured due to the negligent actions of another individual or business can claim a number of damages or compensatory fees. Continue reading to learn more about which damages can be claimed when you’ve suffered a personal injury.
Monetary losses are a type of compensatory damages, or damages that are designed to put the injured party in the same financial position that he would be in had the injury not occurred. Monetary losses include but are not limited to:
- Medical expenses: includes the cost of current and future medical care, medications, diagnostic testing, and rehabilitation services.
- Lost wages: allows the victim to recover wages that were lost while recovering from the injury.
- Disability: covers the costs of living for individuals whose personal injuries led to short-term or permanent disability.
- Property damage: allows the victim to recover the costs of damaged property, usually a car or other automobile.
Non-monetary damages typically include those for pain and suffering as well as loss of consortium. Damages for pain and suffering are designed to provide compensation for physical pain, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment in life. Loss of consortium refers to damages awarded to an individual whose personal injury has led to the loss of normal marital relations.
Unlike monetary and non-monetary damages, punitive damages are not designed to compensate the injured party, but rather punish the defendant and deter him from engaging in behavior that may lead to additional injuries.
If you suffered a personal injury following a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall accident, or workplace incident, lawyers with The Carlson Law Firm in Austin are here to help. Learn more about our practice areas by contacting us at (888) 335-7492.
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