Understanding Compensatory Damages During Your Accident Case

Paramedics load a patient into an ambulance.If you have been involved in a serious car accident that came with injuries and a wide variety of other damages that have had a major impact on your life, you, as the plaintiff in your case, have the ability to bring forward a claim for financial repayment to cover a variety of damages that you have experienced due to the wrongdoing of the defendant. If you have suffered losses and are not sure about how you will afford many of the damages that play a role in your case, you have a right to what is known as “compensatory damages.”

Compensatory damages are meant to help you cover the losses that you have sustained in the event of a serious accident. However, to be able to qualify for these damages, you must be able to prove that the defendant was actually liable for your accident and the resulting injuries that they have caused.

Types of Compensatory Damages

As an accident victim who was injured at the hands of a negligent party, you have options for a variety of compensatory damages that can be helpful to you when you are trying to get back up on your feet. The following is a list of damages that might be available to you.

Medical Expenses: We are always told to never go without medical treatment following a car accident. The main reason for this is because you don’t want to put your health and wellbeing in jeopardy. The other reason for this is due to the fact that seeking medical treatment will help you bring your personal injury claim in the future, with evidence that you received real injuries. However, if you have been forced to go to the hospital, receive surgeries, or have continued treatment at the hands of your physician, the bills might continue to pile up. Because of this, your past, current, and future treatment might be considered as damages that you can be repaid for.

Lost Wages and Earnings: The reality is that many individuals will not be able to return to work after their accident. This is why you might be eligible for receiving compensatory damages for your lost wages. If you are unable to work indefinitely or there are times when you have to take off work so that you don’t miss important appointments related to your treatment, we want you to know that you might qualify for this type of helpful support so that you won’t be in the dark.

In the event that you are forced out of work indefinitely, you can qualify to receive projected lost earnings for the time you would have spent across your life working. In order to calculate the victim’s work expertise, their education level, the wage they were making at the time of their injury, any opportunities at work they might have missed out on, and any potential future benefits, it is in your best interest to hire a lawyer who can acquire the services of a qualified financial expert.

Pain and Suffering: After an accident, you might face physical and mental turmoil. Because of this, the courts tend to award compensation based on the impact that the injuries will have on your life. If you are no longer able to function normally due to your accident, you might receive an award.

You might also qualify for compensatory damages if you have lost a loved one and are looking to file a wrongful death claim. This means that you might be reimbursed for funeral costs surrounding your loved one’s death, emotional suffering, and loss of consortium in some cases.

How We Can Help 

In the midst of your personal injury claim, our attorneys at Katz, Kantor, Stonestreet & Buckner can help you reach the financial stability you need in the midst of your West Virginia car accident case, especially if you are feeling alone and wonder what options you have. If you have been injured and now you are falling behind on the bills and wonder how you will ever get back on track to your normal life, we want you to know that we are here for you. Please contact us for more information at (304) 713-2014.


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