Understanding How Damages Are Assessed
If you have suffered an injury because of someone else’s negligence you might be entitled to personal injury damages. The idea here is to make the injured party “whole again” meaning to bring them back to their previous state of health prior to the accident. It is imortant that you understanding how damages are assessed. These damages are meant to pay for damages incurred because of the injury.
There are Different Types of Personal Injury Claims
There are basically four types of personal injury claims you may seek compensation for. You may make claims for one or more of these.
Monetary Loss Claims
You can make a claim for the money you have spent on medical bills, property damage, loss of income due to your inability to work, and any other expenses you have incurred because of the accident or injury.
Non-Monetary Loss Claims
This type of claim is to cover the losses due to emotional and physical pain and suffering you have experienced because of the injury.
Punitive Damages Claims
Punitive damages are meant to punish the perpetrator for what they have done and have nothing to do with pain & suffering, loss of income or other expenses. They are awarded as punishment.
Family Member Claims
Family member claims are not that well known. They allow for a family member of the injured party to make claims for damages covering their medical expenses, loss of income, funeral expenses, and travel expenses, as well as compensate them for time/money spent caring for their injured relative.
Guidelines for Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injuries
These Assessments depend on a variety of factors. The issue here is that it is difficult to assess damages immediately after an accident has happened because it is hard to know the number and extent of person’s injuries. It follows then that it is impossible to know or calculate such things as loss of income, medical expenses and so on because they simply have not yet occurred. Note that there are deadlines for filing personal injury claims so it is wise to speak with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.