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What Kind Of Damages Can A Personal Injury Victim Claim?

If you’ve ever had an accident you know how frustrating it can be. However, when that accident wasn’t your fault you could be left counting the cost mentally, physically and financially. This is usually when victims reach out to a personal injury firm like mdaccidentlaw.com.

There are many different types of personal injury cases, ranging from car and road accidents to medical negligence, injuries at work, public liability cases, nursing home neglect, wrongful death and even dog bite cases. And although each case is wholly individual, each case will have damages that the victim can file for as part of their claim.

These damages fall into three specific categories, including, general damages, special damages for past losses and special damages for future losses.

Here we’ll examine these in greater detail

General damages

When you’ve been injured in an accident, your compensation will be partly determined by your pain and suffering. If you have sky-high medical bills due to your emergency treatment, then this should also be covered. Your medical records will help prove your injuries and support your evidence.

If you’re suffering from mental anguish, such as PTSD, anxiety or depression after your accident then this will also fall into this general damages category. You may have a lower quality of life, be unable to do the things you once loved and struggle to maintain relationships with your loved ones. All this will be covered by general damages.

Special damages

Has your injury left you unable to work and provide for your family? If this is the case then you should be compensated for your inability to provide for your family. This is when special damages come in.

If you’ve had time away from work due to your accident, then you will be covered for a loss of past earnings. If your injuries have a long period of recovery, or you cannot go back to work due to your injuries or illness then you may also file for a loss of future earnings.

Depending on the severity of your injuries you may also need specialist care to rehabilitate you and either return you back to your former state of health or improve your quality of life. Future nursing, appointments, travel and medication costs may also be covered as part of your special damages.

Expenses during recovery also fall into the special damages category. If you can no longer drive and you need to take public transport or taxis to your appointments, then you could be compensated. Medications, accessibility adaptations in your home or your vehicle should also be considered.

Note: You should keep a record and any receipts of any expenses during your recovery period, this is evidence that will add weight to your claim.

Final thoughts…

If you’ve been involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault and you’re facing months without income, severe pain, rehabilitation and all other kinds of disruption to your life, then reach out to a personal injury lawyer for more information.

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