Posted on February 28, 2011 in Personal Injury
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If you were a victim of a personal injury, the most important question for your injury lawyer is: “how much is my case worth”? There is nothing wrong in asking this question; after all, the answer can make a difference when it comes to coping with the consequences of an accident. Your injury lawyer can only speculate about the amount you can receive as damages but the exact amount will be determined by several factors including the jury or judge’s decision, surrounding circumstances, identity of the victim and others. However, every injury lawyer must educate his or her clients about the damages they are entitled to and this is the focus of this article.
Compensatory damages are the funds received for losses resulting from an injury. These damages are meant to place victims in a position where they can adequately cope with the consequences of an injury financially, physically and emotionally. Basically, compensatory damages are classified under two headings: monetary and non-monetary losses.
Also referred to as general damages, monetary losses compensate victims for medical bills for treatment and rehabilitation (both present and future), loss of present and future income, replacement or repair of damaged property, disability and the cost of living with a disability.
Also referred to as special damages, non-monetary losses provide compensation for victims for things like suffering, pain, depression and emotional distress resulting from the accident. The aim of these damages is to try and compensate victims for losses that are difficult to monetize and as such, they vary widely.
Punitive damages are awarded to victims to serve as punishment for defendants especially in cases of great negligence and disregard for the safety of others.
Why You need an injury lawyer
You need an injury lawyer to help you determine the damages you are entitled to. Additionally, an injury lawyer will also help you prepare your case and file a personal injury claim to kick off the whole process of getting you compensated. Considering the importance of an injury lawyer to your case, there’s a need to apply caution when hiring an injury lawyer. You should only hire an injury lawyer with relevant experience, good reputation and track record. An injury lawyer without these qualities will hamper your chances of getting compensated.
If you have been in a personal injury incident, get in touch with an injury lawyer today
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