There are many types of personal injury claims. Most personal injury is caused accidentally by another person’s negligence, which generally means that a person has failed to use reasonable care. Some injuries are even caused by gross negligence or intentional acts. There are numerous types of lawsuits that can result from personal injury or wrongful death. Some of the most common injuries and claims result from automobile accidents, bike accidents, motor vehicle versus pedestrian collisions, truck accidents, boat and airplane accidents, construction accidents, workplace accidents (including OSHA violations), premises liability (such as a slip and fall), product liability, nursing home liability, medical malpractice, and negligent security.
There are a few areas of damage that usually arise in almost every personal injury claim. Accident victims frequently ask me the following questions: Who will pay my medical bills? How can I recover my lost wages? How will I care for my family if I am unable to return to work? Can I recover for emotional damage such as pain and suffering?
The 2 main categories of damages are economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages typically include things like lost wages, lost earning capacity in the future, and past and future medical bills. These damages often cause the most stress to an injured person because they tend to worry about how they are going to support their family if they are unable to return to work. They often ask how they will be able to pay the mortgage or maintain payment of monthly household bills, or otherwise provide financial stability for their family. These types of damages can be difficult to calculate when you are trying to determine what your losses are going into the future. An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to help you recover all amounts you are owed.
The other category of damages, non-economic, typically includes pain and suffering and other emotional damages, such as the damage to the relationships with your spouse or other family members. These damages are not concrete but the amount you are entitled to recover can be very significant if you have sustained a permanent injury. It is very important that you speak to a personal injury attorney who has experience handling similar cases so that you can get a fair idea of what damages you are entitled to recover.