At Los Angeles City Law, we know that personal injuries of any kind can seriously compromise a victim’s finances and overall quality of life. Insurance companies often overlook the impact of an injury in an attempt to protect their bottom line, and we find this practice absolutely unacceptable. When you call our personal injury lawyers, we will review your case and help you determine which, if any, damages you should pursue. We have taken the time to explain what damages are below, but please get in touch with us if you would like to learn more, or if you would like to determine which damages you could pursue in your case.
We will begin by explaining some basic terminology used in the legal system. If you have been injured and decide to pursue damages in a court of law, you will be referred to as the plaintiff in the case. You will attempt to show that another party, the defendant, is legally responsible for your injuries. If you are able to prove that the defendant is legally responsible for your injuries, then you will likely be awarded damages, which are a way of providing you with compensation for the consequences of an injury.
As you may expect, it is often difficult to put a monetary value on the way that your body functions or your quality of life before the accident, especially if you do not have an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side. However, this does not mean that should not pursue compensation. Los Angeles City Law can help you pursue monetary compensation for:
Pain, Suffering, And Discomfort
There is no getting around the fact that personal injuries are both physically and mentally painful. Victims are often forced to deal with severe ongoing physical pain for the rest of their lives, which can be distressing and detrimental to one’s overall quality of life. Many victims also find themselves experiencing ongoing mental trauma, anxiety, and depression following an injury. An injury can often cause victims to experience the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and fear of situations similar the one that caused their injury. Thoroughly document any changes to your physical and emotional health following your injury in order to maximize your chances of receiving compensation.
You will almost certainly seek medical care in the days, and perhaps even months, following your accident. Monetary compensation for medical treatment is among the most common damages sought in court. It is important to note that compensation can be pursued for past medical treatment as well as any treatment that can be reasonably expected to occur in the future. The cost of physical therapy, checkups, surgeries, psychological care, and other forms of long-term care can all be pursued. Begin documenting your medical expenses as you incur them, and be sure that you are also documenting transportation costs and any other expenses required to tend to your injuries.
Loss Of Property
Victims can often seek compensation for personal possessions that have been damaged or destroyed. Vehicles, articles of clothing, electronics, and other personal items can be assigned a monetary value by the court. The court will generally use the current market price of the property to determine how much the defendant will be required to pay. Thoroughly document any of your personal possessions that have been damaged. Photographic evidence can be very helpful when it comes to proving that your property was directly damaged as a result of the incident.
You could be entitled to pursue compensation for income that was lost as a result of your injury. The time you spent in the hospital instead of working, for instance, can be converted to lost wages and then compensated by the defendant. Victims often pursue ongoing monetary losses, as an injury will sometimes prevent a person from returning to their previous level of productivity in the workplace. They may also have to take time off to pursue ongoing physical and mental care. Take the time to gather pay stubs, tax returns, and any other paperwork that could be used to document changes in your income.
Loss Of Lifestyle
It is often difficult to put a monetary value on a lifestyle, but it is undeniable that many victims cannot return to their previous lifestyle following an accident. Hobbies, exercise, and other recreational activities can all be grouped together and pursued as damages when they are impacted by a personal injury. As an example, parents who previously enjoyed coaching their children’s sporting events could pursue compensation when they can no longer actively participate. In some cases, compensation may be awarded to spouses and family members as well, as they too have suffered a loss.
Loss Of Intimacy
Also known as “loss of consortium,” many victims find that their intimate relationships are negatively affected in the wake of a serious injury. Changes to your sexual intimacy and other forms of companionship should all be thoroughly documented. Write down noticeable changes in your intimate life as soon as you notice them. You can also bring these issues to the attention of your medical provider.
Incidental damages can be pursued to cover the cost of documenting your injuries (that is, expenses that you would not have otherwise incurred if it were not for the accident). If you have to pay for high-quality copies of a photo or a large-scale printout for court, for instance, then you may be entitled to pursue compensation for these expenses. Begin documenting any expenses you incur following your injury, and be sure to bring these expenses the attention of your personal injury lawyer.
These damages seek to compensate a victim for an injury that was willfully or maliciously carried out. These damages are intended to compensate for the defendant’s ill intent while also serving the purpose of deterring others from acting in a similar way.
This list is not exhaustive, so please call our personal injury lawyers at 1-866-LA-CITY-LAW if you believe you have suffered a loss that is not listed here.