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What Types Of Compensation Can You Ask For In A Personal Injury Case?

If you become ill or are injured at the fault of another, you may want to consider filing a personal injury case. If the injury or illness was caused due to negligence, you do have the right to be compensated for the damages you suffered. These are some of the different types of compensation that you can request in a personal injury case.

Medical Bills 

If you have medical bills due to the illness or injury that was caused by another, you should be compensated for these. This includes the cost of physician care, medications, hospital stays, specialist care, physical therapy and any type of treatment that was specifically for this particular condition.

If your medical condition will require long term care, this too is the responsibility of the person who was at fault. Even if you expect to have several years of treatment for this health problem, you can request that these medical expenses be paid by the negligent party who caused it.

Lost Wages 

If you must miss work due to the injury or illness caused by another, you should also be compensated for this expense. This can be calculated by multiplying the amount you normally make by the length of time you will be off work. Even if it will be for an extended period of time, you can still be compensated for your loss of income.

Pain And Suffering 

Personal injury cases also allow you to seek restitution for pain and suffering. However, depending on which state the case is filed in, there may be a maximum amount you can request for this type of damage.

Emotional Distress 

It is not uncommon for those who are involved in a personal injury event to also suffer severe emotional distress. If you become depressed after the incident, you may be suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. 

It is a good idea to see a specialist who can properly diagnose this condition. If a professional psychiatrist can verify that you have suffered a great deal of emotional distress due to the illness or injury, you may also be able to receive compensation for this.

You may also ask to be awarded punitive damages. These damages are not used as a way to repair the damage done to you, but are instead used as a punishment for the person who was negligent. However, not every state or every case allows a request for punitive damages. Obtaining these damages will depend on how the personal injury occurred and what state the case is being filed in. To find out more, contact someone like Elliott & MacLean LLP.