Personal injury law is the branch of law that encompasses any wrong or damage done to another person’s physical being, rights, reputation or property. The personal injuries suffered may be physical and/or emotional but to have sufficient reason to pursue legal action, the personal injury or injuries must have transpired due to the negligence or unreasonably unsafe actions of another entity, such as one’s employer, physician, or a manufacturer.
Our legal system provides the right for victims to recover damages in these cases, based on the legal principle that innocent victims of another’s negligence shouldn’t have to bear the burden of loss. Therefore, a person who suffers harm or injury may be entitled to monetary compensation. In many cases, insurance companies encourage victims to settle out of court, which waives a victim’s right to file a lawsuit for personal injury damages. Many victims of serious injury aren’t aware that
there are other types of personal injury damages they can seek beyond simply covering their medical bills; there are many other common types of personal injury damages that may be awarded to injured victims. This area of law can be complicated, so it’s always recommended to seek legal advice before signing away any rights to take legal action. The professional responsibility of a personal injury lawyer is to assist and legally represent victims so they can get the compensation and justice they are entitled to and deserve for their loss and suffering.
The types of personal injury damages available to the victim will vary from case to case. Richard D. Hobbs & Associates are personal injury lawyers who are especially knowledgeable in this area and can determine, for you, which types of personal injury damages you may be entitled to receive. Personal injury damages fall mainly under two general umbrella categories; compensatory and punitive. Most personal injury damages are considered compensatory. They are intended to compensate the injured party for what has been lost physically and financially. Some examples are compensation for current and future medical bills, lost wages and earning capacity,
property damage, pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of consortium and lost present and future opportunities. Punitive damages are meant to punish and deter defendants from additional future negligent behavior. Sometimes, where it is deemed the defendant’s negligence was particularly heinous, punitive damages are awarded on top of compensatory damages.