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Damages: What’s the Value of My Personal Injury Case?

On Behalf of | May 23, 2016 | Personal Injury

After sustaining an injury, there are many obstacles to overcome during the road to recovery. Specifically, an accident victim will have doctor appointments, medical bills, unanticipated missed work, and adjustments to daily living activities. Moreover, dealing with the aftermath of injuries can also contribute to depression. If the injury was caused by a negligent individual or business, then the injured party has to make a decision whether or not to pursue a claim for damages.

Damages in a personal injury case typically consist of two categories: specific damages and general damages. Specific damages compensate the accident victim for measurable monetary losses. Common examples of specific damages include medical bills, lost wages, and property damage. The accident victim is also entitled to reimbursement for mileage to and from necessary doctor appointments and physical therapy related to treatment for the injury.

General damages are awarded to compensate the victim for intangible losses that are difficult to quantify. Pointedly, general damages consist of past and future pain and suffering, loss of function of mind and body, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life. The severity of injury, length of treatment, and long-term effects may lead to an increased amount of general damages.

If you have sustained personal injuries due to negligence of another party, please call Walter Thomas at Telpner Peterson Law Firm, LLP, at 712-309-3738 today for legal advice on how to proceed with your potential claim for damages.