U.S. tort law allows a person or a deceased individual’s family to take legal action against another party when that party acted negligently and caused them injury. Often referred to as personal injury law, tort law exists to provide a way for injured individuals to obtain compensation from those responsible for their injuries. This compensation comes in the form of monetary payments for both monetary and non-monetary losses suffered by the victim. In addition, when the party responsible for the injury acted in a particularly egregious manner, punitive damages may be applied. The goal of which is not only to provide the victim with compensation, but to also invoke an official punishment on the defendant for their actions.
Types of Damages
The losses from an injury or illness often are not limited to just the financial cost. Many people experience significant difficulties after they’ve been hurt which continue to cause them both emotional and psychological pain and a range of new obstacles in life. Based on both the concrete financial cost of the damage as well as the non-monetary losses, a court will grant the plaintiff a certain amount of money should he or she win the case. These individuals may be compensated for some of the following:
- Lost Income from Missed Work
- Medical Care Expenses
- Rehabilitation Expenses
- Ambulance Fees
- Damaged Property
- Physical Pain
- Emotional Trauma
- Damage to personal and intimate relationships
- Loss of enjoyment or ability to engage in previous activities
Depending on the case and the work of the attorney on your behalf, compensation may end up being in the thousand or even millions. Compensation is typically higher when someone has suffered permanent damage to a part of their life because of their injuries.
If you or someone you love was injured due to another party’s negligence, a personal injury attorney may be able to help you obtain financial compensation for your damages. Your personal injury case is damaging to your physical and emotional state and you should be justly compensates for those damages.