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What types of compensation can I claim?

Anybody who has suffered a personal injury knows that it is not just painful and inconvenient. It is often expensive, and the bills continue to pile up as you recover from the incident. This is one of the biggest reasons to seek recourse after being hurt, but there are limits to the kind of compensation you may seek. These are the five categories of compensation that victims are typically eligible to receive.

Lost income

After being injured, you are likely to miss work and lose the income that you would have earned had you not been hurt. In pursuing recourse, this is compensation that you are eligible to seek from the party responsible for your injury. The expected wages will be calculated for the purposes of the case.

Medical care

It is not uncommon, though it is unfair, that victims of a personal injury are forced to pay out of pocket for the medical care that they receive. This may include the cost of transport to the hospital, if applicable, as well as medical bills and the cost of medications that may be prescribed. The party who is responsible for your injury may be responsible for these expenses, too.

Pain and suffering

This is a subjective measure that may be included in a settlement to account for the trauma of the accident and injury endured. Damages that might be encompassed by this type of compensation include limitations in capacity, lasting pain, physical scars, depression and anxiety. Certain injuries, in fact, are directly linked to depression, according to Brainline.

Physical damages

In addition to the physical injury you have suffered, there may have been other physical damages that occurred during the incident. If you were in an auto accident, for example, your car, laptop and phone may have been destroyed. Compensation for physical damages is intended to account for any losses that fall into this category and limit their cost to the victim.

Punitive damages

Punitive damages are not awarded for the purpose of compensating the victim but rather to punish the party responsible for the victim's injury. More specifically, punitive damages are intended to deter actions like those that led to an injury. Nonetheless, the victim will receive at least a portion of the sum, though this type of judgment tends to be a rare occurrence.

If you have been a victim of a personal injury, you should understand what your legal options for seeking recourse might be. Contacting an attorney can provide you with the guidance and representation needed to build your case.

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