Injury Damages

We’d like to share story with you. This story is made up, but it rings true for a lot of people who have been hurt or injured in an accident. It’s 5:00 a.m. on the Monday morning, and its been three weeks since your accident. You’ve pretty much given up hope of getting any sleep tonight. You try your best to count sheep as you lay tangled in your bedsheets, your entire body throbbing. In just a few hours, your alarm will sound, and it will be time to start your day.

Between the pulsing in your head and the pain radiating down your spine into your left arm, you’re unsure how your thoughts have room wander anywhere else, but they’ve somehow managed. You know how much even a little sleep would help you, but you can’t seem to stop worrying for more than a few seconds.

Your thoughts start at your injuries, then jump to the cost of your hospital stay. You know you’ll never fall asleep thinking about bills, so you try to think about something else. It’s a big day at work, and you need all the rest you can get. But you’ll need to pick your car up from the auto body shop first. That will put you right in the prime of rush hour traffic. And you have to follow up with that doctor after lunch – that’s the only time he had available this week. You’re paid hourly, and things are going to be tight this month between these medical bills, the property damage, and all the time you’re missing at work. You better start calculating in your head exactly how tight they might be. A “worst case scenario” type of deal. That should be productive…

Does that sound like anyone you know? Read on.

The Different Types of Personal Injury Cases

The term “personal injury” is not defined precisely at law. Lots of attorneys say they practice personal injury law, and almost every lawyer who says it means something a little different. Some attorneys handle areas that other lawyers will not. To help you get a better feel for what “personal injury law” may mean, below is a nice little list of the types of injury cases injury lawyers work with:

  • Auto Accidents
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Boat Accidents
  • Bus/Train Accidents
  • Dangerous Property Conditions
  • Distracted Driving Accidents
  • Dog Bites and Attacks
  • Drunk and Drugged Driving Accidents
  • Elevator/Escalator Accidents
  • Hit and Run Accidents
  • Intersection Collisions
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Negligence
  • Nursing Home Abuse/Neglect
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Pharmacy Errors
  • Rear-end Collisions
  • Reckless Driving
  • Running Accidents/Injuries
  • Slip and Fall Accidents
  • Traffic Collisions
  • Truck Accidents
  • Uber/Lyft/Taxi Accidents
  • Uninsured and Uninsured Motorist Cases
  • Wrongful Death

The Different Types of Personal Injuries

There are several types of injury that the law allows accident victims to recover for. The law considers “injury” to be more than just physical injury, and if you’ve been hurt through no fault of your own, there may be legal liability for more than you think. For example, in addition to the typical “physical” injury, an “injury” could also include financial injury, emotional injury, and injury to your ability to carry out daily tasks. Only a lawyer can tell you what you may be able to recover.

Physical Injury:

A physical injury is a direct injury to your body. This is what most people think about when they hear the word “injury.” Some common examples of physical injuries people incur in traffic collisions are:

  • Head Injury or Concussion
  • Lacerations, Cuts, or Burns
  • Soft Tissue Damage or Bruising
  • Broken Bones or Damaged Teeth
  • Nerve Damage or Spinal Chord Injury
  • Sprains or Ligament/Tendon Damage
  • Ear, Eye, or Nose Damage
Emotional Injury:

People often forget that being in an accident is a traumatic experience. The law provides compensation for the emotional injury, and rightly so. If you take the same route to work everyday for ten years, then all of a sudden someone t-bones you at an intersection and you have to be taken away by ambulance to a hospital, that’s going to have a huge impact on your life. For many, the psychological impact of an accident lingers long after their physical wounds have healed. Common effects of emotional injuries include:

  • Inability or reduced ability to work and concentrate
  • Reduction or loss of interest in socializing
  • Limitations on travel due to anxiety or panic attacks
  • Feeling lost or hopeless due to sudden and forced lifestyle changes
Financial Injury:

Financial injuries are monetary losses caused by an accident. It has been reported that most Americans do not have any money set aside for emergencies. Regardless of why that is, the impact can be life changing if you are involved in a serious accident. There may be no way around suffering physically if you’ve been hurt by someone else’s carelessness, but you don’t have to suffer financially. The law allows fair compensation for the financial cost of an accident, including:

  • Payment of lost income for the time off you were forced to take
  • Reimbursement for the cost of your medication
  • Compensation for any business opportunities you lost
  • Money for your medical expenses (doctor visits, surgery, hospital stay)

Of course, every case is different, and only an attorney can tell you what you may be entitled to.

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