If you suffered a major injury that is clearly due to another person being at fault, you likely have a very viable personal injury lawsuit on your hands. However, these lawsuits are not just designed for you to recover your medical bills. There are actually several forms of compensation that you can get that you may not be aware of.
The most common form of compensation you can receive is reimbursement for your medical expenses. However, these expenses can extend to all previously incurred medical bills as well as your future medical bills. Your personal injury lawyer will need to do some estimate on what those future bills may be, but they can be included in an injury settlement way before your injury has completely healed.
Any major injury is going to leave you out of work for quite some time while you recover. All of those days when you were unable to work are not lost forever though. It's actually possible to receive compensation for your past and future lost wages as part of an injury. Even if you had a short-term hospitalization that caused you to use up sick days, know that you can be compensated for those sick days as well. You didn't get to use them for actually being sick, and you are owed compensation for them.
Was there any type of property damage related to the accident? If you were in a car accident, you likely have a lot of damage related to your vehicle being repaired or replaced as a result of the crash. You may have had personal property on you as well that was damaged, which includes a phone or watch that was damaged and needs to be repaired or replaced. Even your clothing can be included as property damage if it was destroyed as a result of the accident.
Pain And Suffering
Pain and suffering is a type of damage that is awarded to accident victims for what they had to go through during the recovery process. You likely suffered a lot of emotional pain from being hospitalized, and that emotional distress is worth something under the law.
Punitive damages are not always awarded in a personal injury case, as it is a type of damage used to punish malicious or egregious behaviors that lead to an accident. In order to win punitive damages, you must prove that the behavior of the defendant qualifies by showing evidence.
For more information, contact a personal injury attorney in your area.