When you have been injured, you may have taken a physical and financial hit. These losses are what we refer to as, “damages” in the law. To win a case for negligence, you must prove several elements including damages. You have to have suffered some sort of physical, emotional, or financial injury to win your case. For the majority of personal injury claimants, there is always injury which causes an economic loss.
Types of Damages
There are several different types of damages that someone can suffer due to a personal injury. The most common types of damages include:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Ongoing disability
- Emotional distress
If any of the above applies to you, you have suffered damages and may be entitled to compensation.
How to Recover Damages
The only way to recover your damages after an injury is to talk to an attorney. You may hear that the insurance company is offering you a settlement, but they don’t have your best interest in mind. Only an experienced personal injury attorney can get you the amount you deserve. First step is to schedule a consultation with an attorney and discuss your case. Your attorney will then be able to look over the facts and provide you with a legal strategy on how to move forward. As a legal advocate, your attorney will fight on your behalf to negotiate with the insurance companies involved to recover your damages. When you receive any medical bills or letters from the insurance company, save them and provide them to your attorney. This will help your legal team in calculating what you are entitled to.