What types of compensation are there in an injury case?

Rohan Mathew

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Defining Compensation

First, we need to take a look at what compensation means to you should you be injured by the negligent actions of another person (s), group of people, or a company.

  1. What types of compensation are there in an injury case?
    A. Suppose you are involved in an accident of any kind such as slip and fall, car accidents, truck accidents, pedestrian accidents, recreational vehicle accidents, malpractice accidents, and much more that causes you wrongful injuries. In that case, you can sue the responsible party for monetary compensation.

Wrongful injuries mean that you sustained injuries from another person who was negligent in their actions. You need to know that states set a specific statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit, and this attorney can define these limitations for New York, but you must make that first call as soon as possible after the accident occurred.

There are different types of compensation, and it is essential to know the specific classes you are entitled to receiving. All aspects of a lawsuit regarding settlements from accident injuries are complicated and involved. You need a licensed and experienced attorney by your side to make sure you receive just compensation. Your attorney calculates the value of your settlement from the party who was negligent.

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Types of Compensation for a Personal Injury

We see two types of compensation claims called punitive and compensatory damages. Compensatory damages pay you for your injuries.

Punitive damages are a punishment against the negligent person. However, this type of compensation is rarely seen in a personal injury case. Only one state, Virginia, recognizes that when a person shows malice or misconduct towards another person and causes physical injuries of that person, punitive damages are sought.

If the injured receive punitive damages, the limitations are up to $350,000. To receive punitive damages, your attorney must do a thorough investigation. Punitive damage cases usually end up in court. Your punitive damage case may be due to the insurance company’s refusal to agree to a reasonable settlement.

The Following are Possible Compensation Awards.

Mounting Medical Expenses include the following areas for compensation.

  • Doctor visits
  • Emergency room assessments
  • Hospital admissions
  • Surgical procedures
  • Physical therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Mental health services
  • Medications
  • Assistive devices
  • Modifications to the home to accommodate your new physical needs such as ramps
  • Travel expenses to medical appointments
  • Food and living expenses away from home
  • Present and future medical financial obligations
  • Extended care facility
  • In-house nursing care

Loss of Income

When you are critically injured in an accident, you could lose your income because you cannot work. You are then entitled to past, present, and future income allotments while you cannot return to work.

This type of compensation covers your losses, such as sick time, vacation time, bonuses lost, commissions, and other job benefits lost due to your injuries. You may not be able to return to your job and be required to take training or further schooling to prepare you for a new work field.

Career changes due to someone’s neglect is expensive. Perhaps the doctor tells you that you are permanently disabled from this accident. Fairly calculating all of these compensations takes the expertise of your attorney.

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Property Compensation

  1. Did you lose property due to the neglect of someone else?
    For example, was your car deemed totaled? Did you have a property in your vehicle damaged in the accident, such as a computer, cell phone, or other electronic devices? You need to seek compensation for these losses. 

Your Pain and Suffering Requires Some Compensation

If a negligent person did not cause your accident, you could go about your life as usual. However, someone turned your world upside down. The one significant change is all the pain and suffering you are going through to heal.

Had it not been for that person, you would not have to suffer this level of discomfort. It would be best if you had compensation through this attorney’s efforts, who can help you receive a just settlement for pain and suffering.

Did a Wrongful Death Occur?

  1. Did death occur because someone was negligent in their actions? 
  2. In these cases, family members seek this attorney’s services to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the person who caused the death.

Wrongful death does not have to be a specific person; but can be a group of people and even a company or business such as a hospital.

If the person who died due to wrongful death was part of your financial support, you can file for economic loss and relationship support loss.

A Leading New York Accident/Injury Attorney

Never attempt to file a lawsuit and defend yourself without a licensed and experienced attorney by your side. The success rate of receiving just compensation is low.

The best settlement means that your attorney fights for you for the most successful outcome of your lawsuit. If you reside in Long Island, New York City, or surrounding areas you are fortunate to have a group of leading, licensed, and experienced accident injury attorneys standing by to take your call for help. The no-obligation consultation is free and it costs you nothing to find out if you have a sound case for wrongful injury or death.

Give Kaplan Lawyers a call as soon as possible after you sustain injuries by a negligent person (s), group, or company. Filing a potential lawsuit claim means that you remain with the statute of limitations for the State of New York. The Kaplan Group can explain these limitations.