What You Need to Be Able to Prove to Win a Personal Injury Settlement
- September 7, 2012
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On behalf of Jeff Antin of Antin, Ehrlich & Epstein, LLP, Attorneys at Law posted in Insurance Disputes on Friday, September 7, 2012.
If you suffer a personal injury, you are entitled to compensation for everything that you have gone through. You could have been injured on the job, in an motor vehicle accident, by a defective product, or as the result of medical malpractice. There are ads all over televisions telling you that you will be able to get a big settlement. The problem is, they never tell you what you will actually need to prove.
Proving that you have been physically harmed is normally the easy part. An x-ray of a broken arm or a MRI showing a torn anterior crucial ligament (ACL) along with testimony from your doctor is enough evidence to prove that you have been injured. However, there are other damages that you many be able to recover.
One of these things is economic loss. If you have to miss work because of your injury, then you are entitled to your lost wages. There is much more that you are entitled as well. For example, if you had back surgery and cannot leave your home, you can recover damages for additional labor cost paying a dog walker or even having your groceries delivered. Make sure that you keep receipts for all of the things that you cannot do on your own and now need to pay for.
Another way for plaintiffs to recover damages would be for pain. After suffering an injury, especially one that requires surgery, you will likely have suffered pain. You can be compensated for this. The jury can decide to award you damages for your pain leading up to the trial and any subsequent pain that they believe you will suffer in the future.
The final way that you can recover damages in a personal injury case is for mental distress. This award could come because you are no longer able to live your life the way that you did before the injury occurred. Another example of mental distress would be fear caused as the result of your injury, such as if you are afraid to be in a car since you were harmed in an automobile accident.
If you have suffered a personal injury, there is a way for you to be compensated for everything that has happened. Contacting a personal injury attorney that can assist you through this process will help you get the compensation you deserve.