What Are Damages in a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

If you have sustained an injury by the action or inaction of another individual or party, you may be able to recover what the law refers to as “damages” against that negligent individual or party. Many injured people are likely unfamiliar with what that term means.

What are “damages”?

In essence, a personal injury lawsuit is filed to seek the recovery of compensation for the “damages,” or injury, that the injured party has suffered. The overarching idea is that the victim should be compensated to relieve the financial burden they may encounter as a result of someone else’s actions.

Damages can come in many forms.

Medical Bills

Oftentimes, an injured person will incur medical expenses for care resulting from an accident. This care can range from tests, treatment, hospital stays, outpatient care, or anything else required to address injuries. Additionally, this could include ongoing care such as physical therapy, epidural injections, or even future surgeries.

These medical expenses can add up quickly. Our law allows an injured person to recover those expenses from an at-fault party.

Lost Wages

Depending on the severity of your injury, you may have to miss work. You may have to utilize personal, vacation, and/or sick time to cover the time that you had to spend away from work. Whether it was a few days or you have completely lost the ability to work due to injury, you could be entitled to compensation for those lost wages and benefits that you are forced to utilize because of your injuries.

Pain and Suffering

Ohio law requires that a jury award pain and suffering if it awards underlying compensatory damages such as medical bills and lost wages. There is no set formula for the determination of pain and suffering in any given case. Our firm will work with you to develop this aspect of the potential damages you may be entitled to.

Psychological damages

Accidents do not just cause physical pain and suffering but can also result in a great deal of psychological issues. Injured people can suffer from anxiety, depression or post traumatic stress disorder after a motor vehicle collision, for instance. When injured people are disabled as a result of their injuries, those conditions can be aggravated further.

Wrongful Death

Wrongful death claims are civil actions filed by survivors of an individual or individuals killed in an accident due to the negligence of another individual or party. Survivors are left without the love, support, care, consortium, and financial support of the deceased family member, and courts can award compensation accordingly.

Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer

If you have suffered a personal injury as a result of the actions or inactions of another person or party, contact us to discuss the damages that you may be able to collect. The Richards Firm is a local personal injury law firm near Cincinnati, Ohio with years of experience walking side by side with injured people through the process of a personal injury claim and lawsuit. We help our clients obtain the compensation to which they are entitled.

We can be reached at 513-868-2731, ext. 219 or visit us at http://richardsinjuryfirm.com