The breakdown: What sort of damages are you owed?

There are about 5.5 million car accidents in the U.S. each year, causing three million injuries and about 40,000 fatalities according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.Medical malpractice leads to about 98,000 deaths each year based on a report released by the Institute of Medicine.

In 2014, a worker died every two hours in the United States from a workplace injury based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

If you or a loved one has been harmed as a result of an accident or injury, you may be entitled to compensation. Navigating the complex world of personal injury can be confusing for many, so we’ve simplified one aspect of PI for you: damages

Types of Damages

Many personal injury cases are entitled to compensatory damages, meaning they are intended to compensate the plaintiff for what was lost during the injury or accident by assessing the consequences and attaching a monetary amount to them. Some common types of compensatory damages include:

· Medical treatment

· Income

· Property Loss

· Pain and Suffering

· Emotional distress

· Loss of enjoyment

Another common type of damages sought are incidental damages. These include reasonable expenses, charges, or other costs that flow from the harm or loss suffered. They may include items such as the cost of photocopies or delivery expenses.

Punitive damages may be assessed against the party at fault as a type of punishment for his or her willful and malicious behavior, in an attempt to deter others from acting similarly.

How the Carlson Law Firm can help you

If you think you may have a personal injury case, contact one of our offices today for a free consultation. The Carlson Law Firm has a team of dedicated and experienced attorneys who are ready to help you.


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