Under the law, a personal injury is a legal claim made by an injury victim against the party responsible for causing them harm. Personal injury claims can be made after suffering any damage that resulted from another party’s negligence or an action intended to cause harm.
At Rand Spear, we have a long history of helping personal injury victims recover compensation from the liable party. Our team of personal injury lawyers is ready and waiting to help get you the compensation you need and deserve after suffering an injury. Schedule a free consultation with a member of our team by contacting us through our website or giving us a call.
Types of Personal Injury Cases
Any accident that results in physical, mental, or emotional damage can qualify as a personal injury case. Some of the most common types of accidents that lead to personal injury lawsuits include:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Public transportation accidents
- Taxi accidents
- Rideshare accidents
- DUI accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Premises liability accidents
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Burn injuries
- Dog bite injuries
- Workplace accidents
- Medical malpractice accidents
- Birth injuries
- Product liability accidents
- Wrong death accidents
This list is far from exhaustive. If you suffered any injury caused by another party’s negligence, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to learn more about your options for filing a claim.
Damages You Can Recover After a Personal Injury
You will likely be eligible to pursue a wide range of damages after suffering a personal injury. The specific damages you can claim will depend on the details of your case. Identifying all the damages that apply is essential to recovering the full value of your claim. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you determine all the damages you are able to recover.
Many specific damages can be sorted into the overarching category of economic damages. Economic damages cover any losses you suffered that resulted in financial hardship. Some of the economic damages most likely to apply to your personal injury case include:
- Lost wages
- Lost ability to earn income
- Medicals bills
- Projected future medical expenses
- Property damage
Another umbrella category for a variety of losses suffered by accident victims is non-economic damages. This is a very broad classification covering any losses that do not fit in the category of economic damages. The losses covered in this category are hard to quantify since they hold no direct monetary value.
However, because of the profound and personal nature of most non-economic damages and the fact that these damages are usually irreplaceable, the amount awarded tends to make up the largest portion of the compensation received. Some of the non-economic damages most likely to apply to your personal injury case include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Mental anguish
- Permanent disability
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of consortium
- Diminished ability to enjoy life
Punitive damages are not used to compensate an accident victim for the losses they suffered. Instead, these damages are meant as a form of punishment for the party responsible for causing the accident. One of the reasons for awarding punitive damages is to discourage similar behavior in the future.
It is important to note that only a small percentage of personal injury cases qualify for punitive damages. The liable party must have committed a particularly egregious act to claim these damages. A judge will only award punitive damages if the at-fault party was criminally negligent or acted with the intention of causing harm.
How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help You Recover Compensation After Suffering an Injury
When you hire a personal injury lawyer after an accident, they will take over every aspect of your case. This will free you up to focus on your health and put your life back together. One of the first actions your lawyer will take will be to investigate your accident so they can collect evidence and determine liability.
Some of the steps in this investigation will likely include:
- Visiting the scene of your accident to take photographs, collect evidence, and note any factors that may have played a part in the incident
- Speaking with eyewitnesses
- Consulting expert witnesses
- Obtaining any official reports of the accident
- Reviewing your medical records
The next step will be for your attorney to determine what damages you are eligible to claim and calculate how much your case is worth. Your lawyer will then consult with you about the path to take to recover compensation. They will then proceed to file a personal injury claim with the at-fault party’s insurer or submit a personal injury lawsuit against the liable party with the court.
Whichever path you choose, your lawyer will complete all the steps in the process necessary to get you the compensation you deserve. However, you should understand that your case will likely be resolved through a settlement deal before the insurance claim or lawsuit process is complete. Your attorney will work diligently to negotiate a favorable settlement on your behalf.
Reach Out to an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer Today
At Rand Spear, we have handled countless personal injury cases. We know what it takes to recover fair compensation for our clients in these cases and will work diligently to ensure you collect the money you need and deserve from the liable party.
Our personal injury lawyers have a proven track record of securing favorable outcomes, both through settlements and court rulings. Contact us today by giving us a call, filling out our contact form, or using the chat tool on this site. We offer free initial consultations, so don’t hesitate to get started.