The reality of driving or engaging in other everyday activities is that no matter how careful one is, and regardless of how carefully one follows safety rules, accidents do happen. When they do, people get hurt, and their lives can change. In some situations, accidents can be fatal.
If you are one of those who have been unfortunate as to be involved in an accident, then chances are you have several questions about what your rights are. Fortunately, the law offers a mechanism for those who have been injured in an accident to be compensated for their injuries by filing a personal injury claim. A personal injury claim, however, can only be successful if the injured victim seeking compensation shows that the person against whom they have filed a claim was negligent in causing the accident.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by a negligent person or entity, our Spaulding personal injury attorneys are ready to help you in guiding you through the legal process to obtain maximum compensation for your injuries.
We have experience handling different types of personal injury cases, including:
If someone or an entity is negligent, and their negligence causes an accident in which you are injured, the law provides that you can seek and obtain damages as compensation for your injuries. Damages are monetary compensation the person or entity that caused the accident is required to pay to put you financially in the same position you would be without the accident.
There are different types of damages available under the law to victims in personal injury cases, and these are economic damages, non-economic damages, and in some cases, punitive damages.
Economic damages are monetary compensation you as the injured person receives to cover all the out-of-pocket costs you incurred and paid because of the accident, and these typically include:
Non-economic damages are monetary compensation an injured person obtains that does not correlate with financial losses. Because these are subjective with no receipts or bills as proof, it is not easy to calculate with precision how much they should be. Instead, you want an experienced College Park personal injury attorney to evaluate the evidence available and then decide as to what amount, if any, the injured victim should get. Proving non-economic damages can be challenging since they are mostly about what the victim experiences but with no documentation or other proof to back them up.
Non-economic damages include the following:
In addition to economic and non-economic damages, a person who has been injured in an accident may at times be awarded what is referred to as exemplary or punitive damages. This is a rare but sometimes available monetary award for an injured victim who demonstrates by legally sufficient proof that the person or entity that negligently caused the injury did so willfully or with malice. However, this is not a common compensation as it is usually reserved for the most extreme and outrageous cases of wrongdoing.
Moreover, the punitive damages are intended to financially penalize the liable person or entity for their willful or malicious conduct and therefore deter them from ever acting in the same manner in the future.
To successfully seek and win a personal injury claim, one must meet and satisfy the following elements of a personal injury claim:
If you have suffered an injury because of an accident that was caused by someone or an entity that was negligent, Spaulding Injury Law can help. Please contact our office today for free legal consultation.
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