Nobody wants to get injured, much less due to the careless or negligent actions of another person. However, if you of a loved one have sustained an injury, you are probably wondering – what type of compensation is available?
At Russell & Hill, PLLC, we want you to know that there are various types of compensation available to those who suffer an injury because of another person’s actions. Our Seattle personal injury attorneys want to explain this for you today.
You can receive various types of compensation after an injury
It is important to understand the various types of compensation. Each personal injury case is different, and the amount you receive depends on various factors. This includes the severity of the injury, how long it takes to recover, whether or not you are disabled due to the injury, and more.
Economic damages are those that are quantifiable after an injury occurs. This includes the following:
- Medical care – these can become incredibly costly. Not only will you have current medical bills to pay, but you will also have to pay for any necessary physical therapy, medical devices, and prescription drugs. The estimated cost of future medical care due to the injury will also be factored in.
- Lost income – if your injury prevents you from working while you recover, you could be entitled to lost wages and benefits. If you have become partially or permanently disabled, you may be entitled to coverage for lost future earnings as well.
Non-economic damages are those that are not as easy to calculate. You will hear these damages referred to as “pain and suffering” damages. These damages do not come with receipts or bills, and they are subjective. Generally, the more severe a person’s injury, the more they will be awarded for pain and suffering. Those who have become disabled or disfigured due to their injury are more likely to secure these damages. Some examples of what an injured person could recover compensation for include:
- long-term physical pain
- emotional distress
- loss of enjoyment of life
- loss of consortium
Punitive damages are reserved for cases in which the at-fault party was grossly negligent or where they acted intentionally to cause the injury. These damages are designed to punish the defendant and deter them from doing the same thing in the future.
Let us get to work on your case today
If you or someone you care about has been injured due to another person’s careless or negligent actions, you may be entitled to compensation. At Russell & Hill, PLLC, we are ready to help. It is not always easy to calculate how much money you should receive, and a skilled attorney will ensure you are treated fairly throughout the process. Let our qualified and experienced Seattle personal injury attorneys get to work on your case today. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 800-529-0842.