The purpose of hiring a personal injury lawyer is to get money. This money can help you pay for injuries that you sustained and damages to your vehicle. This money is “compensation”. In this section, I discuss the different types of compensation that you can get. I’ll also talk about how compensation gets determined, and what to expect from this process.
The state of Connecticut recognizes two types of damages that can get compensated for. Loss or harm is considered economic or non-economic. The compensation for both of these types of damage is in the form of money. But, it is important that you understand what type of damage you experienced. This will help you know what you should ask for in your lawsuit.
One type of damage is non-economic damage. This form of damage can seem more difficult to prove in court than economic damage. But, it is not impossible to prove. You can get compensation in the form of money for non-economic damages. Non-economic damages do not deal with concrete bills. Instead, it deals with damages such as:
- Emotional harm or suffering.
- The increased risk of a future disability or injury.
- Aggravation of the injury.
- Fear from the injury.
- Loss of enjoyment.
Non-economic damages are less concrete than economic damages. Because of this, it is not always easy to prove them. If you think that you are a victim of non-economic damages from the accident that you were in, consult a personal injury lawyer. These lawyers know about cases similar to yours. This means they can help you get financial compensation for your suffering.
The other type of damage is called economic damages. This is most likely the type of damage that you will pursue in your case. Economic damage deals with specific costs that result from the negligence of the defendant in your case. This includes costs for:
- Medical bills.
- Physical therapy.
- Rehabilitative care.
- Loss of earnings as a result of an injury.
- A costly ambulance ride.
- Medical equipment.
Economic damage gets compensated through money paid by the defendant to the victim(s). This type of compensation can be easier to get than non-economic compensation. This is because economic damages are easily quantifiable. You can prove in court that an injury resulted in medical bills, surgery, or time off from work. You can use concrete examples and evidence such as bills to prove this.
Economic and Non-economic Damages
While you will get money for both economic and non-economic damages, they are different. You should become familiar with the types of damage associated with each category. This will help you understand what you should get if you are the victim of medical malpractice. You might receive immediate compensation for economic damages. You could also get compensation for non-economic damages. Understanding your personal situation will help you to determine what you should get.
Loss Of Income Claims
If you got injured in an accident that was someone else’s fault, you might get compensation. This money covers the cost of medical care and related expenses for your injury. It also compensates for any pain or suffering that you experienced as a result of your injury. Also, you are entitled to compensation for any time that you had to take off of work as a result of your injury.
Loss Of Income
If you are seriously injured in some type of accident, chances are that you will have to miss work. You might miss work for doctor appointments, surgery, physical therapy, or just due to general pain. If this is the case, the days off can add up. If you are not paid for a medical leave, you could be losing a lot of money. If you lose your source of income, it can be difficult to maintain your average standard of living. Bills might be difficult to pay and your routine can be severely interrupted. In the case of long-term absences from work, you could have no income for several months. These losses are clearly related to your injury, so you should get compensated for them. You can get compensated for the loss of past earnings, as well as the loss of your future earning.
Loss of income or loss of earning capacity can be difficult to determine. This is because future losses are hypothetical. If you are able to prove that your injury has caused a loss of earning capacity, you will get compensated. Some examples of compensation are for things like:
- If your injury causes you to lose the possibility of get promoted.
- You aren’t able to pursue future employment.
- You lose the possibility of getting hired at a different job.
If you experience one of these issues, you can be compensated for by the person who caused your injury.
Loss Of Earning Capacity
While loss of income is fairly concrete, loss of earning capacity is more difficult to determine. You will have to prove that you lose future earning capacity. Experts will determine how much money you will be awarded to compensate for this.
Paying Your Medical Bills
Ideally, you will receive compensation from your personal injury case to cover your medical bills. But, you might have medical bills due before you get the compensation. To solve this issue, you should send a letter of protection to your doctor. If you hire a lawyer, your lawyer can do this for you.