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What damages can I pursue in a personal injury case?

Encino residents who have suffered serious injury or harm as a result of another person's illegal behavior or negligence will have the legal right to seek financial compensation for their damages in civil court. The types of financial compensation pursuable in personal injury cases will depend on the circumstances and extent of the plaintiff's accident and injuries.

A list of compensation categories

There are many categories of damages in the typical personal injury case, and the following list is by no means exhaustive. However, these are some of the typical damages that personal injury lawyers may try to seek, depending on the facts and evidence surrounding a particular case:

  • Disfigurement: When a plaintiff has been disfigured or deformed as a result of his or her injuries, perhaps as a result of scarring or other permanent changes to the appearance, it can result in mental suffering and other life challenges. Plaintiffs can seek to be compensated for these kinds of damages.
  • Medical expenses: Doctor bills, hospital costs, emergency room fees, nursing services and ambulance costs really add up when a plaintiff is seriously injured. Future medical expenses may also come into play if a plaintiff will continue to require medical treatment for injuries. These costs will be a central part of any personal injury damage claim.
  • Household services: Sometimes injured plaintiffs will require in-home assistance, either medical assistance or someone to perform household tasks.
  • Loss of consortium: This is a claim filed by the plaintiff's spouse, who may have lost the marital benefits of sexual relations, help, assistance, companionship, comfort, affection and solace as a result of the accident and injuries. Spouses may be able to seek compensation for their losses in this regard.
  • Loss of enjoyment of life: Serious and permanent injuries can result in a significant loss of enjoyment of life. This would fall under the category of pain and suffering and may be pursuable in a personal injury action.
  • Lost wages, lost earning capacity and permanent disability: A permanent disability could affect and individual's ability to continue performing his or her job duties. In addition, a temporary injury could result in an individual losing money due to an inability to work while recovering from injuries. These quantifiable damages may be included in a personal injury claim.
  • Mental anguish, pain and suffering: This is a category of damages that relates to non-physical yet extremely damaging effects of serious and permanent injuries.

Pursuing a personal injury claim in civil court

Every personal injury case is different. Therefore, not all of the above categories of damages will apply to a specific case. Also, this list is not complete, and there could be a special category of damages that applies to the unique factual scenario of a given case. Encino residents who were hurt in an accident may want to get in touch with an experienced personal injury lawyer to determine what types and categories of damages they may be able to pursue given the circumstances and extent of their injuries.

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