When you are injured in a way that is not your fault, it is legally known as a personal injury. You are often entitled to compensation from your injury. The compensation can take many different forms. The court might order that the responsible party must cover your expenses. They also might award you damages simply to offset the pain of the injury.
Medical compensation is one of the most straightforward types of compensation. If you are injured, you will likely seek medical treatment. That could mean an emergency room, a hospital, or a doctor. It could also mean over the counter medication. Whatever the case may be, a judge will likely award you compensation to cover your medical expenses. You simply need good documentation of the expense and proof that they are directly related to the injury.
For many people, lost income is a fairly straightforward type of compensation as well. For example, if you are a construction worker who is working full time and making about the same amount of money each week but then you are injured, you likely won’t be able to work. You’ll be able to calculate how much money you would have made while you were working. The money you miss out on while you are injured is the lost wages. A judge will often award that to an injured party.
Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering is more difficult to quantify. It is not an amount of money paid to cover an amount of money lost. Instead, it is an amount of money paid to make better something that is not quantifiable. Judges will work to quantify it as consistently as they can so that they can award money on a fairly equitable scale. Pain and suffering covers pain from the injury itself, as well as any pain that is directly a result of the injury.
Emotional distress is one of the most difficult to quantify. Emotional distress is often linked to serious accidents. For example, if you were in a car accident that was someone else’s fault, you might develop an anxiety about cars. That would be emotional distress. If you were to lose sleep over the accident or the fear that it caused, that would also be emotional distress.
These are just a few of the different ways that judges calculate how much money you are owed from a personal injury claim. To get more specific information on your local case, call Boise personal injury attorney Jeff Townsend today to schedule a free consultation.