After an injury caused by someone else's negligence, you are usually entitled to compensation. What this means, however, is different in every case. Depending on the circumstances of your accident or injury, there may be several types of compensation--also known as damages--which you may be able to pursue.
No one wants to be involved in a car accident. And no one wants to deal with the repercussions of a collision, especially. This time can be particularly arduous and intimidating - dealing with insurance claims adjusters, obtaining medical treatment and, of course, the medical bills that come along with it. And these bills can be quite expensive. If the other driver was at fault for your car accident, then typically his or her insurance company will be required to pay for your medical treatment. You may be able to use your own health insurance, too, if you did not sign paperwork waiving your right to do so. For others, you may be able to receive government assistance (Medicaid, Medicare or Tricare coverage) to help cover your medical expenses.
If you are wondering what it means to recover damages for "emotional distress," you are not alone. Emotional distress is one of the more difficult types of injuries to prove. A psychological injury is not as obvious as a broken bone that appears on an x-ray, but you still have a legal right to recover damages for the harm you have suffered.
If you are wondering if your car accident case is worth millions of dollars, the answer may depend upon whether you are entitled to recover punitive damages. As the name indicates, punitive damages are awarded to punish a defendant for egregious conduct and to deter other parties from engaging in similar behaviors.
If you have been injured by the negligence of another party and you are considering filing a personal injury lawsuit, it is important to inform your legal counsel of any other prior injury suits you have filed. The attorney for the defendant will make a discovery request for information regarding any previous personal injury lawsuits you have been (or are currently) a party to. All lawsuits are a matter of public record, so this information can be accessed by other parties at the court clerk's office as well, so you are better off being honest and forthright in your disclosures.
Have you been injured by another party's negligence? If so, you are probably wondering what type of settlement you can get for your claim. There is no magical formula, but there are certain factors an experienced personal injury lawyer can use to estimate the value of your claim.