We go through life with goals and aspirations. We look forward to taking that special trip or spending time with family to celebrate milestones. What we often forget is how quickly things can change. Accidents can happen in an instant, but the after-effects can stay with us forever. If you or someone you know has been in a car crash or been the victim of a workplace accident, you have probably had a first-hand experience of just how much of an impact an injury can have.
Fortunately, a good personal injury lawyer can help an accident victim through a tough situation. They can’t undo the event, but they can help to acquire the resources to assist the victim. Personal injury lawsuits consider a number of areas that may qualify for compensation. Each area impacts the victim and their family in a different way.
Medical treatment and therapy – Even if an accident victim has health benefits, there are almost always out of pocket expenses that can add up. Medical expenses are a very common factor in personal injury claims. Having access to the appropriate treatment gives the victim the very best chances of making a full recovery, and the injured party shouldn’t have to go without simply because they cannot afford the required therapy.
Pain and suffering – Claims for pain and suffering can range from minor injuries to in the worst cases, death. Living with pain or disfigurement often has a detrimental effect on an individual. Typically, compensation is based on the severity of the injuries, as well as the negligence of the defendant. Pain and suffering isn’t always physical. Emotional trauma can stay with an accident victim long after the incident occurred and have a debilitating effect on their normal life.
Loss or limitation of income – If an accident victim is no longer able to work, or cannot return to their occupation of choice, they may be entitled to compensation. In some cases, damages can be awarded for the loss of future income. This is known as “loss of earning capacity.” These type of damages are an important consideration for those that have become disabled or sustained brain injuries following an accident.
Property loss as a result of an accident. In the case of a car crash, an accident victim may be entitled to receive compensation for their vehicle. This may be dealt with ahead of time if there is an insurance claim, but it can also factor into a tort claim at a later date. Property loss may also include personal belongings, clothing or anything else that was damaged as the result of third party negligence.
Compensation for family members. Ontario’s Family Law Act allows family members to sue if they are subject to financial losses due to an accident. This may include the loss of income of the injured party, travel expenses that were incurred related to the accident or treatment of the victim, or compensation for medical support. Personal injuries don’t just affect the people directly involved in the accident. A major life change can have a wide spread impact on a victim’s life.
Have you or someone you know sustained an injury as a result of someone else’s negligence? A personal injury lawyer can help you understand your rights.