It’s no secret that medical treatment can be expensive, often leaving those who need extended care in debt. As such, being involved in an accident can land you in the hospital for a few days with numerous follow-up doctor’s visits. When injured at the hands of a negligent party, you may incur astronomical medical bills you cannot afford. However, you can find that you can recover different kinds of damages to help pay for the damages you’ve sustained with the help of personal injury attorneys in Baltimore County. Keep reading to learn more about what you can seek compensation for.
What Kinds of Damages Can I Seek Compensation For?
When you file a lawsuit against a negligent party for the injuries they’ve caused you, you can seek various forms of compensation for the injuries you’ve suffered. These include the following:
Economic: Also referred to as special damages, these represent calculable, quantifiable damages incurred by the injured party. For example, these can be the sum of all medical expenses, rehabilitative measures, and income lost as a direct result of the injuries the plaintiff has sustained.
Non-Economic: Sometimes called general damages, these do not have a direct monetary loss connected to them. In most instances, these represent things like the loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, and disfigurement or scarring. Because these have no direct monetary loss tied to them, it is up to a jury to determine what the compensation for these damages should be. Generally, they will consider the severity of the injuries and how they have impacted the injured party.
Punitive: Punitive damages are more rare. Instead, these are used to punish the negligent party for their actions and deter others from committing the same act. Generally, for punitive damages to be ordered, it must be shown that the defendant shows egregious disregard for the lives of others.
How Can I Prove My Injuries?
To prove the extent of your injuries for non-economic damages, you’ll need to gather evidence to help illustrate the severity of the injuries you’ve suffered. This includes your medical records, journal records, and testimony from your friends and family. They can speak about your life before and after your injuries.
Similarly, to ensure you can recover the economic damages you deserve, you’ll want to collect all bills related to your injuries. This includes medical bills, rehabilitation expenses, and income lost while you were out of work healing.
Finally, you’ll want to contact an attorney from the Law Offices of Markey & Orsi as soon as possible. Filing a lawsuit is a complex legal process, so enlisting the assistance of an attorney is essential to helping you achieve the best possible outcome for your circumstances. Contact us to learn how we will fight for you.