A personal injury changes lives from the moment it occurs. While your life is the one most prominently affected, others are affected as well. Your injury could mean that you need more support or aid, transportation to hospital visits and rehabilitation sessions or other assistance.
In many cases, it's family members who step into the role of caretakers for those who get hurt. As a result, they may miss work or have their personal lives impacted. For that reason, it's important that your family also looks into obtaining compensation as part of your personal injury claim.
What kinds of compensation are available for victims and their families?
Every situation is different, but some of the kinds of compensation you may be able to obtain include:
- A loss of consortium
- A loss of parental guidance or care
- Medical expenses
- Vehicular damage or personal property damage
- Future medical expenses
- Household expenses
- Lost earning capacity
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Special damages
Every case has its own factors to consider, so it's a good idea to talk to your attorney about the way that your injury has affected you and your loved ones. By getting a better understanding about how you've been affected, your attorney can help you come to a fair estimate of what you'd like in a settlement, if it's offered, and then work toward negotiating for that amount of compensation. T
There is no dollar amount that will return you to the way you were before an accident, but compensation can help support you as you recover.