If an individual has been injured because of another person or entity’s negligence, they may be eligible for compensation from the liable party. Personal injury cases primarily focus on securing compensation for physical injuries. However, a person may be able to receive compensation for other losses. What type of compensation is available will depend on the specifics of a case, so it is always important to speak with a legal professional in order to determine what types of compensation you may be eligible for.
A successful personal injury lawsuit can provide victims with compensation for a variety of losses, including:
- Emotional or psychological distress
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages and lost work opportunities
- Medical bills
- Loss of consortium, or familial and personal relationships (for surviving family members in wrongful death cases)
- Burial / funeral expenses (for surviving family members in wrongful death cases)
In addition to these forms of compensation, a person may be awarded punitive damages in order to punish the defendant for particularly reckless or destructive acts. However, these awards are not considered compensation and are awarded by the court, not pursued by a plaintiff.
The full financial scope of an injury can prove astonishing. With sizeable medical bills and lost wages from time off work, even a slight injury can have a serious financial impact on a household. To learn more about your rights and options if you have been injured by a negligent individual, contact the St. Louis personal injury lawyers of the Finney Law Office at 314-646-0300 today.