How Damages Are Calculated in a Personal Injury Case
Once you deal with the immediate aftermath of an injury, you will need to think about the amount of damages that you could be entitled to receive. Damages are the court’s attempt to compensate an injured person, so getting the proper amount of damages is important as they can help you recover and return to your normal life as quickly as possible. Compensation is based on a number of factors, and it can be important to know the proper amount you are entitled to receive. An injured person can make a number of monetary claims, including:
Monetary Loss Claims
Monetary loss claims are fairly straightforward and easy to calculate. These damages include money you have to pay to cover medical bills or property damage, in addition to loss of income and any other expenses that resulted from the injury. Monetary damages can be complicated because the full damage you suffered from the injury is not always easy to assess immediately after the injury, as some medical issues may not become apparent until later on. Keep in mind that there is a time limit to file a personal injury claim, so it is best to contact a personal injury lawyer immediately and have them help you assess your damages.
Non-Monetary Loss Claims
Non-monetary losses cover damages you didn’t have to pay anything to fix, but that were still extremely painful to experience, such as emotional trauma. These damages can be difficult to assign a specific dollar amount. A knowledgeable lawyer with experience handling personal injury cases is your best bet for calculating the proper amount of your non-monetary damages.
Punitive Damage Claims
Punitive damage claims are not used to compensate you for your suffering. Instead, they are used to punish the person at fault for their actions.
Family Member Claims
When you are injured, your family can also make a claim for recovery of damages. These damages are designed to help cover medical expenses your family paid and any loss of income that they experienced to help take care of you while you were recovering. Your family can also receive damages for travel expenses as well as the time spent taking care of you.
Have you been injured in an accident? The experienced personal injury lawyers at Mazin & Associates, PC have committed their professional lives to helping the people of Toronto and throughout Ontario recover the full amount of damages they deserve. Please don’t hesitate to contact our offices at (416) 625-2122 to speak with one of our lawyers about the details of your case.