Accidents happen, but some accidents occur as a result of the negligent actions of others. If you are injured in an accident that was caused by someone else's negligence, you may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit. These lawsuits allow you to seek financial compensation from the party at-fault for causing your accident.
While most people know that compensation for medical bills and lost wages can be sought through a personal injury case, few people know that general compensatory damages can also be asked for when filing a lawsuit. Here are three types of general compensatory damages you may want to consider asking for when you file a personal injury case in court.
1. Mental Anguish
Accidents that result in injury can damage more than just the physical body. Many people experience a great deal of mental anguish as a result of their injuries. If you find that you are having difficulty coping with anxiety, depression, humiliation, or other negative emotions since sustaining an injury in an accident, you could be entitled to financial compensation for your mental anguish.
You should work with your attorney to determine the best way to document your mental anguish so that you can provide the court with evidence of the negative toll it is taking on your daily life.
2. Pain and Suffering
Treating an injury can be a painful and ongoing process. Many people find that the pain they experience during recovery can take a toll on their overall health and emotional status. Dealing with the pain and suffering inflicted on you as a result of the injuries you sustained in an accident could entitle you to receive additional compensation through your personal injury lawsuit.
Your attorney will be able to work with you to determine how your pain and suffering is affecting your ability to engage in routine tasks, and this information can be used to help monetize your pain and suffering for inclusion in your personal injury case.
3. Loss of Companionship
Some accidents can result in serious disfigurement or cause you to become paralyzed. These changes to your physical body could put your personal relationships under a lot of stress, causing your significant other to leave you. If you are able to prove that the injuries you sustained were directly responsible for the ending of your relationship, you may be entitled to seek financial compensation for the emotional pain caused by your loss of companionship.
Be sure that you consult with your personal injury attorney to determine whether or not it's feasible to ask for damages associated with your loss of companionship when filing a personal injury lawsuit in the future.
Knowing about the types of general compensatory damages you can seek for your injuries will help you work with your attorney to secure the money you deserve to help you cope with the aftermath of an accident.