Getting Compensation for Personal Injury Damages and Medical Bills
A personal injury often has long-lasting effects that can affect all aspects of a person’s life. It can take weeks, months, or even years to recover physically, emotionally, and financially after an accident. When an injury is caused by the reckless or negligent actions of another person or party, that person or party can be held liable for damages associated to the injury. This compensation is meant to alleviate the burdens placed on a person after an accident.
The experienced personal injury attorneys at Charpentier Law Firm have represented clients seeking compensation for personal injury damages and medical bills after an accident in the Melbourne, FL area. Those who have been injured should contact our trusted legal team to learn more about their right to financial compensation.
Personal Injury Damages
“Damages” is a broad term, and that is because the court recognizes that a personal injury can affect a person in many ways. Aside from the physical damages of an injury, victims are likely to suffer emotionally and financially. All of these losses are taken into account when a personal injury lawsuit is filed. Legally, personal injury losses are generally broken down into two categories: financial losses and non-financial losses.
- Financial losses: Financial losses are those that can be easily quantified and accounted for. Financial losses stemming from a personal injury may include medical expenses, the cost of needed medical equipment or devices, and lost wages from time missed from work.
- Non-financial losses: Non-financial losses are not as easy to calculate or prove. However, the court does allow injury victims to be compensated for these general damages. Examples of non-financial damages include pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and reduced quality of life.
In most personal injury cases, the bulk of financial losses is made up of medical expenses. There are two things that must be achieved in a personal injury case before compensation can be provided for medical expenses. First, our attorneys must prove that our client deserves compensation for personal injury losses.
After liability has been established, we must prove how much money should be compensated for medical expenses. We will gather medical records and billing statements for all appointments, treatments, and medical devices associated with the personal injury to provide the court with a solid figure. While the defense may fight to lower this figure, our attorneys will work hard to ensure maximum compensation for our clients.
Providing evidence of the medical expenses is necessary for the collection of financial losses, but it can also assist with the collection of non-financial losses. If we show the court that extensive medical treatment was necessary, it helps establish the severity of the injury. When an injury is severe, the compensation provided for non-financial losses, such as pain and suffering, is likely to be higher.
If you have suffered a personal injury, it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side as you seek financial compensation for damages. The legal team at Charpentier Law will explore all avenues of damages, including medical expenses, to ensure you are compensated to the maximum extent of the law. Contact us at your earliest convenience to go over the details of your case.