If you've been seriously injured in an accident, and it's not your fault, you're entitled to compensation from the responsible parties. Catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and spinal cord injuries can impact your entire family, financially and psychologically. That's why it's important to work with a Bergen County personal injury attorney that takes a holistic approach to helping your family collect monetary damages that will promote healing and pave the road to a brighter future.
You Have A Right To Be Compensated
These are some of the types of damages that are available for personal injury claims:
- Medical Expenses: This includes doctors, nurses, physicians assistants, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, surgical costs, physical therapy, acupuncture, pain management, medications, assistive devices, modifications to your vehicle, and/or home and travel expenses to obtain care.
- Lost Wages: You're entitled to reimbursement for the time you were unable to work or had to work less than usual, due to the injuries you sustained. You can also be compensated for lost sick or vacation time, lost bonuses or promotions, and other perks that were lost due to your accident.
- Lost Future Earnings: If your injury requires you to retrain for a different line of work, you are entitled to reimbursement for these costs. If you are permanently or partially disabled, you're entitled to be compensated for the lower amount of income this caused for your entire life.
Property Damage: You're also entitled to reimbursement for damage to your personal property or real estate that's damaged as a result of an accident. These are some examples of property damage:
- Damage to your car, truck, bicycle, or motorcycle;
- Damage to your fence from being hit by a car;
- Damage to your mobile phone or items in your vehicle;
- Damage to walls from a gunshot; and
- Damage to clothing or a handbag from a fall.
- Pain and Suffering: Medical costs, lost earnings, lost future earnings, and property damage claims are capped at their actual value. The value of your pain and suffering is subjective and juries have great discretion in awarding damages to injured victims.
- Wrongful Death: When a person is killed due to a negligent, reckless, or intentional act, the responsible parties owe compensation to the family.
- Punitive Damages: When it can be shown that the injuries were caused by malice or by wanton or willful behavior, punitive damages can sometimes be awarded by a jury to punish and deter such behavior.
Types of Personal Injury Cases
Personal injury cases are lawsuits for damages due to a negligent, reckless, or intentional act that causes harm. There are many different types of personal injury cases, but these are the most common:
- Motor Vehicle Accidents: Millions of people are injured and tens of thousands are killed in motor vehicles accidents in the United States each year. The most common cause of motor vehicle accidents is distracted driving including driving while using a cellphone, eating, or taking care of children. Drunk drivers cause many of the most severe accidents with catastrophic injuries.
- Medical Malpractice: When doctors, nurses, physicians assistants, therapists, and other health care providers make mistakes, it's called medical malpractice. Some of the more common mistakes are misdiagnosis, improper treatment, errors during surgery, mistakes during labor and childbirth, and failure to diagnose cancer.
- Premises Liability: Property owners that fail to keep their premises safe can be sued for damages for the injuries their carelessness causes. This applies to personal, commercial, industrial, and municipal properties. There are a wide range of cases including slip and fall accidents, dog bites, and assaults.
- Product Liability: When dangerous and defective products cause injuries, the designers, manufacturers, and sellers of these products can be held liable. Some examples are dangerous food, drugs, consumer electronics, children's products, vehicle parts, and medical devices.
If you've been injured and believe it's somebody else's fault, it's important to call an experienced Bergen County personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Deadlines can be short and evidence can be destroyed. Call Pedrani Law today for a free consultation at 201-466-2641.