Recovering Lost Wages And Medical Expenses After An Injury

Most people understand that they are able to seek compensation for the losses they suffer in a personal injury claim. Many of them, however, are not aware of the various types of damages they are entitled to seek under the law. Insurance companies rely on injury victims' lack of knowledge as a way to sell lowball settlement offers that save them money and deprive victims of the justice they deserve.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an accident that occurred because of another party's negligence, it is important that you hire a lawyer who knows the law and has the ability to secure the full measure of compensation available for your claim. At Karns Law Group, we have been protecting the rights of Rhode Island injury victims for more than 40 years.

Understanding Your Rights After A Serious Accident

Perhaps the best way to illustrate all of the types of compensation that may be awarded in a personal injury case is to use a worst-case scenario type of example. Let's assume that an injury victim is in the mid stages of a successful career earning a comfortable six-figure income. The victim also enjoys an active lifestyle. In this example, the injury is severe enough that the victim will not be able to return to work in the same capacity and will be physically unable to pursue the active lifestyle that he or she enjoyed previously.

In a case like this, the victim would be able to seek the following types of compensation:

  • Recovering lost wages: This includes the victim's regular income as well as future income. The negligent party could be required to pay for retraining and compensate for any difference in the amount of money the victim lost between the new wage and what he or she might have made in the previous position.
  • Medical care: In addition to the victim's hospital bills for the initial treatment of the injuries, many victims need physical therapy, medications and other types of ongoing care for years into the future. Compensation for lifelong care can be pursued in these cases.
  • Additional care considerations: If the victim's injuries are such that they will need assistive medical equipment over the short or long term, the negligent party can be held liable for those costs. When needed, this can include prosthetics, home accessibility modifications and in-home nursing care.
  • Pain and suffering: Even after a victim has reached the maximum level of recovery after an accident, chronic pain frequently persists. It is possible to seek compensation for the pain the victim will have to endure for the rest of his or her life.
  • Loss of enjoyment of life: If the victim enjoyed activities that he or she will no longer be able to participate in because of the injuries, the court can award compensation for the victim's loss. The courts have made substantial awards with proper evidence to support the request.
  • Emotional distress: Many victims experience a severe emotional reaction to the pain they experience and their inability to live the life they enjoyed prior to the accident. It is possible to seek compensation for this type of emotional distress.
  • Property damage: Auto accidents and many other types of personal injury claims involve some type of property damage. Victims are entitled to be compensated for the costs associated with any repairs that may be necessary.

Contact One Of Our Offices To Speak With A Lawyer

Learn more about the various types of compensation that may be available in your case. We have offices in Providence and Middletown to serve you. Contact us online, call us locally at 401-239-1085 or toll free at 888-KARNS-LAW to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.