If you are injured due to negligence, you are not liable for the costs of your related care, rehabilitation, lost wages, and permanent damages. You have a right to personal injury compensation that can help you cover both immediate and long-term costs associated with your injury.
If you have been injured by no fault of your own, consider if you are able to fight for personal injury compensation and take steps to get the fair settlement you deserve.
What Is Personal Injury Compensation?
Personal injury compensation is a financial payout given to an individual to cover damages that result from an injury caused by the negligence of another party. To have a legal right to personal injury compensation, the injured party must prove:
- The injury was a result of negligence
- The injury led to damages
If you were in an accident and can prove both of these points, you may have a personal injury claim worth fighting for.
When Can You Make a Personal Injury Compensation Claim?
To win personal injury compensation, you must be able to prove that an injury was caused because of the negligence of another person or business. You must prove that the other party was at fault. Personal injury compensation is most commonly awarded in cases related to:
- Slip and falls
- Medical negligence
- Wrongful death
- Pedestrian accidents
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Boating accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Trucking accidents
In Florida, you have up to four years from the date of the injury to file a personal injury lawsuit.
While you have years to make a claim, it’s recommended that you talk to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The sooner you take up the fight, the more time you have to prepare your case and receive compensation for immediate expenses and damages.
What Can Personal Injury Compensation Cover?
Personal injury compensation can cover a wide array of damages that are both monetary and non-monetary. There are four major categories associated with personal injury cases.
Special Compensation Damages
Special compensation damages have an explicit monetary value. The damages relate to the costs incurred due to the accident. They include:
- Immediate medical bills (hospital expenses, surgeries, prescriptions, etc.)
- Future medical bills (physical therapy, massage therapy, prescriptions, chiropractor sessions, pain management treatment, mental health treatment, etc.)
- Cost of home-care and domestic services
- Lost income
- Loss of future earnings
- Property damage
- Costs of altered plans (canceling a vacation, wedding, etc.)
General Compensation Damages
Unlike special compensation damages, general compensation damages don’t have an exact dollar amount. General compensation damages refer to the non-monetary harm caused by the accident. They are often referred to as “pain and suffering” damages and include financial compensation for:
- Debilitating long-term physical impairments
- Physical disfigurement or deformities
- Emotional trauma (stress and anxiety)
- Loss of consortium or companionship
- Damage to lifestyle because of the injury
If the injury was intentionally caused by the at-fault party, the injured party may be eligible for punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded when there is proof that the injury was a result of malicious or intentional conduct.
Wrongful Death Damages
In the case of a wrongful death, there may also be wrongful death damages that provide relief for the surviving family. They may include:
- Pre-death medical bills
- Cost of funeral and burial
- Loss of consortium or companionship
- Emotional distress of surviving family
- Loss of financial contribution
How to Prove Your Personal Injury Claim
If you wish to seek personal injury compensation, you need to prove damages. You must show the court proof of the burdens that have been placed on you and your family, mentally, physically, emotionally, and financially.
To prove your personal injury claim, it helps to have:
- Photos of injuries
- Medical bills and records
- A documented medical prognosis
- Expert testimony
- Witness testimony
- Personal testimony
- Testimony from friends and family
- Photos from the scene of the accident
Gathering evidence is essential to winning your personal injury case. Don’t delay if you think you have a right to personal injury compensation. Start collecting evidence and information immediately after the accident to improve the chances of winning your case.
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Get Fair Personal Injury Compensation
If you or a loved one sustained an injury due to the negligence of another party, you should not be further burdened by short-term and long-term costs. You deserve to be fairly compensated for your immediate and lasting expenses that impact your body, mind, family, and finances.
If you think you are due personal injury compensation, contact TJ Grimaldi today.
TJ is an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you determine if you have a case, and if you do, help you get what’s due to you. The consultation is no cost, so you have nothing to risk (and everything to gain) by talking to TJ today.
Schedule your consultation or call 813-226-1023 now.
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