If you or someone you love has been injured, you face a difficult struggle on several fronts. You obviously have the physical pain and trauma to work past as a result of the incident in question, but there are many other layers. You may need to complete physical therapy, and there’s no doubt that even if you’re insured, your medical bills are beginning to pile up for the portions that your policy does not cover. To add yet another element to that stress, you may also be unable to work until you recover, which means that you will be living off the resources you have worked for years to accumulate.
One positive aspect of this situation is that you do have legal rights and options to consider. Below are a few different types of damages that could be available to you, depending on how your injuries occurred. If you’d like a complete analysis of what types of recovery would be advisable to pursue, contact a Green Bay personal injury lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today to schedule a free initial consultation.
Compensatory damages are those that basically help you recapture the money you’ve lost as a result of your injuries. Costs and losses that could be included in this category include any medical bills you’ve incurred, any other costs you’ve taken on to help you recover such as medications and equipment to aid in your recovery, and any lost wages that were not paid as a result of your inability to work.
While it’s very difficult to put a price on the amount of pain and general emotional and physical suffering you’ve endured, you are entitled to pursue damages for these losses, as society dictates that a person who’s been the victim of an accident deserves to be made “whole,” which means to be placed back in the situation you were in before you were victimized.
Some legal pundits will call this ‘consortium,’ which means the loss of the ability to remain intimate on all levels with your spouse and other family members. Again, it’s difficult to place a numerical value on the loss of someone you love, but society dictates that you be compensated for this loss.
In certain cases, you could be entitled to punitive damages, which are meant to penalize the defendant. These types of damages are rare in negligence cases, as punitive damages are usually involved when a defendant did or failed to do something knowingly, but in extreme cases of negligence or recklessness, punitive damages could be an option for you.
Of course, there’s no way of knowing exactly what would be advisable to pursue unless you contact a Green Bay personal injury lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® to schedule a free initial consultation. This meeting will allow your attorney to help you understand what your legal rights and options are in relation to your situation.