What am I entitled to if I am injured in an accident?Return to FAQ Videos
Well accident injuries be it automobile collisions, slip-and-falls, dog bits, prescription errors, no one goes to jail in those kinds of cases for the injury sustained to you because it’s called a tort case. What you can get is money damages. You get a monetary award. There are three main categories when considering those monetary awards.
One is economic damages. That deals with your lost wages lost time from work. The second category under economic damages would be your medical costs. Medical costs that you have already incurred as a result of the incident itself and those medical costs that you are reasonably expected to have in the future as a result of the injuries that you have incurred for that particular accident.
The second category would be noneconomic damages. I like to call those human damages because that deals with your pain suffering, emotional distress, disfigurement and scarring, human damages. The third but yet very rarely is this third category considered and that would be punitive damages. Punitive damages are imposed when an egregious harm has occurred and it’s imposed as a warning for the bad acts of that at-fault party.
Those are the three main categories that we look at when determining your money damages.