Before you begin settlement negotiations or file a complaint in court, you need to know why you are pursuing a personal injury recovery. What is the possible outcome of your efforts? How will any damages you recover make a difference in your life? How can you get these damages?
Our experienced personal injury lawyers want you to know the answers to these questions before you take any further action.
Potential Damages in a Personal Injury Case
If someone else’s negligent or intentional actions caused your injuries, then you may be able to recover for your past, current, and future:
- Medical expenses. This includes things such as hospital stays, surgeries, doctors’ appointments, medications, medical devices, physical therapy, and other rehabilitation therapies.
- Lost income. Any income that you are unable to earn due to your injuries may be compensable. This includes wages, bonuses, benefits, and income from being self-employed.
- Out-of-pocket costs. Any expenses that you incur because of your injuries may be compensable. This could include things such as childcare help or household help that you did not need before you were hurt.
- Pain and suffering. Your physical pain and emotional suffering are some of your most significant damages. While a financial recovery won’t take away your pain or suffering, it is the only remedy available and could help you recover to the extent possible.
In some cases, you may also be able to recover punitive damages. Punitive damages are meant to punish the defendant for extreme wrongdoing. In Alabama, you need to prove with clear and convincing evidence that the defendant acted with “deliberate or conscious malice.” This is a tough standard to meet, but if you can prove this, then you may recover up to three times the amount of your compensatory damages or up to $1,500,000 in punitive damages.
Protect Your Right to Recover the Damages You Deserve
You will need to present convincing evidence and persuasive arguments in order to recover the damages that you deserve. The evidence that you may need to prove the extent of your injuries and value of your damages could include expert testimony, tax returns or evidence of past income, medical records, and more.
An experienced lawyer can help you gather the evidence that you need and present it to the insurance company or court. For more information, please contact us today via this website or by phone to schedule a free consultation.