Personal injuries come in a variety of flavors that many clients are not aware even exist. Of course, we all know one can sustain a personal injury through a variety of accidents: car accidents, other motor vehicle accidents( or non motor, pedestrian and bicycle), slip and falls, dog bites; work accidents; nursing home abuse or medical neglect or in one case – a bathtub fell through the ceiling into a client’s bathroom while he was brushing his teeth!
But do you know all the damages available and the types of compensation your personal injury lawyers should consider when filing your claim. Let us count the ways: 1) Economic losses including but not limited to medical expenses, lost earnings, cost of repair, loss of business or employment(including the opportunity for both) 2) Non-economic includes: loss of consortium or society (see our blog August 5, 2011 at myaccidentlaw.com); emotional distress, mental suffering injury to reputation and loss of enjoyment of life 3) Aggravation of Pre-existing Condition- if your accident causes an old war would to flare up- you can be compensated for the flare-up 4) Complications from the original injury- if your back injury leads to a disease or is aggravated by poor medical care(see GrazianandVolpe.com blogs on nursing home abuse and medical neglect and 5) Punitive or exemplary damages can be awarded where the jury finds clear and convincing evidence that the defendant’s conduct was done with a willful and conscious disregard for the safety of you or others(see blogs on motor vehicle accidents, especially involving trucks and other commercial vehicles).
Bear in mind that this list is just a primer to give you an idea what your Chicago Personal Injury (or any other jurisdiction counsel) should be looking for when litigating your personal injury. Call your trusted personal injury attorney for more detail and explanation. Remember the Chicago Accident Lawyers at Grazian and Volpe love to talk personal injury and do it on our website, facebook, linkedin and on Twitter. Sometimes we even video on YouTube and make TV appearances to talk law with the viewers at WCIU, You and Me in the Morning and remember- we will always consult with you for free in the office or on the phone. So stay safe-but if you can’t-stay with Grazian and Volpe!