If you have been seriously injured or hurt in a car accident or any other type of personal injury accident, you may be able to obtain compensation for various economic and non-economic damages—or what your injuries have cost you monetarily, physically, emotionally and mentally.
A personal injury accident damages award will almost always compensate you for medical expenses. Medical expenses include the costs incurred from consultations with doctors, hospital stays, ambulance fees, medication costs, and testing expenses. This may also include the regular ongoing care or in-home services you might need as a result of the injury.
Lost Wages / Earning Capacity
Your injury may have caused you to miss several days, weeks or even months of work. You may be compensated for lost wages, or the wages you otherwise would have earned if you had not been injured. If you are no longer able to do your job due to your injury and are forced to take a lower-paying job, you may also obtain compensation for your loss of future earning capacity.
Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering refers to the physical pain you may have experienced and may continue to deal with as a result of your injuries, as well as the emotional and mental distress resulting from the accident, such as stress of anxiety.
Your vehicle, clothing or other items may have been damaged, too. You may be reimbursed for any repairs to damaged property, or compensated for the fair market value of property that was lost as a result of the accident.
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Loss of Consortium / Companionship
Loss of consortium or loss of companionship is also another damage you can claim compensation for if your injury prevents you from maintaining a physical relationship with your spouse, or keeps you from fully enjoying your relationship with your children and spouse. These claims have limited value unless the spouse is very seriously injured.
Punitive damages may also be awarded to you on top of your other damages if the behavior or activity that resulted in your injury was deemed particularly unreasonable or careless. To be awarded punitive damages in Ohio, the defendant must have acted with malice, or with fraud.
If you have been injured in an accident, then contact The Fitch Law Firm. For over 30 years The Fitch Law firm has been helping Ohio accident victims recover full and fair compensation for their injuries. Call The Fitch Law Firm today toll-free at (855) LAW-OHIO for a free initial consultation.