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How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help With Damages

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Personal injury law is a broad area of law involving many types of injuries, from work-related injuries to injuries caused by product defects. The damages you stand to get after an injury are awarded based on the provisions of the Civil Liability Act (2003). It's also important to note that there's a time limit for filing a personal injury claim. To ensure you file your claim in time and get fair compensation, you should have a personal injury lawyer by your side. Here are some of the damages a personal injury lawyer can help you with.

Medical Expenses

One of the damages a personal injury lawyer will pursue on your behalf is medical expenses. However, your lawyer will have to gather proof regarding the extent of your injuries. This includes your doctor's statement regarding your condition and your insurance provider's statement on the payments they've been making to your hospital.

If you need to receive ongoing treatment like hospital stays or physical therapy, the at-fault party must pay for these bills. The medical expenses can be quite high if you're permanently disabled and in need of life-long care. Generally, your lawyer will ensure that the medical damages you're awarded include every expense you've incurred from the time you started receiving treatment and also the future costs you'll have to pay for treatment.

Lost Wages

Your personal injury lawyer will also help you get compensated for lost income or wages. If you had to miss work because of your injury or treatment, this would be part of the lost wages award. Additionally, if you had to take sick time because of your injuries, your lawyer will help you receive compensation for the losses you incurred during those days.

If your injuries are permanent such that you cannot be able to work again, your personal injury lawyer will ensure that the lost wages you receive cover the course of your lifetime. Also, if you've been disabled in a manner that reduces your ability to earn, your lawyer will pursue a damage award based on this consideration.

Pain and Suffering

Pain and suffering damages are also known as non-economic loss or general damages. This is an important claim, especially if you cannot claim lost wages. Your personal injury lawyer will review your case to determine whether to seek pain and suffering damages.

Pain and suffering damages are calculated by considering your special damages and multiplying them by a number. The damages can also be calculated by determining the number of days you are expected to be in pain. Your personal injury lawyer will ensure you get the best pain and suffering award.