An individual who was injured as a result of someone's negligence is entitled to sue the person or corporation responsible. In other words, the individual who was injured as a result of another person's negligence is entitled to receive compensation. In these cases, a clear violation of an expected form of standard conduct (standard of care) must be demonstrated and that violation must be shown to be the proximate cause of the injury.

Examples include doctors who fail to inform their patients of the risks of taking certain medications, and the absence of a caution sign to indicate that a floor has just been cleaned and is therefore wet and possibly slippery. Another obvious example is a person driving too close to another vehicle, causing a rear-end collision.

For car accidents, 

Medical Expenses may include (but aren’t limited to) any of the following:
  • Physical and/or cognitive therapy (if a brain injury);
  • Ambulance fees;
  • Consultations with health care professionals;
  • Accessories such as crutches or heat pads;
  • Disfigurement (see Pain and Suffering, below);
  • Permanent disability;
  • In-home services (even if non-medical).
If your doctor believes you will need additional medical treatments or therapy at the time your claim is settled, your attorney may calculate the likely costs. Doctors and health care professionals can help with these estimates. See more here

Pain and Suffering is legally defined as mental or physical distress for which one may seek damages in a lawsuit. These damages are based on the type of injury, the seriousness of the pain suffered, and the prognosis for future pain associated with the injury. Pain and suffering may also include mental and/or emotional damage stemming from the incident, such as anxiety or stress. Some states allow plaintiffs to include pain and suffering damages for a general loss of enjoyment of life.  See more here

Lost Wages After a car accident, injuries may cause you to lose earning capacity. This may also include an inability to work due to physical therapy sessions, time spent in a hospital, problems with mobility, or other factors that prevent you from earning your usual wages. You must be able to prove that the injuries have impaired or diminished your ability to earn money in the future, based largely on past earnings. A jury will consider factors such age, occupation, skill, experience, and life expectancy.

Loss of Affection or Companionship If you are married, an injury could deprive you and your spouse of the ability to show affection, including sexual activity, which is referred to in legal terms as a "loss of consortium." Unlike other types of damages, loss of affection, companionship, and/or consortium are claimed by the uninjured spouse. But these types of damages can’t be recovered if you don’t recover damages for your injuries.

To learn more, contact our personal injury attorneys for a free initial consultation. We handle personal injury cases on a contingency basis, meaning we do not charge a fee unless we obtain compensation for you.