When you file a personal injury lawsuit, part of the process is informing the court of what type of damages you're seeking and in what amounts. This depends on the specifics of your case, but generally damage claims fall into a few main categories. To help you determine where your case falls, Glacier Law Firm in Kalispell, MT, offers this explanation of the types of claims they see most often.
Types of Personal Injury Claims
1. Medical Expenses
Aside from being the most common, this type of claim is extremely easy to prove using records of your medical visits. A suit seeking reimbursement for medical expenses is often all you need to fund your recovery.
2. Income Loss
There are two types of income loss in personal injury claims. One is due to missed work during recovery, and is easy to prove with your employer's records and testimony. The other is a loss of earning capacity due to your injury—for instance, if the incident produced a lasting disability.
3. Survivor Benefits
In the case of a wrongful death case, your claim will not be for your own medical needs. Rather, it will be to cover both the financial loss and the emotional toll of the death of a loved one.
4. Product Liability
Damages in a product liability case may fall into any of the categories above, but the case will be unique in that the defendant is a company rather than an individual. You may also be one of multiple plaintiffs.
5. Insurance Claims
In this case, you won't be attempting to prove the defendant's liability for the injury, but rather their contractual obligation to pay for it. The exact payment you'll seek will depend on your policy.
If you're unsure which type of damages you should pursue, Glacier Law Firm can help. Contact them at (406) 552-4343 to arrange a consultation, or send a message online.