When a personal injury occurs, your primary goal is to get better. In turn, the court may award different types of damages to help you recover physically, emotionally, and financially. If you have been injured due to the negligence of another, you can be compensated in the following ways.
4 Types of Damages You Can Receive After a Personal Injury
1. Medical Bills
Medical treatment reimbursement is among the most common types of damages. By keeping receipts and paperwork from your doctor’s visits and medications, the court will be able to come up with the appropriate compensatory figure.
If you sustained an injury that will have long-term effects, you’d be awarded an estimated amount to cover the care you’ll need in the future.
2. Pain & Suffering
Pain and suffering take into account not only the physical effects of the injury but also the psychological effects.
The event that caused the injury can be traumatic, leading to anger, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
To calculate the extent of pain and suffering damages, Georgia uses multipliers between 1.5 and 5. The multiplier is determined by the severity of the injury, if the injury will cause long-term issues, and how much fault belongs to both the plaintiff and the defendant.
3. Lost Wages
Lost wages are simple to recover. The injury may have made you unable to work for a certain number of days or weeks. You’ll be paid your daily wage multiplied by time you missed.
If your weekly hours aren’t consistent, the court will use the average number of hours you’ve spent at work multiplied by your wage and missed days.
4. Loss of Earning Capacity
However, loss of earning capacity is more difficult to determine than lost wages. Sometimes, the injured party is unable to return to their current job due to the incident. When that occurs, the court calculates the difference between the earnings the injured party might have made at their job and the amount they’ll likely earn as a result of the injury.
If you have sustained a personal injury, you need lawyers who will hold those responsible accountable and see that you’re compensated. Smith & Tabor Attorneys At Law have 35 years of experience representing those in need of help. Known for their compassion and dedication, their team will be there for you when you need them. For more information on their many services, including workers’ compensation and estate planning, visit their website. To schedule a consultation at their Toccoa, GA, office, reach out to them at (706) 886-5141.