Everyone gets injured at some point in their lives. Most of these injuries will be minor scrapes or cuts that you will get from normal activities like sports or yard work. However, every so often, people will get seriously injured in a way that requires professional medical help. You could end up with expensive medical bills, a long recovery period, and potentially permanent loss of bodily function or the ability to participate in things you enjoy. The sting of your injury can be even worse when it happens because someone else was negligent.
Fortunately, the law allows you to recover damages from parties who negligently injured you. Our lawyers can help you get financial compensation for your accident. We can deal with insurance companies, opposing lawyers, and other adverse parties to try and get you the best payout we can for your case.
Dial (844) 876-4357 to get a free case analysis from Howe Law’s personal injury lawyers.
Accidents and Injuries You Can Sue for in Smyrna, GA
Our personal injury attorneys can assist you with a variety of matters involving injuries. No two accidents will be exactly the same, so it is important that your personal injury lawsuit reflects the specific facts of your situation to have the best chance of being successful in court.
Car accidents are one of the most common personal injury lawsuits our personal injury lawyers deal with. Getting hit by a negligent driver while you are in a vehicle or as a pedestrian can easily land you in the hospital.
A truck crash is one of the most dangerous situations a motorist can find themselves in. Because trucks are enormous and heavy, they are capable of causing truly serious injuries.
Motorcycle accidents have a slightly greater chance of injuring the rider since the rider is more exposed than the driver of a car. Even with an appropriate helmet and other safety gear, motorcycle accidents can result in serious injuries.
Slip and Fall Injuries
Slipping and falling down is often used as comic relief, but in reality, you can get badly injured from falling down. You could end up with permanent nerve damage or a traumatic brain injury like a concussion.
Medical malpractice lawsuits sue medical professionals for negligent actions that result in injuries to the plaintiff. A medical professional who makes a mistake by botching a surgery, incorrectly prescribing medication, or failing to diagnose an illness could be liable to you in court for any injuries they caused.
Medical malpractice lawsuits are sometimes more technically complex than other personal injury lawsuits because of the specific knowledge of the medical field required to be successful. Often medical experts are used by each side to bolster their case and arguments.
Wrongful death lawsuits can be some of the toughest lawsuits to go through for plaintiffs. Wrongful death actions are not suing for injuries to the plaintiff but for the negligent death of a loved one. The “injury” that you sue for is generally the loss of financial support from the deceased family member, although in some cases, you can get compensation for the deceased’s medical treatment as well.
Calculating Damages for a Smyrna, GA Personal Injury Lawsuit
Should you succeed in your personal injury lawsuit, the court will award you financial compensation as damages. Damages are a way of trying to place the plaintiff as close as possible to they state they were in before the injury. A common way to do this is through financial compensation. Paying a plaintiff’s medical bills, for example, helps to alleviate the financial burden of getting injured.
You need to state the amount you are asking for in damages when you file your lawsuit. There is no set way that you are required to determine the number of damages you ask for. However, we will go over some of the main ways that our attorneys help our clients calculate damages for their personal injury claims.
Types of Damages You Can Recover
Before we go into how to calculate damages, it is good to have a basic understanding of the types of damages you can recover in a personal injury lawsuit.
First, Economic damages are based on things with real-world monetary value. This includes things like medical bills or car repair bills that will have receipts attached. Non-economic damages cover things that are more abstract, like physical pain or loss of companionship from a deceased loved one. Finally, punitive damages, as the name would suggest, punish the defendant when they act in an especially bad way, but are rare and might not necessarily factor into calculations for a damages award.
The multiplier method takes your economic damages and uses that as a base for your non-economic damages. You simply multiply your economic damages by a given factor and use that multiple as your non-economic damages.
The idea is that the sustained pain and suffering from your injuries are worth more than the initial treatment. This method is generally used when a plaintiff’s injuries are permanent.
“Per Diem” Method
The “per diem” or “per day” method bases your non-economic damages on the pain you suffered each day when you were injured. For example, you might come up with a “daily pain/anguish amount” for each day you were in physical therapy or otherwise recovering from your injuries. This method is generally used for injuries that a plaintiff fully recovers from since, were the plaintiff’s injuries permanent, this amount can conceivably be infinite, and a court cannot award infinite damages.
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