PERSONAL INJURY: YOUR LEGAL RIGHT TO COMPENSATION
When you have been injured by a person or business that was negligent, you have a legal right to compensation. Your damages may include lost wages while you were injured, the loss of your future earning potential if you can’t perform your previous job, current and future medical expenses, permanent disability, pain and suffering, and any loss of your quality of life. Your spouse or dependents also may have a claim for loss of support and other damages.
Personal injury claims are among America’s most common legal actions. The victim of an injury who seeks compensation through a legal proceeding is known as the plaintiff. If you were not responsible for your injury, you– the plaintiff– can hire an attorney who will negotiate a settlement with the responsible party, or file a personal injury lawsuit in a state or Federal court.
Experienced attorneys can often resolve a personal injury claim through out-of-court settlements with the responsible party or their insurance company.
Personal injury lawsuits that are not settled outside the courtroom may proceed to a trial. The jury may determine that the plaintiff is entitled to compensatory damages. In cases of gross negligence, the jury may also find the defendant liable for punitive damages. Your lawsuit or settlement could secure the compensation you deserve, and help prevent future accidents to others by requiring the responsible party to take corrective action.