Many people think that personal injury claims are only meant to recover compensation for medical expenses. While these damages are included in Texas personal injury claims, there are other options for recovery that injury victims may be entitled to receive.
In Texas, types of damages are broken down into two categories: economic and non-economic damages. Basically, economic damages are the things that can be calculated fairly easily into your compensation by adding up your out-of-pocket expenses. Non-economic damages are going to be special damages that your personal injury attorney will have to argue on your behalf for.
Medical Expenses - As many of us know, medical bills can rack up quickly, especially when you’re seriously injured in an accident. A majority of your compensation will come from medical expenses, including bills for hospital stays, medications, rehabilitation, and other ongoing medical treatments.
Lost Wages - You may be put out of work for a period of time after you’re accident. You may also not be able to do the same job that you did before either. If this is the case, you could recover compensation for lost earning capacity. Additionally, you could be entitled to loss of household services if your household relied on your paycheck in any way.
Pain and suffering - It’s hard to put a price on your physical health. Sometimes, the road to recovery is a long and tough one. You may be entitled to receive compensation for the suffering you had to endure because of the accident.
Mental Anguish - Sometimes, the circumstances of an accident are particularly disturbing or gruesome (for instance, seeing a loved one killed in an accident). Someone could pursue compensation for the mental burden if it disrupts their daily life.
Disfigurement - While some injuries heal, others last a lifetime. These damages could include scars, burns, amputations, or other injuries that inhibit the person’s ability to live the life they did prior to the accident.
Loss of Consortium - These damages account for the value the person had on others’ lives and how it was lost due to the accident, such as the loss of a spouse, parent, or child.
Seek Legal Help
Our Austin personal injury attorneys are dedicated to helping injury victims pursue maximum compensation for what they have endured. We will review your case and determine what damages you are entitled to receive compensation for and fight for your rights in and out of court.
Contact Briggle & Polan at (512) 400-3278 for help pursuing maximum compensation for your personal injury case.