If you’ve suffered as the result of a
slip and fall accident and are seeking compensation for your injuries from the property
owner or responsible party, it’s important to know why you might
be receiving certain parts of your settlement and for what areas you are
currently uncompensated. In addition to hospital and medical bills that
seem most obvious, there are many ways to request compensation through
facets like loss of enjoyment, pain and suffering, and even mental anguish.
Find out more about these venues here.
Disfigurement. If you were hurt in an accident that left you deformed or
disfigured, you can sue the plaintiff on the grounds that knowledge of
the permanent physical damage is giving mental anguish.
Future Medical Bills. When settling, you don’t want to just present
the current medical receipts and bills. Instead think about the medical
changes that have resulted from this accident–in this case you will
want to relate how often you will need to see a doctor in the future to
your current settlement suit.
Household Services. Sometimes included in the medical bills, these charges
include compensation for having someone come over to take care of daily
household things such as cleaning or cooking while the patient was recovering.
Loss of Consortium. If the injured party is married, he or the uninjured
spouse may claim they suffer from a loss of consortium, which may include
solace, comfort, intimacy, and sexual relations as a result of the accident.
If the marriage was stable before the accident and certain forms of connection
are now lost, the parties may due for these types of damages.
Loss of Enjoyment of Life. This may mean an inability to enjoy the daily
comforts or joys of the world that could previously be seen. This means
that if a victim typically plays golf every day and finds great comfort
from it and it had been an integral part of the lifestyle, and finds himself
no longer able to enjoy the game, he has experienced a loss of enjoyment.
Lost Earning Capacity. If a victim of an injury can prove that he or she
will not be able to find the same caliber job that they enjoyed before
the accident and can no longer make as much money or will be unable to
work, they can sue on the grounds that they no longer can earn what they
would have made without the injury.
Lost Wages. Similar to the lost earning capacity, lost wages refer to the
unearned wages specifically between the time of injury and time of settlement.
Medical Expenses. Medical expenses include bills and expenses for doctors,
hospital visits, treatments and surgeries, ambulances, etc. The medical
expenses must be the direct result of the injury in question.
Mental Anguish. And mental suffering or emotional distress is considered
mental anguish and may include fright, terror, apprehension, nervousness,
anxiety, worry, humiliation, mortification, feeling of lost dignity, embarrassment,
grief, and shock.
There are many other types of suits that can be filed, so if you are considering a
personal injury lawsuit and are wondering what kind of damages you may be able to recover,
call our office today so we can discuss the best settlement available
to you. The team at the Kyle Law Firm is here to help.