Seeking compensation can be a critical component in helping injured victims in Ohio recover following an unexpected car accident or other traumatic incident caused by someone else's negligence. The damages victims can receive through a personal injury claim will depend on their unique situation and circumstances, but it can help to be familiar with some general types of damages that may be available to injured victims.
Personal injury damages can include medical expenses, including those for future medical care costs providing that they can be estimated with some certainty. Compensation for medical damages can include compensation for doctors and other medical professionals; ambulance fees; emergency room treatment; hospital stays; and nursing services. Damages may also be available for disfigurement and disability in circumstances where the victim has suffered that type of harm.
Compensation for other types of damages including for lost wages and lost-earning capacity may also be available. Damages for wages the victim lost due to the injury they suffered while they were unable to work may be available. In addition, damages for lost-earning capacity may be available if the victim is unable to continue in their normal occupation because of the injuries they have suffered. In addition, damages may be available for loss of companionship and consortium; loss of support and services; and loss of enjoyment of life. Pain and suffering damages may also be available to injured victims for the emotional harm they have suffered because of the accident.
Damages for personal injuries must also be reasonable, which is why it is helpful for victims to understand how to calculate and prove their damages. It is important for them to keep careful records of their damages, so they can recover the compensation they need for the damages they have suffered. If successful in a claim for damages, accident victims can focus on recovering from their injuries without having to worry about how to pay for the many expenses associated with the accident.