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One of the most critical factors for getting maximum compensation for your injury accident is knowing all the types of damages available to you. If you assume you can only ask for compensation for your medical bills, you’re going to miss out on important categories of damages.
Nevada laws ensure that accident victims can recover fairly for a wide range of losses. Your losses may include financial losses, and loss of use. Working with an experienced personal injury lawyer is crucial to ensure you ask for all damages that apply to your case. Here are the types of damages that are available in an injury case.
Don’t make the mistake of assuming only your emergency room bills count as your medical losses. The damages you can get in a Nevada personal injury case include any medical bill you ever have because of the accident.
If you need physical therapy because of the accident, all of your physical therapy bills count. If you need follow-up appointments to create a long-term care plan, those bills count. Even medical devices like a wheelchair qualify for compensation. Make sure you evaluate your claim to include all of the following types of medical losses:
- Emergency care
- Urgent care
- Care from all professionals including nurses, assistants, technicians, and doctors
- Diagnostic expenses
- Home health care costs
- Physical therapy
- Surgery costs
- Other rehabilitative costs
- Mobility devices
- Treatment supplies like band-aids, wraps, and braces
Pain and suffering
Suffering from a physical injury is painful. You likely have to live with discomfort and pain. A monetary award for pain and suffering is meant to provide you with fair compensation for having to live with pain. Of course, no amount of compensation can take your pain away. But money is what the justice system can offer you because of it.
The amount that you can claim for pain and suffering depends on the extent of your physical injuries. When your injuries are minor, and you can recover from them quickly, your pain and suffering compensation may amount to about half of your medical damages. When you have a severe injury with lifetime consequences, your pain and suffering compensation may be much more. Your injury attorney can help you place a dollar value on your pain and suffering.
Loss of use
A personal injury accident can result in involuntary changes to your lifestyle. If you used to bike, run, crochet, or cook and can no longer do your favorite activity, you have to adjust to your new life with limitations. You may lose the use of an arm or leg or even lose your vision.
Loss of use is a category of damages that compensates you for the things you cannot do because of your injuries. Your loss of use damages are unique to you. Nevada law directs the parties to consider what the person used to do before the accident and what activities the person can’t do anymore because of the accident.
Loss of consortium
Getting hurt in a personal injury accident may affect your loved ones. Nevada law allows the victim’s spouse to bring a claim for what’s called loss of consortium. There are a lot of things that qualify as loss of consortium damages, including loss of any of the following:
- Sexual relations
- Ability to bear children
You can ask for compensation to pay you back if you’re unable to work after your injury accident. You calculate how long you missed work and add up what you would have made. You can consider all sources of income, including:
- First, second, and third jobs
- Retirement contributions
- Perks like a company cell phone or use of a company car
Lost wages include any compensation that you get for doing your job. You can use pay stubs, tax returns, and a letter from your employer to show what you made before the accident.
Lost earning capacity
While lost wages look at the amount of money you lost out on earning in the short-term after the accident, lost earning capacity looks at what you can’t earn in the future.
If you’re unable to work long-term, your compensation, promotions, and entire career track falls under the category of lost earning capacity. You may need to work with an occupational expert to determine how your career outlook has changed because of your accident.
After an injury, you may need to hire people to help you around the home. You may need to pay someone to mow the lawn, bring the groceries, cook, or take care of the kids. You can ask for compensation if you have to hire for things you used to do yourself. Compensation for hired help because of your accident is called replacement services.
In very extreme cases, Nevada law may also provide for additional damages as a punishment for the defendant. Punitive damages typically apply in cases where a corporation is at fault for hurting many people or where a person acts intentionally to hurt someone else in a serious way. Punitive damages punish the responsible party and set an example to others to encourage good behavior.
When you have physical injuries, you may also have property damages. You have a right to compensation for the value of your damaged property. You may take the current market value of your damaged property and include it in your total damages calculation.
How can an experienced personal injury lawyer help?
A skilled personal injury lawyer has extensive experience helping accident victims value their damages. They can help you evaluate all of the categories of damages to make sure you arrive at a case value that’s fair and complete.
Your qualified attorney can also help you determine what you need to do to prove each category of damages in your personal injury claim.
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With more than 33 years of experience fighting for victims of personal injury in the Las Vegas Valley, attorney Adam S. Kutner knows his way around the Nevada court system and how to get clients their settlement promptly and trouble-free.