About Compensation You May Recover After A Personal Injury
Personal injury law is about losses, causation and compensation – also called damages. In Washington state, as is true elsewhere, laws specify what types of damages you may be able to recover.
Insurance laws and practices also play a significant role in many personal injury cases. At Dean Standish Perkins & Associates in Seattle, we bring compelling claims in pursuit of the damages that our clients need to rebuild their lives after an accidental injury or a loved one’s accidental death.
Damages For Personal Injuries In General
The types of compensation that you may recover through civil litigation are classified by law in Washington as economic and noneconomic damages.
Below is just a sampling of damages you may be able to recover after a slip-and-fall or another type of accident:
- Economic damages may include medical expenses, loss of earnings, the cost of obtaining substitute domestic services and the loss of employment, to name a few.
- Examples of noneconomic damages include pain, suffering, mental anguish, emotional distress and loss of companionship.
Compensation Available Through Auto Insurance
Damages available through car insurance after a motor vehicle accident may include:
- Personal injury protection
- Lost wage replacement
- Lost services to one’s household
With a skilled attorney on your side in negotiations, mediation or a trial, you may also be able to recover compensation for pain and suffering.
Catastrophic Injuries And Fatalities
Some accidents dramatically alter the quality of life of the injured. In such cases, damages may be extraordinarily high. Putting together an effective damage claim or lawsuit after a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury will require an accounting of the following needs:
- Therapy and rehabilitation
- Durable medical equipment and other disability accommodations
- Personal care to assist with activities of daily living
After a fatal accident, eligible surviving family members, such as a spouse or child(ren), may recover damages such as the following through a wrongful death claim:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Replacement of the deceased person’s financial contributions to the family
- Loss of companionship
No dollar amount can give bring back the previous quality of life after a serious injury or a fatality, but compensation is an element of justice.
Request A Personalized Analysis Of Your Injury Or Fatality Case In Washington
The generalized information on this webpage may not apply to your accident case. Discuss your injuries or losses with a lawyer from Dean Standish Perkins & Associates in a free consultation.