Personal Injury and Auto Accidents
The law permits you to seek recovery after an accident to “make you whole again.” The main concept is that you should be compensated in a manner that, as best as the law can arrange, places you back in the same position as you were before the accident. In attempting to make a person whole, the law recognizes that damages from an automobile accident can come in many forms; lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, scarring, disfigurement, loss of earning capacity and a spouse’s loss of consortium, or loss of the services, society and intimacy of the relationship.
In addition to normal compensatory damages designed to make someone whole, in extreme cases “punitive damages” may be available if the injury was the result of someone else’s reckless or irresponsible behavior, or if the cause of the accident or the extent of the injury was caused by something about the car that is dangerous — a defective product — that the manufacturer should have corrected.
There are exceptions to this rule in states that have passed “no fault” insurance provisions or allow for “economic only” recovery. In this situation, a person may be limited to recovering only for actual lost wages, medical expenses and property damage. Pain and suffering may be limited or unrecoverable in certain states.
Harper Law Firm has over 20 years experience representing mainly plaintiffs in both insurance claims and litigation over personal injury claims and related damages. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car wreck, or if you or someone you know has been injured in a car wreck, or if you or someone you know has been injured by the negligence or carelessness of another, including animals, click here for a free evaluation in your case by an experience personal injury attorney