Accidents, injuries, and the repercussions they have on victims and families will always be unique. Although each case is different and while the needs of victims will vary, it is generally always the case that victims can suffer numerous and profound consequences. Among these, financial burdens are among the most pressing.
When victims suffer injuries that require medical treatment and time away from work, financial difficulties can be worsened. At times when one should be focused on making a recovery and putting their life back on track, addressing financial concerns can seem overwhelming. With the assistance of experienced, compassionate, and attention Santa Barbara personal injury lawyers from Santa Barbara Injury Law Group, however, victims and families will have the personal support and legal representation to recover their damages.
Personal Injury Damages
When victims suffer preventable harm as the result of another's negligence or wrongful act, they are often eligible to recover their damages from the at-fault party by filing a personal injury claim. Again, compensation awards will vary depending on the unique facts and circumstances of a case. Generally, though, victims and families may be eligible to recover the following damages:
Economic damages are those that cause a direct financial consequence for victims. Compensation may include the costs of medical treatment, the projected costs of future medical care, funeral expenses, lost work wages, lost future earnings, and other economic losses victims suffered as a result of their accident and injuries.
Non-economic damages generally include any emotional damages suffered by victims or their loved ones. These can include a victim's pain and mental anguish and their loss of quality of life. In some situations, particularly in cases involving catastrophic injuries and wrongful death, families of victims may also be able to recover compensation for their emotional damages.
In some cases, but not all, victims and families may be able to recover an additional form of compensation known as punitive damages. Punitive damages are designed to further punish wrong doers who commit acts of egregious negligence and to set an example that such conduct will not be tolerated. Drunk driving accidents are a common example of the type of situation in which punitive damages may be available. This is because drunk driving is an extremely dangerous, negligent, and illegal act that a reasonable person should know places others at risk.
At Santa Barbara Injury Law Group, our legal team is committed to helping clients obtain full and fair compensation. We work personally with the victims and families we represent and leave no stone unturned with investigating their cases and advocating on their behalves.
To discuss your case and right to compensation with a member of our team, call (805) 793-0227 for a free consultation.