You can recover for any expense that was directly related to the property owner’s negligent security. Once you prove the elements of your negligent security claim, then you need to prove the value of your damages. Any expense that you have incurred or that you are reasonably likely to incur in the future because of your injuries may be compensated.
You may incur what attorneys call “out-of-pocket costs” in addition to your medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering. Out-of-pocket costs include all of the other things that you have to pay that you didn’t have to pay prior to the accident, such as:
- Transportation costs if you can’t drive.
- Child care costs if you are unable to care for your kids.
- Housecleaning help if you are unable to clean your home.
Any other expenses that you have sustained because of your injuries may also be part of your negotiated settlement or court verdict.
Don’t Expect an Automatic Recovery
The insurance company or property owner will fight to pay you as little as possible in damages. You will have to provide clear and convincing evidence about the value of your expenses. This may include:
- Receipts, cancelled checks, or other documentation of payments that you have already made.
- Your medical records to prove why these expenses were necessary.
- Expert witness testimony to prove how long you may incur these expenses and why they will be necessary for you.
While out-of-pocket costs may not be your most significant damages in a negligent security case, they are an important part of your total recovery. You deserve to be compensated for all of the damages that someone else’s negligence has cost you. To find out more about your rights and about what you can do to protect your rights, please browse our website and our experienced negligent security lawyers directly at 1-800-800-5678 for a free consultation.