A personal injury case isn’t just about holding the person who hurt you accountable for what happened. It is also about making a fair financial recovery for the injuries that you suffered because of someone else’s negligent or intentional actions.
Wisconsin law provides you with a limited amount of time to pursue a claim if you have been hurt. Before you take action, however, our personal injury lawyers encourage you to learn more about the kinds of damages that you can recover, how these damages are valued, and how to get the recovery that you deserve so that you can make an informed decision about whether to pursue a claim.
Different Kinds of Personal Injury Damages
If you are successful in a personal injury claim then you may be able to recover for the unique and specific damages that you have suffered. This could include damages such as:
- Medical expenses. All of your health care costs, such as hospital stays, surgeries, doctors’ visits, medications, rehabilitation costs, and other expenses are compensable.
- Lost income. You may recover for any income that you are unable to earn as a result of your injuries. This includes full or partial wages, bonuses, self-employment income, and other sources of income.
- Out-of-pocket costs. Any miscellaneous expenses that you incur as a result of your injuries should be compensable. This could include transportation costs and household help, for example.
- Pain and suffering. Your physical pain and emotional suffering may be your most significant and your hardest to value damages. It is important to present convincing evidence so that you can be fully compensated for your pain and suffering.
- Punitive damages. Punitive damages are only available in some Wisconsin personal injury cases. You will need to prove that the defendant acted maliciously toward you or with intentional disregard for your rights.
In addition to proving the type of damages that you should recover, you will need to prove the specific value of those damages to the insurance company or to the court.
How Damages Are Calculated
The damages that you have already incurred will be valued based on their actual cost. For example, the value of your medical expenses will be based on your bills and the value of your of lost wages will be based on your pay stubs, tax returns, or other evidence of income.
Future damages are calculated differently. Often, you will need an expert to testify about your future medical needs, your future lost income, or any other damages that you are expected to incur that have not yet been valued.
How to Protect the Recovery You Deserve
Both your past and your future damages should be protected. You can do this by contacting an experienced Wisconsin personal injury lawyer who knows how to advocate for your full and fair recovery and who will work hard to make sure that you get the damages that you deserve. To learn more, please contact us online or by calling 800.800.5678 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation about your rights and about the damages that you might recovery in a personal injury case.