Get What You Need: Compensation in Personal Injury Claims
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If you have been injured in an accident, be it from a slip-and-fall or an ATV accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be experiencing several different types of damages and losses in your day-to-day life. However, you may not know what types of losses are eligible for compensation.
Damage Categories Where You Can Seek Compensation
Here are the five main categories of damages for which you may be able to seek compensation:
- General Damages: General damages may be awarded for the physical, emotional, and psychological pain and suffering caused by the accident. These damages are intended to compensate you for the pain and distress caused by the accident. General damages may also compensate for loss of quality of life and loss of enjoyment of life.
- Loss of Income: You may also be compensated for the income you lost due to your injuries. Loss of income may include lost salary, bonus payments, overtime, benefits, and other forms of income. Loss of income compensation may extend to future earning capacity if the accident has had long-term effects on your ability to earn a living.
- Housekeeping Costs: Many accident victims are unable to complete housekeeping tasks because of their injuries. Accordingly, they must hire housekeepers or lean on family and friends for assistance. The Court will compensate for these damages and will also compensate for future loss of housekeeping if your injuries are permanent.
- Medical and Rehabilitation Costs: Accident victims may be eligible for compensation for medical and rehabilitation costs related to the accident. These costs may include past and future medical expenses, such as surgery fees, hospital fees, physiotherapy fees, and other forms of rehabilitative treatments.
- Special Damages: “Special damages” refers to monetary, out-of-pocket expenses—for example, travel costs to medical appointments, prescription costs, and other expenses directly related to the accident.
Section B Benefits and Motor Vehicle Accidents
If you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle accident, it is important to remember that you are entitled to Section B Benefits paid through your own insurance policy even if you have an at-fault (tort) claim against the insurer for the other driver. Those Section B benefits ensure that you are getting coverage for medical treatment, medication, and a portion of your lost earnings immediately. Though the tort claim may take a significant amount of time to resolve, Section B benefits get you help when you need it most.
Alberta Personal Injury Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been injured recently, contact the Injury Law Team at KMSC Law today for a free consultation. Our experienced team of litigators will advocate on your behalf and make sure you are compensated for the losses you have suffered. From motor vehicle accidents to wrongful death claims, KMSC’s team of experienced injury lawyers have represented people suffering from a wide variety of injuries.