In any case where you are injured or incur damages because of the negligence of another person, the law says you are entitled to be “made whole” by the person or entity whose actions caused you harm. Put another way, you are entitled to be restored to the life circumstances you were in prior to the accident. In general, an injured party is entitled to compensation for damages caused in the accident, including:
● Past, present, and future medical bills
● Past, present, and future loss of income or property
● Past, present, and future pain, suffering, and emotional distress
● Past, present, and future loss of a normal life
When your damages are a loss of property or a loss of income, being “made whole” is a relatively straight forward issue. You are entitled to the value of the income or the property that you lost. An experienced attorney can help you avoid the pitfalls that sometimes prevent injured people from recouping the full value of their income or property loss. Unfortunately, there are damages for which you can never be “made whole.” For example, a person who is paralyzed from the waist down in an accident may never be able to walk again, experiencing a significant decrease in quality of life. Likewise, a person who is badly injured in an accident may need to undergo multiple surgeries over the course of several years before they can return to normal life. Those several years constitute a great length of time which the person will never get back. They don’t get to go back in time and be pain free for that period, or go on that once in a lifetime family vacation they had to miss out on. Since it is impossible to put the injured person back in the position he or she was in before the accident in these cases, under the law he or she is entitled to the monetary value of what he or she lost. An experienced attorney knows how to document and prove the fair market value of the damages in question.