Successful personal injury claims cover the costs of your medical treatment, as well as the wages lost from work. Instead of worrying about these costs, you can focus on recovering and moving forward.
Claims and payments
Depending upon the intent or negligence of a responsible party, the injured party may be entitled to monetary compensation from that party through a settlement or a judgment.
Although personal injury cases may result from an intentional act, such as defamation, or from reckless conduct, most personal injury claims are based on a theory of negligence. To hold a party or parties legally liable for injuries so damages based upon negligence, four elements must be proved:
The party had a duty to act reasonably according to the circumstances.
The party breached the duty.
The party’s breach of the duty caused you to be harmed.
You suffered monetary damages due to the harm you suffered when the party breached its duty of care.
The amount of compensation for a personal injury will primarily depend on the severity of the injury. Serious injuries (such as broken bones, severed limbs, brain damage) that cause intense physical pain and suffering receive the highest injury settlements.