What Can You Recover in a Lawsuit?
When you’ve been hurt in any type of an accident caused by the carelessness or negligence of another person, you have the right to file a lawsuit to recover for your injuries and loss. You may be unable to work or may need extensive rehab or physical therapy, which may not be covered by insurance. You may experience pain and suffering on a daily basis, or have to give up things you love because of your injuries. What can you reasonably expect to recover in a lawsuit for personal injury?
The Different Types of Damages in a Personal Injury Action
In New Jersey, you can ask a jury to award damages (monetary compensation) for six different types of losses:
- Wages and income—You can seek reimbursement of past and future income you didn’t earn because of your injuries. If the accident makes it impossible for you to work again, you can get prospective damages based on a reasonable date of retirement.
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering—A jury can award you compensation for traumatic or chronic physical or emotional discomfort or distress
- Unreimbursed medical expenses—You cannot recover compensation for any medical bills that were covered by insurance or otherwise paid
- Loss of enjoyment of life—This includes your inability to engage in normal activities of daily life, or to do things that you could do before the accident
- Loss of companionship or consortium—You can be compensated for the loss of intimate relations with a spouse, or the loss of love, affection or relationship with other family members
- Property damage or loss—A court can award you damages for the loss in value to property or for the total loss of property
Contact the Cintron Firm
At the Cintron Firm, LLC, we offer more than 14 years of experience to people in New Jersey facing a broad array of legal challenges. Attorney Mark Cintron has worked as a prosecutor and has extensive courtroom experience, so he’s always ready, willing and able to protect your interests before a judge or jury. Contact our office online or call us at 201-791-1333 or 917-494-5695 to set up an appointment.