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Personal Injury Damages

Personal InjuryPersonal injury lawyers can help ensure that their clients receive the maximum damages recoverable by law. Items for which injured parties are legally entitled to compensation include past and future lost wages, past and future medical expenses, damages for past and future physical and emotional pain and suffering, and damages for disfigurement.

Loss Of Consortium Claims In New Jersey

Sometimes, a close family member of an injured person, such as his or her spouse, may also be entitled to damages, often referred to loss of consortium damages, which are intended to compensate the loved one for the loss of the injured party's services and companionship.

For anyone who has seen a loved one recover from an injury, it can be a harrowing process not least due to the emotional difficulties in seeing them hurt. People are generally social animals who strive for companionship, friendship and contact with others. When someone in your family is affected by something, indirectly, so are you. If interacting with that person in a certain way was part of your daily, weekly or monthly routine, and you are no longer able to do so because of an injury or a medical procedure, your life can be greatly disrupted.

Anytime someone is hurt, there may be consequences that affect not just the injured. Loved ones are also impacted when a member of the family cannot function as they previously could. A husband or wife can feel a loss of intimacy due to the other's injuries. A loss of companionship can have dramatic reverberations that can be difficult for some to understand. That's why the law in New Jersey has instituted loss of consortium claims specifically to address these issues.

Other Types Of Damages

Other kinds of damages that may be awarded, depending on the laws of the state in which the lawsuit is brought and the facts of the particular case, include hedonic damages, which are awarded to compensate the plaintiff for the loss of enjoyment of activities that he or she once valued, but can no longer participate in.

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages are awarded when the defendant's conduct was particularly egregious and the court or jury determines that the defendant should be punished by paying an amount above and beyond the plaintiff's actual damages. These awards also serve to deter others from engaging in similar wrongful conduct.

To get care and see doctors, you might need to miss work. And taking time off from work can lead to lost wages, which won't help when the bills for the doctors and medical care start to come in. And even if you can go back to work, assuming that your employer allowed you to take time off, it may be more difficult now that you are dealing with an injury. Such a situation can lead to troublesome complications in other areas of life, too, such as relationships with family or even one's own emotional construct. In New Jersey, victims of negligence have a legal right to make a claim for compensation. You may have been going about your day when suddenly you are in a car accident or dangerous conditions lead to a slip-and-fall. Obtaining a skilled attorney is the best possible defense one can have to make sure that their claim is handled properly and that all possible legal avenues are explored.

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