When you have been injured in an accident caused by another party, North Carolina law allows you to file a claim against them in order to pursue damages for any losses the accident has caused you to sustain. Whether it is a vehicle accident, premises liability, malpractice, or any other incident that was a result of another party’s negligence, you are entitled to receive compensation for medical expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, and more.
Not only are victims entitled to damages for their past and present losses, there are future losses that an NC accident attorney can also pursue. This is especially true for catastrophic injuries that require long-term recovery or leave the victim with permanent disabilities. Before even discussing a settlement with an insurance company, your attorney will calculate what those future expenses will be; utilizing resources such as medical experts, vocational experts, and others who will help determine long-term costs.
Future Medical Costs
Many victims who suffer severe injuries require future physical therapy, surgeries, medical treatments, and medications. The costs of all this can be astronomical. In a personal injury case, there are no caps on the cost of medical treatment. The insurance company – or courts if the claim turns into a personal injury lawsuit – determines each case on an individual basis. Some of the future medical costs that can be included in a settlement are:
- Diagnostic tests
- Hospital expenses
- Surgery costs
- Rehabilitation and therapy
- Medical devices and equipment
- Modifications to the victim’s home to accommodate disability
Future Income Loss
If the injury will cause you to miss work, left you with a permanent disability, or unable to work at your current profession, you are entitled to compensation for the amount of income you are losing. In order to determine what that amount is, your attorney will estimate what your earning capacity was prior to being injured and compare that to the reduction you have now.
Many catastrophic injuries leave victims with chronic pain that they must deal with for the rest of their lives. This pain can also affect them emotionally, causing depression and other mental health issues because of the way the pain reduces their quality of life. When calculating this amount, your attorney will use several factors, including the emotional and physical pain impact of the injury.
Contact a Carolinas Injury Attorney Today
If you have been injured, a North Carolina personal injury attorney can evaluate your case to see what damages you may be entitled to and what the best course of action is to obtain those damages.
At Shapiro & Appleton, we have been fighting for injured victims and their families for more than three decades and will work diligently to get you the compensation you deserve. Call our office today for a free consultation.