What is a personal injury or negligence claim?
Personal injury or negligence is a legal term for a physical and/or emotional injury. Many times it is referred to physical pain and mental suffering. This may be caused by medical malpractice, nursing home abuse or neglect, automobile accidents, trucking accidents, or school abuse.
What types of damages are available in a personal injury claim?
In West Virginia, you may be entitled to money if your injuries were caused by the carelessness of someone else. There are two main categories of damages: economic damages and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are those losses that are calculated through medical bills, lost wages and other evidence. They may include the expenses you incurred or will incur for medical treatment. They may also include the costs associated with physical rehabilitation and other verifiable out of pocket expenses. Economic damages also include wages you lost (or will lose) because of your injury, whether temporarily or permanently. You may also claim economic damages if you are still working but had to take a lower-paying job because of your injuries.
Non-economic damages are intangible losses related to the injuries you suffered. They are described as the damages for pain and suffering. Non-economic damages may include:
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced quality of life
- Loss of consortium
- Mental anguish
- Physical pain
Getting a fair settlement or verdict
Obtaining fair compensation for your injuries can take time, effort and thorough record-keeping. The best way to achieve an ideal outcome is to work with an experienced injury lawyer.
If you or a loved one was injured as a result of negligence, medical negligence, or carelessness, call the experienced injury lawyers at Salango Law, PLLC. Our dedicated team reviews cases throughout West Virginia and will review your claim for free. Please call (304) 342-0512 today for a free consultation. Salango Law, PLLC serves Charleston, Beckley, Clarksburg, Huntington, Morgantown, and all of West Virginia.