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What types of personal injury compensation can I claim?

If you've been in a vehicle or work accident that resulted in an injury, you may be tempted to accept the consequences and try to move on with your life. The legal aspect of your accident may seem too stressful and complicated. This doesn't have to be the case. With the help of an attorney, you can claim these types of compensation for your injury to make things easier for you in the long run.

Medical care

The primary type of compensation you will want to receive is for your medical care, both now and in the future. You may have multiple medical bills to pay, and your health insurance will only cover so much. You don't want to clean out your savings or go into debt either. The party responsible for your injury can also be responsible for your resulting medical expenses.

Pain and suffering

Sometimes your pain and suffering will extend beyond the physical injury. It can also include emotional and mental problems from being in an accident, particularly if it was traumatic. Loss of your regular routine, lifestyle and physical ability can cause stress, anxiety and depression. You may also lose companionship or sexual relations. These negative effects, called general or non-monetary damages, are just as real as the physical injury.

Loss of income

Your injury may lead to you not being able to work and therefore losing your current income and any future earnings. This can be the most devastating result since without your income you won't be able to pay for any of the medical and emotional care you need to recover or to care for your family. It can cause relationship or family conflict.

Physical damages

If you were in a motor vehicle accident, the most common type of personal injury claim, you can receive compensation for physical property damaged in the accident. This can include your car and items destroyed in the car, such as electronic devices.

Punitive damages

Punitive damages are punishments to the party responsible for the accident if the conduct was spiteful, abusive or dishonest. The defendant will have to pay you simply for their horrible behavior. However, this is not a common compensation.

These monetary awards are useful for you to get back on your feet, both literally and figuratively. You need to file your claim within a year of the accident, which is the statute of limitations for personal injury in Tennessee, to have a valid case. Call an attorney today to discuss your options.

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