Catastrophic Injury Lawyer Memphis TN
While any type of injuries that are the result of an accident can be expensive, catastrophic injuries can be extremely overwhelming financially to a victim and their family. Not only are there immediate and short-term expenses, such as medical bills and lost wages, but victims with catastrophic injuries often require long-term or life-long medical treatment. They are unable to work because of permanent disabilities. Tennessee law allows victims who have been injured in accidents caused by another party or parties to file a lawsuit against those liable parties for financial compensation for all the losses they have suffered. A catastrophic injury lawyer Memphis, TN residents recommend, from Darrell Castle & Associates, PLLC can help.
What are damages in a personal injury lawsuit?
Damages refer to the sum of money the victim will be awarded in a lawsuit, either through an agreed-upon settlement amount between the victim and the at-fault party (usually through their insurance company) or the amount a jury decides if the lawsuit goes to trial.
There are three types of damages a victim can receive: economic, non-economic, and punitive.
What are economic damages?
Economic damages include all those expenses that have a definitive dollar amount to them. One of the most common is medical expenses. Some of the medical expenses a Memphis TN catastrophic injury lawyer can seek on behalf of the victim include:
- Ambulance transportation
- Emergency room treatment
- Hospital stays
- All diagnostic testing
- Diagnostic testing
- Rehabilitation stays
- Both prescription and non-prescription medication
- Physical, occupational, and mental therapy fees
- Costs of transportation for medical services
- Costs of future medical treatments
In addition to medical expenses, a victim is also entitled to damages for loss of income. This also includes loss of future income and benefits if they are unable to work because they are now disabled.
What are non-economic damages?
Victims may also be awarded non-economic damages. Unlike economic damages, there is not definite dollar amount attached, but the only way to compensate the victim for the loss is financial. These types of damages include pain and suffering, mental anguish, scarring, disfigurement, permanent disability, and loss of quality of life.
What are punitive damages?
Punitive damages are not commonly awarded in a personal injury lawsuit, however, there are occasions where the jury will include them in their final decision. These damages are usually included when the actions of the at-fault party were especially egregious. These damages serve to punish the at-fault party and send a message to society that this behavior will not be tolerated. One common type of lawsuit where punitive damages are awarded are drunk driving accident cases because the at-fault driver committed a crime when they got behind the wheel of their vehicle drunk and should have known the risk they were putting other commuters in.
To learn more about the legal options that you may have, contact Darrell Castle & Associates, PLLC to schedule a free consultation with a Memphis TN catastrophic injury lawyer.