By means of competent legal representation by an injury lawyer, any individual who has sustained personal injury due to the negligence of another party can receive compensatory damages to which he or she is legally entitled. In such cases, the compensation depends on the nature and extent of the injury, the monetary or physical losses incurred, and the pain and suffering (be it physical or emotional) sustained.
It is the responsibility of the personal injury lawyer to study the injured party’s case and evaluate its worth in terms of compensatory damages. These damages are to be provided by the party responsible for the accident (or their insurance company), and are negotiated and agreed upon by all involved parties in court.
Compensatory damages may come in various forms. Most important, of course, is adequate medical attention, which includes not only the cost of initial treatment but also future medical care if the injury sustained is deemed chronic or permanent and will require continuous treatment due to a disability or disfigurement. Financial assistance is likewise provided, particularly if the injured party has not been able to return to work temporarily or permanently, and as a result has not received his or her wages.
Other compensatory damages include compensation for emotional distress, pain and suffering, loss of consortium and enjoyment, and loss or damage of property and personal belongings (e.g. vehicles totaled in car accidents).