Life can be an adventure that sometimes brings us surprising and unexpected experiences or negative, difficult situations. What started as a totally normal day could wind up being a life-changing moment if you get into a car accident, slip and fall, or otherwise experience some form of personal injury caused by negligence or wrongful acts by other people. Not only will you have to deal with the pain of that injury, but also its impact on the rest of your life, like your family and your career.
If there is any silver lining to suffering a serious personal injury, it is that you can at least seek compensation for the financial losses you incurred due to the injury through a civil lawsuit against the person or business responsible for your injuries. However, in order to collect any kind of compensation, you will have to put a financial price on the injuries you suffered.
What kinds of compensation does North Carolina let you seek?
People love to tell exaggerated stories about personal injury claims with awards that in no way line up with the severity of the injuries suffered. Often, they have to distort the facts of the case to make it seem like someone with a spurious claim somehow won a ridiculous amount through the courts.
While it is true that punitive damages, meaning a penalty amount, apply in some cases, they are not an option in North Carolina. In most personal injury cases, the amount an individual recovers will directly reflect the provable impact of the injury.
In North Carolina, you can seek compensation for medical costs that you incur because of the incident, pain and suffering you experience, wages you lose and future earning potential you miss out on because of your injuries. In order to connect with that compensation, you have to take action within three years of the date of your injury or risk losing out on your right to do so thanks to the statute of limitations.
Putting a price on your pain and suffering isn’t an easy process
When it comes to lost wages due to missed work, it’s relatively easy to determine the amount you have lost, and the same is true of current medical expenses. Future medical expenses and other financial consequences may be harder to put a price on.
Helping you determine a reasonable value for the injuries and losses you suffer due to the negligence or wrongful acts of another person is one of the many services that a personal injury attorney can offer when you’re hurt. Someone with experience in these kinds of claims will be able to inform you more accurately about how much you could potentially recover in your specific circumstances.