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What Is Negligence? 3 Categories of Personal Injury Claims Where You Have the Right to Seek for Damages

April 7, 2020  ·  By HM&M


The law defines negligence as the failure to act in a reasonably careful way considering the circumstances. When someone’s negligence causes injury to you or your family, you have the right to fair compensation.

In such cases, the damages available to you generally fall into one of the following categories listed below.

Medical Expenses

Did you or your loved one sustain a medical injury as a result of another party’s negligence? In many cases, a claim like this falls under medical malpractice. The negligence may be the result of errors before, during, or after care, resulting in measurable damages like future medical expenses.

The law allows victims to seek financial compensation for the damages that ensue, including but not limited, to:

  • Loss of income.
  • Temporary or permanent disability.
  • Unusual pain and suffering.

To make a claim, an experienced attorney must find evidence that the hospital or doctor acted negligently.

Lost Wages

What if, due to the negligent acts of others, you need to miss work? What if you’re no longer able to work? This is the unfortunate reality for some people who suffered an injury because of someone else’s negligence.

Luckily, you’re entitled to reimbursement for lost wages. This includes wages for the time you were unable to work, as well as loss of future earning potential. The right to reimbursement applies to part-time and full-time jobs, for both hourly and salary earning individuals.

Pain and Suffering

Sometimes the damage caused by negligence is so great, it takes an emotional and financial toll far beyond any physical injury—like losing a loved one in an accident.

Take a parent, for example. If the person who died provided income, which others relied on, surviving family members have the right to seek damages.

Damages for pain and suffering can’t make you whole, but compensation can at least make it easier for you to adjust to life without your loved one.

Let us help you secure compensation for your injuries.

Negligence cases can be hard to prove. That’s why you need an experienced attorney with the resources and expertise to thoroughly investigate the circumstances and hold all responsible parties accountable. At Hurley McKenna & Mertz, our team takes every effort to ensure you’re fully compensated for your injuries. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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