personal injury

What kinds of damages can I recover?

What kinds of damages can I recover?

In a personal injury action, damages are divided into two categories: special damages and general damages. Special damages are those that have a definitive number like medical bills and lost income. General damages are things like physical pain, anxiety, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and disfigurement. Each of these is a separate and distinct harm that deserves individual consideration. By maintaining open communication and staying familiar with each of my clients, I am able to adequately argue these damages to a jury.

When should I hire an attorney?

When should I hire an attorney?

As soon as possible. I can’t tell you how many clients have come to me after attempting to make their claims on their own and there was simply nothing I could do for them because they waited too long without understanding the process. Evidence may need to be preserved. Investigators may need to take statements from witnesses and photographs of evidence that can disappear with time. One example that comes to mind is a case I litigated involving a head on collision. One of my clients was a 10 year old boy that suffered intestinal perforations. A key piece of evidence ended up being the edge of a roadway that was paved over two months after the accident. Fortunately we were able to preserve the evidence before this happened, but potential clients frequently come to me too late after trying to resolve the case on their own.
The bottom line is that you need a trained professional from the beginning to advise the client on the pitfalls that can take away any ability to recover. 

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