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5 things you may be compensated for with a personal injury

Injuries happen every day. Some are just the results of an accident or something you couldn't see coming. Others are the result of another's negligence, and can cause financial, physical, mental and emotional harm to you and your family. Fortunately there are laws in place that can protect you and provide financial compensation when you are injured at the hands of someone else. According to the American Bar Association, personal injury can happen because of the action or inaction of another person. When you have an injury and choose to file a lawsuit, you may receive compensation for several things.

1. Medical bills

It is common that any medical treatment costs incurred because of an injury are included in a settlement. This means you are reimbursed for treatment you have already paid for and an amount may be added for any treatments you may need in the future. Because medical bills can result in crippling debt, this is an important part of the compensation you receive.

2. Loss of income

If the injury or accident causes you to lose your job or miss days of work, you may also be compensated for your lost wages and income. A settlement will often figure in not only days you have missed but income that you may lose out on in the future because the injury affected your ability to work and earn a living.

3. Pain and suffering

If you have serious discomfort or pain after an injury or accident, compensation may be awarded for that under the title of pain and suffering. Chronic pain is common after debilitating accidents and injuries, and may decrease your quality of life in the future, and this compensation is designed to make up for that.

4. Loss of property

You may receive compensation in the amount of fair market value for any clothing, vehicles or additional items that were destroyed or damaged as a result of the accident or injury.

5. Emotional distress

Fear, sleep loss and anxiety are all common after a serious traumatic injury or accident. These may lead to emotional distress damages included in your compensation amount. Significant emotional distress may affect your ability to work, form personal relationships or perform basic tasks in the future.

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