A party is liable for the personal injury of another if he was negligent, caused an accident, and injured another person. Their liability stems from their careless or thoughtless conduct or failure to act when a reasonable person would have acted. Conduct is considered negligent when it falls below a legal standard of taking reasonable care to protect others from harm.
Some of the most common types of personal injuries are incurred in motor vehicle accidents. Depending upon the intent or degree of negligence exhibited by the liable party, the injured party may be entitled to monetary compensation for damages suffered, which might include:
- Medical expenses, present and future.
- Property damage, including repairing or replacing a damaged vehicle.
- Lost wages when injuries prevent the injured party from returning to work.
- Reduced earning capacity, if an accident victim can no longer do the work he did prior to his injury.
- Pain and suffering, the legal term for the physical and emotional distress arising from a personal injury.
- Loss of consortium, or the inability to have normal marital relations.
In addition to receiving compensation for his physical injuries, the victim might also be entitled to compensation for the lifetime effect of the injuries, called loss of amenities or loss of enjoyment of life. Loss of amenity refers to the impact an injury has had on a victim’s quality of life, and takes into account the financial and non-financial limitations on his lifestyle.
If you have suffered a personal injury in Forsyth County, North Carolina, contact Nagle & Associates, P.A. online or call (800) 411-1583 to schedule your free initial consultation today.