If you have been in an Ontario car accident, you are probably wondering if you should start a legal action and if so, how much your case may be worth. In most cases, it takes time to assess the damages of a particular case. As an individual pursues medical treatment and as the details of the case are better understood, it is easier for your lawyer to assess the damages of your case.
Most damages awarded in personal injury cases are called “compensatory” damages. As the name implies, such damages are financial and are meant to compensate the injured person for any injury or loss they suffered as a result of the accident. There are a number of different categories of compensatory damages. The details of your case will determine what kind of damages you may be eligible for.
Compensation for medical treatment is probably the most common kind of damages awarded to an injured individual. This can include compensation for medical appointments, treatments, etc. it includes compensation for any medical expenses you have already incurred as well as any future medical costs.
Damages are also often awarded for loss of income. Depending on their injuries, an individual’s ability to work can be severely affected. Some people have to stop working for some amount of time after their accident, and this could range from a week to many months or years. This can also compensation for any future loss of income due to injuries incurred in the accident.
You may also be entitled to damages for pain and suffering. This category is more vague and is often more difficult to put into financial terms. These damages, also known as non-pecuniary damages, must meet specific requirements, which involve serious effects of the accident on your life, such as disfigurement or serious permanent impairment.
Compensation for property loss as well as compensation for housekeeping are other kinds of damages you may be eligible for. Your personal injury lawyer will be able to assess the details of your case and explain to you the kinds of damages you may expect to receive. While it is good to be aware of the various kinds of damages, nothing replaces experienced legal representation. If you are wondering what your case may be worth, contact the personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth for a free consultation.
Call us! 613 233-4529