Types of Damages in New Jersey Personal Injury Lawsuits

Posted by: Larry Lavender on Wednesday, July 31, 2019

In New Jersey, victims, and their family members, are entitled to a number of financial damages when they are injured in accidents due to the negligence of other parties.  These types of damages depend on the facts of each case. An experienced lawyer can help you understand which damages apply to your case.  

Compensation for Medical Costs

The injured person is entitled to seek compensation for the cost of any and all medical bills resulting from the injuries he or she suffered in the accident.  Medical costs may include doctor office appointments, hospital stays, surgery, medication, and physical therapy.

Lost Wages

The injured may be forced to miss work for a number of reasons resulting from an accident.  Work might be missed due to incapacitation from the injury itself or in order to receive medical treatment for the injury.  For either reason, the injured is entitled to seek compensation for lost wages.

Pain & Suffering/Emotional Distress

Being injured in an accident has consequences beyond medical bills and the loss of wages.  Depending on the type of injury, the pain can range from just a minor annoyance to a lifetime of agony.  Also, not all wounds are physical. Injured people can have emotional damage that can last for years. Therefore, the injured are entitled to seek compensation for both physical pain and emotional distress.

Wrongful Death

When the worst happens, family members closet to the accident victim may have standing to pursue damages against the party responsible for the fatal incident.  This is particularly true if the victim was the primary wage-earner for the family.

Loss of Companionship

This is another type of compensation that can be awarded to the spouse of the accident victim.  Loss of companionship can include losing physical aspects of a relationship such as sexual relations or having a partner who helps put around the house.  There are also emotional components like losing your spouse’s love and guidance as a result of the injury.

Every personal injury case if different. The facts and circumstances will determine which types of damages the victim and the victim’s family can successfully pursue.  

Please contact me at larry@wileylavender.com if you have any questions about this blog post of other New Jersey personal injury questions.