If you have been injured by someone else (example - injured in a car accident) or injured by a malfunctioning machine or product, you may have one or more of the following personal injury claims:
1. - doctor bills
2. - hospital bills
3. - cost of drugs and medication
4. - therapy bills
5. - cost of prostheses
6. - ambulance bills
7. - cost of travel to and from doctor's offices
8. - loss of income
9. - pain and suffering
10. - loss of spouse's consortium
11. - temporary disability
12. - injury to a specific part of your body
13. - pain, suffering, and discomfort
14. - permanent injury or impairment
15. - future pain, suffering, and discomfort
16. - disfigurement or scarring
17. - future doctor bills
18. - future hospital bills
19. - future cost of drugs and medication
20. - future therapy bills
21. - loss of future income
22. - punitive damages
23. - other costs and losses not listed above
As you read through the list, you can see that some of these personal injury claims are easy to determine because the claim is for a specific amount. For example a personal injury claim for a hospital bill is the actual amount of the hospital bill.
Other personal injury claims have to be fair estimates. For example, what is a personal injury claim for pain, suffering, and discomfort worth? There is not an exact amount and it varies depending on the circumstances and people involved.
As a side note, if you are injured, keep copies of everything - every bill and report. Also, take lots of pictures. A picture of a broken arm in a cast is much better and has a greater impact than saying that you suffered a broken arm.
This is general information only. If you have any questions whatsoever, talk with a lawyer licensed in your state.
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