If you suffered injuries in a serious accident, the experience could throw your life into turmoil.
In addition to mounting medical expenses, you may find your recovery taking more time than anticipated.
As you continue to miss work, your financial stresses continue to grow.
In addition to quantifiable financial harm after an accident, the simple pleasures or activities you enjoyed before your accident may no longer be enjoyable due to your injuries.
This type of harm is broadly referred to as loss of enjoyment of life, and you can receive compensation for it.
Speak with a personal injury attorney to discuss the loss of enjoyment of life damages and the other damages you are entitled to.
What Are Loss of Enjoyment of Life Damages?
Loss of enjoyment of life refers to how an accident impacts a person’s quality of life.
In most cases, a severe injury so negatively affects a person that they receive less or no enjoyment from the things they were able to do before an accident.
Loss of enjoyment of life examples are easy to imagine, but they tend to be different for each person depending on that person’s interests.
For instance, consider a man who enjoyed road cycling as a hobby. Before his accident, this man spent hours of his free time exploring new places on his bicycle.
However, after an accident that left him with a serious injury affecting his leg, he is in chronic pain that intensifies when cycling. Now, this man no longer enjoys cycling.
This man’s unfortunate situation represents just one of countless loss of enjoyment of life examples in personal injury cases.
What Other Damages Can I Collect in a Personal Injury Case?
After an accident in Alabama, you may recover damages from the negligent or reckless individual who caused your injuries.
Compensatory damages seek to compensate an injured party for their losses. The purpose of compensatory damages is to put the injured party in the position they were in before the accident.
There are two types of compensatory damages – economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages represent calculable financial losses directly related to the accident.
With tangible evidence, economic damages are relatively easy to prove and include the following:
- Past and future medical expenses,
- Past and future wage losses,
- Loss of earning capacity, and
- Property damage.
Your attorney proves your economic losses through invoices, pay stubs, receipts, and other documentation.
Non-economic damages represent more subjective losses related to one’s injuries. These include the following:
- Pain and suffering,
- Loss of enjoyment of life,
- Loss of consortium and,
- Emotional distress.
As you can see, this is the category that loss of enjoyment of life fits. Due to their subjective nature, non-economic damages are more difficult to quantify.
However, one should never overlook these damages as they may be significant.
A person injured due to another person’s negligence deserves to be compensated—not just for the financial hit but also for their physical and emotional losses.
How Can a Lawyer Help Me?
Compensation can’t take away your pain or fix your injuries. However, it may allow you to slow down and focus on your recovery.
A qualified personal jury attorney is essential to maximizing your financial recovery by representing your interests in the following areas:
- Investigating claims.
- Gathering evidence,
- Negotiating with insurance companies,
- Sending demand letters,
- Preparing court documents, and
- Representing your interests at trial.
Without a lawyer, you may lose out on the just compensation needed to put the accident and injuries behind you.
Insurance companies and their lawyers may take advantage of unrepresented parties by pushing victims into unfair settlements that fail to compensate them for their losses adequately.
Having your own lawyer helps level the playing field and protect your rights.
At Fob James Law Firm, we understand what you’re going through and that you shouldn’t go through it alone.
We provide aggressive legal representation fueled by our passion for our clients.
We possess the resources of a large personal injury firm, but we focus on providing the attention and compassion of a small firm.
Contact us today for a free case evaluation. We are here to help you.