The following some examples of cases where a party was awarded damages as the result of another driver’s negligence.
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Damages in a personal injury case is the amount of money you received as compensation for your injuries. Damages include reimbursement for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Reimbursement for treatment or testing to include hospital stays, nursing home stays, or physical therapy. The medical portion of damages should include all of your expenses, including any potential future costs for medical treatment.
Your medical carrier may be entitled to this money if they pay for your medical bills prior to a settlement or damage award. Alternately, a medical lien can be placed on the expected value of a future damage award — either by insurers or health care providers — to ensure payment is made when the defendant pays out for these medical costs.
Damages are also awarded for lost wages or lost income in a personal injury case. This includes payment for any work that you had to miss because of the injury or because of treatment for the injury. These damages will also include wages lost should your work ability be reduced thus hindering you ability to work or work at your prior position or level.
Pain and Suffering
Damages for pain and suffering can be significant which makes insurance companies inclined to settle a case. To “estimate” pain and suffering, insurance companies will often employ techniques like a “pain multiplier” to arrive at a dollar figure.
Sometimes, an accident or injury causes emotional injury which must be proven by psychological or psychiatric records.
- Sacramento County: A logging truck rear-ends a car at a low speed but with heavy impact; the car was pushed into another vehicle). Plaintiff sustained neck injury that eventually required surgery. Plaintiff continued to suffer from neck pain and headaches. Substantial past and future medicals were alleged and in March 2013 a Sacramento County Jury awarded Plaintiff over $1.2 million.
- Sacramento County: A car rear-ends another car at a low speed causing sustained neck injury to Plaintiff that would eventually require surgery. Defendant argued Plaintiff had pre-existing conditions and that injuries were not solely due to this accident. Substantial past and future medicals were alleged and in November 2014 a Sacramento County Jury awarded Plaintiff $359,485.
- Amador County: The driver of a car had a near miss of a head-on collision when the driver of another vehicle suffered a medical emergency. Plaintiff sustained a neck injury that required surgery that did not alleviate all of her pain. Future surgery would be required along with pain management care for the rest of her life. Substantial past and future medical expenses and pain and suffering were alleged. In September 2014 An Amador County Jury award Plaintiff over $3.6 million.
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