If you are injured in an automobile, trucking, slip and fall, or other kind of accident, you are entitled to damages based on your injuries. Most of the time when we’re in an accident we think about what is happening right then and there and what the recovery process is going to look like.
However, with personal injuries, it’s important not to forget about the future and what sort of impact your accident could have not only days or weeks, but years afterwards.
What Are Some Types of Future Damages?
When it comes to a personal injury case, there are several types of future damages that you may be awarded compensation for.
Here are some examples
Lost Wages and Potential to Earn
One of the most common types of future damages has to do with the amount of time a person is unable to work or earn money as a result of the injury. While you are compensated for immediate damages, the court also has to take into account what your injuries will cost you in the future.
If you are unable to work for a period of time due to your injuries or will lose out on money making potential, such as business opportunities, potential promotions, and other financial transactions, these must be calculated and fair compensation should be awarded for reasonable losses.
Ongoing Medical Expenses
Another type of future damage that deserves compensation is if you have continuing medical expenses for treatment of your injuries. While compensation is typically awarded for immediate injuries suffered after an accident, if the victim can prove ongoing expenses such as medication, rehabilitation, surgery, and other treatments, then they are entitled to compensation for those future expenses as well.
These types of expenses can be more difficult to calculate so it is important to have all your documentation in order, from doctors and specialists, to be able to prove your damages in order to receive compensation.
Permanent Physical Injury
Future damages may also cover losses such as trauma and pain experienced from a permanent injury. This includes things like traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and paralysis, or the loss of a limb. These types of injuries are life altering and come with a lifetime of difficulty and expense.
For these reasons, the court can decide to award damages based on the permanent loss of quality of life that can come with those types of injuries.
Proving Future Damages
Although accident victims often suffer severe injuries, lost wages and other losses, future damages must still be proven, and doing so can be more difficult than proving a typical accident claim.
Evidence and testimony are the key to proving these types of damages. Medical bills, bank statements, earnings reports, and other information can serve as key evidence. Testimony from medical specialists can support ongoing injuries and future medical expenses, and accountants and economic experts can support lost wages and potential earnings.
You deserve compensation for the full extent of your injuries. With the right preparation and a personal injury attorney on your side, you can get the financial compensation you deserve after your accident.