Noting Property Damage in Personal Injury Lawsuits
By Younker Hyde Macfarlane on March 17, 2016
Clients can count on the lawyers of Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC. One of the leading law firms in the Salt Lake City area, we offer expert legal advice for all kinds of injury cases. This includes issues involving medical mistakes, accidents at construction sites, and even car accidents and collisions with automobiles.
There's a lot of attention paid to the cost of physical injuries following a serious accident. Right now, we'd like to consider how personal injury cases account for property damage and lost items.
Ways in Which Property May Be Damaged in an Accident
When you're involved in a serious injury accident, you can suffer from more than just physical injury. It's also possible for your personal property to be damaged as well. In the case of an auto accident, for example, this would mean damage to the vehicle and the contents within the vehicle. This might mean laptops, smart phones, and other belongings.
The example of damage to property is most obvious in cases of auto accidents, but it also applies to other kinds of injury cases. When your personal property is damaged, the negligent party in the case should be held accountable.
Damages in Personal Injury Cases
Damages are sought in personal injury cases in order to hold the negligent party accountable. There are two kinds of damages: compensatory damages and punitive damages.
Since our topic is property damage, our main focus will be on compensatory damages, though, briefly, punitive damages are damages sought in excess of compensatory damages intended to punish the negligent party.
About Compensatory Damages
Compensatory damages refer to damages that are intended to cover the losses associated with an accident and injury. This includes medical expenses, lost wages, lost future earnings, damaged items and personal property, and the cost of physical rehabilitation and further medical care.
Tabulating Compensatory Damages
When it comes to tabulating compensatory damages, the process is relatively simple. Collecting medial bills, repair bills, records showing time off work, receipts of sale for other goods, and so forth is a simply way of tabulating these kinds of damages.
In the case of an auto accident, the blue book value of the automobile can be considered. The same is true of the value of other goods within the vehicle at the time.
How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help You
The legal process can be challenging, and it's important that you have skilled advocates on your side that will fight diligently for you and your needs. Our attorneys have years of experience dealing with these matters, and they will help you make smart legal choices and provide you with the information you need to ensure confidence in your case.
Contact Our Team of Personal Injury Attorneys
To learn more about your legal rights in civil lawsuits and how we can help you, be sure to contact our team of personal injury lawyers today. The attorneys of Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC will fight diligently on your behalf.
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