Last year I was nearly killed in a horrible car accident, and that’s how I learned about compensatory damages.
My name is Pablo Casagrande. I expected to work hard and save money when I moved ten years ago from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Lake Worth, Florida. I went to work every day on time, put in an honest day’s labor as a car mechanic, and paid my taxes. Every night I drove the same route to and from work, which was about twenty minutes from my house.
Last year when I was on my way home, a car coming from the other direction suddenly swerved out of its lane about a hundred yards in front of me. I slammed on my brakes, but there was no way I could avoid the car. It slammed into me- head on- and what happened after that is a blur.
I was knocked out from the impact and somehow ended up in the backseat of my car. I was taken by ambulance to the local hospital, where I spent nearly three weeks in intensive care. Seven of my ribs were broken, my fibula was cracked, and I had lost all feeling in my right leg. Due to traumatic head injury, my doctors and family were concerned that I might never walk or talk again.
I’m happy to be alive, and today I can walk and talk about what happened. I’m lucky. My family would have been devastated if I hadn’t received compensation for my injuries. After my accident, I learned that victims of accidents are entitled to recover compensatory damages from the person or company responsible for their injuries. Compensatory damages include amounts to compensate the victim rather than punish the wrongdoer. For example, compensatory damages that can be paid to victims include amounts lost by the victim as a result of the accident. In my case, I recovered all the pay I lost while I was unable to work. I recovered the full amount of my medical bills, costs of my hospital stay, fees for physical therapy, and medications. I also recovered an amount to compensate me for my pain and suffering, which included both physical pain as well as emotional pain associated with the trauma of the impact. I also received an amount equal to the pay I am likely to lose in the future when I have to miss work in order to go to physical therapy or to a doctor’s appointment.
Compensatory damages, I learned, can be awarded to any victim who is hurt by the wrongful or negligent act of another. If you are injured by someone else, do what I did and consult a lawyer. She will guide and represent you through a personal injury lawsuit, if necessary, and obtain all the compensatory damages you deserve.
If you have any more questions about compensatory damages, what to do after a car accident, or any other legal matters pertaining to personal injury protection or legal defense, just call the office of Shane Stafford, one of the best lawyers in South Florida.