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Personal injury claims include obvious ones, such as medical bills and lost wages. These are expected, but other claims lie unseen, in the future, and are not so obvious. An astute personal injury lawyer includes many damages under the category of personal injury claims. These will include present and obvious damage claims, but also future, unseen or potential damage claims.
When asking what damages constitute future personal injury claims, remember to think ahead to what should have been, had the injury not occurred. These may include claims for future lost income, future medical or rehabilitation services, therapy, and pain and suffering. If there are minor children, they may be losing parental guidance, and future inheritance. A spouse may be deprived of consortium, or companionship of their spouse. The personal injury lawyer may need to bring in some expert witnesses to calculate potential future expenses and losses for the client or for survivors of a person who is deceased.
None of these items are new things; all have been claimed as personal injury damages in other prior case histories. When it comes to asking for damage claims in a lawsuit, no stone should be left unturned. The impact upon a family or survivors when a loved one is injured or killed in an accident are magnified by that loss.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|