Personal Injury and Damage to Property: What Am I Due?
When someone suffers a personal injury they often experience losses that extend beyond physical pain. Personal injuries can cause emotional trauma and substantial economic losses, including medical expenses and lost wages. Depending on the circumstances of the injury, a personal injury may also involve property damage, which can lead to further financial losses.
Personal injury lawyer Darren Tawwater works with injury victims in Oklahoma City, OK, and surrounding areas to determine the type of compensation they may be due for personal injury losses and damage to property. He gathers evidence to prove accident liability so that injury victims can be compensated to the maximum extent for both personal damages and property damages.
Personal Injury Damages
By filing a personal injury claim, accident victims have the chance to pursue financial compensation for all economic and non-economic losses associated with an injury. The most common types of damages awarded in a personal injury case include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Cost of rehabilitation and/or therapy
- Cost of assistive medical devices and/or equipment
- Lost wages
- Loss of wage earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
When Does a Personal Injury Involve Property Damage?
Certain types of accidents result in property damage in addition to personal injuries. Property damage refers to any damage to real or fixed property. Real property is property that is moveable, such as a car, boat, television, furniture, clothing, etc. Whereas fixed property refers to land or buildings. Accidents that are likely to cause both personal injuries and property damage include automobile accidents, bicycle accidents, boating accidents, and any accident that involves a fire or explosion.
Property Damage Losses
Property damage claims allow accident victims to pursue compensation for the cost of replacing and/or repairing property that is damaged in an accident. The damages in each case may vary based on the type of accident and its severity. Potential sources of compensation in a property damage claim include:
- Vehicle repairs
- Vehicle replacement
- Property repairs
- Property replacement
- Replacement of personal property that was within a damaged vehicle or building
- Towing expenses
- Cost of a car or property rental while repairs are made
How Do I Pursue Compensation?
Personal injury damages and property damages are typically settled separately. That means that accident victims will usually need to file separate claims for each type of damage–personal and property–following an accident. Personal injury lawyer Darren Tawwater assists his Oklahoma City clients in filing the necessary legal claims, gathering evidence to prove fault for an accident, and holding liable parties accountable for all of the damages related to personal injuries, including physical losses, emotional losses, financial losses, and property damage losses.
If you have been injured in an accident that caused damage to real or personal property, you may be due financial compensation for your losses. To learn how personal injury lawyer Darren Tawwater can assist you in collecting the full extent of damages you are due, send us a message online or call our Oklahoma City law firm at (405) 607-1400 and request a legal consultation.