What Are Damages?
When dealing with any type of crisis or accident, you may hear the word damages being used a lot. You may wonder exactly what damages are and the difference between damage and damages. Although these two words are similar, in the legal sense of the word, they are very different. Damage refers to a loss of property after an accident or injury. Damages, on the other hand, refers to compensation that is awarded after an accident or injury to the victim. Damages are most often monetary compensation, and the certain types of accidents can leave you with grounds to file for legal action to seek damages.
Damage to Personal Property
Damage to personal property can occur during a vehicle, motorcycle, or electric scooter wreck. Any collision that leaves your form of transportation needing repair is considered damage. If the incident was not your fault and you were the victim of someone else’s negligent driving, you may be entitled to compensation for your loss of property.
If you have suffered any type of personal injury after an accident, talk to your lawyer about seeking damages for the health expenses associated with the injury, as well as any loss of work or wages. Broken bones, back problems and abrasions to the skin can be dangerous and cause your medical bills to skyrocket. This damage to your health should not be ignored, and you may be entitled to a monetary settlement for your injury.
Loss of Work and Wages
An accident can take time away from work, whether it be on the day the accident actually occurred or if it is time lost from doctor’s appointments and time spent in court. These lost hours can add up financially as well as put a strain on your relationship with your employer. Often this loss of work is not just inconvenient, it can affect your job security — putting your family’s financial standing at risk. Talk to your lawyer about the ways that an accident has cost you in missed work and wages to see if you can seek restitution from the guilty party.
Any accident can leave you confused and worried about your property, health and job security. Your lawyer is there to guide you to seeking compensation in the form of damages for your suffering. If you were the victim of an accident and are still trying to fit all the pieces back together, call your lawyer today to talk about damages you may be entitled to.