If you suffer from a personal injury, then you may be able to seek damages. Damages are not just for the exact amount that you spend on medical care or repairing your vehicle, for example. They actually include many kinds of losses including lost earning capacity, lost wages, medical expenses, mental anguish and other forms of damages.
Many people recover from personal injuries, even if it takes time. The goal of a personal injury lawsuit, settlement or trial needs to be to get you as much as you can as financial backing. That way, you'll have the financial support you need while you focus on your health and recovery.
What is mental anguish?
One thing you may receive compensation for is mental anguish. Mental anguish is defined as the emotional distress caused by a traumatic incident. For instance, if you're in a bad traffic collision, you may have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety or depression. You might struggle with grief or shock. All of these are feelings you could potentially be compensated for.
What are lost wages?
Lost wages refer to the wages you have lost by being out of work. These are specific wages; not wages you might have earned in the future. For future wages, you would want to seek compensation for lost earning capacity. This compensates you for the time you're unable to work moving forward due to your injuries.
These are just two kinds of damages you can seek. Your attorney can give you more information on the different types of damages and what might be best to claim for in your case.