What Damages Will Your Rhode Island Personal Injury Case Pay For?
If you have sustained injuries because of another party’s negligent conduct, you might be entitled to compensation. However, an injured victim may wonder, “How much is my personal injury case worth?”
The answer depends on a wide range of factors, including your state law, the severity of your injury, the available sources of compensation, and others. In Rhode Island, injured victims are eligible to recover the amount that is necessary to make them “whole” again.
In other words, it means that your personal injury case will be the amount necessary to return you to your pre-injury condition as much as possible. If you were injured in an accident because of someone else’s negligence, consider speaking with a Rhode Island personal injury lawyer to evaluate your recoverable damages.
Damages That You May Recover in Your Rhode Island Personal Injury Case
Rhode Island law allows plaintiffs to recover many different types of damages, which can be broken down into compensatory and punitive damages. Rhode Island is one of the states that follow a pure comparative negligence rule. It means that a victim’s recoverable compensation amount depends on their degree of fault, if any.
In Rhode Island, personal injury cases commonly pay for the following types of damages:
- Medical bills. You might be entitled to the full amount of your medical expenses unless your own negligence contributed to your accident. Medical bills include the cost of medical treatment, hospitalization costs, medication, physical therapy, and others.
- Lost wages. If you missed any time from work, you can recover the regular wages that you would have earned had you not been injured. In addition to lost wages, you may be entitled to reimbursement for benefits, overtime, and work opportunities lost because of your injury.
- Out-of-pocket expenses. An injured person may incur a number of out-of-pocket expenses in addition to their medical expenses. Such expenses include modifications to your home to accommodate your disability, transportation, cleaning help, childcare, and others.
- Future losses. Many people mistakenly believe that their personal injury case only covers their past and current expenses. In reality, you are entitled to seek compensation for your future losses, too. This includes a diminished earning capacity, future loss of income, loss of enjoyment of life, and others.
- Pain and suffering. Rhode Island law allows personal injury claimants to obtain compensation for their non-economic damages such as pain and suffering. These damages encompass any physical discomfort or emotional distress caused by the injury. Unlike other states, Rhode Island does not cap non-economic damages in personal injury cases.
If you have incurred any expenses and suffered any damages after your accident, speak with a knowledgeable attorney to determine a reasonable settlement payment in your specific case.
Consult with a Rhode Island Personal Injury Lawyer
Schedule a case review with our compassionate and results-driven personal injury lawyers at Robert E. Craven & Associates to discuss your particular case and determine what types of damages are recoverable in your particular case. Call 401-453-2700 or complete our contact form.