When a person is a victim of a personal injury or they are hurt because of an accident, they may be entitled to receive financial compensation from the individual or individuals who are at fault. The types of damages that a person can recover and the amount that they can recover will vary depending on the severity of the injury and the cause of the injury.
When a person is disfigured or their appearance is changed permanently, they might be awarded damages not just for the physical injury they suffered, but also for the mental suffering that took place as a result of being disfigured. These types of awards are often referred to as mental anguish.
Future medical expenses will be paid if there is reason to believe that the plaintiff will need future medical care to address the injury caused by the accident or the personal injury. In order to decide the amount of money to award for this, the jury will need to hear from doctors and other medical professionals.
If an injury leaves the plaintiff unable to clean and care for their own home, a jury may award a plaintiff damages that would cover household services. These damages are only awarded if the plaintiff would not have already incurred these expenses without the injury.
Other factors such as loss of consortium, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of companionship, as well as lost wages and medical expenses are factored in when deciding how much to award the plaintiff in damages.