Different Types of Compensation in Texas for Personal Injury Victims

In Texas, there are eight different types of compensation that can be obtained under civil law. If you have been injured in a wreck that was not caused by you, you may be entitled to receive compensation for the following:

Bodily Injuries

Accident victims with injuries are permitted to receive compensation for physical pain occurring in the past and in the future. However, obtaining this type of compensation is not won by mere speculation. Your personal injury attorney must prove to the insurance company that there is a probability that pain in the future might happen, which is done by obtaining evidence.

Mental Pain and Suffering

Because of the psychological and emotional trauma that severe injuries might bring, victims can recover mental anguish damages, virtually in in all type of catastrophic accidents. There is also a possibility that an accident victim can recover from damages caused by the aggravation of preexisting medical conditions.

Bodily Disfigurements

Scarring, amputations, and burns are just a sample of bodily disfigurement claims made by accident victims when those injuries have been a result of the car accident. It is important to remember that the size of the disfigurement is not required to be absolutely noticeable for a claim. Disfigurement claims are specifically based on the embarrassment of the accident victim and their decision to conceal or hide the disfiguring injury.

Physical Impairments

Commonly referred as "loss of enjoyment of life", claims consisting of physical impairments are mostly based on the injured victim's decreased ability to enjoy normal activities after they have been involved in a wreck. Typical activities included are: the loss of enjoying playtime with children, not eating solid foods due to teeth damage, and not being allowed to perform yard work.

Health Bills

Accident-related medical bills include all of the healthcare procedures and treatment that you have received, in addition to any treatment that you would need in the future because of your injuries. These expenses include bills from nurses, psychiatrists, physical therapists, surgeons, and even caregivers. Furthermore, this also includes overnight hospital stays, medical exams, and emergency services.

Inability to Work

After severe car accidents there are often time injured victims who have a loss of earning capacity. Loss of earning capacity, in comparison to loss of actual earnings, means that a person who is unemployed is entitled under Texas law to receive compensation for not having the physical ability of working. A personal injury attorney would need to provide clear evidence that shows how the victim's ability to perform a job or work has been altered because of their accident victim and how that inability would affect their potential earning capacity.

Loss of Consortium

In some personal injury cases, the loss of consortium usually means that an accident victim has the inability of engaging in regular marital relations as a direct result of their injuries. This claim is not a common one, but it is used with extreme and severe personal injury cases, such as those involving amputations and paralysis.

The Loss of Services

There is a possibility for an injured victim to receive compensation even though they were not employed but performed house duties which they'll no longer be able to do, because someone else will be required to perform those activities. Typically this involves things such as childcare, cleaning the house, and similar domestic services.

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