Sometimes it is not enough to recover compensation for your medical bills and lost income, however.
You can also seek punitive damages in addition to your compensation to make up for your physical and mental suffering, and the emotional anguish your family has endured.
Judges often impose punitive damages when they deem the compensatory damages from a suit inadequate.
Very often medical bills alone do not reflect the true suffering it has caused and the impact of the injury on the victim's life.
In the most serious cases, punitive damages can sometimes run into the millions of dollars, when the victim's life is especially deeply affected by someone's profoundly reckless behavior.
Not everyone will fare so well, but anything is better than living under medical debt.
While the serious effects of an injury are perhaps the most important factor in determining the size of the punitive damages to be awarded, the actions of the person responsible can also weigh in.
If the person responsible acted in an especially egregious, irresponsible, or malicious way, they can face massive financial penalties for the consequences of their actions.
You, in return, receive that much more compensation for the true impact of their actions on your life and livelihood.
Punitive damages can vary widely in amount.
Most lawyers only recover around $45,000 on average for their clients, but more experienced lawyers can win much larger settlements.
Although there is never any guarantee of a win with a substantial settlement, locating a lawyer with an extensive track record of impressive wins can help.
Compensation for the medical and work-related effects of your injury may not be enough to make up for what you have endured.
The cost of medical bills can be a burden, but the true impact of an injury can far exceed that.
Learning more about personal injury law can help you make an informed decision in choosing a course of action.
In time, you can finally lead a more financially secure, healthier life.