Personal Injury Lawyers Who Put Victims and Their Loved Ones First
Our lives can change in an instant. From one moment to the next, we are faced with a new reality: catastrophic injuries that can forever change the course of our lives, and, under the most disastrous circumstances, result in the loss of a loved one. In the aftermath of a tragic accident, we seek answers to the most common questions: Why did the accident happen? Whose fault was it? How can I (or my family) recover financially, physically, and emotionally? When an accident was avoidable and has devastating consequences, victims and their families can feel a paralyzing mix of strong emotions. As we pick up the pieces, we need a knowledgeable advocate to advise us on the best approach to move forward. When faced with what is truly a monumental decision, those impacted by these preventable accidents and their loved ones choose Slack Davis Sanger because of the firm’s accomplished personal injury lawyers who are skilled at seeking legal recourse in these heartbreaking situations.
Personal Injury Attorneys Fighting For Your Interests During a Difficult Time
We are all bound by the law to take reasonable steps to protect each other from harm. The thoughtless or careless conduct of others can infringe upon that right. When you or a loved one is put into a situation where an accident leaves the course of the victim’s life changed forever, you may be eligible to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim. If a knowledgeable personal injury attorney can prove that the losses you sustained as a result of the incident resulted from the action of what’s called an “at-fault” party, you can recoup both economic and non-economic damages.
A personal injury or wrongful death settlement generally has two types of compensatory damages awarded: economic damages and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are somewhat easier to quantify, as they represent the following:
- medical treatment, both immediately after the accident and recommended future care;
- loss of earning capacity, if your injuries limit your ability to find or keep a job; and
- property loss, which covers replacement or repair of vehicles, clothing or other items damaged in the accident.
What’s harder to put a price tag on is the non-ecomonic damages either victims or their families endure after one of these harrowing experiences. Only the most skilled legal professionals have access to expert testimony to build a case for the maximum amount of these types of compensation, which may include:
- pain and suffering, both during the accident and afterward;
- emotional distress—which can manifest as sleep loss, anxiety, and fear—and which is awarded separately in some states from pain and suffering;
- loss of enjoyment, which acknowledges the inability to pursue daily activities, including pastimes, exercise, and recreational activities;
- loss of consortium, which recognizes the impact a serious accident or death can have on the relationship with your spouse, or, in some states, between a parent and a child.
Although personal injury cases are civil and separate from criminal proceedings, punitive damages can still be awarded in addition to the types of compensation mentioned above. The goal of punitive damages is as a deterrent and to punish the parties found responsible for your losses. Many states have caps on these awards.
The two primary types of legal remedies for victims in these accidents are catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death claims.
While some accidents are unavoidable, in many cases, a liable party may have been negligent if they failed to act or did not exercise reasonable care to protect you or a loved one from life-altering injuries. Some examples of negligence are when a driver fails to stop at a red light, when an employer allows floors to be slippery and unsafe, or when a pilot makes an error in judgment while navigating through a storm. Victims may sustain life-threatening spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), internal injuries, burns, fractures, and other conditions which require extensive long-term care. In addition to having extensive in-house knowledge of the complicated set of laws which govern these claims, Slack Davis Sanger’s personal injury attorneys work alongside a full-time legal nurse consultant to have the specialized knowledge needed to best advocate for our clients.
In the most severe cases, victims of these senseless, unforeseen events perish as a result of their injuries. In the face of immeasurable sadness, loved ones are forced to tackle complicated legal questions while trying to grieve. Wrongful death claims are an avenue for survivors to be compensated for the impact of this loss, in both the financial sense, and in acknowledgment of the significant mental anguish that is involved in the aftermath of these accidents. These claims also seek to hold those who are responsible accountable for their wrongdoing. While there is no way to put a price on a human life, Slack Davis Sanger has become a leading personal injury law firm, because our compassionate legal team can skillfully guide surviving family members in the best approach to secure the settlement you deserve.