If you are injured in a bicycle accident due to the negligence of others, you may have a claim for damages against the parties responsible for the accident. Through this personal injury claim, you can seek various damages, depending on your circumstances.
Damages in a personal injury claim are classified into two major categories: special or economic damages and general or noneconomic damages. The type and extent of the damages that are available will vary according to the type of case involved. Whether the injuries are permanent or require significant treatment in the future also can impact the amount and kind of damages in a particular case.
Special or economic damages help to compensate the injury victims for costs related to their injuries that they have incurred during the accident. Since there is typically tangible documentation of these damages, special damages often are the primary source of compensation in a personal injury claim. Common examples of economic damages include medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and damage to property, such as your bicycle that was damaged during the crash.
On other hand, general or non-economic damages provide compensation for intangible injuries. These losses are things like mental distress, emotional trauma, or other psychological harm that have arisen from the bicycle accident. Possible non-economic damages may include pain and suffering, loss of affection, loss of companionship, and loss of enjoyment of life. The point of these damages is to permit individuals who will not recover completely from their injuries and return to their previous lives.
Another possible type of damages in a bicycle injury claim is punitive damages. Generally, punitive damages only are a possibility when the responsible parties have acted in a grossly negligent or intentionally harmful matter. These damages are very rarely recovered, and designed to penalize individuals who engage in this type of misconduct.
When you have been injured in a bicycle accident, you need an attorney who can stand up for your interests from the outset of your personal injury claim. It is our goal to evaluate the facts and assess your potential claim. This step will allow you to explore your options and help you build the most substantial claim for compensation. Do not hesitate to contact Bonnici Law Group at 858-261-5454 today and set up an appointment to speak with us soon.