The following are the types of compensation that are available to accident victims in Pennsylvania: The first type of compensation is past and future medical bills. You’re entitled to be fairly and adequately compensated for your past medical bills and for any medical bills that you may incur in the future as a result of the injuries. You’re also entitled to recover your past and future lost wages, or lost earning capacity. If you miss work because of an accident, you’re entitled to be reimbursed the wages that you lost. If your injuries will affect your ability to work into the future, you’re able to make a claim for what is called ‘lost earning capacity’.
You’re also entitled to compensation to try to make up for any physical and emotional pain and suffering that you’ve gone through and will go through in the future. If your injuries have caused any scarring or disfigurement, you’re entitled to compensation to try to make up for that, also. Another legal claim that you can make is for any embarrassment or humiliation that you suffer on account of your injuries. Finally, you’re able to make a claim for what is called ‘loss of the pleasures of life’. Essentially what that is, is compensation to try to make up for the difference in your life after the accident versus before, in terms of the things that you can no longer do or do differently as a result of your injuries.
Those are the types of compensation that are available to you after an accident in Pennsylvania. For more information on this topic and other personal injury issues, please navigate through my website or contact me by phone or email for a free copy of my book, ‘A Lawyer’s Guide to Personal Injury Cases.’