Regardless of how it occurs, being injured through no fault of your own is often a harrowing experience. Victims and their families suffer in several different ways from the injuries themselves to a temporary or permanent loss of independence to emotional or psychological trauma. Another way they suffer is through the loss of income due to missed work and treatment expenses.
One way San Francisco area accident victims can choose to handle their hardships is by filing a personal injury lawsuit. Despite common belief, these types of lawsuits are less about punishing the alleged guilty party and more about promoting total recovery. This includes medical, mental and financial recovery. Here is how recovery can be achieved in a best-case scenario.
A successful lawsuit usually means the victim will receive a certain amount of money in the form of damage awards. With these funds, the victim can continue to get the medical and emotional care he or she needs while having finances to use for other expenses until work is once again a viable option. Damage awards can also help surviving family members who lost a loved one to wrongful death.
Many people hesitate to seek a personal injury lawsuit because they may be hesitant to cause hardships to someone who accidentally caused the injuries. However, many of these lawsuits focus on organizations or companies instead of individuals. For example, if someone injures you in a car accident, it might have been a defective part or manufacturer negligence that actually caused the crash. A lawsuit could target the manufacturer instead of the other driver.
The bottom line is that you have the right to seek damages for your loss and suffering. By working with an attorney to cultivate a total recovery approach, you can often receive satisfaction without having to feel guilty about your successful lawsuit.