When Pottsville residents suffer harm because of someone else, it is important to hold that person accountable for the person’s actions. Accountability can take many different forms, however, and there may be many different elements to achieving full accountability.

For example, those who have been injured in a car accident can obtain accountability against the person who caused the crash. One way in which this accountability may be secured is through a personal injury action, where the person responsible for the crash will be ordered to pay damages.

Not every award of damages is the same. It is important for injured persons to obtain an award of damages that will fully compensate them for all the harm they have suffered because of the crash, which can be easier said than done.

Recently, for instance, this blog discussed how certain injuries may take some time to fully manifest. In other cases, the injuries may result in chronic pain, and the outlook on the patient’s health may be uncertain, at best.

Fortunately, different kinds of damages are available to take into account these unique circumstances and hold the negligent person fully accountable. In addition to obtaining an award of damages for their medical expenses and lost wages, individuals may obtain damages for pain and suffering, which is the mental or physical distress suffered by the person.

These damages may vary depending on the type of injury involved, the seriousness of the injury and the future prognosis for pain and treatment. Accordingly, while each award of damages will vary because of these unique circumstances, the bottom line is that injured people can obtain different kinds of damages to hold the negligent person accountable for their actions.

Source: Findlaw, “What kinds of damages may I claim for car accident injuries?,” accessed on April 30, 2016