If you have been the victim of someone else’s negligence here in Las Vegas, then you have a legal right to ask that person or company for financial compensation. According to the State Bar of Nevada, the purpose of compensation is to restore to you what the accident took away. At Aldrich Law Firm LTD, we explain to clients that there are many types of compensation, depending on the type of injury you have and how the injury was incurred.

The first type of compensation is for the medical care associated with your condition. This includes first response care, hospitalizations, surgery, prescription treatments, and additional medical care as needed. For instance, if you have suffered a traumatic brain injury, your doctor probably has spoken with you about different types of therapy you need as you begin to recover. Medical compensation makes allowances for those costs so that you are not left financially struggling.

The second type of compensation is for lost wages and benefits. This compensation is designed to reimburse you for the days you had to miss work as well as for a lost job. If, for example, your accident has left you permanently paralyzed and unable to return to work, you may be able to include that future lost income in your compensation claim.

The third type of compensation is for pain and suffering. You may think that this only applies to the physical pain you feel from the injury, but actually, it also includes mental and emotional pain. If you were attacked by a vicious dog and now you are terrified of dogs, you could ask for appropriate compensation to make up for your emotional and psychological distress.

The fourth type of compensation is punitive and this is essentially a financial punishment against a person or company that is found to have acted with wanton disregard for your safety. Trucking companies and automakers have been hit with punitive compensation for failing to adhere to safety rules and guidelines. It is also important to be aware that if you are the family member of a loved one who died or has suffered serious injury, you may also have a claim for compensation. For more information please visit our page on injuries caused by negligence.