When to Pursue Legal Action
In the time following a traumatic event in your life you may be left wondering what to do next. Once you have received proper medical attention and the dust has settled, you are left alone with your thoughts and your ailments. In the time it takes to heal from an accident or an attack, you need to ask yourself some questions.
Am I able to return to work?
Am I emotionally scarred in a way that affects my daily life?
Am I physically capable of returning to my life prior to the accident?
These are the questions you should be asking yourself after an attack or an accident in which someone else was at fault. If you need financial assistance in order to function to the capacity you were prior to the trauma, you may wish to consider consulting a Kingston personal injury lawyer and seeking punitive damages for your pain and suffering.
Punitive damages are monetary awards ordered by the court to cover pain and suffering of the victim and to deter the guilty party from reoffending. They are intended to help restore the victim to as close to their original state prior to the offence as possible.
Shortly after being victimized you need to assess if you should pursue legal action in order to look after yourself and your family. There are limitation periods that vary depending on the offence and the longer you wait the more risk you run of going past a limitation period and disallowing a claim.
You should not be responsible for paying medical bills that are necessary for your recovery. This includes hospital bills, medical equipment, and assistive devices. This class of compensation also includes any visits to your psychiatrist that were necessary in helping you to deal with and get over the trauma of your situation.
These bills can quickly add up and can get out of control before you know it. Ensure that you do not drive yourself into debt trying to handle these bills on your own. Discuss with your lawyer any expenses you have incurred as a direct result of your accident or attack and they will be certain to act quickly on your behalf.
Compensation can also make up for lost wages when you were unable to work due to your injuries. It can also cover lost future earnings. For instance, if you can only work part-time, have to pursue a different, lower paying line of work due to the injury, or can no longer work at all, compensation can account for this lost income.
Healing from a traumatic experience can be difficult emotionally, financially, and physically. Don’t let the burden be harder than it needs to be. Know when it is time to pursue legal action and when to seek damages for your pain and suffering so you can start your healing on the right track.