Premises Liability Damages By Sean Burke on September 18, 2020

Judge’s gavel and moneyPersonal injuries are a leading cause of financial loss in the United States. Personal injuries often result in costly medical expenses, lost wages, and other non-economic losses. If an injury takes place on someone else’s property, they may be responsible for injury damages, under premises liability law.

Individuals considering a premises liability lawsuit may want to know what type of compensation they may be due for injury losses. There are several types of premises liability damages that may be due to victims. Personal injury lawyers Sean M. Burke and Jason N. Argos can help injury victims in the Irvine, CA, area determine eligible damages based on the details of their injuries.

Medical Expenses

The most common type of premises liability damages is medical expenses. Serious injuries often require medical attention, and sometimes long-term care and treatment. If a person is responsible for causing another person’s injuries, he or she should also be held liable for any expenses related to treating those injuries. In a premises liability suit, injury victims can seek financial compensation for any of the following types of medical expenses:

  • Surgery costs
  • Doctor’s appointment fees
  • Cost of medication
  • Rehabilitation/physical therapy costs
  • Ambulance transport

It is important to note that injury victims are due compensation for any ongoing medical costs related to their injury, as well as any medical expenses that are anticipated in the future.

Lost Wages

Lost wages is another type of compensation that may be awarded to our Irvine area clients. As people recover from their injuries, they have to take extended time away from work. If time off work results in a loss of income, the person or party liable for the injuries should provide compensation for missing wages. Catastrophic injuries can sometimes leave a person unable to resume working altogether, or unable to return to their previous line of work. Any loss of wage-earning potential should also be accounted for in a premises liability lawsuit.

Pain and Suffering

Pain and suffering is not an economic loss, but it is a type of damage that can have a significant impact on a person’s life. When we are seeking financial compensation for our Irvine clients, we always take into account the physical and emotional pain and suffering that they have endured due to their injury.

Wrongful Death Damages

In the event that personal injuries result in death, surviving family members can seek financial compensation for wrongful death damages. Like premises liability damages, there are both economic and non-economic losses associated with a wrongful death. Potential damages for premises liability cases involving wrongful death include:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Loss of income and/or benefits
  • Loss of consortium (companionship and emotional support)

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages may be due in a select number of premises liability cases. Punitive damages do not compensate injury victims for losses, but instead serve as a punishment for the person or party that caused the injuries. For punitive damages to be rewarded in a California civil suit, there must be evidence that the defendant acted with “oppression, fraud, or malice.”

Get the Compensation You Are Due

If you have been injured due to a neglectful or reckless property owner, you have the right to seek financial compensation for your losses. To learn about the specific types of damages you may be due, send a message to the lawyers at Burke Argos or call (949) 644-3434 to schedule a consultation.

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