Top-Tier Accident Attorney Services in Salem
For people who have suffered an accident due to the actions or negligence of another, the team at Lakepoint Law Firm is ready to provide aggressive legal counsel in Salem, Oregon.
Whether it’s a worker’s compensation claim, car accident, or catastrophic construction site incident, the legal professionals at Lakepoint Law Firm have the experience and know-how to turn a valid legal claim into the compensation you are legally entitled to.
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What are Legal Damages?
In the court of law, compensation is what’s referred to as “damages.”
Throughout a civil or personal injury case, the plaintiff, defendants, attorneys, and judge will speak often of damages, as the entire point of a case is to determine a party’s entitlement to damages and if so, how much.
In cases of personal injury (whether it be physical injury to the body or injury to real or personal property), a judge will determine if the defendant is at fault. If the plaintiff is found a fault, a determination of the level of damages will then follow.
While compensation can’t undo everything, the ability to try to live normally following a life-altering accident is an American right.
In the most damaging accidents, no amount of money can make things the way they were, but that doesn’t mean compensation can’t make things easier.
Determination of damages is made by looking at the extent of the injury. While an “injury” means the physical injury in the majority of cases, loss of real or personal property is also referred to as an injury – in a purely legal sense. In some cases, it’s conceivable for the physical injury and the resultant damages to be easily established, but a loss of real or personal property may be less clear and could become the focus of the case.
In any case, the monetary awards paid as a direct result of personal injury are called “compensatory” damages.
In cases involving egregious behavior or negligence on behalf of a party, damages may go beyond the relative simplicity of compensatory damages. In cases where an at-fault party must “do more” to make things right, punitive damages may be ordered.
Because they’re used as a form of “punishment” to the at-fault party for extreme behavior or negligence, they are rare and typically applied to things for which a dollar amount is nearly impossible to ascertain.
If You’ve Suffered An Injury
No matter the type of injury, if you have been left in a position severely worse than the one you were in before, seeking legal counsel may be the right decision. Even if the fault is unclear at the moment, an attorney may be able to help retrieve appropriate damages to help restore your previous quality of life.
If you’ve suffered an injury at the hands of another person or entity, call Lakepoint Law Firm today for a free, confidential consultation.