Maritime law is its own form of personal injury law, with federal obligations under the Jones Act, and some required benefits. The damages for injuries sustained in due to maritime negligence, however, are largely the same.
There are two types of damages in maritime personal injury law –compensatory and punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded to the victim to punish the defendant for wrongdoing. Compensatory damages are intended to compensate the victim for tangible losses sustained as a result of injury.
Medical expenses specifically are a form of compensatory damages. Under general maritime law, an individual may be entitle to recover reasonable past and future medical expenses in a maritime personal injury claim.
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Considering that medical expenses can be extensive; sometimes treatment goes well beyond a stint in the hospital or a surgery. In more serious cases, an individual may need at home care, or multiple surgeries.
Statistics have shown that medical expenses due to injury can cripple a person’s finances. Some medical expenses that may be covered under a claim for compensatory damages include but may not be limited to the following:
The U.S. Department of Transportation reported over 4,900 maritime accidents in 2015 and approximately 155 injuries. Since admiralty and maritime work can be dangerous, the types of injuries that result are usually very serious and may be life altering injuries.
Some of the injuries that occur due to maritime accidents include, but are not limited to, the following:
Medical expenses are a type of damages known as economic damages. They also falls into the category of compensatory damages. Economic damages are those damages that have a quantifiable monetary value to them; i.e., a cost.
Thus, economic damages can be any money that was spent solely due to another person’s negligence. Compensatory damages are the type of damages awarded to a prevailing victim to repay that lost money.
If a victim proves that he or she sustained a monetary loss in a quantifiable amount due to another person’s negligence, then the court will order the defendant to “compensate” the victim for his or her loss –compensatory damages.
Medical expenses are not generally difficult to prove because they come with bills or the particular health facility has a standard amount that it charges for medical services.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a maritime accident in Seattle, WA, Portland, OR, or San Francisco, CA, and they need help recovering the cost of medical expenses, then contact the experienced personal injury maritime lawyers at Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski.
Our attorneys are highly educated, skilled professionals, who have fought in courtrooms throughout the Seattle area. They have cultivated a niche practice in admiralty and maritime law and understand how to use the law to their advantage.
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This article was last updated on Sunday, September 17, 2017.
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