You can receive various forms of financial compensation for injuries sustained in Illinois boat accidents including the following:
- Wrongful Death
What Kind Of Compensation Can I Get In An Illinois Accident Boat Case?
The legal term for financial compensation in the justice system is damages and there are a couple critical kinds that you need to be aware of if you are injured in a boating accident. Here is a brief review of all of them, but call us today to hear a more in-depth analysis of what recovery may be available to you.
- Compensatory Damages: Also called economic damages, these are meant to compensate or reimburse victims for the tangible losses that the boating accident cost them. For instance, victims might rack up significant medical bills in recovery from the injuries they suffered; they might loose substantial amounts of wages because they cannot work due to their injuries; or they might sustain heavy damage to their boat or other property because of the incident. Compensatory damages are meant to fill these holes.
- Non-economic Damages: These are more intangible in nature. They attempt to repay victims for injuries to dignity, reductions in quality of life, or harms that cannot be measured clearly with dollars and cents. Examples of non-economic damages include pain and suffering, disfigurement, and disability.
- Punitive Damages: These are meant to punish at-fault parties for egregiously negligent, reckless, or wanton behavior. By awarding plaintiffs these damages, the justice system hopes to deter similar conduct in the future. Examples of acts that might trigger punitive damages include operating a boat while intoxicated or riding it into a densely-packed group of people. Also, it should be noted that these are not available in products liability cases.
- Wrongful Death: If someone dies because of a boating accident, their loved ones and next of kin might be able to recover damages related to their wrongful death. In these circumstances, courts can award damages that are more tangible in nature (such as lost wages) as well as damages that are more intangible in nature (such as loss of companionship).
Can The Courts Limit The Amount Of Non-Economic Damages That I Receive?
Some states employ caps on non-economic damages. The actual limits vary across different jurisdictions. Also, many states utilize other kinds of restrains on this type of compensation. For example, certain courts require you to first show that you suffered economic damages before pleading and asking for non-economic damages. Then, even when they allow you to receive these damages, they require that you receive them according to a formula. Here are some other limits on non-economic damages:
- They need to be reasonable per federal law.
- They cannot exceed economic damages by ten times.
- They should be tied to some tangible harm.
- They cannot be related to some imaginary harm or insult to dignity.
Should I Use A Lawyer To Help Get My Boat Accident Award?
It can be quite difficulty and complicated attempting to obtain any kind of compensation in boat accident cases whether it be economic, non-economic, punitive, or wrongful death. However, if you engage qualified personal injury attorneys, then they can better help you understand where and why the law affords you relief based on the circumstances of your accident. Also, they can craft the best strategy to achieve that compensation with skill and care. Of course, the courts are always open to you, but your case will be safer in the hands of an experienced lawyer.
Still Wondering What A Boat Accident Suit Could Bring You?
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers know that the decision to bring a suit for boat accident injuries should not be taken lightly. It takes a lot of time. It takes a lot of energy. That is why we take so much time to help clients understand what the value of bringing one could be. Want to know what it all could be worth for you? Then contact our offices and someone from the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers will sit down and speak with you today.
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