You Can Recover Any Loss Caused By The Accident That Resulted From Your Injury.
Next to the medical bills themselves, the most common expense people request reimbursement for is mileage they incur for medical treatment. But it can be anything caused because you sustained an injury.
Theater tickets for the play you couldn’t attend because you had to be in the Emergency Room? The nonrefundable plane tickets you couldn’t use because your back was killing you after the accident?
The golf course membership for a year that you couldn’t use because your arm was in a sling? The time from work you missed to go to physical therapy, because there was no other time the therapist was open?
The wheelchair elevator installed because you couldn’t go up or down stairs after the accident?
You can get money for all of them. But your attorney has to ask.
Common sense restricts this. If you’re 85 and in a walker before the accident, the wheelchair elevator is going to be a stretch. Hiring people to help you do things you can’t do anymore is compensable – but most juries are going to be reluctant to make an award for a chef’s salary, or even dinners in fancy restaurants.
But if the injury is severe enough, people will make a lot of allowances. If you love to ski, and then lose a leg in a truck accident, I would ask for the cost of ski instruction and any special equipment that an instructor would recommend for a one legged skier.
If you lose an arm and are determined to keep playing golf, or drafting architectural plans, you are entitled to something that will compensate you for the full expense of returning you to where you were.
I saw a structured settlement specialist speak on how she managed to research – and find – a device that would let her quadriplegic client pursue his fly fishing hobby, and then built that into the list of expenses that her client needed to restore to him as much enjoyment of life as was possible.
I have been a lawyer over 30 years. If there is one thing I have learned, it’s that there is no harm in asking. If you have a personal injury case in Cincinnati, Ohio or if you want to know what your lawsuit is worth, talk withan experienced Cincinnati Injury Attorney about the case. Call me, William Strubbe, at 513-621-4775.
Because all situations are different, and because there may be other facts pertaining to your case that I don’t know about, you should not rely on this answer for legal advice. I am not your attorney, and no lawyer client relationship has been formed.