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What Is Loss of Enjoyment of Life in a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

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After suffering an injury, many things can change. The profound impact that an injury has on your life can affect you, your family, and your lifestyle. When the injury is the liability of another person, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. Attorneys that focus on personal injury are knowledgeable and experienced in protecting your rights after you have been hurt. Our New Jersey personal injury lawyers have a long history of success. Contact us today to learn how we can fight for you.

What is loss of enjoyment of life in a personal injury claim?

While some injuries present themselves right away, others may be more difficult to detect. For example, you may get into a car accident. An X-ray can show a broken arm, but not your inability to play basketball. If playing basketball is a significant part of your life, this loss could be considered loss of enjoyment of life. A parent may no longer be able to play with their kids because of an amputation resulting from a construction site injury. Losing the ability to continue a hobby, the need to cease participation in a recreational activity, and significant decreases in a family or social life are all examples of loss of enjoyment of life. You may have been a victim of a doctor’s negligence causing you migraines that have you avoiding outdoor activities and staying in quiet indoor spaces. Another person’s incompetence, recklessness, or inattentiveness could have caused you to suffer from his or her mistakes. You may be entitled to compensation for such losses.

In New Jersey, the law dictates that you may seek compensation for loss of enjoyment of life when any of these things happen to you. A common definition is a loss of the ability to engage in “normal activities and enjoyment.” In a personal injury lawsuit, a value would be placed on the loss. It could be determined that the person’s ability to participate in everyday activities was prevented by the injury.

What are some types of compensation given in a personal injury lawsuit?

Injuries due to someone else’s negligence denote the liability of the responsible party. The person who is determined to be responsible for your injuries can be held accountable for that accident and the damages you incurred. The extent of the damages depends on many factors, such as the severity of the injury and the lifestyle you enjoyed before the accident.
These damages can come in several forms.

  • Medical expenses including rehabilitation and psychological services
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering, including emotional pain
  • Loss of enjoyment of life could be separate or included in pain and suffering.

It is imperative that you retain the services of an Essex County personal injury attorney if you have been seriously injured in an accident.

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