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If you have been injured in an accident that was the result of another person’s negligent or reckless actions, contact The Law Office of Jason Skala today for reliable legal representation. 

Alaskans sustain injuries in accidents every day. When you’re injured in an accident, whether it be a car accident, a work accident, or another type of accident, it’s important that you’re able to successfully move forward and get your life back to normal. Becoming incapacitated by an injury can significantly alter your life. Not only are you suffering physically due to your injury, but you may also be suffering financially. You may also be dealing with mental issues in the aftermath of your accident. Accident injuries in Alaska are often overwhelming and scary. They can be even more devastating when you know that they could have been prevented and were caused by another person’s negligent actions.

Many people who sustain injuries in Alaska due to another person’s negligence are unaware of their legal rights to compensation. They don’t know that they possess a legal right to receive significant financial compensation for their injuries and the damages that resulted from those injuries. Filing a personal injury lawsuit is a person’s best bet in receiving this compensation.

Recoverable Damages in an Anchorage Personal Injury Claim

The first step to any personal injury claim is proving that negligence caused injuries. Your lawyer will want you to provide any evidence you were able to collect from your accident that proves your injuries were indeed the result of another person who was acting recklessly or carelessly. Your personal injury lawyer will also conduct their own investigation in order to compile valuable evidence proving negligence as the sole cause of your injuries. This is referred to as causation, where the plaintiff must prove that a separate party’s negligence led directly to their injuries.

If you and your lawyer are able to prove both negligence and causation in your claim, you will then move on to determine the damages (a monetary sum awarded to you intended to compensate you for your injuries and losses) you may be seeking to recover in your lawsuit. Damages recoverable in a personal injury lawsuit are generally split into two main categories: punitive and compensatory. It is helpful to decipher the differences between these two types of damages in order to find out if one of them, or both of them, will be able to remedy your personal injury claim.

Compensatory Damages

Compensatory damages are payments intended to compensate for your injuries and losses that were a direct result of your accident. These payments are supposed to be used in order to assist you in becoming “financially whole” once again–or to bring you back to where you were financially before your accident.

Two main subtypes exist within this category: economic and non-economic damages. Those losses that cost money are referred to as economic compensatory damages. These types of damages are generally easy to calculate and are clear-cut. They can include:

  • Legal costs: Any expenses associated with filing your lawsuit including travel costs, time off of work, lawyer fees, and more.
  • Medical expenses: Present, past, and future medical costs associated with your injuries. These are usually deciphered by calculating the cost of doctor bills, therapy costs, surgeries, pharmacy receipts, and other expenses associated with necessary healthcare.
  • Loss of Property: Financial compensation for any property destroyed, lost, or damaged due to your accident. This can include your car as well as any personal items.
  • Lost Wages: Monetary reimbursement for any lost work wages, past, present, and future.

Non-economic compensatory damages are intangible injuries suffered by you, the claimant. Calculating these losses can be rather difficult due to there being no receipts or records of them. Some examples of compensatory damages included in this category include:

  • Loss of life enjoyment: If your injuries are keeping you from doing things that you once loved, you may be able to collect compensatory damages for loss of enjoyment.
  • Pain and suffering: Suffering that resulted from your accident and the injuries that followed can put a damper on your life and your ability to live it how you intend to. This also includes any present or future pain that resulted from your injuries that impede on your ability to live your life normally.
  • Emotional distress: If you are suffering from any psychological trauma such as PTSD, insomnia, depression, or anxiety, for example, you may be able to collect compensation for emotional distress.
  • Physical disfigurement/impairment: This category includes any visible scars, brain damage, paralysis, or any lasting, negative, physical impact your accident has had on you that interferes with your everyday life and state of mind.

No specific formula exists for calculating these types of losses. In order to determine compensation amounts for non-economic compensatory damages, a number of different factors are required. Your line of work, lifestyle choices, and pre-existing injuries may all come into play. For these reasons, among many others, it is in your best interest to hire an Anchorage personal injury lawyer who will be able to lead you through the complicated legal process of collecting full and fair financial compensation for your losses.

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages are not applicable in all personal injury cases. They are generally used in order to “punish” the party responsible for the injuries that were the result of their negligent actions. Punitive damages are not economic or non-economic in nature, being that they are not intended to be considered compensation for your losses.

Punitive damages are often reserved for grossly and intentionally negligent parties. If it is known that the person who caused your injuries was deliberately negligent, punitive damages may be applicable in your claim. These types of damages are applied when a person’s actions were so reckless and dangerous that they could be considered malicious or carried out with willful disregard for the safety of others.

Obtaining Financial Compensation for your Personal Injury Lawsuit

In order to find out how you can prove negligence and causation in your claim, call the Law Office of Jason Skala in Anchorage in order to schedule a free consultation and case evaluation. You don’t pay for anything until we are able to award you financial compensation for your injuries and losses.

Going about collecting financial compensation on your own, without the help of an Anchorage personal injury attorney, almost always ends in you losing more money than you’ll gain. Insurance adjusters are trained to attempt to get you to agree to a meager compensation amount for your injuries and resulting losses and damages. They will attempt to get to you before you hire a personal injury lawyer because they know that once you do, they won’t be able to take advantage of you. With the help of a professional legal advocate, you will be able to get your life and affairs back to where they were before your accident, depending on the circumstances of the incident.

If you or a loved one of yours has been injured in an accident in Anchorage or another city in Alaska that was caused by another person’s negligence, carelessness, or recklessness, The Law Office of Jason Skala is here for you. You could be suffering in more ways than one after your involvement and injury in a serious accident. Incurring serious injuries is a stressful and arduous thing to have to deal with, especially if you are forced out of work for a period of time and thus, forced to lose wages. Losing pay while medical bills and other costs associated with your recent accident are piling up can be nerve-wracking. Allow The Law Office of Jason Skala to fight for your right toward financial compensation for mounting medical bills, property damage costs, as well as non-economic damages like pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment.

Why You Should Contact the Law Office of Jason Skala

Hiring a personal injury attorney can make the difference between suffering in multiple ways for an extended period of time and getting your financial affairs back in order so you can successfully move on with your life. Being involved and injured in an accident is no easy task, and the aftermath that follows can prove to be even more difficult to get through depending on the severity of your accident. A personal injury lawyer in Anchorage will be able to assist you to find a doctor, therapist, or specialist who will be able to help you with whatever you’re dealing with due to the incident that caused your injuries. It is important to note that the sooner you seek the appropriate medical and/or mental care, the better it will look for your personal injury claim. You will be able to add this to your evidence stating that you were indeed seriously injured and in need of prompt medical assistance. Waiting too long to be treated for your injuries could raise red flags of suspicion in court that point to your situation not being so urgent after all.

Jason Skala, the Anchorage personal injury lawyer at The Law Office of Jason Skala, has been providing his clients with ethical and effective legal representation since 2001. He honors the trust and faith of his clients by creatively and tenaciously seeking just financial compensation to cover the costs associated with their injuries and incurred losses. Jason Skala has compiled an impressive record of successful settlements and jury verdicts for his clients, including some of the larger jury verdicts and settlements in the state.

The Law Office of Jason Skala boasts a professionally trained legal staff as well as the appropriate economic strength and technological assets needed in order to successfully litigate against well-financed and professionally represented defendants throughout Alaska. Jason Skala has handled cases from Anchorage, Barrow, Pt. Hope, Pt. Lay, and Anuktuvak Pass, among other towns in Alaska.

The highly skilled legal team at the Law Office of Jason Skala will provide you with a free case evaluation and generally handles all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that you pay nothing unless awarded full and fair financial compensation for your incurred injuries and losses in the event that you have been injured by another person’s negligence in an accident.

Our law firm upholds the belief that no one should ever be forced to hand over their hard-earned money because they were injured by another person’s carelessness. Negligence, especially in car accidents, is awfully prominent.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the leading cause of car accident injuries in the United States is driver distraction, which is a highly dangerous form of driver negligence. Currently, mobile devices are the leading cause of driver distraction and negligence. It is obvious to us why our cell phones are so distracting; they are constantly bombarding us with updates, emails, texts, and calls.

In the year 2018, over 2,800 people lost their lives, and approximately 400,000 sustained injuries due to driver distraction in the United States. On average, about 3,000 Americans per year lose their lives in accidents involving distracted drivers. About one in five of these people are not even in vehicles at the time of the collision–they are walking, riding a bike, or otherwise outside a vehicle.

No matter the cause of your accident in Alaska, as long as it was by no fault of your own, Jason Skala will work diligently on your behalf in order to provide you with full and fair financial compensation for your injuries and incurred losses. We believe that being forced to pay for your own injuries that were caused by another person’s carelessness should never happen, which is why we are in the business of helping people like you get the help and compensation they deserve. Call our law firm today at (907) 569-6633 in order to speak with a reputable and skilled personal injury lawyer in Anchorage. Physical, financial, and mental relief could be just around the corner when you hire an experienced and knowledgeable Alaska personal injury attorney.

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