Defining Loss of Enjoyment of Life in West Virginia Personal Injury Cases

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After a catastrophic injury from a car accident, truck accident, slip and fall or other type of accident, many people suffer dramatic changes in their health and overall lifestyle. A personal injury lawyer will often help victims of accidents recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering, but one additional compensatory possibility in personal injury cases is called “Loss of Enjoyment of Life.”

Loss of enjoyment of life is the quantifiable monetary equivalent that the court decides is equal to your ongoing life changes after an accident. In other words, it is the amount you get paid to help offset the loss you experience in your happiness, emotional state and general wellbeing. Particularly for long-term or permanent injuries, disfigurement or dismemberment, this amount can be quite sizeable, given the nature of the injury.

Pain and Suffering vs. Loss of Enjoyment of Life Pain and suffering is different from loss of enjoyment of life in that it is often only designed to compensate people for short-term injuries or for the actual pain and suffering incurred at the time of the accident. Loss of enjoyment of life is designed to compensate victims for ongoing or permanent injuries that completely alter the way you live your life.

Certain injuries like spinal cord damage or loss of limbs can take a huge toll on your daily life. Not being able to play your children, enjoy your favorite sports or spend time with your family the way you used to can be devastating. A West Virginia personal injury attorney can fight for the compensation you deserve.